Song of the Day: Tori Kelly “All in My Head”

Happy Halloween weekend everyone! Any big plans, awesome costume ideas?? Matt and I are headed to a party tonight and coordinating for the first time. I’ll post some pics later. 🙂

I am truly a lover of music. Whether it’s Indie, Blues, R&B or Pop, there’s always something I can find in each genre, especially pop music. I found out about Tori Kelly when I auditioned for American Idol in Season 9. We both auditioned in Denver but unfortunately…I didn’t get to meet her. After seeing her on the show I was instantly hooked and have been a huge fan ever since. The most compelling thing about Tori is the girl has been everywhere. From America’s Most Talented Kids, to American Idol, to a record deal at 12 years old with Geffen Records that was later dropped, she hasn’t stopped.

After she was cut from Idol at the end of Hollywood week she started to make a huge splash on YouTube covering popular songs and showcasing her amazing writing skills with her A Capella videos. She wrote, self produced and recorded her debut EP, Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly, minus the backing of a huge label. With major shout outs from Ryan Seacrest and Scooter Braun she is performing all over the country and building a fan base 100% as an independent artist. Oh and did I mention her voice is totally sick.

I streamed her show at the Roxy this week and was, again, completely captivated by her talent and adorable charm. It’s inspiring to see artists push for their dreams no matter how many times they’ve been told no and as an aspiring singer/songwriter myself, it’s motivating! So check out my favorite tune off her EP, All in My Head, and watch the video below for an incredible acoustic version of the song.

Happy Listening!

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Song of the Day: Frank Ocean “Sweet Life”

I am sooo excited to announce I will be opening for a Grammy Award winning R&B artist, September 29th, at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX! Unfortunately I won’t be able to reveal who the artist is until Monday. So in lieu of  my big announcement I wanted to highlight one of my current R&B favorites for today’s Song of the Day, Frank Ocean.

I was instantly hooked to Ocean’s sound after hearing the ethereal hit Thinking About You [check out my cover here]. Aside from his buttery [yes I just said that] vocals, his melodies and visual lyrics are all the reasons why I love R&B music. His debut studio release, channel ORANGE, has been on rotation in my earbuds all week. So take a listen [or 10] and have a fabulous weekend!

For those of you in the DFW area come hang out with me at the GoodBAMMSho official launch party at the Live Oak Musical Hall and Lounge in Ft. Worth.

Happy Listening!

Sweet Life:

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Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Mushroom & Mozzarella Crostinis

We’re finally getting into my favorite part of American Idol…the live shows!! If you guys have been following along I’ve been cooking up some scrumptious recipes for Yahoo! Music blogger, Lyndsey Parker, and her Reality Rocks blog.

Since Idol is giving us three episodes this week I’ve got 3 simple and delicious snacks to share. Tonight I’m starting out with a hearty snack that really is incredibly easy to make. If you’re having any trouble finding Shitake mushrooms or you don’t want to fork out the extra cost, just use all baby bella mushrooms. They work just as well.

Check out my feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

Happy eating!

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Thinking About You – Frank Ocean [Cover] Sarah Sellers

Finally a new video! I can’t believe it’s already been 2 months since my last YouTube Cover. I discovered Frank Ocean last year and it didn’t click until a few months later that he was a member of Odd Future. Since then I’ve been absolutely hooked.

I heard Thinking About You for the first time when the amazing  Tori Kelly covered it on YouTube. Needless to say it instantly inspired me. So here you are…my newest cover of Frank Ocean’s Thinking About You. Let me know what you think!! 🙂

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