Music Monday | Jessie Ware

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It was “Wildest Moments,” probably like the rest of Jessie Ware‘s fans, that hooked me. I just never got sick of it. Devotion is a fantastic album, and her second, Tough Love, is no different. I was behind on listening to this album until a push from Jamie telling me how amazing it was. First play through, I completely agreed. But with every listen it just gets better and better. It’s so well rounded – from deeply sexy moments (my favorites: “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe” and “Desire”) to cliché pop ballads (in a good way – like “Champagne Kisses”).

But back to the sexy moments.

Next to the songs I’ve already mentioned, I keep coming back to her second single from the album, “Say You Love Me.” Once I found out she wrote it with Ed Sheeran, I had an “ahhh haaa…” moment. Simply put (as NPR did) – it’s very lovely and very straightforward and I very much like it.

Stream: “Say You Love Me”

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Music Monday | Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

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High School Caroline was obsessed with Something Corporate, her first introduction to Andrew McMahon‘s piano, vocal and songwriting skills. She loved all of their albums and still jams them, and not just for the nostalgia. End third person, move forward.

I’ve been into every one of Andrew McMahon’s projects. SoCo, Jack’s Mannequin, and now his solo venture. It’s no surprise that I’d be into this new endeavor. In Billboard’s Exclusive Premier of the album, I learned that to write the album, he literally set off for the wilderness – a cabin in Topanga Canyon. “McMahon would write during the week and head home on weekends to be with his wife Kelly, who was pregnant with their first child. Their newborn baby, Cecilia, inspired the album’s second track, ‘Cecilia and the Satellite.'” The song mentioned is my favorite from the record, and even sweeter after reading him describe it – “I wanted to have a snapshot of who I was in the years leading up to meeting her.”

I love this album in it’s entirety – it just gets better and better with each listen.

Stream: “Cecilia and the Satellite”

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Music Monday | The Common Linnets

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Can’t get enough of this song from The Common Linnets. The band is the brainchild of Dutch singer-songwriter Ilse DeLange. Her goal was clear: to write genuine heartfelt songs inspired by such greats as Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash, as well as the West Coast sounds of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Fleetwood Mac.

She’s succeeded.

Stream: “Calm After the Storm”

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Music Monday | Ánders

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Ánders stopped me in my tracks a few nights ago. This first taste of the 23 year old Swiss-Australian singer/songwriter is a good one. I’m expecting amazing things from his debut EP but for now, I’m listening to this over and over…

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Music Monday | Kim Churchill

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The Mahogany Blog posted the first video below of Kim Churchill on Facebook with the words “Oh my, this guy.”

I then spent the next few hours on YouTube watching every performance of his I could find.

Oh my, this guy. Thank you again, Australia.

And here’s another because I’m really good to y’all. From 4:17 on, my mind exploded a little…

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Garth

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Happy Garth Brooks day, Atlanta! Fingers crossed that he wears a shirt like this tonight.

Music Monday | Breen

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When a description of an artist is Sounds Like: Prince, The Weeknd, Frank OceanI’m sold.

That’s how Indie Shuffle sold me on British newcomer Breen (Matt Lamb). That white guy R&B flow with a sexy falsetto – you know I love it so. He’s got that downtempo, electric, laid back soul vibe that makes me melt a little bit. Okay, a lot.

Really looking forward to an album from this guy. For now, here’s his second single…

Stream: “Make Sense”

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