Miro’s Friday Five: Ed Sheeran, London Grammar, Jon Bellion, morgxn and Rag’n’Bone Man

It’s the first Friday of 2017, and I’m back at it with my Friday Five… it’s 5 songs you NEED to hear! They could be five brand new songs, or songs that have been out for a bit and that I’ve recently discovered and can’t imagine my life without them.

Here it is, my Friday Five:

  • “Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man – This song! I love his voice and it’s unexpected given his physical appearance. I first discovered his incredible voice on “Remains” on Bastille’s mixtape “VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III). It’s the spin-off of Bastille’s song “Skulls,” which is one of my faves, and Rag’n’Bone’s verse is my favorite on “Remains.” But back to “Human,” I first heard it a while ago and it stuck with me, but the acoustic version which was recently released really elevated the song for me.
  • “hard pill to swallow” by morgxn – I’m such a massive fan of everything morgxn has released to date, and this is no exception. It’s an emotional song and has depth, which I respect. I’ve seen him play this live, and the album cut is fantastic. Keep a lookout for morgxn and his upcoming EP.
  • “All Time Low” by Jon Bellion – it only takes one song for one to make up their mind about this song – you either love it or really don’t get it. And I really dig it. I love the honesty and bluntness in the lyrics and subject matter. It reminds me of twenty one pilots, which is a positive.
  • “Rooting For You” by London Grammar – ugh. Hannah’s voice is just magical. She has such a powerful and emotive voice. It get’s me every time. I love their debut album and am really excited for new music, and their latest single, “Rooting For You” does not disappoint.
  • “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran – so I’m note sure if you heard, but Ed Sheeran dropped not one, but two new singles after taking a year hiatus. (Though he did manage to write a few tunes for other artists.) From the two singles, I instantly gravitated towards “Castle on the Hill” as it more closely aligns itself with the singer-songwriter sound I love from Ed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy “Shape of You,” but it’s clearly a lead single and radio-friendly, but as a fan, I hope to hear more songs like “Castle on the Hill” on his upcoming album.

Photo Credits: Ed Sheeran: Atlantic Records. London Grammer: ChuffMedia. Jon Bellion: JonBellion.com. morgxn: Miro Sarkisian. Rag’n’Bone Man: ChuffMedia.

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Demi Lovato’s New Single, “Stone Cold” Is A Career Game-Changer

Ok, so in the past two years, I’ve seen Demi Lovato perform several times – from huge venues to smaller intimate rooms, and she can SING!

I know this, but I’m still always impressed by the richness of her voice. Yes, she screams a bit sometimes, but she’s able to pull back and deliver emotionally charged ballads as well. I heard her sing a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love” that gave me chills! She held her own when I saw her sing it live with Ed Sheeran as well.

Demi released the video to her brand new single, “Stone Cold” and it brilliantly showcases her vocal chops. I was a fan of the first two singles from her album, Confident, “Cool For The Summer,” and “Confident,” but “Stone Cold,” with the vocals, emotional delivery, and vocal prowess, solidifies Demi as more than a teen-pop star. I think this is that start of her career as a legitimate talent and force in the music industry. She’s been able to sell millions, but I think this song, along with the amazing performances (I mean, her performance at the GRAMMYs was insane!) will be a game-changer in her career!

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Song of the Day: “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” by Ed Sheeran

It’s Ed Sheeran‘s birthday today, so here’s a special Song of the Day shoutout to Ed!

I’ve been a fan of Ed since before his debut album came out. There were two songs from him that really caught my attention – “Small Bump” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and for two very different reasons. I’m not sure what my overall favorite Ed Sheeran song is… but at the moment, I’ll go with “Afire Love” – so emotional!

“Small Bump” is such a beautiful song, with intense lyrics. It tells a story, an emotional one, and it’s when I realize the depth of Ed’s writing skills and ability.

“You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” especially this super long live version showcases Ed’s performance ability. I must have watched this (see clip below) at least a hundred times over the past few years. I saw him do this live in a small room, in 2012, and it was amazing. We all know now that he’s able to more than hold his own in massive venues. And he’s literally all alone on that stage, with his trusty loop pedal. He can sing, play, loop, and rhyme, and it’s amazing and impressive to watch.

I’ve had the chance to meet him a few times and see him play and he’s really that incredible. He’s one of the nicest, chillest guys. He’s genuine – he is who he is on and off camera, and that’s refreshing.

Ed, congrats on your GRAMMY win, much deserved. Hope you’re celebrating big all week!

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