Posts Tagged ‘Amy Winehouse’

Charley says EVENT! Amandine Bourgeois (Vivacité – April 6th 2012)

April 7, 2012

If Diana Vickers and Amy Winehouse had a secret French love child, it’d probably be Amandine Bourgeois.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to witness Amandine’s mix of blues and soul with French chanson storytelling in person. After a full day of back to back promo, Amandine took to the stage at Walloon radio station Vivacité for a select audience. The hour long showcase had her peform acoustic renditions of her biggest hits and tracks from the brand new album ‘Sans Amour Mon Amour‘. The performance, which was combined with short interview segments, was both a treat for longtime fans and a perfect introduction for Amandine novices. So if you can, be sure to catch it on Monday at Vivacité’s ‘Vu À La Radio‘.

Four years ago Amandine was scouted on MySpace by the producers of Nouvelle Star, the French version of Idol. Since beating Benjamin Siksou to the title in the talent show’s final she’s scored herself a top 5 album in France. The album, ‘20 m²‘, contained ‘L’Homme De La Situation‘, which can be considered her biggest hit so far. The audience at Amandine’s Vivacité showcase were certainly singing along to the chorus word by word when prompted.

Amandine’s gorgeous rendition of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ formed the perfect bridge between her older songs and the material from her sophomore release. The ‘Sans Amour Mon Amour‘ album was partly created in the UK and has that vintage swing feel to show for it. On the night, this was perhaps best evidenced by ‘En Claquant Des Doigts‘, which loosely translates as “while snapping your fingers”. The track is a surefire toetapper which is going to have you join in with the backing choir in no time, even if you don’t speak a word of French. Check out the album’s lead single ‘Sans Amour‘ as well for more where that came from.

Highlight of the night for me, however, easily goes to ‘Le Revoir‘. And rest assured, the intimate ballad sounds just as heartbreakingly beautiful on the album as it did live.

‘Sans Amour Mon Amour’ by Amandine Bourgeois is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Charley says SONG! Lana Lewis – Dirty Love

April 19, 2011

‘My Name Is…’ was a 2010 talent show in Belgium and The Netherlands which can best be described as Stars In Their Eyes done through Britain’s Got Talent’s format of audition / semi-final / final.

Amy Winehouse impersonator Merante took home the crown in the adult category, but the breakout star was Lana Lewis.

The then 14-year-old told how she’d been bullied all her life, up to the point of being beaten with iron chains. She’d found comfort in the music, style and personality of Lady Gaga and decided to finally pursue singing herself. Her rendition of ‘Bad Romance’ was enough to convince the judges and Lana went on to win in the children’s category.

You can check out her English subtitled audition and semi-final performance in the YouTube video below.

A year on, Lana is finally ready to step out of Gaga’s shadow and release her very own first single.

Songwriter Wim Claes and singer Gene Thomas penned her ‘Dirty Love‘. The two previously worked together on Gene’s pop group X-Session and his solo material. Wim is also the man behind Kim ‘Kay’s ‘Lilali‘ and Dean’s Idool 2007 winner’s single ‘So Many Ways‘.

The iTunes release is listed as being the ‘Elektrokid Radio Edit’, so I’m assuming the ‘Eye Of The Tiger‘ DJ was on production duties.

This lead to ‘Dirty Love‘ being set over thumping ‘Bad Romance’ inspired club beats, with a chorus reminiscent of Annemie’s brilliant ‘Animal Instinct‘.

Lana’s robot-ified vocals tell how she “feels like dirty love tonight”. With lines as “You heard me boy, pick up the toy, make me lose my mind” and ‘You touch my mmm…” this 15-year-old’s debut would make even Miley blush.