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Playlist of the Month: April 2015

April 6, 2015

Spring is in full swing, so it’s time to clean out our winter blues and usher in new and good vibes. This month’s playlist features Joy Williams and her new single, Kelly Clarkson, Jay Brannan, and Jess Glyne. Take a listen and let me know what songs you currently have on repeat!…


Music Monday: July Playlist

July 20, 2014

Like books, music has always been an integral part of my life and I’m constantly inspired by the songs I hear and the artists I find. So, going forward, I’m going to try and share monthly playlists of songs that I’m currently in love with in the hope that they inspire you, too. July’s playlist features some of my favorites like Sia, Florence & the Machine, and Lana…


Music Monday: Imaginary Friend

September 23, 2013

***     Today I’d like to shine the spotlight on a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter act called Imaginary Friend. I haven’t been able to find any concrete information regarding the origins of the band, but I’m fairly certain it’s more of a solo act, kind of like how A Fine Frenzy is really just Alison Sudol. Imaginary Friend’s full length debut, Fire Escape, came out in May and as soon…


Music Monday: Kate Miller-Heidke

August 26, 2013

*** Kate Miller-Heidke is an Australian singer/songwriter with a background in opera. Using her classical background to add a unique depth and element to her otherwise alternative/pop style music, Kate provides listeners with catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Throughout her career she has been nominated for several ARIA Awards and has won a couple Age EG Awards for “Best Female” and the “Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Concert”. I…

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“A Child’s Walk Home”: A New Delirium-Inspired Song + Giveaway!

August 9, 2013

When I’m not writing, I’m probably wandering around taking photographs or sitting at the piano stringing melodies and chords together to create songs. My journey as a singer/songwriter has allowed me to meet some wonderful people and create valuable memories, whether from organizing benefit concerts or performing in my high school’s Variety Show. As some of you know, my song “Delirium” was chosen by HarperCollins to be the…

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HUNTED: “Lily’s Song”

August 8, 2013

Music is one of the driving forces in Hunted. Both Lily and Alex are musicians and their love for music ties into their love for each other. “Lily’s Song” is a short piano ditty I wrote before the book came out and, quite frankly, forgot I had until I found it in my iTunes library last night, haha. I thought I’d share the demo to give you a…

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Concert Review: Ramin Karimloo 8/1/13 @ Subculture

August 5, 2013

Two hours before the show even started, eager fans were already lining up inside the venue, their excitement and enthusiasm palpable. The employees of Subculture, a new bare-bones venue nestled on Bleecker street in New York City, seemed excited, too. After all, tonight’s show would be the first of a weekend-long string of shows by Ramin Karimloo, and with so many dedicated fans flocking to the show, Subculture…


Music Monday: Johnnyswim

July 22, 2013

*** Official Website | Facebook | Twitter Are you looking for a band with thoughtful lyrics, memorable melodies, and a sound reminiscent of The Civil Wars? Then look no further than Johnnyswim. Combining elements of soul, folk, and pop, this husband-wife duo craft beautiful songs with haunting harmonies that will have you coming back for more. Their latest EP, Heart Beats, is available on iTunes and is worth both a listen and…


Music Monday: Emily Hearn

July 15, 2013

Last week was an exciting week for me–mostly because I discovered a ton of new artists on iTunes! Needless to say, I had to go buy another iTunes gift card so I could purchase all the lovely music, haha. One of the artists I found was Emily Hearn, a singer/songwriter based in Georgia. Her newest EP, Red Balloon, released early last year, but it’s the latest gem in…

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Music Monday: Water in a Whale by Jillette Johnson Review

July 1, 2013

Jillette Johnson‘s debut album, Water in a Whale, is an astounding display of artistry that combines thoughtful lyrics, refreshing melodies, and elegant piano backings to entrance listeners and keep them hooked for life. With songs that are reminiscent of Sara Bareilles one moment and Lana del Rey the next, Johnson keeps the album moving forward with a dynamic range of material that covers personal matters, yet appeals to…

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The “Official Fan Song” for Delirium

January 18, 2011

A couple of months ago, I sent Lauren Oliver a recording of a song I wrote inspired by Delirium. I had written it prior to reading the book, but I must be psychic or something because my lyrics, in my opinion, matched up pretty well with the amazing story. Well, after a few emails were exchanged, I was asked by HarperCollins could use the song and it’s now…

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Stay: An Original Song

July 14, 2010

Hey, everyone! Guess what I have for you? A new song! Hopefully you’re all as excited to hear it as you were with “Beautiful Sea” and hopefully you love it just the same, if not more. 🙂 I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful support you have all shown me! The song is a short little ditty called “Stay” and was inspired by Gayle Forman’s beautiful novel,…