Blake Shelton “If I’m Honest

Blake Shelton – “If I’m honest” review

Isabel Blanco for CMNI
Blake might be a giant country star in the US, known as The Voice coach who keeps winning but I never heard of him. In Europe we have no real clue about how good these artists are. If I’m honest is called his break up album. For me it’s the start of listening to great country music. I wonder why they don’t hit our charts here. 
Don’t get me wrong. I wrote a lot of reviews but intent to discover always something new. This album is more then good! 
Not knowing the tabloid news makes it better for me to open up to this music that Blake sings. I can image the big stages the he plays, see the crowd enjoying what he does. Feeling his music, singing along. It speaks for itself why he is big in Country. The album combines country and country pop in an easy way. Music that you want to listen to. 

I can either write down what I think of his songs by reviewing one after the other but I won’t. Every song is potential chart song in my opinion. 
“She has a way with words” is mentioned the most in other reviews because of the lyrics, I just like the sound of it. Break up album or not it doesn’t matter this is a musician who understands his job. As far as you can call it a job, playing music is a passion. Either you have it or not. He has it. Including those incredible eyes. 

If a rate has to come with this album it’s a 5 star for sure. Which is a pretty good rate for a European music and art writer. Music from the heart and soul and the best part of it is that you don’t even have to like country to grow fond of this album…. Let it dazzle and surprise you as it dit me.

Me About you – prachtig drama over euthanasie

‘Me About you’ gaat over Will Traynor die na een ongeluk verlamd raakt en niet meer wil leven. De Will voor het ongeval is die van een rijke levensgenieter voor wie niets te dol is. Hij houdt van het leven. Maar aan die wil om te genieten komt een einde als een motor hem aanrijdt en hij verlamd raakt.

Na 2 jaar besluit hij dat her genoeg is geweest. Hij wil Euthanasie plegen. Zijn moeder vooral wil haar zoon niet kwijtraken. Will beloofd zijn ouders nog 6 maanden te blijven. Als zijn situatie onveranderd blijft maakt hij er een einde aan.

Zijn ouders nemen een ‘caretaker’ aan. Louise “Lu” Clarke. Hoewel het de eerste tijd stroef gaat, immers voor Will hoeft het niet meer komt er een kentering als Lu dit verneemt. Ze zet alles op alles om het te voorkomen als ze het verdriet van de ouders voelt. Als zijn vriendin ook nog met zijn beste vriend ervan tussen gaat is het helemaal kansloos.

Lu echter laat her er niet bij zitten. Na weken van stilte praat Will eindelijk en ze maakt een Bucketlist. Wat begon als een saaie baan groeit uit tot een fantastische vriendschap tot liefde. Wat uiteraard hardloop vriendje Patrick niet leuk vindt. Lu is niet alledaags, ze is op zijn liefst ‘😵😖 ouderwets gekleed en gekapt. Een beetje dom, niet de slimste, erg lief en charmant. Een beetje vreemd. Juist dat wordt voor Will aantrekkelijk. 

Als ze de Bucketlist afwerken gebeurd hetgeen het vriendje bang voor is. Ze worden verliefd en Lu slaagd er bijna in om hem op andere gedachten te brengen. Echter Will besluit dat Lu recht heeft op een aangenaam leven en zet haar in zijn testament. 

Heel even dreigt het mis te gaan als beiden hun liefde aan elkaar verklaren. Will kan Lu niet beloven te blijven leven. Hij is te zwak, teveel pijn en wil haar niet opzadelen met een zwaar invalide. Ze gaat verdrietig weg om alsnog op tijd hem na te reizen naar Zwitseeland om euthanasie te plegen. Het wordt een mooi afscheid. Lu erft een fiks bedrag laat Patrick doen wat hij het graagste doet ‘hardlopen’ zonder dat zij er nog last van heeft.

Asia Nicole an inspiring young artist


My name would not be Isabel if I would not ask for more information. Asia Nicole’s manager sended me the bio of a stunning rising young star to be.

Asia Nicole hails from Yulee, Florida, but now resides in Atlanta, GA.

At the age of 6, she made herself noticeable by performing solos for family members and neighbors. Asia Nicole was a member of her church kids choir and was a part of her school chorus. She never backed away from the microphone and she often stepped out to take on a solo. Asia Nicole had a passion for singing and realized this was something she was born to do.

She made her mark as a newcomer to the Industry in December 2012 when she won “Atlanta’s Hottest Future Superstar” under 18 award.
This accomplishment boosted her self-confidence, making her aware of the special gift she had been blessed with.

