Hunter DeBlanc – Sydney

Sometimes we hear a new song that makes our ears prick up instantly, the song grabs all our attention and we stop what we are doing to listen and groove along. That is the reaction I had when I heard Hunter DeBlancs new single “Sydney”.

For those of you who are new to Hunters music, it’s got that rad retro influence that never goes out of style. Sydney blends a cool array of synth-pop sounds and Hunters vocal draws us in from the opening line “forgive me” before exploding into a golden mix of INXS style guitar licks and that big dance floor beat. The production is aurally impressive, it’s a sound fit to dominate radio stations and dancefloors around the world – because we just can’t get enough!

The lyrics reflect on Hunters wild weekends and late nights drinking and going off the deep end as he makes reference to his escape to a big city down under, sailing out past the iconic opera house. It’s clever, catchy and cool as f*k! This song is an anthem and will surely have people of all ages throwing their hands in the air and singing along. It’s that secret formula to a killer song that Hunter has unlocked in Sydney – it’s got feeling, it’s got soul and it connects with us in the heart all the while making us dance, sing along and go crazy.

Hunter is a well-seasoned singer and instrumentalist one that can back up his recorded performance very well on the live stage, he’s a mad talent and has certainly nailed it in this pumping track. It’s only a matter of time before Sydney goes viral, perhaps by the time I have finished posting this review.

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Michael Burrows – Turn this love around

When a talented and passionate singer/songwriter from Melbourne Australia by the name of Michael Burrows lands himself in a Nashville studio with some of the best country music players and producers in the world, a creative vision comes to light and a music masterpiece is born. Turn this love around is the second single released from the Michael Burrows debut EP and is a heartfelt and romantic song of love.

The track has a classic organic country sound mixed with that distinct Australian flavour and soul. The uplifting lyrics remind us that when our relationships get tough we can always put our problems or differences aside and turn things around for the better. It’s poetically sweet and creatively written in a way that warms our heart, the lyrics penetrate deep and have us singing along – long after the song is over.

The music arrangement is performed by a very talented band including Chris McHugh drummer for Keith Urban, Pat Buchanan guitar for Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt and B James Lowry guitar for Faith Hill, Jewel, Lee Ann Womack. This is Nashvilles A list of session players and the result is delightfully sweet allowing Burrows music and voice to shine, showing all its shades and colours. The chorus vocal is so beautifully harmonized that it lifts us up while adding a touch of sorrow that pulls on our heartstrings, it is real and connects to the listener on many levels.

Australian radio has already started lapping up this alt-country rock beauty with some big love coming from Triple M & The KIX Country network. ABC radio in Bundaberg, Queensland recently named Michael Burrows EP as Album of the Week so it is safe to say Turn this love around is getting the attention and recognition it deserves.

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Izellah – Island Holiday

Schools out! Get ready for some fun, we are heading to where the sun is shining with Izellah on an Island Holiday! Rising pop star Izellah has a rocking new party anthem Island Holiday, a fantastic follow up to her EP Be Yourself and the single Unbeatable that was released earlier this year (2018).

This Caribbean style adventure song is loaded with fun and catchy lyrics that take you to an island paradise and brighten your day wherever you are. Izellah has us feeling the sand beneath our feet and the sweet taste of coconut and lime as she sings about escaping to a fun and sunny Island Holiday. Like a true party song it’s got that big dance beat and funky groove to get the party rocking and have everybody on the dancefloor.

With such a big voice and impressive vocal range it’s hard to believe Izellah is just 11 years old. This little ray of sunshine is not only making a huge name for herself through her amazing music releases, she has also been singing and dancing up a storm on the Broadway stage starring in musical hits such as The Sound of Music, The King and I, Music Man and a leading role as Matilda in Tim Minchen’s Matilda.

It’s without a doubt that Izellah is bringing allot of excitement to Australian music and with great songs like Island Holiday in her already impressive music catalogue the future looks bright for this talented young star.

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