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#1 Country Billboard Song for August 20, 2011

28 Aug

This week Lady Antebellum tops the charts with “Just a Kiss.” The three members of Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, are not only powerful performers, but they are great songwriters. Together with songwriter Dallas Davidson they wrote what I believe to be one of their strongest ballads, “Just a Kiss,” which is the first single from their new CD “Own the Night.” Dallas Davidson has a few credits of his own with #1 songs including “Gimme That Girl,” “All About Tonight” and even the recent #1 “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”

The trio and Davidson took on the challenge of writing a slow country ballad, which can be very over done  and become very cliché. But with the powerhouse vocals of Hillary Scott and the deep sultry vocals from Charles Kelley, the song’s simple lyrics reach out and touch listeners in a unique way. With lyrics like “I’ve never opened up to anyone – So hard to hold back when I’m holding you in my arms” they build the suspense of a new found love.

After setting up the story, the song dives right into the chorus with “Just a Kiss on your lips in the moonlight, Just a touch of the fire burning so bright.” Lines such as “No I don’t want to mess this thing up; I don’t want to push too far” round out the chorus, and turn what could be the same old love story into a unique spin that most people can relate to at some point in their lives. Everyone has been at that point where they are falling in love and feel like they may say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing and mess up something great.

I think the four writers were very smart to tell such a common story in such a unique way. Even though the lyrics are so simple, they really relate to people’s everyday lives and combined with the catchy melody and powerful performance, this is certainly a download for me. How about you?

Urban Dreamz the Main Act

31 Jul

After performing a few small gigs around Houston, Urban Dreamz landed its first main act slot on the West Gray Showcase at Hefley’s with The Wild Rabbit Salad Band opening the show. This slot came about after performing at the Hefley’s open mic in May 2011 where we impressed JW Wind, who runs the Showcase.  One evening in July, JW called and said, “Would you guys like to perform as the main act for a 45 minute set?” We accepted and starting building up our set list.

On Tuesday, July 26, we took the stage at 8:30 p.m. We were both a little nervous, but as we went through the set, we interacted with the audience and ended up putting on a great show, performing a variety of  cover songs which included Adelle’s “Rolling In the Deep,” a Tina Turner version of “Proud Mary,” and Pink’s “Perfect.” We finished off the set with a heartfelt rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”

Not only did we debut new cover songs, we also introduced  a few new original songs to the audience. One of them was an uptempo song called “Better Together,” which I wrote in 2010 with Beth Kille, a songwriter from Wisconsin. The song was not originally written as a duet, but once we started Urban Dreamz and were looking for songs it seemed to fit right in with our style and what we were looking for. So we reworked it to where we were singing lines back and forth to each other, sort of like a call and response. We also slowed it down with a passionate ballad written by my duo partner Aurelia Arredondo called “Shiny Weather.”

I think our first show as the main act at The West Gray Showcase turned out to be a success. We’re continuing to add songs to our set list and are working on more originals, so keep an eye out for updates on what’s next for Urban Dreamz as we pursue our musical dreams and do our best to entertain our audiences.