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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Post-Millennial Movers and Shakers: Girls Who Put the Fizz in Pop Rock!


BREAKING NEWS!

THIS JUST IN!


Not all of the great music

was made in the 20th century.

This series proves it.

Welcome to part 11 of my salute to female
poppers, pop rockers and pop rappers -
the established hit makers of today
and the stars of tomorrow - young
women with millions of fans and
YouTube followers. These multi-
talented artists sing, write their
own songs, make videos and
films, host tutorial vlogs and
tour the U.S. and the world.
They richly deserve all the
recognition they are getting.


CHRISSY COSTANZA

AGAINST THE CURRENT


You first met this group in May in
part 2 of this series, Float Upstream.
They're The Pride of Poughkeepsie (NY) -
the pop rock band Against The Current -
featuring their exciting lead singer
Chrissy Costanza.


Chrissy has a lot going for her. When she's
not singing with ATC and collaborating with
other artists on recordings and videos, she
runs her popular YouTube channel and vlog
dispensing advice as a beauty guru.


Now please listen to Against The Current
performing "Talk," a song partly written
by Chrissy, from ATC's 2015 EP Gravity,
and see if you agree that Chrissy is
poised, polished and professional
as they come.

"Talk" - Against The Current
(from 2015 EP Gravity)





ZEDD ft.

SELENA GOMEZ


I introduced Selena Gomez back in August
in Modern Material Girls. As you might recall,
Selena starred with James Franco in the movie
Spring Breakers (2012), filmed in and around
St. Petersburg, Florida, the area Shady has
called home for more than 32 years.


Another wildly popular Generaton Y
"it girl" Selena is firing on all cylinders -
a singer, actress and style icon. In the
spring of 2015, Selena was featured
vocalist on "I Want You To Know,"
a hit single by Zedd, a Grammy
Award winning Russian-German
producer of electro house music.


In the video we get a chance to tag along
and rub elbows with the beautiful people
as Selena hits the club. (I convinced the
burly bouncer at the front door to let
me in by insisting "I'm with her.")

 "I Want You To Know" 
 Zedd feat. Selena Gomez 
 (Mar./Apr. 2015, highest chart pos. 
 #17 Hot 100/#1 US Hot Dance/Electronic 
 from May 2015 Zedd album True Colors) 





1964 FLASHBACK!

CONNIE TALBOT

The next four songs and videos flash us
boomers back to the 60s, 70s and 80s.


First, let's welcome for the second time
English child singing star Connie Talbot.
Connie, who turned 16 a week ago, sings
with maturity as she covers the 1964
Lesley Gore hit "You Don't Own Me,"
successfully covered in 2015 by the
Australian recording artist Grace.

"You Don't Own Me"
(Grace cover, originally by Lesley Gore)
Connie Talbot (December 2015)





1970 FLASHBACK!

ANGELA "ANGIE" VAZQUEZ

VAZQUEZ SOUNDS


Let's move the boomer timeline forward to
early 1970 as we meet Vazquez Sounds,
a trio of talented siblings from Mexicali,
Baja California, Mexico - Abe, Gustavo
and Angela "Angie" Vázquez.


Lead singer Angie was only 10 when she
and her brothers exploded on YouTube.
Since then Vazquez Sounds has released
two albums and at least 14 singles, most of
them in English and a few in Spanish. On
their 2012 debut album, Vazquez Sounds
performed a cover of "I Want You Back,"
the first chart topping hit for Motown's
sibling act, the Jackson Five. Listen as
11 year old Angie conjures up the
King of Pop, Michael Jackson,
in this live performance!

"I Want You Back" (Jackson Five cover) 
Vazquez Sounds (from July 2012
album Vazquez Sounds)

(The exciting live video I want to
show you was removed from YouTube.
Please be patient and view it here.)


70s FLASHBACK!

MEGAN NICOLE

Now the time machine transports us ahead
a few years to the late 70s when roller
skate dates were all the rage.


Megan Nicole, the pop prodigy from the
Houston area, is back to entertain us with
another great songvid. In Float Upstream
Megan portrayed a hot blooded actress in
the fictional Spanish telenovela Fiebre -
translation: ("Fever").


Today Megan stars in a Disco 70s inspired
vignette that recalls the 1979 Linda Blair movie
musical Roller Boogie. The intro seems to be
a mash-up of disco hits, "Doctor's Orders"
by Carol Douglas and "He's the Greatest
Dancer" by Sister Sledge. The song
Megan sings, "Silver Medal," has a
melody and arrangement that remind
me of Michael Jackson's late 1979 -
early 1980 single "Rock With You,"
one of the last hits of the disco era.

"Silver Medal" - Megan Nicole
(2015 single)





80s FLASHBACK!

LITTLE MIX

I introduced the British girl group and
X Factor champs Little Mix at Halloween


The young women of Little Mix weren't even
born in 1986 when "Word Up!" was a top 10
hit single for the R&B and funk group Cameo.
In March 2014 Little Mix covered the song
for Sport Relief, a charity fund raiser
to help the poor. Word up...
Little Mix gets down!

"Word Up! - Cameo cover by Little Mix
(March 2014, highest chart pos.
#6 UK/#8 Scotland)




I hope you enjoyed volume 11 featuring more of
the up-and-coming pop and rock princesses who
became social media sensations on YouTube.
With their talent and poise these young
women could be the Mariah Careys,
Katy Perrys and Taylor Swifts of
the music industry by the time
we reach the Roaring Twenties
of the 21st century. Hard to
believe it's coming soon!

The Part 12 conclusion of this
year long series is coming up at
Christmas so please stick around.

Have a Shady day!