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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!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Float Upstream Against the Current - Meet YouTube Stars Chrissy, Connie, Megan Nicole, Skylar, Megan & Liz!


Welcome back to part 2 of my

12-part series saluting the

rising female stars of pop,

pop-rock and pop-rap.


AGAINST THE CURRENT

Formed in 2011, Against the Current (aka ATC)
is a pop rock band from Poughkeepsie, New York.
Members include Daniel Gow on vocals and lead
guitar, Will Ferri on vocals and drums, and the
band's talented lead singer Chrissy Costanza.


Chrissy, who lists artists John Mayer
and Katy Perry as influences, is part of
a new breed of up-and-coming young
female singing stars who love to multitask.


She has her own thriving YouTube channel
and vlog and doubles as a beauty consultant.
Isn't her sensational singing enough? Heck,
I'm still learning to tie my shoes!


Against the Current spent half of 2014 and all
of 2015 on the Gravity World Tour in support
of their debut single and EP. For the last two
months ATC has been touring Europe and
Japan and next month they begin a tour
of the U.S. to coincide with the release
of their first album, In Our Bones.
Meet the bold the the beautiful -
the polished and the professional -
The Pride of Poughkeepsie -
Against The Current!

"Gravity" - Against The Current
(February 2015 single from
June 2015 EP Gravity)





MEGAN NICOLE


Now meet Megan Nicole (Flores). Since 2009
this talented Texan has been making her mark
as a singer, songwriter, actress and model.


In September 2015, Megan had a starring role
in the teen musical film Summer Forever
which featured Daphne Zuniga of 
Melrose Place fame in the role
of the mom.


It's time for you to experience the joy of a
Megan Nicole performance. With more than
3-and-a-half million YouTube subscribers
and hundreds of millions of video views,
this young lady is the real deal!

"Fever" - Megan Nicole
(2015 non-album single)




CONNIE TALBOT


English child singing star Connie Talbot
became famous at the age of 6 as a finalist
on Britain's Got Talent. Connie landed a
record deal and in the years since has
released five albums and an EP, two
video album DVDs and seven singles.




Connie has toured in many
parts of the world and is
especially popular with
Asian audiences. Listen
now to the beauty and
clarity of Connie's voice
as she sings "Let It Go,"
a song from her 2014
EP Gravity.






"Let It Go" - Connie Talbot
(from Nov. 2014 EP Gravity)





MEGAN & LIZ


The recording duo of Megan & Liz consists of
fraternal twins Megan and Liz Mace. Over the past
decade the Indiana-born, Michigan-raised singing
and songwriting siblings have become sensations
on YouTube and iTunes. To date the sisters have
released 6 EPs, nearly two dozen cover singles
and an equal number of original songs.


Most Megan & Liz recordings fall into the teen pop
category, but their newer material reveals a
change of direction toward country. In 2012,
Megan & Liz sparkled performing a delectable
cover of "Lights," the international hit single
by English singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding.

"Lights" (Ellie Goulding cover) - Megan & Liz
(iTunes single released June 2012)





SKYLAR STECKER


Born right here in Tampa, Skylar Stecker is
the daughter of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer
running back Aaron Stecker. Skylar moved to
Wisconsin and then on to California to pursue
her career as a singer and actress. At the age
of 11, Skylar began uploading her videos on
You/Tube and attracted more than a million
followers within the first few months. Her
acting credits include the TV series Austin
& Ally and Super Fun Night and the
2015 movie Bad Hair Day.


As a pop and R&B singer, Skylar covers
popular recordings of other artists and also
performs original songs including this one,
"Rascal," a Latin spiced number that's
just the ticket for a roller skate date!

"Rascal" - Skylar Stecker 
(August 2015 single)





CHRISSY COSTANZA

AGAINST THE CURRENT


Let's finish the set with another great song by
Chrissy Costanza and Against the Current.
"Outsiders," a single released last fall,
is my Pick To Click!

