An apt little lesson on the music biz: our Mark Hasty wrote a very fine post (see below) on young singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee on July 9, when her album was scheduled for a July release. Well, in the middle of the Warner Music Group shakeup, the album didn't come out in July and was in fact rescheduled to come out early next year, BUT is now coming out September 28 (online digital download release date, Sept 7) because people are getting all worked up about her single "Somebody," which you and your brother can stream in all its swelling young-woman-singer-songwriter glory right here, right now (Windows Media), or let the music video wash over your senses here (Quicktime).
Also available for your perusal is what they call in the biz an "EPK" (electronic press kit), (Windows Media) (QuickTime) which is a video interview with the performer interspersed with song snippets; and man, there she looks and sounds much closer to her age (19) in the relatively candid interview setting, where the image mongers have less rigid control.
- Bonnie McKee's American Dream
by Mark Hasty
While all the rock cognoscenti were trying to figure out if they wanted to anoint Jack White as the Next Big Thing, or just slap his smug little face all the way back to Detroit, the kids were off reviving the moribund singer-songwriter genre. The past few years have seen the emergence of singer-songwriter voices that are angsty (David Gray), suave (John Mayer), polyglot (Jason Mraz), and indistinguishable from one another (Jack Johnson and Josh Kelly, assuming I haven't confused their last names, too). And the ink's been flying over these new singer-songwriters, most of it positive. (OK, I once called Jason Mraz "Jeff Buckley on Prozac," but upon reflection, Jeff Buckley kinda needed Prozac. ) Yep, it's a great time to be a singer-songwriter.
If you're a guy, that is. If you're a woman, you apparently still have to act like a semi-sentient Bratz doll if you want to get attention, unless there's something about Avril Lavigne that I'm missing.