At age 12 she won the first place at “King Ryans Music Showcase” showing her talent was solid!
She was the only teen artist.

In 2014 she won pop artist of the year at the “Clean Music Movement” Award and was also a nominee for The 2015 Georgia Music Youth Award.

Asia Nicole doesn’t only sing to entertain, but rather to inspire and empower others. Asia Nicole has used her talent in supporting causes such as anti-bullying and in fund-raising for charities.

Asia Nicole’s inspiration for music is drawn through artist such as Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. She has performed at places such as the Cobb Galleria, The Georgia Convention Center, The 2015 Atlanta New Year’s Eve Peach Drop, and Hard Rock Cafe.

With her level of persistence and ability, the rising star will undoubtedly accomplish her goal of becoming a well-known Artist, entertaining millions.

Asia Nicole

Country music intern “Eileen Carey future of country”

This site had a wonderful interview with Eileen Carey explaining why she is THE ULTIMINATE STAR IN COUNTRY


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

(Back in the Studio With Producer Travis Allen Childress / New Single In Time for the CMA Fest in June)

The truth about Eileen Carey is that there is no one like her in country music today. She is truly an original. And as her final single release from the Let It Go album “Bring on the big” co-written by Angela Kaset (“Something In Red”) and Amy Dalley, declares she is ready for the big time. After 14 career music nominations and five trophies; and having topped all of the country and AC/Top 40 charts , there is little doubt that Eileen has arrived.

She is this year’s New Music Weekly, Breakthrough Country Artist of the Year, but in fact has been mentioned with the A-list of Country Music women for years. Her positive life reaffirming subject matter and bright danceable grooves continually find homes in line dance groups and clubs worldwide.
“Country. Pop. Rock. Eileen Carey’s music blends all three styles together in a way that feels uniquely hers. I’ve just been trying to think if there’s any other artists out there like her right now and I can’t think of any. “ Nashville’s Country Music According to Kim, Kim Alexander, April 2016.

“I grew up in Cleveland into The Beatles, Pretenders, Motels…pop music. People are talking about how I crossed over with my recent re-mix release of “Faith”, but I charted AC and Top 40 from the beginning of my career,” Carey says. “I see my songs as little films. Stories with a point of view,” the ex-actress says.
Featured on KCAL 9/CBS LA’s The Weekend Morning Show this past January, the longtime Supercuts Ambassador’s music video views of Bottle Your Crazy Up, Party at the Beach and Faith, are racking up major label numbers, with plenty of summer and fall performances ahead for her growing fanbase to enjoy. Eileen will be playing Rippy’s two consecutive nights, Friday and Saturday the 6th and the 7th at the Country Music Festival in June.

Currently in the studio working on new material for a fifth career album with her stallworth producer Travis Allen Childress of Nashville Tracks, and writing with hit songwriting partner Kathrine Grimm, Carey has set a caracteristically high bar to reach,“This past year has been a whirlwind,” says Carey. “But a whirlwind’s my kind of weather. My fans have made all the achievements possible, and I intend to match their enthusiasm with equal musical energy.”
Like her music Eileen Carey is a lot of things, but impossible to pidgeon-hole. She is an animal rescuing, kick-boxing, wisdom and good sense “Music Mom” (featured as such on trhe Nick Jr. docu-comedy ‘Take Me To Your Mother’), darling of the Venice Beach California homeless community, and a no holds barred women’s advocate country-pop singer -songwriter. If that seems far-fetched, you don’t know Eileen Carey.

“There are two ecstatic moments for a woman,” says Carey.  “One is when she falls madly in love, and the other is when she realizes she has all the skill and strength needed to captain her own life.  A lot of my songs are about the latter ecstasy.  I see the songs as representing a kind of sweet militancy.”
She is also, one of the most “pay-it-forward” artists in any genre of music today. She puts her considerable influence in California to good use for the communities she lives in. For years Eileen donated her performances to the Annual Summerfest on Venice Beach, California for the Homeless, and the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, in 2014 she was honored at the event as it’s Spotlight Artist. Last July she co-produced and co-headlined a fundraiser at for the non-profit called FixNation, which provides free medical services to the homeless animal community in Los Angeles, primarily the cat population, at the legendary Autry (Gene Autry) Musuem.

Eileen’s fanbase though, has recognized her for a long time, for beinjg just that, being that eclectic country based musician that charts top country at the same time topping her share of AC/Top40 charts as well; and with the same track. Actually no surprise about this Ohio girl who has spent the last twenty years creating her brand of California Country, out of Altadena, CA, in the foothills of Pasadena. Like a Keith Urban or Daruis Ruckers, she is that kind of artist that is a true crossover, adding new dimensions to both. She rocks country as good as anyone, while taking the subject matter to a different place then country usually goes to.

