Tuesday, August 18, 2015

America's Got Talent Fans AND EVERYONE ELSE Get Ready For Emily West - MY CD REVIEW


Emily West Releases Debut Album
All For You - Available August 14, 2015

Hits the Road This Fall with 42-City
America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour

I rarely watch TV so I missed Emily West on AGT but from the first song I heard which was Sia's Chandelier I wanted more! 

Singer-songwriter and vocal powerhouse, Emily West releases her debut album All For You, available August 14 (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks). West will join the 42-city America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour­ commencing in October – dates below.  In addition, she will continue to open for comedian Jay Leno on tour and has solo dates in September.

All For You features four original songs including “Bitter,” the first single. RollingStone.com raves that “’Bitter’…swells and soars thanks to West's impassioned vocals. Heartbreak has never sounded quite this uplifting.” The music video for the track premiered on Yahoo Music - check it out here.

West wrote three other tracks on the album with K.S. Rhoads: “Battles” she notes “came from a quote that K.S. read by Ian Maclaren saying ‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle,’ so we wrote a song from three points of view.” “Glorianna” is “a song we wrote with high hopes that someone like Andrea Bocelli would sing it. Little did I know that when we were writing it, it'd go on my record! K.S. and I both cried when we were writing it. We couldn't stop. The Angels were among us that day”

On “Fallin’,” West and Rhoads deliberately evoked “Billie Holiday and an old-school kind of song that dealt honestly about situations in life.” The song takes an unexpected tragic turn at the end, and is one of West’s favorite originals.

The album also includes several covers of major hits that fans of AGT will remember from her season on the show.

West sang the 1959 pop hit “Sea of Love” at her first AGT audition. “I was cat sitting in New York, trying to figure out what songs to sing—and terrified,” she recalls, adding, “I tried to cut it like Patsy Cline might have, and make it my own and from a woman’s perspective.”

David Guetta and Usher’s “Without You” comes from West’s generation of music, though she gave it more of a gospel interpretation: “It’s definitely a pop song, but when I focused on the lyrics, it became more like a worship song, expressing the need for a higher power—and I sing it like that instead of a relationship song.”

For her second AGT audition, West performed Roy Orbison’s 1989 hit “You Got It.” Here she broke down” the lyrics by turning it into “a girl’s song—haunting like the Righteous Brothers, and ‘50s-sounding.”

Cyndi Lauper’s classic “True Colors” carries great personal meaning for West in that she grew up listening to her. “She’s my hero, and I try to teach all the little girls I know about her as an empowering woman and inspirational songwriter.”

Rounding out the album are two songs that West performed so memorably on AGT: “Nights in White Satin,” which is special because “it’s my parents’ love song” and “Chandelier,” a track she was initially unsure whether she could perform credibly, but ultimately made it her own.

The Waterloo, Iowa native, moved to Nashville at the age of 18, where she honed her songwriting and performance skills in the local clubs. Soon after arriving, West landed a publishing and record label deal and released three country singles. She was also nominated with duet partner Keith Urban for the Academy of Country Music Awards in the category of “Vocal Event of the Year for their song “Blue Sky.”

Driven by her love and fear of New York City, West got on a plane, got lost on the subway, and found herself auditioning for AGT.  This gave her the opportunity to demonstrate her vulnerability and versatility to a wide audience.  

All for You culminates a dizzying climb from West’s relatively humble origins as a country recording artist to national recognition after being championed by AGT judge Howard Stern and coming in second in the finals.

Since AGT, West signed to Portrait Records, and in December she shared the stage with her hero Cyndi Lauper at Lauper’s annual Home For The Holidays benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. She headlined a multi-city tour, bringing a series of weekly performances of her one-woman show to New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago. West also co-hosted the red carpet at the first American Country Countdown Awards in Nashville and has performed the National Anthem at numerous sporting events for the NHL, MLB, NBA, WNBA and the Kentucky Derby.

West released a video collaboration with Postmodern Jukebox, a Roy Orbison-esque version of Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "Only One."

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.portraitrecords.com.


1          Chandelier   
2          Nights in White Satin   
3          Bitter   
4          Without You   
5          Sea of Love   
6          Glorianna   
7          Battles   
8          You Got It   
9          True Colors   
10        Fallen   

The 411 by Maria 

I love female vocalists! I was happy to find a new female singer that I feel has what I love in a voice when I listen to music. 

Like Lara Fabian, Adele, Christine Perri, Patty Smyth, Stevie Nicks to name a few, Emily's voice has depth and emotion that makes them stand out for me above all others.  

