Interview: Risa Binder Loves Music And Desserts! [UPDATE]

Kristen Maldonado & Risa Binder at Rockwood Music Hall

Last night I aired my Risa Binder interview on 88.7 FM WRHU.  Below, you can check out the interview in pieces on Gone Country, or just hear the full interview:

Risa Binder Interview on Gone Country

Full Risa Binder Interview

Now I’m off to her show at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC!  See ya’ll there!

UPDATE: It’s true – Risa does bring cupcakes to her shows!

Risa Binder loves Baked by Melissa cupcakes!

Her concert at Rockwood Music Hall was fantastic and I even snapped a few pictures, which you can see after the jump!

Risa’s next show is at Webster Hall in NYC on March 12.

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New Music: Country’s Newest Sweetheart Risa Binder Talks ‘Paper Heart’

Country-pop cutie Risa Binder just released her debut album Paper Heart this past Valentine’s Day.  Having always dreamed of being a singer-songwriter, she headed to Nashville to start the process.  Now two years later, her dream has become a reality.  Since her album dropped, she has been going back and forth between Nashville and her home in Brooklyn to promote the album and perform for … Continue reading New Music: Country’s Newest Sweetheart Risa Binder Talks ‘Paper Heart’

Music Monday: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”

Carly Rae Jepsen was first discovered on Canadian Idol back in 2007, where it was immediately clear that she was a star.  “Call Me Maybe” is the lead single off of her first EP, Curiosity.

The day Curiosity was released – this past February 14 – teen superstar Justin Bieber announced on Canada’s Much Music: New Music Live that Carly had been signed to Schoolboy Records.  The label is run by Scooter Braun (J-Biebs’ manager!).

“Call Me Maybe” is catchy and fun, as is the music video for the song.  In the video, Jepsen is spying on her hot neighbor.  She tries her best to get his attention, from washing her car to performing a song for him, but in the end the neighbor gives his number to one of her bandmates instead!

Since “Call Me Maybe” dropped in September, it has reached the top of the digital charts (which is the first song by a Canadian artist to do so since Justin Bieber’s “Baby” back in 2010).  “Call Me Maybe” is the 11th song by a Canadian artist to reach No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan.  In addition, Jepsen is the 4th Canadian artist to hit #1 on Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100.

So, what does all this say?  Carly Rae Jepsen has star-power and is definitely an artist to look out for!

Check out Carly’s “Call Me Maybe” music video, above.

You can see Justin Bieber giving a shout out to Carly here and a video of your favorite celebs (like Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and more!) rockin’ out to “Call Me Maybe” after the jump!

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Interview: Indian-American Artist Anand Bhatt Shares His Love Of Music

Anand Bhatt is a Grammy recognized Indian-American artist.  With a love of music, Anand was influenced by many different artists in the creation of his own unique musical stylings.  I got a chance to talk with Anand about how he got into Latin music, what his songwriting process is like, and about his love of charity work. Kristen Maldonado: You’re the first Indian-American to be … Continue reading Interview: Indian-American Artist Anand Bhatt Shares His Love Of Music

Footage Released Of Jessie J In School Production Of ‘Bugsy Malone’

Jessie J was destined for stardom even at the young age of 12! Before she was singing “Do It Like A Dude” and “Domino,” Jessie J rocked the stage as Blousey Brown in The Wenn Stage School production of Bugsy Malone. I hope performing on Broadway or the West End is in the near future for her! You can see Jessie J sing “Ordinary Fool” from … Continue reading Footage Released Of Jessie J In School Production Of ‘Bugsy Malone’

New Music: Up-And-Coming Artist Taylor Berrett Premieres “Whole Heart” Music Video

Taylor Berrett Premieres "Whole Heart" Music Video On MTV Buzzworthy

Singer-songwriter Taylor Berrett recently signed to SRP Records (the company behind Rihanna‘s biggest hits!) and he’s already taking the music world by storm.

His music video “Whole Heart” premiered yesterday and features Taylor singing a touching love song in an empty theatre.  But just who is Taylor Berrett?

The 19-year-old Northern Virgina native first got noticed by his cover of Drake and Rihanna’s “Take Care” with Vita Chambers.  Taylor’s voice is mature beyond its years, with an appealing rasp to it.  The duo did a beautiful acoustic version of the song showcasing their unique style and making the cover their own.

In an interview with J-14 Magazine, Berrett explained his musical style.  “At the core it’s pop music, performed with mainly acoustic instruments, but heavily influenced by soul and blues artists of the past and R&B artists of the present,” he said.  “It’s in the same universe of acts like John Mayer and Coldplay.”

He uses his own life experiences as inspiration for his songs.  In fact, “Whole Heart” is “the most personal song” he’s written so far.  “I sometimes like to generalize and use lots of metaphors in songs to distance myself from them emotionally, but every line in “Whole Heart” is completely and painfully me. It’s really an apology, about asking somebody to be patient with me and promising to be better at giving all of myself to her before it’s too late.”

Taylor’s five-song EP Anchor Chasing is currently available on iTunes.

Check out the “Whole Heart” music video on MTV Buzzworthy.

Want to see more from Taylor?  You can watch the music video for his first single, “Anchor Chasing,” after the jump!

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