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Here’s a new artist that is beginning to turn some heads.  Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Zella Day blends modern pop with a little bohemian flair.  A native of Arizona, she was raised in a small mountain town near Phoenix where her parents ran a cafe and art space.  With so many creative-types coming and going, Zella soon began to delve into her creative musical side.  Zella first picked up a guitar at age 9 and a few years later, began to write her own songs.  Zella says that she was influenced by the classic singers and songwriters that were within her parents record collection and by the rugged natural outdoors that surrounded her home.

Eventually moving to LA, Day was first noticed when her cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” began to rack up hits on YouTube.  After a little more time, Day developed her sound to have a more smooth, pop-oriented sound which lead to some critics to refer to her as a happier sounding Lana Del Rey.

Her first single “Sweet Ophilia” arrived on her debut single album titled “1965” in April 2014.  In October 2014, she released her self-titled debut EP on California indie B3SCI Records.

Zella definitely has the potential to go far if her first debut album is any indication.  With silky smooth vocals and a little electro-pop thrown in, the critics were right to compare Zella to Lana Del Rey.  She has the same singing skills and vocal talent and is very capable of becoming as big, if not bigger, of a pop star than Rey.

Check out some of her biggest hits below and be sure to pick up her self-titled debut album “Zella Day” which is in stores now.

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The Word Alive is an American metalcore band from out of Phoenix, Arizona.  The band formed in 2008 and was signed to Fearless Records.  Their 2009 label debut, “Empire,” reached number 15 on the Top Heatseekers Charts and helped garner the  band quite a bit of buzz.  The next year, the band released their debut full-length album, “Deceiver,” on August 31, 2010.  The album reached number 97 on the Billboard 200 and 15 on the Independent Albums Chart.

The band formed in 2008 by Craig Mabbitt (lead vocals) with Zack Hansen (lead guitarist) and Tony Pizzuti (rhythm guitar) who were former members of the bands “Calling of Syrens,” and “Clouds Take Shape.”  Mabbitt worked with “Escape The Fate” while putting together “The Word Alive” and recruited Nick Urlacher (bass), Dusty Riach (keyboard) and Tony Aguilera (drums).  The group recorded songs with the intention of releasing them as a self-titled EP, despite the fact the songs never surfaced.  Later on, the band forced Mabbitt to leave due to their dissatisfaction with his “Escape The Fate” schedule which required Mabbitt to work as a full-time member.  On December 3, 2008, the band replaced Mabbitt with Tyler “Telle” Smith who was formerly one of the vocalists for “In Fear and Faith” and bassist for “Greeley Estates.”

The band has released three albums so far, their debut album, “Empire,” in 2009, “Deceiver” in 2011, and “Life Cycles” in 2012.  They have multiple hit singles from these albums including  “The Only Rule Is That There Are No Rules” in 2009, “2012” in 2010, “The Wretched” in 2010, “Wishmaster” in 2012, “Eternity” in 2012 and “Life Cycles” in 2012.

On March 18, 2014, the band released their first single, “Play The Victim,” from their upcoming fourth studio album, “Real,” which will be released on June 10, 2014.

The band has had success all around the world and has acquire a devoted fan following.  With their mixture of metalcore sound and electronics mixed in, they have manged to create a heavy sound all their own.  Check out some of their biggest hits below and keep an eye out for “Real” this June.

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