Lana Del Rey Brought the Fandom to Grand Prairie, Texas [Review]

Lana Del Rey - West Coast Single

Disclaimer 1: I am a Lana Del Rey fan

Disclaimer 2: I am a singer

When I first heard Lana Del Rey’s breakout single “Video Games” I have to admit…I wasn’t completely sold, but I was definitely intrigued. Her seductive tone and alto range was different and refreshing next to the powerhouse vocal stylings we’ve seemingly come to expect from female pop vocalists. She’s no Beyonce or Ariana Grande, she’s Lana. And the throng of screeching teenage girls at Wednesday night’s show proved that Lana doesn’t need to prove herself to anyone.

Lana Del Rey - Dallas Review

From the time she sauntered onstage in a simple, off the shoulder red dress with no shoes to the first line out of her mouth, “My pussy tastes like pepsi-cola”, the 6,000 sold-out theater erupted as if Harry Styles had taken his shirt off and pledged to make out with one lucky fan in attendance. I don’t even remember Justin Timberlake receiving this kind of response when I saw him in Houston a few months back. One thing is for sure, Lana’s fans could care less about her lackluster SNL performance that sent critics in a frenzy claiming the luscious lipped songstress was done, or that every news outlet in North Texas is criticizing her simplistic, haunting (and yes, somewhat pitchy) vocal abilities. So back to disclaimer 1. Yes, I am a fan, maybe not the shaking-until-I-lose-my-mind-rush-out-and-get-lip-injections type of fan, but a fan nonetheless. I was enthralled. She did what she does best. She drew the audience in with her hypnotic voice and dark songs of love, drugs and freedom.

Lana Del Rey - Dallas Review

The reasoning for disclaimer 2, I have a big voice, and I love big voices. I grew up on the likes of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and had a choir director mother who sang her guts out on stage from the moment I was conceived. It’s easy to criticize a singer like Lana for not being “big enough” and for not delivering the show stopping performance we’ve come to expect from over the top performers like Lady Gaga and most of her pop predecessors. Yes, Lana comes across as incredibly shy onstage. Almost to the point of awkwardness, but her songs resonate, and to me, there’s nothing more important.

Lana Del Rey - Dallas Review

Getting down into the pit of fans, taking selfies and signing autographs mid-show, it’s obvious Lana loves her supporters, in fact, I would say she feeds off of it. Some would call it self-indulgent, and maybe it is, but it added to Lana’s Old-Hollywood persona that she has so perfectly crafted. From images of Marilyn Monroe to the celebrity images from her “Video Games” video, there’s a charm and mystery to Lana that eludes most artists in today’s celebrity culture.

“I feel really lucky to be singing in front of you,” she said to the thousands of screaming fans, “because there’s a connection, and you get it.”

And a connection there was…more than most shows I see. Lana fans relate and Lana loves to connect with her fans. So in my opinion, she did exactly what she set out to do Wednesday night. Put on an amazing show for her fans.

Dallas Set List:

Cola
Body Electric
Blue Jeans
West Coast
Born to Die
Young and Beautiful
Carmin
Gods & Monsters
Summertime Sadness
Video Games
Millions Dollar Man
Radio
National Anthem

New video! The Way You Love Me – Acoustic Performance!

Sarah Sellers - The Way You Love Me (Acoustic)

I am soooo excited to share my new single with you guys on Valentine’s Day. I am absolutely in love with this track and since the origins of the song started with an acoustic guitar and vocals, I thought I’d put together an acoustic version for you guys.

I had a blast shooting this at the beautiful Majestic Theater in Dallas with the amazing Justin Goode, Steven Reeves and of course, Josh Goode on guitar. Check it out, let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to download the single on Valentine’s Day!

Song of the Day: Justin Timberlake “Suit & Tie (feat. JAY Z)”

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Let’s have a moment of silence for the return of Justin Timberlake to music……..

Awwwww yes! To sit here and attempt to describe my love for JT would be verbose and well, embarrassing…so let me just say I am a MASSIVE fangirl of the former ‘NSyncer. Much like the days of NKOTB t-shirts (specifically Joey McIntyre – yep, sheets, buttons, shirts…I had everything) and high pitch shrills, I grew up with JT from the Mickey Mouse club to FutureSex/LoveSounds to Suit & Tie. Oh and not to mention he is probably one of the best live performers I’ve ever been fortunate to see. Incredible! Okay drooling…done…

I’ve always held on to a shred of hope that Justin wasn’t done with music, just merely taking a break to get the creative juices flowing again. So when his countdown video premiered I was more than excited for the debut of his latest single. When I first heard Suit & Tie my expectations were so high I didn’t really know how to react. Is this what I expected? Do I love it? Am I disappointed? Countless plays later I can say I absolutely love it!

From the Timbaland laced intro, throwback R&B hook, and Justin’s Robin Thicke-esque vocals over JAY Z’s  stellar appearance, yep it pretty much has everything I would expect from a JT track. So while everyone else hates on how “dated” the track might be or not “2013 pop” enough it is I’ll just sit back and enjoy one of my favorite artist’s return to music.

What do you think of the new single?

Happy Listening!

