Norway influences the music of Philly

alt-Rock Artist: Cris Valkyrie

Conquer Entertainment’s blog reporter Tim Boehm spent an epic week working the 25th Anniversary convention of Market America & Conquer’s booth from Greensboro, NC. Soon after, he was on the road again; this time to ‘Philadelphia PA’ where he followed up on rumors of a band who’s lead singer hailed from Norway and was bringing that unique Nordic sound to the local bars and pubs. Night after night he seemed to be one step behind as he followed up on leads but finally, late one Wednesday evening he happened into Bob & Barbara’s Lounge over on South Street near 15th. You know the place, its a dive bar but that night it felt like anything other than that when she took the stage and grabbed that mike. We’re talking about none other than Cris Valkyria. Our senior blog writer Kris Bailey did an excellent expose a few months back on her -> Check It Out Here. So you can totally understand how surprised Tim was when he found out the rumors of Nordic tunes was all about the Valkyrian herself.

After her performance Tim was able to catch her backstage and found out that she was born and raised in Moss, Norway. Cris said that she had lived and traveled the world most of her adult life. This, along with her educational background as a psychologist, her various hobbies like martial arts (2nd Dan, Taekwondo), horses, clothes design, arts & crafts, and passion for most hedonistic pleasures like food, music & arts, are all contributing factors tinting her musical compositions. Her music is ethereal and eclectic and her voice is mostly described as haunting. She considers herself a Musician, mother and psychotherapist. With a distinct Nordic accent intertwined with her English, Tim mentioned that many people in the area seemed to feel her music was ‘not from this place’ to which she laughed. “Right”, she said, “its more than just across the pond, the influences ascend from the lands of the Northern lights.” With a quick smile she said, “må gå” and noticing the quizzical look on his face, stated, “It means I gotta go”. They both laughed and after thanking her for her time, Tim finished up his soda water and organized his notes.

It seems she is following up to her solo EP with a new release! Her very epic debut album with her band, Valkyrians. Word on the street is the fanbase is abuzz.  The album, which will carry an updated version of her original six songs from the EP along with six additional brand new tracks, is expected to gain interest from around the world; from Norway to the States.

The Norway influences are all throughout her music and tonight it was heard all over Philly from a little dive bar near the corner of South St and 15th. Until next time, that was Conquer Entertainment blog reporter Tim Boehm. In her words, (not mine), må gå (I gotta go). Thanks, and hey, do look into her music from the link below.

Check out her music at: https://www.getconquer.com/crisvalkyria/music

 

Back in Brooklyn

Laney is all smiles
The nine views of Lanie

Conquer Artist: Laney Lynx

Back home in Brooklyn, NY, Laney sits comfortably in her favorite sofa as the Conquer Entertainment team of reporters catches up on the latest in her career. Three summers ago, Laney took the stage during Conquer Entertainment’s sponsored stage for Van’s Warped Tour along with fellow CE artist Shira Girl. Her infectious and lush voice mesmerized the crowd with her then first EP, ‘Naked Heart’. Later this performance and that song were featured in countless blogs across the nation.

Her latest single ‘Love Sick’ was a pivotal moment in her career as she combined a new sound that blended in electronic and dance music. As a singer & song writer, she was able to put those dual talents on display with the accompanying music video for ‘Love Sick’. https://youtu.be/5-ivaDExeI0

The YouTube hit video tells the story of a couple brought together by a fortune telling event in which Laney plays the fortune teller to a mysteriously handsome man that has shown up late at her clairvoyant abode inside her Airstream trailer parked in the forest. She begins to read his palms and moves on to the tarot cards, all the while trying to understand the strange attraction to him and the mystical connection they seem to share. She manages to cast a spell, that while it lasts, brings the two strangers into a passionate and mesmerizing intertwine upon the nearby bed.

Looking skyward as her career goes up

“Sizzling Hot!”, she giggles as she recounts how the music video won MTV’s recent competition and inclusion on mtvU: The Freshmen.  For 2017, she’s performed at a number of music series nationwide and at notable events like “Sofar Sounds” and ‘The Family Reunion” acoustic series. While this summer continues to unwind, Laney has managed to inject her feel-good downtempo dance music into ears everywhere. With her refreshing pop hooks, lush harmonies, and sensual bass lines, we can hardly wait to hear her forthcoming ‘Getaway’ EP coming out this week.

