Maria Z – Maria Zouroudis

May 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm (Music Reviews, Unsigned Artists) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Name: Artist Maria Zouroudis (Maria Z)

Genre: Pop/R&B

Major/Indie/Unsigned: Unsigned



Overall Rating (out of 4): 2.5

Singing – She has an amazing voice! Her voice has a very pure sound, and you emotion carries through her voice to the listener. Check out my links to the top #2 songs below. She has a wide range, and I look forward to her future music.

Lyrics – The lyrics are alright, nothing too heavy or too light. The themes relate with stuff that you go through in life, nothing too fancy here. With Maria Z, I’m listening because I just want to hear her sing. That being said, she needs to focus on writing more original music, even though her cover recordings are outstanding.

Flow/Rhythm – Versatility is the word. Slow piano ballads, mixed with acoustic songs, and a hip hop number on top of that!

Freshness – She definitely has the talent, however, I get the sense she is still trying to find her sound/voice/style to break into the mainstream with. Will it be pop (ie. Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera), acoustic (Jewel) or R&B?

Technicality/Recording – Variable quality, but for the most part, pretty good.

Visuals – Amazing set up on her Youtube channel, probably could use some sprucing up of her Myspace site, but otherwise she’s doing a great job marketing herself (I heard she’s got twitter too! )

Top 2 Songs:

1. Extraordinary Love (Just a beautiful song, that needs to be heard!)

2. You’re Not Sorry – Taylor Swift Cover (The depth, sensitivity, and strength of her voice is showcased in this one)

~ Jason Chu


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Chrisette Michele – “Epiphany”

May 15, 2009 at 3:03 am (Major Label, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Name:  Chrisette Michele

Genre: Soul/Jazz/Hip Hop

Major/Indie/unsigned: Major/Def Jam Recordings

Album: Epiphany

Released: 2009

Overall Rating (out of 4): 3

Musicality – An interesting mix of ballads, R&B numbers, and Jazzy pop confections makes the soft music you hear, quite enchanting.

Singing – I would compare her voice to a modern day Billie Holliday. Her voice is very sultry and has a maturity within the voice. Her voice is also very versatile, as she can crossover easily from Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop.

Lyrics – Love, life, and everything in between. She sings every word convincingly.

Flow/Rhythm – Very chill, with a relaxed vibe.

Freshness – She is different and her mishmash of styles combined with her voice, make the music almost seem like fusion cooking (a blend of colors!)

Technicality/Recording – Excellent! Would you expect any less from Def Jam?

Visuals – Her Myspace page is excellent. The P.R. and marketing team sure know what they’re doing. A glam shot of the face of Chrisette Michele is probably the best way for her to develop major brand name recognition in the entertainment world.

Top 2 Songs:

1. Epiphany (Hybrid sound! Subtle hip hop beats with jazzy overlay, and then there’s her voice!)

2. Love is You (Just a beautiful song, sung wonderfully)

~ Jason Chu


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