"Outsiders" - Against the Current
(single released October 2015)




I hope you enjoyed volume 2.
Stay tuned for more exciting
performances by up-and-coming
pop, pop-rap and pop-rock
female artists coming soon
in Part 3. See you then!

Have a Shady day!

51 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonMay 2, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    As you know I prefer male rockers like Kurt Cobain, Nine Inch Nails, Dire Straits, Neil Young and the Rolling Stones-- but I have to admit that I am enjoying the female artists you are introducing in this series. The young women in this post have talent and are blessed with great singing voices. My favorite is Against the Current because they have more of an indie rock style-- but I also enjoyed Megan Nicole’s fiery Spanish telenovela video-- the crystal clear, refined voices of Connie, Megan & Liz-- and the zesty song and roller rink setting of the video made by our local Stecker girl. The Lights cover and the Rascal original were both excellent.

    Volume 2 was another winner--Shady!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      As I have reported here and elsewhere, I am currently enjoying and exploring post-millennial pop, rap, EDM, electo-house and related music categories, all of which are brand new to me. At the same time, my interest in 70s Disco and 80s/90s urban funk and R&B have been rekindled. I found the young singers who appear in today's post on a list of the hottest up-and-coming YouTube stars. I'm happy to know that you recognize their talent and fine singing voices. Most of these young women have several irons in the fire. They operate popular YouTube channels, model, act in movies and TV shows and collaborate with other artists on recording projects. I am amazed by the production quality of their videos.

      Thank you again for adding your two cents and giving us your impressions of these fine young artists. (A few of them will be returning to SDMM at the end of the year.)

      Have a great day, Kathryn!

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  2. I enjoyed Gravity.
    Chrissy has a great voice.
    Happy Monday, Shady.

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    1. Hi, Sandra!

      Isn't she outstanding? I was blown away by the power of her vocals on these and other songs. ATC deserves to go far.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Sandra!

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  3. Hi Shady,
    All these poppy rock young girls are very talented. The ones that covered did and amazing job. Connie's , "Let it go", I've heard covered many times but her version was sweet, crisp and clear! Megan and Liz did a Phenomenal jobs covering Ellie's , "Lights"!
    My favorites in the bunch were Chrissy's 2 originals. I liked her pop but edgy sound. Her "outsiders" song really reminded me of t.A.T.u song , "All the things she said". One of my favs from a couple years ago.
    Thanks for Showcasing these relatively newbies to us!

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you very much for dropping by! I'm thrilled to know you enjoyed this second set of young pop sensations. These girls and hundreds like them try to launch their careers by doing what English singer Sarah Collins does - recording covers of top hits by other artists and uploading the performances on their YouTube channels. The covers I selected for this post and others in this series are the best I have found. A young artist gains stature when they can write their own original material or have someone write it for them. I agree with you and Mrs. Shady about the quality of the Megan & Liz performance of "Lights." It's otherworldly to see the Mace sisters singing that Ellie Goulding hit together, both sounding so great and having such charisma. The lovely Connie Talbot astonishes me with the clarity of her sweet voice and she will be back in another volume of this series. I am completely sold on Chrissy Costanza. Against the Current is a "band on the run," touring all across America and the world. I think ATC is going places in more ways than one.

      I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the sounds, Toni, and I thank you very much for taking time to listen and comment. Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend!

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  4. Hi Shady!
    I enjoyed all of these fresh young voices with Connie being a definite stand-out for her smooth, melodic range; something you just don't hear a lot these days. Chrissy embodies a confidence that is sure to keep the critics holding doors open for her, as well as her style and a band that completes the package nicely. Thanks, my friend:-) I feel like I've just been on a panel of 'Meet the Newest Talent'!