“Eileen Carey is a singer-songwriter-vocalist in the Pop-Country genre who has emerged over the last few years as both an accomplished storyteller and effective, appealing stylist, while making music that deftly combines country influences with pop arrangements. Her songs also offer distinct, prominent messages about personal empowerment and emotional fulfillment.” – Ron Wynn, Nashville Music Guide., 2014.

Nick Vucinovich, April 25, 2016 for Country Music News International
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Kim’s outstanding review for Eileen Carey’s album ‘Let it GO’


Eileen Carey’s name is rising. More and more articles every day for this new star who is living the dream. This review is from Kim who loves the album ‘Let it go’.

Country Music, according to Kim
Exactly what the title says. My name is Kim and I love country music.

And this is country music, according to me.

Album review: Let It Go by Eileen Carey

Country. Pop. Rock. Eileen Carey’s music blends all three styles together in a way that feels uniquely hers. I’ve just been trying to think if there’s any other artists out there like her right now and I can’t think of any. Eileen grew up in Ohio and relocated to California over 20 years ago. An independent artist, she has made quite a name for herself in California. That said, she spends a fair amount of time in Nashville and come to find out, she used Nashville musicians to track the songs of Let It Go with all of the vocals recorded in Los Angeles. Oh, what a world we live in. I feel like you can hear influences of both places throughout the album.

Let It Go is Eileen’s fourth album and features three covers and eight originals. Five of which Eileen co-wrote and I was pleasantly surprised to see that another artist I like, Amy Dalley, co-wrote the other three. She (Amy) wrote “Anything That Reminds Me Of You” with her husband, Jack Sizemore, who is one of Jason Aldean’s guitar players. Funny how things work out.

The best thing about Let It Go is how positive and enpowering all of the songs are. The songs are all about letting go of the things that weigh us down so that we might be able to move on to something better. This is a strong album and one that I would definitely recommend taking the time to check it out for yourself.

So how about we take a few minutes to look at each of the tracks?

“Bring On the Big” – A song, just released to radio, that’s all about deciding to go after the big dreams that you have for your life. It’s about being ready to take that leap of faith and just go for it. In an album that is so wonderfully upbeat, this is the perfect song to kick things off. It’s inspiring and a good one to sing along with since it’s one of those songs that makes you feel like you could actually go out there and make your dreams come true. The big ones.

“Anything That Reminds Me of You” – One of the things I enjoy about this album is the recurring theme of letting go of the things and feelings that hold us back. This one is about getting rid of everything left over from a relationship that has now ended so you can finally move on. With an infectious beat that’ll most likely get you dancing around while you pack up all the things that person left behind. Or, as the title sais, anything that makes you think of them.

“Let It Go” – Not to be confused with the smash hit from Disney’s Frozen with the same name. Much less angst in this one. Who said letting go of things had to be a painful experience? What I think makes Eileen such an interesting artist is her ability to make her songs come across like advice from a good friend. Someone who has gone through some things and wants to share the lessons she learned to help other people going through them. It’s a combination of the actual lyrics and the way she delivers them. This is the first album of hers I’ve ever listened to and yet you almost feel like this is someone you actually know, as weird as that may sound. Some singers just have that knack.

“Don’t Get Me Wrong” – Honestly, this is an album that you can really just dance your way through. As some of you know, I always love when albums have a good flow to them and Let It Go absolutely does. Fantastic energy throughout and “Don’t Get Me Wrong” is a great example of that. Always nice when an album is good for your waistline as well as your ears. One of the covers on the album, this was originally done by The Pretenders.

“Party At the Beach” – Because sometimes you just need to destress and let your hair down. What better time to do that than the weekend? As Eileen sings, “I’ve been working so hard I deserve to smile”. Indeed. If you can get to a beach, do it, but you can just crank this up and have a party in your living room. Or wherever. Some cool guitar licks in this one.

“Only the Lonely” – The second cover on the album, this song was originally performed by The Motels. One of the more low key parts of the album, tempo wise. If there was going to be a point where the energy level might have dipped, it more than likely would have been here. But it didn’t do that. It’s a great vocal by Eileen, but I want to give the musicians their due here. I like the instrumental break quite a bit. That wonderful energy that’s flowed through the album is still very much present which is great.

