Bo Bruce – One to Watch from the Voice on BBC

Posted on June 03, 2012

I have to say that I don’t normally write about talent shows, especially when they have only just been aired, I made an exception a little while ago with Rebecca Ferguson, after an appropriate period of time had passed, and now I am doing it again with Bo Bruce. Although no appropriate period required in this case. I watched her performance of ‘Charlie Brown’, originally written and released by Coldplay, last week on The Voice, and considered that it was this performance that got her through to the final show.

The original version of the track included a reference to Charlie Brown the famous ‘Peanuts’cartoon character, but it was taken out by the time the track was officially released, so there isn’t actually any relationship between the song and the character now, other than it remained the title as the band struggled to come up with an alternative title.

So what was it that caught my attention with this particular performance, well it was really just the way she seemed to get lost in the music, forgetting where she was and producing a fabulous version of the Coldplay track. Obviously that was the opinion of Bo herself and her mentor Danny O’Donoghue, a main segment of the band ‘The Script’, because she then chose the track as her favourite performance to repeat in the live finals. The featured video however is the original performance, because that is the one that caught my attention, although it was just as good in the live finals, albeit jazzed up a bit with some black lighting effects. Hope you enjoy the video, plus the original Coldplay version that has been included for comparison.

So is she one to watch? She didn’t actually win, that honour went to Leanne Mitchell who was mentored by Tom Jones, but for me Bo Bruce has something a little different to offer. A fresh sound and a great stage presence. I definitely think she is one to watch and although she didn’t get this record deal, I just can’t imagine there isn’t a single producer out there that didn’t see what I saw. It looked a bit like Danny O’Donoghue was more than a little taken with her as well.

I guess the writing was on the wall for Leanne to take the title and the record deal when she had Tom Jones and Jessy J in tears with her performance of ‘Run to You’, a Whitney Houston classic. Which in truth is fair enough because the program was called the voice and she certainly had that aspect nailed. Plus with the recent passing of Whitney there was always going to be an interest in a singer that could perform to the standard set by Whitney when she was at her best.

I have popped her performance in here out of fairness, because it was actually pretty damn good and a deserving winner on the day. The other performances by Tyler and Vince weren’t bad either, but I guess you can work out who my top two favourites were.

Lana Del Rey – Video Games and Born to Die

Posted on January 07, 2012

Video Games by Lana Del ReyI have been hearing this record on French radio for a few weeks now on and off. I wasn’t sure who the singer was so had to search the Internet to find the lyrics as I wasn’t sure of the title either. So it has been another Inspector Clouseau job, but once again well worth the effort. Why? Because I love the song and the haunting element to the sounds she creates.

So who is Lana Del Rey and why haven’t I heard of her before? The answer to the first question is straight forward, she is Elizabeth (Lizzie) Grant and was actually born in New York, Lana Del Rey is her stage name. So that’s who she is answered. Actually the answer to the second question is fairly easy as well, because Video Games is her début single and being buried in the deepest part of the South of France, it took a little while for me to first of all tune into it and secondly decide I needed to search for the song so I could feature it here. Funny thing is I found this video of her performing on the Jools Holland show, which means I am going to have to tune into Jools a bit more, he does have some seriously good people on.

That said, now I have tuned in I am happy to report that her first album, well actually its not strictly her first album, because there was one called ‘Lana Del Rey’ that existed for a brief period on iTunes(now no longer available), before this new one Born to Die which is set to be released on January 27, 2012 in Ireland, but is available on for pre-order. Think I need to add it to a wish list or something, because I have a feeling I am going to love this album.

There isn’t much more I can tell you about Lana at this stage other than you can download some tracks from the Lana Del Rey MP3 Music Store ahead of her new album. The tracks available are listed below. Oh and the other thing is she is telling the world is that she is a ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ and she defines her genre as ‘Hollywood pop/ sadcore’, not a bad description really. Hope you enjoy the video.

1. Video Games 4:46
2. Blue Jeans 3:42
3. Video Games (Mr Fingers Remix) 9:00
4. Video Games (Omid 16B Remix) 5:14