Favourite Golden Oldie song: Breaking the Rules by Jack Savoretti

As I have decided to dedicate the month of May to my latest discovery and current favourite artist, Jack Savoretti, I think it is only fitting that this months favourite golden oldie features his song Breaking the Rules from his album Before the Storm.

Ever since I bought all of Jack’s albums last month, I keep on discovering gems in his work and this includes Breaking the Rules, which is almost a reflection of his struggle in life and also making it within the music industry.

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New Music Monday: Two videos and a rendition from singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti

I featured the latest music video from Jack in New Music Monday last week, and I certainly didn’t expect to feature him again so soon, but despite being on his Singing to Strangers tour, he is still releasing new material for his fans to enjoy! This is why I have chosen to share my reviews of two new additions to his work: two live performance videos of Jack singing Love is on the Line and Singing to Strangers at Annabel’s and his most recent release, which is his rendition of the song Human, originally by The Killers.

Ever since I discovered the amazing, romantic and meaningful music of Jack Savoretti back in March this year, I have become literally obsessed with his work. I quite frankly thought music like this didn’t exist anymore in today’s modern times where people work tirelessly to hide their feelings, rather than project them, and I believe this is one of the reasons why I have taken to Jack so much. As I will be seeing him perform live at the SSE Arena in Wembley at the end of this month, I think it is fair for me to say that he truly is the artist in the spotlight here at Jem Girl at the Piano for the month of May!

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New Music Monday: Love is on the Line and I Rise ft Jack Savoretti and Madonna

This bank holiday Monday, I am sharing two new releases from two of my favourite artists. The first release is the brand new video of Love is on the Line by Jack Savoretti and the second release, is Madonna’s latest song from her brand new album Madame X called I Rise.

Love is on the Line – Singing to Strangers by Jack Savoretti ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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New Music Monday: Two new versions of Better Man by Westlife

I recently discovered that Westlife have released two new versions of their latest single Better Man and both can be streamed via Spotify.

They have released an acoustic version of the song (same as their first single Hello My Love), but they have subsequently released an orchestral version of Better Man too, whereas Hello My Love had a remix version.

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Favourite Golden Oldie: Back Where I Belong/Jack in a Box by Jack Savoretti

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that when I discover an artist who becomes a firm favourite, I will naturally listen to and obsess over all of their work. The artist who I have most recently fallen in love with is none other than British singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti.

After reviewing his latest sixth, number 1 silver album Singing to Strangers, I decided to listen to the rest of his work and have naturally discovered many more favourites including songs which I had previously heard, but hadn’t then realised, that they belonged to Jack (major facepalm) ! These songs will feature as favourites over the coming months.

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Westlife announce their brand new album Spectrum

After releasing two brand new singles, the UK and Ireland’s most popular boyband Westlife have finally announced the name of their forthcoming album Spectrum which is also available for pre-order before it releases on 6th September.

The success of their singles Hello My Love and Better Man, has really proved to Westlife just how happy their fans are to see their return to the music scene after an 8 year break. Both songs even though vastly different in genre have proved their popularity in the charts and streaming.

Spectrum by Westlife

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Press Release: Empowering a generation of female music producers

Empowering a generation of female producers Town Hall Symphony Hall and Cubepresent a FREE six week music production course with Emmavie.

Earlier this year, Town Hall Symphony Hall and CUBE presented a six week music production course designed for female producers from Birmingham.

A recent report titled Inclusion in the Recording Studio – the second annual report from Professor Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to investigate the music industry – highlighted that only 2 percent of producers across 400 songs were female. For producers, this translates into a gender ratio of 47 males to every one female. 

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Press Release: Stargazer Russell Grant to play the main lead in the musical Hairspray

He is best known as a stargazer but as he prepares to tread the boards in the musical Hairspray, Russell Grant reveals his first love was always the stage.

Theatre-trained Russell, 68, who undergoes a dramatic transformation to play Edna Turnblad, said that acting is “where my heart is, it’s my passion”. 

Hairspray Musical

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New Music Monday: Better Man the second single from Westlife

After creating much hype around their next single, my favourite boyband Westlife, released Better Man on Friday of last week. This is their second single from their untitled album, and the song (like their last release) has also been written by Steve Mac and Ed Sheeran.

There was noticeably much more excitement from the boys for their second single, as they started releasing teasers of the audio and video mid-week. The video released at the end of the day on Friday, and shows the boys performing the song in the recording studio, with the storyline of the song being played out by actors, alongside their performance.

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Music Review: Singing to Strangers by Jack Savoretti

After a long time, have I come across an artist who is not only extremely talented, but is a thorough, serious, dedicated musician. This is especially rare to find in today’s day and age when nearly all artists are more about the fame than the music! I can only say that I truly wish he hadn’t been “hidden away” for so long (not mainstream enough), as I feel like I have truly missed out on listening to some great music. I immediately purchased his brand new album Singing to Strangers, on the same day of first listening to it (and this does not happen very often to me either!) I am of course, talking about British Singer and Songwriter Jack Savoretti.

I have been listening to Singing to Strangers on repeat mode for the entire last week, since purchasing via Amazon Music (which is so easy to do, especially if you have your own Amazon account) and I just knew that I had to review the album. I also managed to listen to Jack live on the radio twice during the week, where he performed stunning acoustic versions of Candlelight (BBC2 radio Piano room) I haven’t been this excited about an album since Emeli Sande’s Our Version of Events which released in 2012. To me, the sign of a good album is one where you like all of the tracks and don’t have to skip any, and, you can also listen to the album on a loop and discover something new with each listen and Singing to Strangers has definitely had that effect on me!

Singing to Strangers album cover

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