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Welcome to volume 2 of my year long series shining the spotlight on female newcomers in the categories of pop, pop rock and rap. I'm delighted to know you found value in the post and recognized the talent in these young women. With a voice like hers, it's no wonder child singing sensation Connie Talbot advanced to the finals on Britain's Got Talent and captured an international fan base. Asian audiences and record buyers adore Connie. Still in her teens, Connie is already a seasoned veteran. The ATC band is essentially a super group made up of three exceptionally talented members, each capable of breaking into the major leagues of the recording industry.

      Thank you very much for offering your opinions about this batch of performers, dear friend Diedre. Have a great week!!

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  5. WOW! All of these young women sound amazing! I now have some songs I can purchase on iTunes. :) Thanks for sharing, Shady! I hope you have a great week ahead, dear friend.

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    1. Hey hey hey, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for taking a look and a listen to volume 2 of my pop series. I was hoping you'd come by and share your impressions of what you saw and heard from these gifted young singers. I agree they're amazing, each and every one of them, and there are many more coming up in the other 10 volumes of this series which ends in December.

      Thank you again for reporting in, dear friend Jessica, and have a great week ahead!

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  6. Definitely a winner with ATC and Gravity- I'll be looking for that one on Spotify. Megan and Liz were really enjoyable, and I might explore them a bit more. (Musically, of course) Not so hot on the more poppy songs, but none of them are turn the channel-ers.

    How old is Connie now?

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for dropping in to see what condition my condition is in. I'm tickled silly that you found at least a couple of these artist and tunes to your liking. Against the Current has their own website which includes their very latest video. Chrissy and company are solid pros and have released an impressive string of covers and originals. I'm glad you appreciate twins Megan & Liz and their otherworldy rendition of "Lights," the international hit by English singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding. As the story goes, "Lights" came to be written because, during childhood, Ellie was afraid of the dark and needed to sleep with the lights on. Incidentally, Megan & Liz were born in your neck of the woods, South Bend, Indiana. Connie Talbot has now reached the ripe old age of 15. (Over the hill? I think not!)

      Thanks again for swinging over, good buddy Chris, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  7. Interesting ... you posted "Gravity", as I just posted on the same subject ... smiles ... great minds think alike, hmmm? ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you very much for joining me today for volume 2 of my year long series on the up-and-coming young women of pop and related categories.

      Yessum, great minds think alike and that describes you and me. :) It's quite a coincidence that I posted Chrissy Costanza's "Gravity" along with a song by Connie Talbot from her EP Gravity on the same day you posted about gravity. I am very happy to have you in orbit around my blog, dear friend cat, and I will be visiting you soon. Have a wonderful week!

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  8. There is some very fine young & upcoming talent out there and these young ladies are all outstanding. I was just listening to Megan Nicole the other day when I was researching material for my June 1st Battle of the Bands. She is especially fine.

    Good introduction to new talent. You might even enjoy my next BOTB installment which I'm thinking might turn some folks off. Oh well, I like what I like and to me there's nothing wrong with that.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Good thing you found me up late on the East Coast, good buddy. I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed this bunch of talented young female pop vocalists, and especially jazzed to know you are already familiar with Megan Nicole. She is remarkably poised, her videos are nicely shot, and I am inviting her back to make a curtain call in another volume of this series later in the year.

      I will certainly be on hand for your next band battle, good buddy, and I thank you very much for taking a look and a listen on day one of this post.

      Have a great week, Lee!

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  9. Thanks for pointing these out, I can discover these before my daughter.

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    1. Hi, Mike!

      That's right. This 12-part pop series will allow us to keep step with the Generation Z kids and maybe even get the jump on them by introducing teenage stars in the making.

      Thanks for coming over, good buddy Mike!

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  10. What a lovely lineup of luscious ladies, Shady! ☺ All great talents, no question.

    Standout vocalists for me are Connie Talbot and Skylar Stecker. Loved the Spanish flavour of Fever. Olé! Against the Current has a polished, indy rock vibe. Good stuff! Megan and Liz sing prettily, but I just have to say it: too girly for my taste. ;)

    Thanks for another fabulous showcase of new young artists. Cheers!

