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Momentous Mondays: Influential artists of the next 5-10 years – Week 41: The Shires

Maybe I’ll just say this from the outset…I don’t know how to start off this blog, or at least I didn’t know, when I initially decided to take the plunge, and give blogs 81-100 over to my brother Josh, and I then decided to take over the blogs that he was writing, 41-50. With the possibility of that even occurring, and how my brother and I were discussing it over the last few months, I was in fact very eager to have a change, per se. Let’s just say that writing about a certain ‘type’ of artist- the more established, while my brother explored more artists that were ‘new’, took a little bit of a toll on me. Not to say that artists like Keith Urban, Lady A, John Legend, Creed, Coldplay, John Farnham, John Mayer and Goo Goo Dolls (to name a few) weren’t good, quite the contrary actually. But you know how if you’ve been doing something long enough, you’re in need of a much-deserved change? Looking back on it now, I know I did. Having said that, now that my brother has embarked on the journey that I was on this last 2 years, posting the 81st post not too long ago about Tim McGraw, here I sit about to start writing…and I don’t have much at all. Usually when I write, I just do- the words flow out, and more often than not, I stare back at the page, and I’ve already written a page in about 5 minutes. Now, the words don’t come that easily anymore. Maybe it’s because I’ve been exploring more well-known artists that I’ve felt more at ease in writing about them, than compared to the up-and-comers I’m about to explore now, but whatever it is, at this moment I’m getting a massive amount of writer’s block. You know how you take over a task from someone, and then you feel pressure (either from yourself or even from outside sources) to make the continuation of the task, as good or even better than whence you first took over? That’s how I have felt, a little, since I started to listen to The Shires, in preparation for the 41st blog of the series ‘Influential Artists of the Next 5 – 10 Years’, what my brother Josh has been embarking on, from April 2019 onward.

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BEST OF 2020- PART 5: TOP 30 MUSIC VIDEOS OF 2020 [JULY-DEC]

Hey everyone… guess what! COVID-19 is still here (no surprises there!)… and we’re all still quarantined at home. This means that music albums, movies and TV shows have all been put on hold and delayed until a later date when it is safe to film… but that doesn’t mean we can’t jam out to inspiring music videos! This past 6 months have still been quite crazy and eventful; but there have been some heartfelt, poigant, emotional and just fun-filled music videos that have debuted. So without further ado, let me present to you all our favourite 30 music videos as a site for the last 6 months of 2020! So sit back, be inspired, and let these music videos minister to you during this time of uncertainty!

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BEST OF 2020- PART 1: TOP 40 SONGS OF 2020 [JAN-JUNE]

Hey everyone… guess what! It’s the middle of 2020 already. It’s been such an eventful and crazy year in and of itself- with COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and everything else in between! Amidst the hustle and bustle though… we’ve realised that we have not uploaded one single Best Of 2020 post! I know, it’s unforgiveable really! So let’s not make anymore excuses! Let’s dive back ithrough the past 6 months- as we now let you all know our favourite songs of 2020 thus far. All 40 of them! So sit back, be inspired, and let these songs minister to you during this time of uncertainty!

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BEST OF 2019- PART 13: TOP 40 SONGS OF 2019 [THE ENTIRE YEAR]

Hey everyone… guess what! It’s the middle of 2020 already. A crazy year in and of itself- what with COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and everything else in between! Amidst the hustle and bustle though… we’ve missed posting the last installment of Best Of 2019. While we have posted our favourite songs from each quarter of 2019 here, here, here and here; let’s dive back into the year that was, and rewind 6 months ago- as we now let you all know our favourite songs of 2019. All 40 of them! So sit back, be inspired, and let these songs minister to you during this time of uncertainty!

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Momentous Mondays: Influential artists of the next 5-10 years – Week 17: Lauren Alaina

I think my favorite artists are honest artists and as a songwriter, that’s what you have to do. You have to be willing to put yourself out there in a really vulnerable way. I really wrote the album accidentally [laughs]. I wrote it to make myself feel better and process what I was going through. When it was time to put the album together, it had kind of written itself because I had a collection of songs that told my story and kind of reintroduced me. Which I think is super important for someone like me, coming from a TV show — people don’t really get to know who you are as an artist on something like that because you’re doing cover songs. You’re showcasing your personality and things like that more than the artistry. It was six years ago, which is crazy for me to even say, but I wanted people to know where I’ve been and what’s changed about me. That’s the thing with the music business is, I’m on stage a lot and I’m in front of people, but they don’t know me unless I tell them who I am. It can be a really lonely business. [On Idol], we never talked about my dad’s alcoholism, we never talked about my eating disorder — I felt like my life was a big secret and I just couldn’t do that anymore. I needed to free myself from secrets, and this album [Road Less Travelled] helped me do that.

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