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Betty Who


Jessica Anne Newham, better known by her stage name, Betty Who, is an Australian singer/songwriter and musician based out of New York City.  With a sound similar to fellow divas, Whitney Houston, Robyn, and Katy Perry, Newham has a sound that is inevitably going to hit every radio station across the country.

Newham was born in Sydney, Australia and began playing the cello, piano, and guitar as a child.  She moved to America with her parents when she was a teenager to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts performing arts school.  She then went to the Berklee College of Music for more training as a cellist, but really wanted to focus more on being a singer/songwriter.  She began performing her own songs by the age of 16.

While at Berklee, she met producer Peter Thomas and the pair began writing and recording material together.  Newham says that she draws a lot of her inspiration from the songwriting skills of Joni Mitchell and Carole King and her synth-pop sound from M83 and MGMT.  She says that they were hoping to capture a sound that was both nostalgic and contemporary such as on their single “Somebody Loves You,” which Newham wrote shortly after Whitney Houston’s death.  The song became the first single off of Newham’s self-released debut EP, “The Movement,” which was released in April 2013.

Check out some of Betty Who’s biggest hits below and be sure to keep an eye out for this diva who is definitely on the rise.

Sources: Info: Billboard.com – Videos: YouTube – Betty Who – Picture: Google Images

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.

Source: Videos: YouTube – Info: Itunes Preview – Picture: Google Images