“Joey” – Cool groove to this one. Everyone is cooking on this track, but it’s more of a slow burn, if you follow. It’s one you sort of sink into. I caught myself singing along with the chorus by the end the first time I listened to it. I love when that happens. I think out of all of the songs on the album, this is one of the ones I’d want to hear live the most. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any song even remotely like this out right now. This is a good thing, especially today.

“Walking On Sunshine” – I don’t think it’s possible to be in a bad mood when listening to this song. I really don’t. Originally performed by Katrina and the Waves, this song is one of those that never fails to cheer me up whenever I hear it. Regardless of who sings it. That said, Eileen’s version might actually be my new favorite. She sounds like she’s having a blast singing it and I love that. It makes you want to sing along as the top of your lungs. I think it’d be so much fun to hear her perform it live.

“Bottle Your Crazy Up” – In which Eileen gives some advice to a friend that’s about to re-enter the dating scene. Namely, to “bottle your crazy up”. Honestly, I think a lot of people could benefit from this advice. In this age of social media, it’s become incredibly easy for people to share too much about themselves. Better to keep some things to yourself. Another that had me singing along with the chorus the first time I listened to it. Fun track.

“Sweet Love” – Okay, so we had a song about moving on from a bad relationship. Seems only right to balance that out with a song that celebrates a good relationship. It’s a sweet, catchy song about a, well, sweet love. This might be an odd comparison, but the way this songs flows makes me think of a roller coaster. Go with me. It builds up during the verses to lead up to the energetic chorus and then the slower bridge. Back up to that chorus. The California influence feels the strongest on this track to me.

“Love Never Dies” – An important reminder that while things may get tough sometimes, the reality is that love never dies. Even when you fight. Even with all the ups and downs that are part of living. The perfect track to close out the album; it really seems to sum it all up. “Love never dies/ it goes on forever”. In reading about Eileen, she credits The Beatles as one of her biggest influences and this song feels like a testament to that to me. It makes me think of their hit “All You Need is Love”. Not that it sounds like it because it doesn’t. But “Love Never Dies” feels like it could be a companion piece and I think that mashing them up together would work very well.

All in all, a very solid album and one that I’m sure I’ll be listening to over and over again. I love that there’s albums this positive out there, especially when so many of the songs out lately focus on drinking and partying. Especially with so many acts overly concerned with giving off attitude and  showing how tough they think they are. I’ve complained about that before – more than once. There’s a place for that kind of stuff, to be sure, but it’s wonderful when you come across an album that just makes you feel good. That’s what Let It Go does. It puts me in a happier place when I listen to it. And I think it can do the same for you.

Country’s best ‘Nashville 4×05 Promo “Stop The World (And Let Me Off)” (HD)’

Nashville de razendpopulaire serie op netflix van ABC komt een dezer dagen met Seizoen 5.

Veronica ‘als je nog niet van Country houdt ben je verkocht na het zien van Nasville’

Een beter compliment is er niet. Immers Douwe Bob gaat ons op het Eurovisie Songfestival vertegenwoordigen met Country.

Wist je dat Adele in seizoen 3 in afleveringen meespeelt? Ze is op zoek naar songs voor het album 25!

Ze was in Nashville in die tijd tijdens een tour in de stad die muziek uitadement. Het levenslied.

Country = het levenslied. Hazes was soul blues een beetje country bovenalles ‘het levenslied’.

Ilse de Lange is nu met The Common Limits dichtbij DE doorbraak.

Eileen Carey is eigen Rayna Janes. DE ster. Met 1 verschil haar huwelijk is sterk en bestand the dream. Waar Rayna nu is.

De serie met “Juliette -Linsey Lowan- Barnes” als de drank en drugs problem star. Luke Wheeler Johny Cash de man die alles verloor. Deacon ‘het talent’ gaat bijna dood aan leverkanker maar wordt op tijd gered door Beverly zijn zeer getalenteerde mislukte zangeres.

De perfecte inkijk in de ruwe muzielbranche. Zo waar dat je niet alleen van de muziek gaat houden nee je gaat het begrijpen.

Ik kijk al terug naar de serie die mij tijdens 6 mnd op bed liggen met trombose hielp het vol te houden samen het ‘House of Cards’.

Netflix geeft ons de kans om die prachtige dramaseries ABC te zien. Ontspanning als lezen niet kan ivm zware medicatie (ogen bijwerking).

Ik kan niet wachten op seizoen 5. Gaan Deacon en Rayna eindelijk trouwen? Komt Julliete Barnes bij zinnen en …. komt Luke de gay zanger weer aan bod?