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend. Thanks for coming.

      I think it's safe to say that you are a lot like Mrs. Shady. You aren't fond of girly voices and prefer male rockers. I am going through a girly voices phase, so please bear with me. :) I'm pleasantly surprised that you enjoyed English songbird Connie Talbot, Tampa Bay's Skylar Stecker and Megan Nicole of Katy, Texas.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Debbie, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Always a pleasure to drop by here, Shady. ☺ For me it's not really a gender issue, as I don't like male falsettos either. Give me a good baritone or alto, any day. Sade and Cher, k.d.lang, Christina Aguilera are some examples of female voices I adore. If the song has a strong enough appeal, then the voice doesn't matter as much. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, for example. Can't think of any female examples, so you may be right, to a certain extent.

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    3. Hi, again, Debbie!

      I tend to like male falsettos like Frankie Valli and Lou Christie, and I also appreciate the huskier voices of Cher and the others female vocalists you mentioned. You know that I also love those deep male death growls in German and Scandinavian heavy metal, and Maria Brink, my favorite female heavy metal singer, has a powerful voice which I love having inside my head. I suppose it comes down to loving variety.

      I tend to go through phases that last up to a couple of years at a time. Right now the heavy metal phase that began in 2013 is winding down and I am all fired up over EDM, international club music, electro house, etc. A year from now I might be keen on 50s doo-wop again. Who knows? I just go with the flow and use the blog as a way to keep track of my ever changing tastes.

      Thanks for dropping in again, dear friend Debbie. Your visits always delight me. :)

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  11. Oh that's so cool that you ended your post by featuring another song by Against the Current because of all the ones you posted here, Chrissy Costanza and her band are my favorite! Great minds, as they say...

    I wondered if Megan Nicole's Texas roots have influenced her sound? I hear Mexican influence in her music.

    Connie Talbot has a pretty voice for sure.
    The twins show real promise: they're so prolific already with releasing dozens of originals and cover songs, plus several EPs. Wow!
    Skylar Stecker has Latin sound for sure. I bet her Tampa Bay Buc daddy is proud. One thing: she had money backing her so that has to certainly help.

    Still listening to Against the Current. They are really good.

    I definitely enjoyed Volume 2 of your series!
    I'm off to take my mom to the Dr so I have to keep this short...
    Have a great day Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Michele!

      Thank you for making time for a visit today. I hope all goes well for your mom at the doctor's office. Please let me know.

      I'm glad you found value in these pop covers and originals. I am completely sold on Against the Current. The band has dozens of videos on YouTube and I love them all. Chrissy and ATC will be back later in the year in another volume of the series. Megan Nicole Flores comes from the Houston area and her music certainly does reveal a Latin influence as does a lot of today's dance music. I was thrilled to find a local girl who is making a name for herself as a singer, dancer and more - Skylar Stecker - whose age, look, voice and style remind me of Ashlund Jade whom I introduced in volume 1.

      Thanks again for stopping in during your busy day, dear friend Michele. Your mom is in my prayers today.

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  12. Mr Shady,

    What a delightful post! I love that you have showcased these up and coming female musicians. I had not heard of most of them, but that's because I'm pretty much in a groove with classic rock (although, as you may have noticed, I do stray from time to time). I have a very hard time claiming 80's as classic - because in my mind, that was just yesterday. Maybe it's also because I don't want to admit out loud that I am older now.

    I appreciate your stories and posts. I could learn a thing or two from you :)

    Mary
    #AtoZChallenge Reflections and #IWSG

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    1. Hi, Mary!

      Thank you very much for coming over today, dear friend! I'm learning along with you because I hadn't heard of any of these young artists until I saw a list on YouTube of the top up-and-comers in the female pop category.

