The summer song is the one you hear when you run out to buy ice and hamburger buns just before the barbecue. The one you crank up after you roll out of bed on a breezy Saturday morning. The one you turn to when everyone’s hanging out on the porch and someone asks, “What should we listen to next?” The proper summer song refuses to get old no matter how many times you hear it, no matter what coast you’re on, no matter what state you’re in (geographic or mental). The right summer song sounds as good on a beach vacation as it does staring at the back of your friend’s head on a long, sweaty road trip. It’s a song that reminds you that summer is different from the other seasons, that this brief period of time is unlike the rest of your year. That there’s more to life than work and stress. More than Netflix. More than scrolling through your phone wishing you were somewhere else. The right summer song makes you feel like yourself again. http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/a35076/best-summer-2015-songs/
Fredericks, a member of Pharrell Williams’ team, was named the champ at the end of a two-hour spring songfest finale show (which followed an hourlong recap of Monday night’s final competition episode). Fredericks was in the final four along with Team Blake Shelton’s Meghan Linsey, Team Adam Levine’s Joshua Davis and Koryn Hawthorne also from Team Pharrell. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2015/05/19/the-voice-nbc-declares-winner/27623855/
At 16, Avery Wilson won over the judges on season 3 of The Voice with his blind audition cover of David Guetta-Usher hit “Without You.” He joined Team Cee Lo but was booted too soon in a battle round – but three years later, he’s doing just fine. Wilson recently signed with Clive Davis, making him the first artist the megaproducer has taken under his wing in years. (Rounding out his talented team of advisers is manager Sean Garrett, who’s produced 18 No. 1 hits.) Last week, Wilson, now 19, released his first single, “If I Have To,” and returned to the NBC talent show to perform the soaring track.
1)So does Renee Grant-Williams. She’s a singing coach for some, oh, pretty good singers like Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. But it doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to help the vocally challenged among us. And she’s willing to share: 2)“Hey, why don’t you get up and sing one next?” someone yells. Suddenly all eyes turn toward you and someone hands you the microphone. Your mind turns to jelly. Your knees go weak. Sure, you sing along with your favorite songs on the radio, but in front of everyone? 3)It’s only natural to have a pang of anxiety any time you’re in the spotlight. But singing with karaoke isn’t about giving a perfect performance. It’s about having fun with your friends. People want to hear you. If they wanted to hear Queen, they’d buy the CD. Besides, what’s the worst thing that can happen? The worst thing that can happen is that you sit there and don’t even try. A potential karaoke moment may be lurking anywhere—at a dance, a wedding reception, or a Sweet Sixteen party—so why not be prepared?
So does Renee Grant-Williams. She’s a singing coach for some, oh, pretty good singers like Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. But it doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to help the vocally challenged among us. And she’s willing to share:
“What’s my favorite thing to do in this town? Hands down, private room karaoke,” actor Jason Sudeikis says. He recommends Sing Sing Karaoke, where he has belted out TV theme songs and other tunes with friends for six hours straight. “One of the most fun things about this kind of karaoke is that it’s not in front of a big group of people,” he says. “You can take risks. You can finally sing that Broadway song that you have always wanted to sing.”
Sing Sing Karaoke
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