Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hudson Lights Blog Tour

Hudson Lights Tour

Surprise! This tour stop is NOT for a book, it's for a record. A record? Don't worry, when I was in college I wrote for the Arts&Entertainment section which included writing music reviews and going to record company conferences. I even won a prestigious writing award for my review of a Bruce Springsteen album. I LOVE music so when Kathy from Book Blasts and Blog Tours posted a tour for a band's CD, I dived in. My review is below.

Hudson Lights
Hudson Lights 
Composed of 4 vocal artists from the Rocky Mountains, Hudson Lights creates a fresh fusion of contemporary pop and jazz like you've never heard before! World-class harmonies and consummate showmanship make this an unforgettable music experience. Equal parts thrilling, inspiring, and effortlessly charming, Hudson Lights brings a classy edge back to mainstream pop.

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HUDSON LIGHTS will release their self-titled debut album November 12, 2013. They released a single, “Good to Me”, on iTunes in September. The group is composed of four male vocal artists from around the country: McKay Crockett, Keith Evans, Joseph Moore and Ross Welch. Together they create a fresh fusion of contemporary pop and jazz music. The upbeat album features classic covers of legends like Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. They also have several original songs. 

Bob Ahlander, director of music at Shadow Mountain Records, says “Hudson Lights fills a void in the music scene.” 

They have already had some notable performances. They debuted at the Marriot Center during the BYU Women’s Conference Concert in May, and placed 2nd in a contest to open for Kelly Clarkson at the STADIUM OF FIRE in June. On November 22nd they’ll perform for a crowd of 10,000 as part of Deseret Book’s “Time Out for Women” event at the Maverik Center. Tickets are available here.
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  "Call Me Maybe"

Hudson Lights' self-titled debut CD is a toe-tapping, finger-snapping collection featuring jazzed-up versions of contemporary hits, classics, and two original songs. 

Here's the track list:
Hold On To Me (original)
Beautiful Day
Eleanor Rigby
Good To Me (original)
Autumn Leaves
You Make My Dreams Come True
The Nearness of You
Love Never Fails
Can't Take That Away
Poor Wayfaring Stranger

I love U2 and Hudson Lights' version of the hit, Beautiful Day, is a harmonious delight. The four men whose voices comprise the band sound so seasoned, I wonder how long they've been singing together. Smooth, melodious, I enjoyed every song on this CD. Their rendition of the beautiful Beatles' classic, Eleanor Rigby, had me humming hours afterwards. This is the type of song to put on "repeat." There's a great mix of contemporary and classic songs, all updated with the addiciting voices of these singers from the Rocky Mountains. I could hear flavorings of Ole' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, the jazzy vocal stylizing of Michael Buble, even the higher pitched warbling of John Hall (from Hall & Oates). I have been listening to Hudson Lights in my car and driving has never sounded better. 

Love the jazz standards? Love some contemporary? Are vocalists your favorite? Hudson Lights has it all: four talented singers who harmonize like seasoned professionals, breathing new life into songs we've heard before while treating us to two new wonderful original songs. There's a nice blend of slow and mid-tempo songs for fans of either types. I may have never heard of Hudson Lights before, but I am now a fan of these talented vocalists. Discover them today. Their CD is available at Amazon.

Rating: 4

I received a promotional CD in exchange for my honest review during a tour.

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