Keale Settle on The Graham Norton Show

Just thought I’d take a moment to mention the amazing Keale Settle who I saw perform her amazing single This Is Me on TV a couple of weeks ago (yes, that long ago). It’s taken from the hit film The Greatest Showman, which I’ve yet to even see but it stars one of my favourite actors, Hugh Jackman. Anyways, her performance was fantastic to say the least and it was like watching an actual West End performance but all crammed into just a few minutes. Keale’s just got this beautiful voice which grabs your attention with very little effort and apparently she’s also in the film playing the part of the Bearded Lady, Lettie Lutz. If you ever get the chance watch it on YouTube or just watch out for her in the film. Even though this is the only song I’ve heard from her I’d happily rate her as an artist. Now is it just me or are the Americans churning out some really good artists these days?

On The Radio: Bruno Mars ft Cardi B

I’ve heard this quite a bit on the radio recently, and seen the video on sky TV music channels a couple of times and my god it’s officially grown on me, BIG TIME!!! Finesse (Remix) featuring Cardi B which has also been nicknamed The 90’s Song is just fantastic listening and for anyone who grew up listening to hip-hop and R&B in the early-mid 90’s this song is a direct through back to that era. For me this might as well be my early childhood memories played back to me on the radio as it’s a complete dead-ringer for that era. The energy, fast-paced lyrics, everything, seriously it’s all there. Bruno Mars has got one of those voices that just gets your attention from the moment he opens his mouth, and I openly admit that although I’m not a huge fan of his he has done some musical gems. Cardi B has got a fast-paced, energetic voice which you probably can’t help but sing/mime to if you can keep up the pace, in many ways her vocal talents remind me of the amazing late Lisa Left-Eye Lopes. Seriously America I don’t know how you’re even doing it but you are churning out some incredible artists, please, please, please, please, please keep it up


Eurovision Song Contest: You Decide UK Entry

It’s that time again in which the UK will vote on its singing representative, who one chosen to represent the UK in this years’ Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Now I openly admit I’m not a huge almighty fan of the Eurovision but even I have to admit I’ve got something for a weakness for it (when quickly flicking back-and-forth between that and Glastonbury which I much prefer anyway, just saying). Now, this year we’ve got six new artists to choose from, and so far, there seems to be some potential.

This years’ (lucky?) hopefuls

Asanda: Legends

A solo artist who has been on UK TV before on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2013, she’ll be performing her new song Legends. Legends has a mixture of tribal beat, infectious rhythm and energy that just fuses together with very little effort and as far so solo artists go Asanda’s just amazing.

Goldstone: I Feel The Love

An all-female trio consisting of Rhiannon, Helen and Aimee who between them all have experience both acting and singing both on TV and stage who’ll be singing their song I Feel The Love. It’s exactly 3 minutes long and it’s fast-paced, energetic and upbeat from the start and the girls voice fuse together effortlessly.

Jaz Ellington: You

One of only two male solo artists in the six who is also a talented old-school soul-singer who’s got one amazing voice will be performing his song You. Seriously though he sounds really good and You makes for great listening pleasure.

Liam Tamne: Astronaut

The second of our male solo artists and West End Star who’s performed in numerous hit musicals such as Wicked, Hairspray and Phantom of the Opera to name but a few. A guy with an incredible who who’ll be putting his acting talents aside to sing his song Astronaut. Liam has got an incredible voice that captivates your attention and his entry song makes good listening.

Raya: Crazy

This woman is practically the jack-of-all-trades where the performing industry’s concerned as she’s got numerous talents; singer, dancer, vocal-coach and DJ, and to top it off she’s performed in some of the top clubs around the world. She’s also an accomplished actress to. Raya will be singing her song Crazy. It’s just under 3 minutes long and the song itself is both catchy, fresh and has that upbeat feel to it.

SuRie: Storm

Out of all of our six hopefuls she is the only one with experience in the Eurovision itself having appeared way back in 2015 as a backing singer for Loic Nottet and Blanche last year (small world). SuRie has much singing experience under her belt and will be performing her song Storm. It’s just a second over 3 minutes long and sounds very soothing and her voice glides through the song beautifully.

