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Kazoo’re Beautiful

Posted: April 23, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Videos

Check out this video of Kristin Knapton playing along with “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction and talking about her love of playing the kazoo!

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March music madness

Posted: February 28, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Lexington and beyond

With March right around the corner, there are some great concerts coming up in Lexington and close by in Louisville, Cincinnati and Nashville that you will not want to miss.

The Black Keys

Friday, March 2

U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati

The Black Keys will be on tour with their latest album “El Camino” featuring songs including “Lonely Boy.”

Brad Paisley

Saturday, March 3

Rupp Arena – Lexington

Brad Paisley will be in Lexington with The Band Perry. With these two very popular and loved names in country music, it is sure to be a great show.

Boyce Avenue with Secondhand Serenade

Sunday, March 4

Marathon Music Works – Nashville

Known especially for their cover songs, including “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry, Boyce Avenue will be in concert with Secondhand Serenade, most popularly known for their song “Fall for You.”

Winter Jam

Saturday, March 10

Rupp Arena – Lexington

Who would want to miss several popular Christian artists all in one place for only $10? This year Winter Jam will be hosted by Newsong and will feature Skillet and Sanctus Real among many other popular names in Christian music.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Tuesday, March 20

Rupp Arena – Lexington

Trans-Siberian Orchestra continues to be well known for their amazing Christmas orchestrations. They are sure to give a performance complete with amazing lights and loud music.

Miranda Lambert

Saturday, March 24

KFC Yum! Center – Louisville

Miranda Lambert was just in Lexington this past weekend, and in March she will be playing in Louisville along with special guests Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann, all of whom are sure to give a show that all country fans will enjoy.

Daughtry

Saturday, March 31

Louisville Palace – Louisville

Daughtry will be on tour with their new album that released this past November, “Break the Spell.” This album includes the single “Crawling Back to You” which released in September.

54th annual GRAMMY Awards

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Lexington and beyond

Last Sunday night, Feb. 12, the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards were held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Following the sudden death of Whitney Houston, an icon in the music industry, the show had a few more somber, reflective moments than usual, but it was still a great night that has had people talking.

As always, many of today’s most popular artists appeared on the red carpet dressed to impress at Sunday night’sceremony. Music of all genres came together with some of the biggest names, both old and new, including Taylor Swift, Diana Ross, Mumford and Sons, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Nicki Minaj. Hosted by LL Cool J, the show did not disappoint.

Adele was the biggest winner of the night. She won all six of her nominations, including album of the year with “21” and song of the year with “Rolling in the Deep,” which she also performed at the show, a much anticipated performance as it was her first since having throat surgery. The Foo Fighters were right behind her winning five out of their six nominations, including best rock song with “Walk.” Other winners included the Civil Wars winning folk album with “Barton Hollow,” Lady Antebellum winning country album with “We Own the Night,” Chris Brown winning R&B album with “F.A.M.E.,” and Bon Iver winning best new artist.

There were also many momentous performances. Jennifer Hudson performed Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” in memory of the artist. On a different note, Nicki Minaj’s dramatic performance of her upcoming single “Roman Holiday” was one that left people talking. Bruno Mars and Katy Perry performed, as well as Taylor Swift who played the banjo during her performance of her song “Mean,” which also won in the category for best country song.

There were also some combined performances with Rihanna and Coldplay, who performed their new song “Princess of China” from Coldplay’s newest album, “Mylo Xyloto.” Maroon 5 and the up-and-coming Foster the People both played in tribute to the Beach Boys, celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Beach Boys then took the stage to play their song, “Good Vibrations.” Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, and Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster the People, joined the group to finish out the performance.

Overall, this year’s GRAMMY Awards were filled with big winners, many memorable and entertaining performances, and appearances from amazing and esteemed artists, both old and new. It was a music-filled night that only the GRAMMYs can provide.

Super Bowl halftime 2012

Posted: February 7, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Lexington and beyond

This past Sunday, people all across the country gathered around their TVs surrounded by friends, family and good food, to watch Super Bowl XLVI. Before the game, Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert sang “America the Beautiful”, and Kelly Clarkson opened with the national anthem. But after two quarters of touchdowns and tackles made by both the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, Madonna took the field to play in the famous halftime show, which proved to be quite an interesting experience in itself.

As it had been rumored that several other popular artists would join her, Madonna did not disappoint. The show opened with what appeared to be Roman gladiators, and Madonna took the stage singing one of her classics, “Vogue.” Next, the stage turned into a boom box, and Madonna performed “Music,” another fan favorite. She was also joined by the always-partying LMFAO, dressed in costumes of their own, for a brief mix of their most popular hits “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It.”

After this, the stage was filled with cheerleaders, and none other than Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. appeared to feature in their new song with Madonna, “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” As Minaj and M.I.A. made their exit, a drumline emerged with Cee Lo Green entering as the drum major to sing a few measures of Madonna’s “Open Your Heart.”  As the lights went down, a gospel choir appeared, and Green accompanied Madonna to end the show with her classic, “Like a Prayer.”

From dancing Romans to cheerleaders to choirs, this halftime show really had it all, and if you looked away for even just a second you could miss something that still has people talking. Joined by several of today’s popular artists, Madonna performed a mix of beloved classics as well as a taste of her new single, and ended with a pretty cool dramatic exit and the inspiring message of “world peace.”

