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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 8 Females Sing Motown With Aretha Franklin


 Live Update At The End Of Article I was disappointed to see the elimination of Savion and Riley on Wednesday. They both brought considerable musical skills to this competition and I felt had depth and potential that we did not have the chance to see and enjoy.  To eliminate 4 instead of 2 singers […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 8 Males Celebrate Motown With Aretha Franklin


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Updates below as they come in. Get ready from some pretty sad eliminations. Like really sad.  Last week raised the curtain on some very stylistic singers who came totally prepared to win this thing.  The singers that really stood out to me – in no particular order – were Quentin, Quasim, Clark, Savion, […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 8: The Blind Auditions Week Two


Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice There is some lean and mean talent on The Voice this season. Pretty exceptional, actually. However, my favorite thus far is Sawyer Fredericks from #teampharrell. His performing style and vocal subsance define artistry. He most certainly is in this competition for the long haul. Returning to judge and mentor the singers […]

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Sawyer Fredericks  From Season 8 Of The Voice: Oh! Masterclass! Goodness! 


  < p style=”font-size:16px;color:rgb(45,45,45);font-family:OpenSans, sans-serif;”>Picture Credit: The Voice I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to see and hear this talented young artist perform during Week 2 of the Blind Auditions of The Voice. Where did he come from?  Like where?  He is a superstar waiting to be discovered.  Sawyer Fredericks (his […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 12 Females


 Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Update:  My apologies to the last few singers who performed last evening. I just noticed that, although I had written critiques for all of them, my blogging platform – WordPress – did not update this blog topic. Very frustrating. However, the last three singers were outstanding – with a special mention to […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 12 Males


 Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Live Update Of Performances At The End Of The Post Over the next three weeks,  the Semi-Final Rounds of American Idol Season 14 will feature the Top 24 Singers.   On Wednesday, February 25th, the Top 12 Guys will perform, with the viewing audience  deciding via voting who will advance to the […]

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The Voice Season 8 Is Set To Air On Mondays And Tuesdays Beginning This Week.


Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice Well, away we go! Another season of The Voice is upon us. So now, with the addition of American Idol over on Fox. we have four nights of reality singing shows. Who can keep up with all this? I will try my best but I am going to need some serious […]

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MasterClass Monday: Mandy Patinkin’s Glorious Performance Of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”


How often will you hear a male singer performing “Somewhere Ofer The Rainbow”? Not too often. Originally performed by Judy Garland in “The Wizard Of Oz”, we normally associate this song with a female vocalist. However, this performance by Mandy Patinkin erased any doubt that a male singer, with the right voice and artistic sensibility, […]

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87th Academy Awards Will Air On Sunday, February 22nd At 8:30 PM On ABC


Picture Credit: Oscar.Com Today is Oscar Sunday everyone. Like you didn’t know. Like you have been living under a rock for the past week! Ha! Watching the telecast of the Academy Awards has been a family tradition from as far back as I can remember. It was a HUGE deal in our house and it […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 40 House Of Blues Showcase And The Top 24 Reveal


Picture Credit: American Idol/Fox Well, this is it everyone! The week of the Top 24 Reveal! I am very excited and hopeful about this season – American Idol, the one that I know and love, is back with a vengeance. Now, I know the Top 24 names have been leaked all over the Internet but […]

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MasterClass Monday: Michael Buble’s Amazing Acoustic Cover Of “Home”


There is a reason why I love Michael Buble so much. It is his heart. Pure and simple – his heart. His vocal delivery is always pure and authentic and this acoustic performance of “Home”really accentuates this very fact. Michael tries to incorporate an acoustic set into the majority -if not all -of his concerts. […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: Hollywood Week Part One


Picture Credit: American Idol/Fox Over the next three weeks, the viewers will be treated to the drama and excitement traditionally known as Hollywood Week. This is the point in American Idol where the curtain rises to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the singers. Can they withstand this pressure cooker experience or not? Also, we […]

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MasterClass Monday: Cabaret Star Patricia O’Callaghan’s Mesmerizing Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Alexandra Leaving


I am naturally drawn to singers who deliver their songs via an expressively committed narrative. Singers who dig deep, wear their emotions on their sleeve and can expose their soul while flawlessly singing a beautiful melody and lyric. Patricia O’Callaghan is a gem of a singer. And I had the immense pleasure of teaching her […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 4: Two Nights In San Francisco


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Was it only me who thought the light and glow was a tad dimmer during last week’s American Idol audition episodes? In my opinion, some singers advanced that had questionable talent so we shall see what happens. This week seems more hopeful – they are devoting two nights to San Francisco so […]

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MasterClass Monday: Two Legends – Barbra And Billy – Inspire With A New York State Of Mind


Barbra Streisand released a record-breaking CD in 2014 – Partners – pairing her with arguably some of the best male artists in the music business. The CD is on my iPad and I never tire of listening to the collaborative work between Barbra and her Guest Artists. The creativity and vocal power exuded by the […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 3: Minneapolis And New Orleans


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Wasn’t Adam Lambert fantastic last week? I love Keith Urban as much as the next person but Adam added such dimension and flair to the judging panel. Such a star! Sitting, talking, mentoring or singing, he exudes charisma and class. Some mighty fine talent emerged as well, especially in New York City. […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 2 With Adam Lambert


Well, Adam Lambert Fans!! This is your week! The former American Idol finalist takes a long overdue seat at that Judges’ Table to share his advice and insight in his role as mentor and judge to prospective contestants of American Idol Season 14. How did this happen? Well, unfortunately, during the New York auditions, Keith […]

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The Curtain Rises On American Idol Season XIV On January 7th and 8th


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Aaaaaaaaaand, we’re off!! Yes – January can only mean one thing to Idol diehards and that is the debut of a new season of American Idol. What will this season bring us? Well, hopefully, singers with charisma, talent, professionalism and poise, elements that were sorely missing during Season XIII. I am still […]

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American Idol Season XIV: Sneak Peek: The Top 24 (Almost) Revealed


I don’t know which is more exciting – the fact that we get to hear the Top 24 in this video below or that American Idol Season XIV has finally re-embraced the Top 24 Semi-Final format? Yes, finally! I have only been harping and harping on a return to this format for the past four […]

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Michael Buble’s Christmas In New York Special To Air December 16th and December 17th


Ah, yes. This picture says it all, doesn’t it? Babs and Michael. Michael and Babs. Can this annual Michael Buble Christmas Special get any better? Barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé truly are two of my favorite singers on the planet. I have been a champion of both artists from Day One because each offer gifts […]

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