In The Spotlight

Vaness Alegacy – “You Get Me”

Born as Vanessa Grazia Vescio to an Italian family and raised in the bustling cultural melting pot of Toronto, this Canadian singer/songwriter’s sound is an equally diverse brew. Inspired by Mariah Carey’s “Daydream” album, she gives timeless flavors of gospel, classic rock, pop and R&B a soulful shade. She’s written songs for commercials and TV shows and released her debut “Shooting Star” in 2015.

Celebrating being larger than life and true to oneself, her new single pumps the lyrical empowerment into the boisterous melody. While it starts with a deceptively mellow indie guitar and her R&B-stroked tones, it soon finds its classic rock-saturated backbone in the raucous chorus. Performing a balancing act between smoothness and sonic attitude, this mighty jam is filled with electricity.

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Music History

Matt Bianco – “Dancing In The Street”

From their album “Matt Bianco” (1986):

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New Music

Yola – “Diamond Studded Shoes”

From her upcoming album “Stand For Myself”, to be released on 30 July 2021:

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Music History

En Vogue – “Give It Up, Turn It Loose”

From their album “Funky Divas” (1992):

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New Music

Running Lights – “Won’t You Stay”

Giving joyous contemporary pop an anthemic boost, this is the new single by New York trio Running Lights:

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In The Spotlight

Eliza Shaddad – “Heaven”

Born as the daughter of a Sudanese astrophysicist and a Scottish diplomat, this diverse singer and songwriter was raised across seven countries. As well as being a multi-linguist with a philosophy degree, she studied Jazz at London’s Guildhall. Initially honing her skills as a busker in London and inspired by music from Radiohead’s rock to Nick Harper’s folk, she debuted with her 2014 EP “Waters”.

Delivering a gripping melody from the start, her new single breathes nostalgic vibes, while keeping her feet in the here and now. With a harmony of guitars forging a late-90s feel and some understated folky touches woven through, this tune is utterly earpleasing. And with cheery harmonica into the mix and her arousing vocals relaying the need for positivity, this is a stirring and uplifting gem.

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