From the first song, Sia's Chandelier; I was in love.  I LOVE Sia. Her voice is another one that bleeds raw emotion but the style in which Emily sang it was completely different. When she breaks into the chorus I am completely gone. The beauty of her voice with the fearless lyrics of Sia are stunning. It is a completely different feeling from Sia's and I love that. 

All of the songs are unbelievable. Delivered like a seasoned pro and will have you NOT singing along right away but closing your eyes and really listening. 

My second favorite is Without You by David Guetta (believe me you know this song).

I can't win, I can't reign
I will never win this game without you, without you
I am lost, I am vain,
I will never be the same without you, without you
I won't run, I won't fly
I will never make it by without you, without you
I can't rest, I can't fight
All I need is you and I, without you, without you
Oh oh oh
You! You! You!
You! You! You!
Without you

Is another stunning version of a song I love. Emily's voice is truly an angels. It is pretty, clear and truly mesmerizing. I want to put my headphones on and really listen again. Without outside noise so I can hear the exquisite sounds of a voice I need to hear more of. 


Sun, Sep 13                 Kansas City, MO                     Kauffman Center (with Jay Leno)
Wed, Sep 23                Seattle, WA                              Triple Door (solo show)
Fri, Sep 25                   Dallas, TX                               House of Blues (solo show)
Sat, Sep 26                          Houston, TX                                       House of Blues (solo show) 26, 2015

America’s Got Talent Live: The All-Stars Tour! Shows

Tue, Oct 6                    Salina, KS                                Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
Wed, Oct 7                  Lincoln, NE                             Lied Center for Performing Arts
Thur, Oct 8                  Chicago, IL                              Chicago Theatre
Fri, Oct 9                     Prior Lake, MN                                    Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Sat, Oct 10                   Waukegan, IL                          Genesse Theatre
Sun, Oct 11                  Louisville, KY                         The Kentucky Center – Whitney Hall
Tue, Oct 13                  Milwaukee, WI                                    The Pabst Theater
Wed, Oct 14                Grand Rapids, MI                    DeVoss Performance Hall
Thur, Oct 15                Detroit, MI                               Motor City Casino Hotel
Fri, Oct 16                   Indianapolis, IN                                   Murat Theatre
Sat, Oct 17                   Cleveland, OH                         Hard Rock CafĂ© Cleveland
Sun, Oct 18                  Bethlehem, PA                         Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tue, Oct 20                  Red Bank, NJ                          Count Basie Theatre
Wed, Oct 21                Westbury, NY                          Theatre at Westbury
Thur, Oct 22                Glenside, PA                            Keswick Theatre
Fri, Oct 23                   Verona, NY                             Turning Stone Resort & Casino – Event Center
Sat, Oct 24                   Boston, MA                             Orpheum Theatre – Boston
Sun, Oct 25                  Uncasville, CT                         Mohegan Sun
Mon, Oct 26                Morristown, NJ                                    Mayo Performing Arts Center
Tue, Oct 27                  Greensburg, PA                                   Palace Theatre
Wed, Oct 28                Washington DC                                   Lisner Auditorium
Thur, Oct 29                Baltimore, MD                         Modell PAC at The Lyric
Fri, Oct 30                   N. Charleston, SC                    North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Sat, Oct 31                   Melbourne, FL                         King Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Nov 1                  W Palm Beach, FL                   Dreyfood Hall @ Kravis Center for Performing Arts
Tue, Nov 3                  Orlando, FL                             Hard Rock Live
Wed, Nov 4                 Clearwater, FL                         Capitol Theater
Thur, Nov 5                 Sarasota, FL                             Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Fri, Nov 6                    Jacksonville, FL                       Florida Theatre
Sat, Nov 7                    Atlanta, GA                             Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre
Sun, Nov 8                  New Orleans, LA                     Saenger Theatre
Mon, Nov 9                 San Antonio, TX                      Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Wed, Nov 11               Houston, TX                            Verizon Wireless Theater
Thur, Nov 12               Grand Prairie, TX                    Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Fri, Nov 13                  Austin, TX                               The Moody Center
Sat, Nov 14                  Tulsa, OK                                Brady Theater
Sun, Nov 15                St. Louis, MO                          Peabody Opera House
Mon, Nov 16               Kansas City, MO                     Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Wed, Nov 18               Denver, CO                             Paramount Theatre
Fri, Nov 20                  Los Angeles, CA                      Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles
Sun, Nov 22                Reno, NV                                Grand Sierra Resort – Theatre

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary CD for my honest opinion.

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