Her name is Laney Lynx and her music is creating a buzz and popping up everywhere. Thanks for inviting us to Brooklyn to catch up with you. We’ll catch up with you again soon and next time hope to meet your bassist: Antoine, the drummer: Zach, and Big Tone on Guitar.

Check out her music at https://www.getconquer.com/laneylynx

Hey Y’all: Celebrating Country!

Dust off your cowboy boots, pull out your hats get ready for some good country music with a side of BBQ to celebrate National Cowboy Day! July 22nd was the day for celebrating the western lifestyle, and honoring cowboy roots. We are going to the place that has it all “TEXAS”!

Country music is not hard to find in Texas. There are however some historical locations that make you feel like everybody is somebody. That is right I am talking about Luckenbach. Know for its old west style saloon, dance hall & general store located in Fredericksburg, TX. It all started back in the summer of  1973 when Jerry Jeff Walker, along with the Lost Gonzo Band, recorded the live album Viva Terlingua at the Luckenbach dance hall. The album became an outlaw country classic. Later in 1977, after Crouch’s death in 1976, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson vaulted Luckenbach in the national spotlight with the #1 country and #25 Pop charting song “Luckenbach, Texas” (Back to the basics of Love)

Texas barbecue has no peer on earth. Usually they are small establishments with little décor but the warmest atmosphere and delicious food that will have you coming back to savor over and over. Once in a while you will find them located out in a field with picnic tables seating over 800 and a barbeque sauce that has no tomatoes so it won’t burn. The Salt Lick has over 50 years’ experience cooking their slowly over an open fire fed by live oak. On a Saturday night you may have a little bit of a wait they serve over 2,000 in just one night.

The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. It features more than 100 inductees. Well-known names include country music legend George Strait and 9-time world champion rodeo cowboy.
You can also visit the Frontier Times Museum located in the Cowboy capital of the world. You certainly don’t want to miss The Fort Worth Stockyards while celebrating the American cowboy. It was named “The best tribute event” by American Cowboy Magazine. If you are ready for some live rodeo action head over to the historic Cowtown Coliseum of the Forth Worth Stockyards. There’s nothing that says cowboy better than hopping on horseback for a trail ride.

Jess Taylor – A New Sound

Jess Taylor Profile

Alternative Country Artist: Jess Taylor

Website: www.jesstaylormusic.com

GetConquer Page: www.getconquer.com/jesstaylor/

Bandtwango project page: https://bandtwango.com/projects/jess-taylor/

We here at Conquer had the awesome opportunity to interview Alternative Country artist (though one would consider her unrestricted by genre) Jess Taylor about her ongoing crowdfunding project. Hitting the ground running in High-school, Jess’s songwriting and vocal skills quickly led to a large fan following within mainstream country. 5 years later, and Jess is back in a way you’ve never heard her before.

For full in depth artist interview head to: http://www.conquerentertainment.com/conquer-artist-interview-jess-taylor/

COUNTRY ARTIST CAITLIN KOCH

Country Artist: Caitlin Koch

Caitlin Koch is a Nashville-based Country Artist best known for her performances on Simon Cowell’s production,. “The X Factor, USA” Season 1.

Originally from Orchard Park, NY, Caitlin started singing in church. Early on, she was influenced by Elvis Presley due to her parents’ musical tastes. Caitlin attended Orchard Park HS where she was a scholar athlete.

In 2011, Caitlin took her talent to the international stage when featured as the singing rugby coach on Simon Cowell’s production, “The X Factor USA” on FOX network. Caitlin received a standing ovation for her version of “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes. She ranked in the TOP 8 of Cowell’s team, but was cut before the show went to a live audience.

Caitlin Koch – “The X Factor, USA” Season 1 Auditions. Performs “Stop In The Name Of Love” by The Supremes but done a little bit different.

In 2015, Caitlin followed her dream to Nashville, TN in pursuit of music as an independent artist.

“I was at a crossroads in my life. I was not where I wanted to be in my career, so I had two choices: give up, or make a move. I made a move”, says Caitlin.

She relocated to Nashville and immersed herself in all the city had to offer.