Paloma Faith on The Graham Norton Show

Just heard Paloma Faith sing her new song Till I’m Done on the TV right now, and all I can say is that it was amazing, and it’s off her new album The Architect. Though I haven’t heard much off it if this single is anything to go by I’m solely tempted to buy it. Till I’m Done sounds different from anything she’s done since Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful? It’s a seamless mixture of disco, rock, soul and R&B and is sounds energetic. And always Paloma’s voice is just incredible. As a recording artist she’s one of those where it’s always 2-3 years (or more) between each album yet when you hear the new material it just makes the wait worthwhile. Also, she’s one of those who can command 100% doing very little.

First Aid Kit on The Graham Norton Show

Just seen and heard one of the most amazing bands to come out of Sweden since Roxette, Abba and Mans Zermalow. They’re a duo called First Aid Kit and they’ve performed their debut single, It’s a Shame, on Graham Norton and I have to say it was both abstract and contained some very soothing melodies and Klara Soderberg and Johanna Soderberg who form the duo have got the most amazing voices you’re ever going to hear. The performance itself looked like it was from a 70’s edition of TOTP, but either way it was worth watching and the song itself is one of those that you could listen to again and again. It’s a Shame is from their debut album Ruins. Also on the sofa were US actor Tom Hanks to talk about his new film with Meryl Streep and British MBA Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and GoT actress Maisie Williams. All in all some great laughs, including the time Tom Hanks farted onset with Paul Bettany

The Leading Ladies on The Graham Norton Show

Finally caught up with The Leading Ladies on Graham Norton on BBC1, well, BBC iPlayer to be more precise. Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson performed their latest single One Night Only and seriously these girls vocal talents are enough to melt ice and the coldest of hearts they’re THAT GOOD!!! You’ve got to hear these girls to believe it. If ever there was a soul super-group these three are it. Two Hollywood heart-throbs were on the red sofa tonight; Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, his Showman co-star Zendaya, Churchill star Gary Oldman and Suranne Jones. All I’ll say that Zac’s come a long way since High School Musical and Jackman’s carved quite the career; virtual unknown to playing a clawed mutant to musical showman. There doesn’t seem to be anything that he can’t do. Catch Hugh and Zendaya’s new film The Greatest Showman in cinemas now.

See you next week/year in 2018

Tom Chaplin on The Graham Norton Show

Been watching Tom Chaplin, he of Keane fame, singing his newest single Midnight Mass on Graham Norton on BBC1, and I openly admit it wasn’t all that bad listening. Now I have to admit that I didn’t actually recognise him at first co’s of image change. The performance itself was quite good as it was stripped back and though there were some musicians the main bits were between him and the pianist. To some degree his song sounds quite to listen to but it didn’t quite hit the high-notes that he could’ve done which is a shame co’s if you’ve ever heard his past material he’s actually capable of doing so. Non-the-less he’s got a really nice, soothing voice and melodic vocal tones which fit the mood of the song. Anyways, all that can be said now is Merry Christmas

Noel Gallagher on The Graham Norton Show

This was from a performance, last week, by the better (in my view) Gallagher brother Noel, courtesy of his new band High Flying Birds on BBC1. Noel was performing his latest single ‘Holy Mountain’ and I have to admit I liked it within the first few seconds. Fresh, original, upbeat not to mention it’s quite vibrant to but there’s also something a bit 70’s rock to it as well which gives it just that little bit extra. Let’s not forget it’s testament to his ability as a superb songwriter. If the rest of the album sounds anything like this song does alone, I’m definitely getting the album

Also on the sofa with funny-woman Dawn French and funny-man, and Tenacious D singer Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). And yes plenty of laughs followed, but then again add Dawn and Jack it’s all laughs ahoy from there onwards.

Kesha on The Graham Norton Show

Saw Kesha perform her latest single on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 last week, Learn To Let Go, which I have to admit was actually quite good. It sounded quite melodic and just that little bit different to what she’s in the past. As always Kesha’s voice sounds as energetic as it does soothing, unless you could put it down to just that one particular song. Now I openly admit that I’m not really into her sort of music but that’s not to say I don’t enjoy her voice.

Also it was quite entertaining watching new Strictly judge Shirley Ballas perform a small dance routine with comic actor Will Ferrell. Seriously, they’ve both got the moves.