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Joyce Harrison is a Craft Master on “Rained On”

I’ve always been puzzled why so few advertising pros aspire to be songwriters. Chicagoan Joyce Harrison has reached the top in both professions. She began her career as a copywriter and creative director at legendary Chicago ad agencies. Then she wrote two songs for LeAnn Rimes, just as the singer was becoming a household name. […]

Laura Jean’s “Amateurs” is a Masterpiece

If I had to pick one album from this decade to be my sole comfort on a desert island, it would be Laura Jean’s Amateurs. Long after you’ve tired of Beyonce’s Renaissance, this album will continue to amaze. The Australian artist is well-known and highly regarded in her native land. There’s even a new documentary […]

John Mendelssohn Shines on Poignant “God’s Waiting Room”

John Mendelssohn grew up in Los Angeles, wrote for Rolling Stone, and was frontman for two critically acclaimed L.A. bands (Christopher Milk and The Pits). Even though Mendelssohn stands on the shoulders of giants like Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hammerstein, his songs have the unmistakable stamp of originality. His latest release “God’s Waiting Room” […]

Rosie Bell Sinks Her Teeth Into “Cursed”

Rosie Bell is a fabulous Irish songwriter/artist who took a decade-long hiatus from pop music but is now roaring back with a new single called “Cursed.” The song is about falling in love with a vampire, and who could blame her? Most vampires in the movies are astonishingly good-looking: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and a […]

Katie Boeck Brings Depth and Nuance to “Bittersweet”

(Photo: Josh Kranich) Nashville-based Katie Boeck’s life so far reads like a novel. She did a grassroots tour of India, where she played farm weddings and even performed at a gala for the Indian Navy. She also won praise on Broadway, starring in the revival of the Tony Award-nominated play Spring Awakening. Boeck (pronounced Bōke) […]

Jax Hollow Brings Hendrix Flash to “Wolf in Sheepskin”

(Photo by Tina Andrea) I predict that Jax Hollow will be a household name by this time next year. She’s simply too talented of a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist to escape your attention for much longer. The Nashville-based artist’s latest single “Wolf In Sheepskin” has it all: grabber lyrics, tasty guitar and powerful vocals. Plus […]

In the Middle’s Brain Games is Both an Album and Comic Book

Some artists are so far ahead of their time that it feels like they’re playing 4-dimensional chess. That’s the case with the bicoastal band In The Middle, whose new album Brain Games doubles as an intriguing comic book. The band Coheed & Cambria accomplished this feat in the 2000s, but I assure you: it ain’t […]

Mae Deline’s “Black Hole” is a Galaxy-themed Masterpiece

It’s not hyperbole to say that Mae Deline’s new song “Black Hole” is a work of art. Musically, it has the pensive feel of French composer Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie #1 – and the poetic metaphors and intimate vocal are right up there with Brit legend Kate Bush at her best. Like many other artists, Deline […]

Mark Quinn’s “Mrs. Daydream” is a Melodic Gem

Songwriter/artist Mark Quinn lives in Liverpool, but don’t expect him to get teary-eyed about The Beatles. Like many younger musicians, he isn’t as impressed with The Beatles as many Boomers are. Still, there must be some magic in the Mersey that enables artists to pen melodic, ultra-memorable songs. One spin of Quinn’s “Mrs. Daydream” and […]

Carey Latham Takes Control with the Masterful “Tunnel”

Over the past several years, Nashville songwriters have been a little under-represented on Two Story Melody. But here’s a mega-talented writer to keep your eye on: Carey Latham. While many pop songwriters hem and haw about “female empowerment,” Latham takes the bull by the horns on her latest release “Tunnel.” Not since the ’90s heyday […]

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