Asbury features…Sonneline Woolls

Posted: January 31, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Asbury features

By Leslie Ferrell

Not many people know that Sonneline Woolls, a sophomore here at Asbury and a major in business and accounting, is also a very talented musician. Originally from South Africa, Sonneline moved to China when she was 12 years old and stayed there until she graduated. After teaching herself how to play guitar, which she says came very naturally to her, she began writing lyrics when she was around 13 or 14 years old. “I actually taught myself to play music by writing it,” she says. However, not only was Woolls learning to play guitar and beginning to write lyrics, but her music also became an “outlet,” she says, for a then very introverted and shy young girl.

Woolls had the opportunity to begin performing in China, which was full of unforgettable experiences. She began by playing the bass in a band, and soon was performing her own concerts at various coffee shops, and eventually in front of thousands of people. They wanted to hear a blonde, Western girl, who could sing the songs they wanted to hear, especially, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Hotel California.” In 2010, her senior year of high school, Woolls professionally recorded her first album, a process which took about three weeks. “It’s a very amateur CD. I think that if I made one now it would be a lot more polished with a lot better quality music,” she says.

Quality is something that her music does not lack. Her album entitled “Change” is all about “transition, the journey of life” and “being a third culture kid,” Woolls says. As she has grown up and encountered new experiences, her music has grown as well. Woolls says, “The more honest I become as a person and the more real I become as a person, the more real my songs get.” She says she would like to record another album with the songs she has been working on since coming to Asbury, which would appropriately be titled “From the Heart.” These latest songs, especially “Like One of Them,” which she sang at the Freshman Talent Show last year, deal with life issues that everyone faces, especially when coming to college, of finding the need to fit in and discovering their own identity.

Woolls wants to “try to capture people’s lives” through her music, she says, and she does this by being open, honest and real. “I try to reflect the way I feel now, and I think that’s really how I connect to people is because a lot of people have the same doubts and fears, they just are too scared to express them openly.” Woolls does admit that this can be very hard at times, as she says, “I am bearing my soul.” Her lyrics are very relatable, and at the same time they are gripping and passionate. While she is always trying to improve, and she loves coming up with new chords and especially new rhythms, what is most important for this young songwriter is the idea and message behind each one of her songs. “I don’t care about getting famous, I just want people to hear what I have to say,” she says. Woolls writes what she is feeling, and she would love for it to inspire others and help her to connect with people. However, she knows that this only happens because of God, and He is the one she gives the credit too. “I know that God gives me these songs,” she says. “It’s not from me and it’s not about me, and that’s when I really find pleasure in my music.” God is continually teaching and revealing new things to her through her very own songs.

Woolls is currently one of the Illuminated Class Chaplains, and she has led worship several times at class prayers, as well as at the Sophomore Retreat this past August.  She sings what she truly believes with a passion and sincerity that is apparent to all. Though she is not a music major or involved with the music department, Woolls sings and plays because it is what she loves, and because it is a way for her to express herself and share life with others. “I can’t speak to a thousand people, but I can sing to a thousand people,” she says. Not many would expect this from a major in business and accounting, but Sonneline Woolls is definitely a very inspiring and passionate writer and musician who loves the Lord and has a beautiful heart. If anyone is interested in buying her album, “Change,” it is available for $5. She would also like to share that she has eight songs that are  “fresh and wonderful and dying to be heard,” if any Audio Production students are looking for someone to record! Wink wink.

Asbury features…Abe Parker

Posted: January 23, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Asbury features

By Leslie Ferrell

Asbury University was visited this past week by its very own Abe Parker, a 2011 graduate and an aspiring and extremely talented musician. Parker is well known on Asbury’s campus for his upbeat and catchy songs that are fun and also have the power to inspire. He says he wants to write music that you can’t help but dance too, but music that is also inspiring and makes you think. “So think while you dance,” he says.

Parker has played all over campus, including coffeehouses at the student center, as well as down the road at Solomon’s Porch and at Common Grounds in Lexington, where many fans come to hear him play their favorite familiar songs, especially “Wendy,” “Maggie McGee” and “Love Runs Uphill.” However, this past Friday they gathered in Akers Auditorium to see the Abe Parker Band release concert for the new album, Ninety Percent of Reality. With this new album Parker says, “I am really trying to pursue one direction.” He loves the idea of creating something new, inventing a new type of music and a new genre. He describes his music as “John Mayer meets Maroon 5 and goes to Motown.” The songs have a pop influence, but they are also bluesy and groovy with a driving sound, similar to that of Stevie Wonder, and they make you want to sing right along.

Parker has been very successful with his music so far in his career. He grew up always being surrounded by music, as his parents both played instruments, and he himself received a ukulele when he was just 3 years old and his first electric guitar when he was 10. Needless to say, it has been a natural progression since then. “I guess the rest has really been history,” Parker said.

The new album has recently been released on iTunes, which Parker says is definitely a next step in the process, but it doesn’t mean near as much if people aren’t listening and enjoying it. He says, “If people really want to support the music I do, the best place to buy it is either from myself personally or you can get the entire album on Facebook too.” He is known for often giving out his CD’s to people who like and support his music, as he did at his concert on Friday night, and he hopes that everyone will share it with their friends and spread the word. He is very thankful and appreciative to all of his friends and fans for all of their support. “I’d rather people just enjoy the music that I’m making, just because I enjoy it and it makes me want to make even more music when more people like it,” Parker said.