      I agree that the 80s, the last great decade in my opinion, seem like yesterday. The 70s seem like the day before and so on. Thank you for doing your part on your own blog to keep the music and memories alive. I enjoy learning from you, too, dear friend.

      Thanks again, Mary, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  13. Tom, I enjoyed the introduction of so many new faces. It'll be interesting to see where these young ladies go with their careers. It's a tough market to go the distance in. Chrissy Costanza is a cross between Nina Dobrev the main character in TVD and Lindsey Lohan in appearance. Megan Nicole reminds me a bit of Britney Spears style (Bubblegum POP). I like her Fever cut. It's one of those songs I like to hear on occasion. Connie Talbot has such a sweet, soft quality with her Let It Go cover. Now, I want to hear more of her stuff to see, if she carries this same style throughout all of her music. I really like it a lot! Megan & Liz covered Elle Goulding's Lights very well. I am sure to check out more of their tracks. Skylar has talent. I'd like to hear more by her because honestly I find it hard to get into R&B sometimes. You've given me some new artists to ponder on and I'm more than curious to see what else they do. Who knows, maybe I'll be inspired to share some of these gals' tunes on my blog. Thanks for puttin' the groove in my move today, my friend! Have a good week.

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I'm thrilled to see you, dear friend. Thanks so much for coming!

      You amaze me sometimes, Cathy, because your tastes are as eclectic as mine. On Curious as a Cathy you post a wide mix of very old tunes from the 40s and 50s along with recent material and newer artists like Kat Graham, (Bonnie on TVD). Thanks to you, I now have Kat's EP in my CD collection. In fact, I think it was your introduction of Kat's sassy R&B dance ditties that led me to search for others like her and opened up a whole new genre of music for me. It's amazing how many new artists one can find by spending a few hours following the links on YouTube.

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed the recordings by the young women in today's post. Chrissy, Megan Nicole and Connie Talbot will all be returning to SDMM in a future installment of this series. I think it's safe to say that Connie's sweet, soft singing style is a common thread throughout her catalog.

      It makes me very happy to know that I educated and inspired you with this post and that these tunes put some "pep in your step" and some "pride in your stride." Thank you again for coming, dear friend Cathy, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  14. Skylar is on my playlist. :)
    I think your list is getting more updated. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Luxie!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend!

      At the original Shady Dell, the jukebox was constantly updated with the latest records. I will never abandon the oldies, but I enjoy learning about new artists and recordings and posting them as a reflection of my current tastes. I'm happy to know you are finding songs here to add to your playlist.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Lux!

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  15. Yes, I have enjoyed volume 2. Lots of great artists found within. I'm only sorry I was not able to make it here sooner. I've been struggling to keep up lately. So I appreciate your patience.

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      No problemo, good buddy. You know by now that nearly all of my posts are given a full week to breathe before being bumped by the next. Busy as you are, I thank you for making time for a visit during this post's front page run.

      I am happy to know that you dig these sounds and new artists. There are 10 more volumes of my mod pop series coming up, so please stay tuned.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Jeffrey!

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  16. Singer, songwriter, actress and model...Wow, that Megan is talented.
    Have an excellent day, Shady.

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    1. Hi, Sandra!

      What strikes me about Megan and young performers like her is that they don't just do one thing well. They do many things well. They are multi-talented, striving to excel in many different aspects of entertainment. They host their own "How to & Style" channels on YouTube, sing, play instruments, write songs, dance, model, act on TV and in movies, and collaborate with other artists on a variety of projects. When I was their age I enjoyed a much slower pace of life and still do.

      Thank you very much for spreading cheer, dear friend Sandra!

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    2. I agree, Shady. I couldn't or couldn't have kept the pace.

