Finally, we are getting a new single from one of the Country greats Pamela Hopkins. Straight Shooter slated for a July 29th release is probably one of the most anticipated singles of 2022, After the huge success of her last single One Too Many, and one of my personal favorite Country tracks ever One More Last Kiss; Pamela Hopkins is taking the country world by storm. Straight Shooter follows in the wake of these singles with another majestic performance in which Pamela pushes the envelope of her vocal styles combining mid-alto narrative while accentuating each cadence with her signature soprano twang. Yes, the Country girl can really sing, while maintaining her grounding in the style which makes her shine. Straight Shooter is just this, a straight shooter song highlighting the artist’s drink of choice. Yeah, we are not dealing with global warming or political metaphor, we are celebrating a drink with friends. “You know I don’t drink beer, I don’t drink wine, I’m a straight shooter, all the time. I like the burn going down.” Hey if this doesn’t make you want a drink with this girl, what would? Of course, from an artistic perspective, this song could be riddled with metaphor of a person who does not care to be lied to and manipulated, just give her the straight story and everything will be fine. Or just give her a “Whiskey on Ice” because that is just what she likes. Instrumentally, Straight Shooter has checked the boxes of effective grooves, inciting that line dancing rhythm with the walking bass and very tight drumming. The guitars offer chord progressions which help shape the lyrical structure, with just the right amount of melodic patterns thrown in to harmonize the vocals.
Not only can Straight Shooter find its place on any Country commercial radio playlist, but it would also most likely challenge for number one in rotation. The infectious chorus coupled with the dynamic hook the vocals provide make this a sure hit in this field. With close to a million streams and counting the ever-growing catalog of Pamela Hopkins proves without a doubt, that there is plenty in the arsenal for entertaining and danceable tracks to follow. The production is quite solid as well, a very professional and mature package that fills the audio spectrum while maintaining a solid bottom end. In my opinion, Straight Shooter perfectly balances the catalog of Country gems Pamela is already amassing, this one is straight-up fun, not meant to be challenging. This is ok for artists to show this side of themselves, as fans can relate to the artist on a personal level with greater ease. So grab a round of drinks for the party, just remember Pamela Hopkins is a Straight Shooter.
Toronto Singer-Songwriter Alex Krawczyk Nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards on Eve of Single Release
Alex Krawczyk follows up her Top 10 US radio airplay chart hit, “Better Days” with the 3rd single from her debut album, “Le Olam.” She is nominated for Best New Artist at the CMFAs.
With more than 150K Spotify streams of her debut album, “Le Olam” and a #1 US radio airplay chart single, Alex Krawczyk has emerged onto the folk music scene in 2022. Now, she is being recognized for her achievements with a nomination for Best New/Emerging Artist at the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The awards will be held during The CFMA 2023 Awards Weekend, March 31 – April 2, 2023, in Vancouver, B.C.
Established by Canada’s vibrant and internationally recognized folk music community, the awards currently boasts 19 categories. Nominees are chosen for each category through a two-stage jury process. More than 100 jurors, located across Canada, representing all official provinces, territories, and languages, determine the official recipients in each category.
News of her nomination comes as Alex prepares to release the 3rd single from her album. “Turning” follows the #1 US airplay hit, “There Will be Light” and the Top 10, “Better Days.”
Alex says, “Turning’ is a song written to encourage us to find beauty and meaning despite the challenges we are faced with, and to appreciate the simple moments in life. Thank you for listening! With love, Alex.”
When she’s not working on her music, Alex devotes much of her time to working with charitable initiatives in her community. Preferring to stay out of the limelight, she continues to write and record new music, continuing to share her journey of hope and healing through song. More details about Alex Krawczyk and her new single can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/alexkrawczykofficial.
Lo Artiz Ushers Us The Rawness Of Her Artistry In New Music Video “Softly”
Acclaimed singer-and-songwriter Lo Artiz has released her new music video for her single “Softly,” which was released on September 30th, in collaboration with band H A U N E R, “Softly.” She describes the emotional process of grieving a relationship ending and the heartbreak afterward.
She displays her journey to life in her music video with a performance that leaves folks to look in an exceeding trance. The river, trees, loamy sand, and long grass compose a toned-down background representing the calm and serene production of “Softly platinum. 1”, evoking the unhappiness of Artiz’s sorrow. Artiz, sitting ahead alongside the band H A U N T E R, sings from her soul, bearing all of her emotions. In contrast, the audience sees and hears Artiz’s pain and anger in her facial expressions, movements, and dynamic and superimposed voice.
Noted as a fan favorite, Lo Artiz has sold out multiple shows at the infamous Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. Artiz has also been featured in blogs such as Earmilk, Peaches N Pop, Fashionably Early, Alfitude, and more. Lo is beyond a triple threat. A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, arranger, & powerhouse performer with a vocal range that knows no limits – Lo’s mission as an artist is clear – to disturb the comfortable & comfort the disturbed.
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