Song of the Day: RZA & The Black Keys “The Baddest Man Alive”

This weekend thousands of sweaty, eager music fans will ascend on Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits music festival. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join in on the 3 day fun but I’ll definitely be live streaming it on YouTube.

Tonight’s headliner is none other then my favorite band, The Black Keys (sad face). So for today’s Song of the Day I thought I’d share a new track from the boys.

The Keys teamed up with WuTang mastermind, RZA on a killer tune for Quentin Tarantino’s new film The Man with the Iron Fists.  Listen, love it…it’s a little bit of hip-hop/blues rock heaven.

Happy Listening!

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Song of the Day: Joss Stone “The High Road”

I am happily swimming in music these days. Between getting ready for my big opening gig on September 29th and writing for my new project I am a happy girl. So for today’s Song of the Day I wanted to showcase one of my biggest musical inspirations.

Joss Stone is one of my favorite blues/soul artists. The passion and emotion that comes out of her every time she steps up to the mic is beyond inspirational to me. Her style and influence will definitely be showcased along with the fabulous Black Keys, another one of my favorite artists, in my new music.

So for today’s Song of the Day I’m going with her amazing, and of course…soulful, cover of the Broken Bell’s tune, The High Road, off her new project, The Soul Sessions Vol 2. I can’t wait to start playing the new music for you guys!!!

Happy Listening!

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Song of the Day: Ellie Goulding “Hanging On”

It’s crazy to think it was just two years ago when I first wrote about British songstress Ellie Goulding. Ever since then I’ve been completely captivated by her unique vocals and refreshing sound. Lights is just now making the radio circuit in the US, two years after it’s release, but Ellie is already on to new music and a new album.

Ellie’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut is definitely heading in a new direction with her cover of Active Child’s track, Hanging On. “Here’s the beginning of my new journey. Enjoy and share responsibly,” Ellie wrote on her Facebook account Tuesday.

At first I wasn’t 100% sold on Tinie Tempah’s rhyme on the track but I’m loving Ellie’s pain stricken vibe throughout the entire song.  Love it, love Ellie, and I’m definitely ready for some new music!! Keep it coming!

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments field below.

Hanging On (ft. Tinie Tempah):

 

Song of the Day: Grizzly Bear “Sleeping Ute”

Ahhh the boys are back. Grizzly Bear recently released the first track off their follow-up to  the 2009 critically acclaimed album, Veckatimest. The currently untitled record is set for a September 18th release on Warp Records, followed by an international tour.

In typical Grizzly Bear style the track meshes together hard hitting drum beats, Daniel Rossen’s signature guitar playing, and the always dynamic vocals that lace perfectly in-between the multiple layers of music. I can’t wait for the new album. Now if they’ll just add a Dallas date to their tour I’ll be set!

I hope everyone made it through the mid-week 4th of July festivities. Check out the new track and have a great weekend!

Sleeping Ute:

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New Music Obsession – ZZ Ward

I tried to wait until Friday for my Song of the Day but I just can’t contain myself. I love discovering new music…best of all GOOD new music. So for this new finding I have to give 100% credit to my mom. Things have been so crazy lately and my emails have been piling up. While doing a routine clean-up I saw an email from her. She’s been wanting me to cover John Legend’s Ordinary People for a while and saw a cover of ZZ Ward covering the tune for Grammy.Com. Well, needless to say, one click-through from an email has severely affected me musically.

This girl is so sick. How do I describe her….blues? Soul? R&B? Hip Hop? All of the above? Yes! I immediately downloaded her Mixtape “Eleven Roses” and I’m officially blown away. Lucky for me her EP released a few days later so I’ve got 13 ZZ Ward items to put on full rotation on my iPod.

So please, do yourself a favor. LIStEn! DOwnLoaD!!!! Be AMAZED!!! This chick is the effing bomb! Look out for Friday because I’m going to blow her up on Song of the Day!! ;)

Got it Bad:

Photo credit: The Boom Box

Song of the Day – Lana Del Rey “Blue Jeans”

I am in love love love with Lana Del Rey. Not only is she strikingly beautiful but her voice is so haunting yet has this vintage vibe that is so unique and refreshing. So for my song of the day I’m going with a single off her Video Games EP, Blue Jeans. I’m really loving her new single, Born to Die, from her debut album but this one is definitely my fav. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Blue Jeans:

Shameless Self Promotion: Check out my cover of Blue Jeans below!

Ellie Goulding & The Boom Blasters – New Music!

The summer is flying by and I’ve been busy having fun with different types of music and artists. Side note – it is hatch chili season (finally) and I’m definitely due for a food post soon so send me your ideas for hatch recipes so I can get to cooking!

I recently recorded a cover of Guns and Horses from one of my favorite artists, Ellie Goulding. The fabulous Jon C from the band Intake helped me out with his guitar and vocal skills so check it out!

Ellie Goulding – Guns and Horses (Cover) Sarah Sellers & Jon C

On the opposite end of the music spectrum…I’ve been recording some fun pop tunes with producer and songwriter, Ben C Jones. I love writing and playing my own music, but every once in a while it’s fun to step outside the norm and have a little fun. Sometimes I feel like music is taken a little too seriously, so with that, here is a sample of my electro-pop side (any takers on some alter-ego pop names…let me know). :)

The Boom Blasters – I’m Down

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