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    3. It's a different world. I'm not sure I would want to wave a magic wand and become a teenager again. :)

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  17. Sorry I'm late to this party, but I'm glad I'm able to enjoy all the artists you've featured. It's amazing all the talent these young women have and all the ways they can use it thanks to technology which gives them the computer, tv, cd's, live performances, talent shows, etc. I wonder how artists of old would have done if all these outlets had been available to them. I'm a litte sad tonight as I'm preparing to attend a funeral for a young woman who lost her life due to heroin addiction. She too was a talented and lovely girl who could have had a fabulous life. She's the second young person in our town to die this way. Seeing those sweet faces of the girls featured here makes me wish everyone could find their dreams come true. Your post made me smile after what's been a difficult and sad week. Sorry to be a bummer tonight but I do hope you have a good weekend ahead and hopefully I can catch your new post quicker!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      I am very sorry to learn that you are down in the dumps and that your community is dealing with the second loss of a young person as a result of drug abuse. It's such a tragic waste of life when young people with potential destroy their health and their relationships with drugs. Again, I am truly sorry that you and the other people of your town are in mourning the week of Mother's Day.

      I'm glad you enjoyed my post and recognized the talent of these young singers and dancers. I expressed this opinion in volume one. I believe most of these young entertainers have their heads on straight and keep very busy bettering themselves and working toward their goals and have the support of their families.

      Thank you again for coming by, dear friend YaYa. I hope to see you back here for my Mother's Day post.

      God bless!

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  18. I couldn't pick a favorite song or singer because I loved them all equally. I'm so glad the young people have a place like youtube to show their talent and can make it big on their own. When I was 16, I would have done it too.

    That was a lovely rendition of, 'Let it Go,' by Connie. It is a very difficult song to sing and she did it perfectly.

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    1. Hi, Belle!

      How are you tonight, dear friend? Thank you very much for dropping by for volume 2 of my post-millennial pop series.

      I'm excited to know that you enjoyed all of these young artists. Obviously, I think they are marvelous, too. It would be impossible to count all the ways that YouTube has changed our lives. Careers of all kinds are launched on YouTube. I can't imagine what it would have been like if YouTube had existed in the 60s and ordinary kids everywhere had a shot at overnight stardom by appearing and performing on it.

      I'm glad you liked Connie Talbot's velvet voice. Connie will be back to sing another song later in the year.

      Thank you again for coming by, dear friend Belle. I pray that everyone in your household is in good health and in good spirits and that you and your Mother have a very happy Mother's Day.

      God bless!

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  19. This was quite a volume! A spent a lot of time here, listening to all of the talented young women. I think it is very interesting that a lot of this young people are involved with multiple projects - singing, vlogging, acting, fashion, etc. It's probably very wise of them not to have all of their eggs in one basket.

    Another thing I find interesting, is that a lot of these young artist sing songs with lyrics portraying their generation as misunderstood outcasts that go against the flow of society. I noticed that in the last example you gave, but I've also heard it frequently on the radio. I don't remember so much of this when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Shady!

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    1. Make that, "I spent a lot of time here." I just can't get my fingers and brain to work together. :)

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    2. Hi, dear Sherry!

      Thank you very much for coming over for a visit. It is quite understandable that your fingers and brain are out of sync, because you've had a lot on your mind (and plate) this past week, dealing with your son's broken arm. I hope Bubba continues to improve every day. Please remember that I am thinking about him and about you.

