Check out new music from James Durbin, Jena Irene Asciutto, Dia Frampton, TOTEM, Taylor John Williams and Mike Schiavo.
James Durbin – Maps to the Hollywood Scars Vol. 1 (EP)
Music from the new project between American Idol 10 alum James Durbin and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi is here. Maps to the Hollywood Scars Vol. 1 is a six song EP from the duo which sheds light on the darker side of the music industry.
“…this is our project,” James told Guitar World magazine. “We own it and we’ve grown it. It’s been a pleasure writing, recording and laughing with each other, and I can’t wait for our collective audiences to hear what we’ve created.”
“Alex and I have been patiently anticipating this release since we first began emailing each other songs in October 2016,” James tells Yahoo Music. “The songs were flowing so organically and got such a great response internally that what started as a side-project, not intended for release, quickly changed to something we no longer wanted to keep a secret.”
Maps to the Hollywood Scars – Volume 2 is set to come out in the spring.
Listen at Spotify
Til Death – Lyric Video
Jena Irene Asciutto – Floating Down the River (Single)
American Idol season 13 runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto released her next single, “Floating Down the River” on the heels of 2016’s EP Innocence. About the new song, Jena writes on her Instagram account, “I’m so pumped to share…Writing this song was a turning point for me in how I owed myself more attention, and the confidence I’ve gained in the great city of #Detroit”
Check it out below.
Listen at Soundcloud
Dia Frampton – Dead Man (Single)
The Voice season 1 runner up Dia Frampton releases another song, “Dead Man” off of her upcoming album, “Bruises.”
“Dead Man,’ is the first song I wrote for the new album. It’s about someone that I was in and out of a relationship with for four years, and looking back now, I wonder how we lasted for so long, ” Dia told AXS in a recent interview. “Sometimes you just get stuck for a while, whether it’s with love or in a job you hate or in a city that makes you feel lost. Sometimes you just get stuck.”
Listen at Soundcloud
Taylor John Williams – White Summer Dress (Single)
Ahead of releasing a full length album, The Voice season 7 alum and Team Gwen member Taylor John Williams has dropped a music video for his new single, “White Summer Dress.”
“I wrote ‘White Summer Dress’ shortly after moving from my hometown of Portland to Los Angeles in the summer of 2016,” Taylor told Yahoo music. “This was, and has continued to be, an emotionally turbulent time for me. The song deals with the claustrophobic feeling that comes from trying to maintain a calm exterior in moments of internal chaos.
“My vision for the video was for it to be a hopefully self-aware cliché: drinking alone in a bar, daydreaming about a woman, performing to an empty theater, etc. While the song itself deals with some heavy personal subject matter and isn’t meant to be so tongue-in-cheek, I wanted the visual representation to suggest that yes, I get it — there’s nothing groundbreaking about being an insecure, broken-hearted singer-songwriter in a funny hat with a modest drinking hitch. So I tried to have a bit of fun with it. And that I did.”
Watch the Official Video
Totem – Up & Down (Single)
TOTEM or the artist formerly known as American Idol season 8 alum Anoop Desai has released another single, the infectious “Up & Down.”
“I’m 30, I’m educated, and I’m brown,” TOTEM, an Indian-American explained to Time magazine. “I don’t fit the usual archetype the music industry knows how to sell…but I think people are smarter than that these days and with artists like ZAYN and The Weeknd having real success, it shows there’s room for diversity in pop.”
About the genesis of the new song the singer explained, “I don’t know many people who haven’t been taken advantage of romantically at some point. ‘Up & Down is about being in the middle of this tug of war between pleasure and pain.”
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Mike Schiavo – Back for Me (Music Video)
The Voice season 10 singer Mike Schiavo released a self-titled EP in December. Now, the Team Adam Levine member drops a music video for the song, “Back for Me.”
“This song is the result of a toxic relationship in which one side had trouble seeing the fundamental issues behind our couples problems,” Mike told Just Jared Jr. “The end of the relationship ultimately led me to move across the country to continue to pursue music.”
Watch the Official Music Video