This debut single was written and recorded by American pop singer Vanessa Carlton. OMG! I bought this CD album, not the single, a week or so after it was released. Somehow, I loved both the song and the entire package that Carlton delivered, especially with this single.

“A Thousand Miles” became Carlton’s breakthrough hit and one of the most popular songs of the year. To date, it remains Carlton’s biggest hit in the United States, and her only single to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.

Billboard magazine opined, “it’s the song’s classical-tied piano hook that endures with urgency throughout the song that lends it spectacular charm, along with the artist’s vulnerable vocal style… A truly auspicious opening.”

“A Thousand Miles” is a piano-driven pop song supported by a string orchestral arrangement, in which its protagonist (Carlton) pines for her lover, from whom she has been separated. Carlton said that she wrote the song about her grandfather, who had died earlier. She has also called the song “a combination of reality and fantasy. It’s about a love that so consumes you that you do anything for it. That’s how I felt at that time”

Source of text: Wikipedia.

Image from YouTube.

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Fisher is a band consisting of songwriter Ron Wasserman and vocalist Kathy Fisher. The band is known for their selling songs through internet marketing; they received a record deal from their success at MP3.com. In 2000, Time magazine said that they were “about to become the biggest Internet-based band ever”. Their song “I Will Love You” hit #36 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart in 2000. In 2000, it was named the most downloaded song in Internet history.

Their song “You” from the 2005 album The Lovely Years was featured on the television program Bones.

Text source: Wikipedia.org.

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Bella Ferraro is an Australian singer most notable for auditioning in The X Factor Australia in 2012. When I started watching some of top videos of The X Factor and ‘Got Talent, she was one of those unassuming young girls that came out on stage wearing a polka dot dress. On that first phrase of “Skinny Love,” both the judges and the audience knew she was destined for stardom. Eventually, Ferraro finished fourth in the fourth series of The X Factor Australia.

I like her first single “Set Me on Fire” though she looks more lovely in her second single “Forgot You.”

Below is the video of her audition at The X Factor Australia 2012.

You can read more about Bella Ferraro in her Official Tumbr account and Wikipedia.org.

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“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by George Michael (credited to Wham! featuring George Michael in the US). The song was George Michael’s first solo single although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big). The song features a prominent saxophone riff, and has been covered by a number of artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide.

George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panagiotou; 25 June 1963) is a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame in the 1980s when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his school friend, Andrew Ridgeley. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide as of 2010. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist on the “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists”. Michael has won numerous music awards throughout his 30 year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.

On October 26, 2011, Michael had to cancel a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall due to viral infection. On November 21, Michael was admitted to hospital in Vienna after complaining of chest pains at a hotel two hours prior to him performing at a venue there for his Symphonica Tour. Michael was later confirmed to have suffered from pneumonia and until December 1 was in an intensive-care unit. While Michael appeared to be “in good spirits” and was responding well to treatment following his admittance, hospital officials said on November 25, that Michael’s condition had “worsened overnight”. This development led to Michael’s remaining 2011 dates, most of them in the United Kingdom, to be cancelled and postponed. Michael’s friend, celebrity hairstylist Fadi Fawaz, told press that Michael’s health was improving “by the hour”. On December 1, doctors in the hospital Michael is staying in, announced that the singer was “steadily improving” and had moved out of the intensive care unit.

Source: Wikipedia

SOULSPY Nu-Disco Edit of George Michael`s “Careless Whisper”. Release date: Dec 3, 2011.

Silence Is Easy is the second studio album by indie rock group Starsailor, released in September 2003 and recorded in Los Angeles, and the song “Some of Us” was featured in an episode of the hit TV series “Bones.” It was also played in the closing credits of the Belgian film “The Memory of a Killer” (a.k.a. The Alzheimer Case). In the UK, the album was certified gold in 2003.

Starsailor is an English post-britpop band, formed in Leigh, Warrington and Greater Manchester. They are composed of singer and songwriter James Walsh, Bassist James Stelfox, drummer Ben Byrne, and Barry Westhead on the keyboard. The band signed with EMI, the label that a relative of one band member worked for, in 2000. In 2008, in a re-organisation, Starsailor were moved to Virgin Records, a division of EMI.

For a band often lambasted as shrinking violets, Starsailor have kept some pretty loose and unexpected company since they announced their arrival in 2001 with the majestic ‘Love Is Here.’ Then, as 19 year olds straight out of music college in Wigan, they found themselves hurled into the world of Heavenly Recordings – a label notorious for The Social, the good times and being friends with Primal Scream, Happy Mondays and The Charlatans. It was the legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall that provided their first remix. The band might have been signed by EMI, but it was Heavenly’s founder, the mercurial Jeff Barrett, that A+R’ed them through their first two wildly successful albums. Indeed, the second of those – 2004’s ‘Silence Is Easy’ – saw them become the last band to record with production genius and careless gun user Phil Spector. Not the kind of company you suspect that their supposed peers – Snow Patrol, Keane et al – would ever keep.

By 2009, they had four charting albums and ten Top 40 singles in the UK since 2001. On November 13, 2009 it was officially announced by Lancashire Evening Post that Starsailor was on hold and that James Walsh was concentrating on his solo career. In an interview with VirtualFestivals.com he stated that at this moment he was working on his first solo album and that he was writing the lyrics with American songwriter and singer Suzanne Vega.

Sources: Wikipedia 1,2 | Official Website

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