      No matter how modest you try to be, you left a superlative comment here today, Sherry, the kind that means the most to me. First of all, I am very flattered to know that you spent a considerable chunk of time listening to these new artists. Secondly, I am very happy to know that you are impressed with their music and how actively involved they are in social media and entertainment projects of all kinds. In the 50s and early 60s, teen idols were often "discovered" working as babysitters and busboys or simply hanging out on the street corner. Some had the right look but lacked talent, yet they became stars through image development and heavy hype and promotion. The game has changed. Today's young people put themselves out there on YouTube to be instantly critiqued by millions of people that can make them or break them by clicking "LIKE"or "DISLIKE." Third, I appreciate you observation that many of today's songwriters and artists portray their generation as misunderstood outcasts that go against the flow of society (Against the Current). In every decade of my life, I think, there has been a certain percentage of artists in pop music that have appealed to the rebels and outcasts of society. The 50s had Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent and, in the movies, James Dean and Marlon Brando. In the 60s, being on the outside was "in," and anti-establishment, counterculture bands and songs were commonplace. Songs like "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire, "If 6 Was 9 by Jimi Hendrix, "Pushin' Too Hard" by the Seeds, and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by the Animals jump to to mind. When you were young in the 70s, soft rock and disco dominated and the emphasis was more on looking good, having fun and finding love and romance. Generally speaking, the new wave 80s offered more of the same with the emphasis on clothing and hair styles (see the list of "Brat Pack" actors) dancing, partying and celebrating youth. The 90s saw a return to themes of alienation and hopelessness in the music of alternative rock and grunge bands. All this is off the top of my head and not any official word on the subject, just trying to offer examples to corroborate your statement.

      Thank you again for spending some quality time with me in the Shady, dear friend Sherry. I deeply appreciate your visit and comments and hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

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  20. Gosh they are all so young. I have to say I liked Connie the best and felt her voiced was the best trained...very clear and controlled. I have to admit I like the last one...Skyler. She has some edge to her singing which I like. The others are good but it sounds like bubble gum for my ears. I have been trying to play catch up plus taking a slower break....if that makes sense

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming over for a look and a listen. I appreciate your visit!

      Yessum, these girls are very young and loaded with talent and potential. The two you singled out, Connie Talbot and Skylar Stecker, are the youngest of the bunch. Connie is 15 and Skylar just turned 14 on April 24. I love the purity and clarity of all these voices. It would be interesting to hear Connie perform an edgy, up tempo song like Skylar's "Rascal" seeing as how most of her songs seem to be controlled, restrained ballads.

      Thank you again for your friendship and support, dear Birgit. I wish you a happy Mother's Day and hope to see you again soon!

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  21. Happy Mother's Day to Mrs. Shady.
    You have a good day too:)

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    1. That's very kind of you, Sandra! I wish you the same.

      If you have time, stop by tomorrow for my Mother's Day post. There are a few people I would like you and other new readers to meet.

      Take care!

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  22. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMay 7, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Now that I can finally take a break from vacuuming rainwater out of Mother's basement that was dumped on York by a stalled weather system, I'll sneak in under the tent with a comment before the show leaves town!

    Over all I, like the other readers, am impressed with the maturity and performance confidence of all these young women. Their voices and body language belie their youth and they are undoubtedly poised. From what you tell us, are also able to handle the multiple aspects of their careers with ease. I guess they are all "naturals" before mikes and video cameras.

    I probably shouldn't, but of course I can't help comparing them to the rising stars of my youth who, without the benefit of uTube, showcased their talents on the likes of the Mickey Mouse Club! (Think Annette Funicello. Oh boy, am I dating myself!)

    These gals exude adult sensuality way beyond their years and I'm embarrassed to admit that it makes me a tad uncomfortable. I hope that while they are wildly popular on social media and signed onto contracts, they have the benefit of good sound and loving advice from people who have something other than financial profits in mind. It has to be hard to adapt emotionally and physically to the demands of adulthood alongside the fast-paced and volatile world of the entertainment industry.

    Chrissy Costanza's voice is rich and has much depth that reminds me of those European Gothic stars you showcased some time ago. I liked the melodies of both songs by ATC, however their first video set off what can only be described as a pet peeve of mine.

    Chrissy is certainly beautiful, but she distracted me with the attention she expended on her hair: keeping it out of her eyes, pulling it back, etc. while singing. It's even the pose she strikes on the album cover!

    I see this a lot in young women and it reminds me of a 6th grade art student in my class years ago who simply could not let her hair alone. She was severely limited because she had to adapt all projects to using only one hand while the other twisted, stroked and fiddled with her long dark hair. She often left my classroom with dried paint or clay embedded in her tresses!

    I thought Megan Nicole's "Fever" was pretty creative using the dream surprise at the end, and the melody was absolutely addictive!

    Megan's and Liz's voices blend in wonderful harmony but I listened the second time to their song without watching the video because of the same "hair" and sensuality issues.

    Skylar has amazing dance ability and "Rascal" surely shows it off. That song is so energy-driven and the melody is contagious, but those break-dance moves on roller skates are incredible!!

    I guess you're not surprised that my favorite of the group was Connie Talbot because of her clear voice, her song, "Let It Go"(whose melody and lyrics I find very moving), but mostly her refreshingly honest, unaffected and authentic style. Is it my imagination or do I hear some Spector-esque sound on that one too?

    Hey, without posts such as this, I never would have known about Phil Spector, or any of these amazing young talents. I'll be watching to see how they do in the years ahead and wishing them continued success. Thanks, as always, for putting them on my radar.




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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you very much for coming by to cap off this week's post with another superlative comment!

      I didn't know anything about a stalled rain system over Central PA, and I am sorry to know that Mother's basement got flooded. I hope all is well up there at this hour.

      I suppose in some ways, YouTube is the modern version of "Talent-Round-up Day" which took place every Friday on the old Mickey Mouse Club. The big difference is that YouTube is available to music loving audiences 24-7 and they can instantly vote on songs and videos uploaded by an artist and leave printed comments for them.

      I hear you when you say that some of these young women exude adult sensuality. In the world of modern pop, pop rock and rap, this style of performing is widespread. There are 10 more volumes of this series yet to come and some of the artists in it make these girls look like the Singing Nun. I think today's audiences and performers take maturity for granted. It's the norm. It is accepted and expected. You mentioned how Chrissy constantly adjusted her hair. I'm sure you know that women have used preening (twisting, brushing and combing their hair) as a male lure, a courtship gesture, since the beginning of civilization. It's the kind of thing that most men admire and a certain percentage of women dislike, but I believe there are just as many young women watching Chrissy's performance who idolize her and will probably imitate her body language and everything else about her. Directors of music videos leave little to chance. They coach the talent and encourage them to use symbolic body language gestures to help sell the song. I should know because I used to storyboard, produce, direct and edit videos myself and I used the same type of elements in my productions.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the telenovela style video starring Megan Nicole. Her videos are inventive and she will be returning later in the year in another one.

      I am also happy to know that you appreciated the velvet voices of twins Megan & Liz even though you were a little put off by their rather provocative video.

      I was so happy to find that "Rascal" video starring Tampa Bay's Skylar Stecker. She's got spunk and, unlike Lou Grant, I love spunk! For years I watched her dad play for the Bucs.

      I think moms (and wives) everywhere would name Connie Talbot as their Pick To Click in this group. :) She is a singing sweetheart. With her innocence, her clear, sweet voice and subdued, straightforward, no nonsense style of performing, Connie proves that a girl doesn't have to twerk, have wardrobe malfunctions accidentally on purpose, swing from a wrecking ball and act like a hoochie mama to have legions of fans. Connie's recording is layered and utilized the echo chamber and in those respects it is similar to the Spectorian recordings of the past.

      You're right. It will be interesting to see what happens to these young singing stars in the years ahead.

      Thank you again for devoting so much time to your visit and comment this evening, dear friend Kathleen. I hope you can join us again tomorrow when original Dell rats gather to pay tribute to Helen Ettline. I wish you and Mother Margaret a very happy Mother's day!

      God bless!

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  23. I have never heard of any of these young ladies before including Megan Nicole from Texas. They all were good in their own way and styles. Thank you for introducing these to us.

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    1. You are very welcome, dear friend Holli. I'm sure you will be hearing more about Texan Megan Nicole in the years to come. Thank you for your visit and comment, dear friend!

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