You can learn more about her and check out her music at http://www.getconquer.com/caitlin

HEY GUYS – FOCUS ON THE FUN

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Alternative Art Rock: Hey Guy

“Focus on the fun and the love of the art rather than on the success. And then success will have no choice but to find you.” The perfect adage for this group of fun-loving oddballs, Hey Guy brings a quirky and bold spin to today’s rock scene!  Spanning the globe from Russia to Brazil, Hey Guy’s diverse crew comes together to create a sound that is as equally diverse as they are. Innovative original music with unique melodies, catchy tunes, and a sort of genre-bending freedom that is rare in today’s music, coupled with their hilarious onstage antics and bright personalities creates a new experience for the crowd  that they never expected. After seeing a Hey Guy show, they’ll feel like your long time friends; and you always want to hang with your pals!

For an in depth artist interview, head to:

http://www.conquerentertainment.com/conquer-artist-interview-hey-guy/

Ali Critelli Soul/Pop Conquer Artist

Soul/Pop Artist: Ali Critelli

Ali Critelli is an independent singer/songwriter/artist from Buffalo, NY. Since the age of seven, Ali has been singing and performing, preparing her whole life to be a star. The daughter of a singer/musician & writer, and the sister to a mega triple-threat, Ali has found her niche in the family singing soul/pop music.

Ali Critelli is a soul/pop singer that calls Buffalo, New York: the “Queen City” her home. Her unique timbre, wide vocal range, and eclectic musical influences have shaped her to be one of the local staple’s in Western New York’s music scene. Gaining her stage experience playing with several bands over the years (including Buffalo native, Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls) and singing covers of all genre’s, Ali continues to hone her craft on the mic. Her contemporary style singing and unique timbre add a soulful delight to both her lyrics and artistic expression.

Check out the Brand New Official Music Video for Ali’s New Single “Thankfully”

Her musical inspirations include any female power house with belty vocals and enough passion to ring a church bell, such as Christina Aguilera, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, & Alicia Keys.

Be sure to check out her music at http://www.getconquer.com/alicritelli/

SPOTLIGHT: CONQUER’S GOT TALENT

SPOTLIGHT: CONQUER'S GOT TALENT ARTISTS

In honor of the new season of America’s Got Talent, Conquer has quite a roster of artists that have been featured on the star-making show.  Here’s a playlist of some of our artists performing their auditions, and some who made it on as a contestant on either America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and/or X Factor!

Tune into the 12th season of America’s Got Talent on NBC, Tuesdays at 8PM eastern

Check out the featured artist’s profiles – just click their name!

(in order of playlist appearance)

America’s Got Talent Auditions/Contestants

Mia Boostrom (Season 3,  Season 4 Quarter-Finalist)

Voices Of Glory (Season 4, 5th Place Finalist)

Stephanie Sanson (You Only Live Once) – (Season 6, Auditions)

American Idol Auditions/Contestants

Melanie Donnelly (Laney Lynx) – (Season 10, Auditions/Hollywood)

Phil Stacey – (Season 6, Top 6 Finalist)

Nadia Turner– (Season 4, Top 8 Finalist)

John Stevens – (Season 3, Top 6 Finalist)

X Factor Auditions/Contestants

Caitlin (Koch) – X Factor (Season 1, Auditions/Hollywood)

Brennin Hunt – X Factor (Season 1, Auditions/Hollywood)

CRIS VALKYRIA “OUT OF THIS WORLD”

Alternative Artist-Cris Valkyria

Sometimes an artist creates a sounds that is so remarkably unique that you just can’t possibly tie it down to one genera. Cris Valkyria – is just that! She is simply and refreshingly un-categorizable.

Born and raised in Norway, graduating with a degree in Psychology, traveling the world, and finally settling down in Philly; Cris now shows off her musical talents as lead singer of the band “Valkyrians“. Though the bands foundation is in the Alt-Rock genre, Cris takes it for a spiral with her sweet sound, and folky tone. Staying true to her Scandinavian roots, Cris gives an almost elven, otherworldly vibe with her voice. Injecting a fantasy style undertone into otherwise rock driven music.

Valkyrians is a Philly-based band that has established a reputation of a band hard to categorize, but with a memorable sound.

So aside from having a really cool name, Cris is an artist who pushes genre boundaries. The unique sound of her music gives off an ethereal sort of impression, and unique genre-crossing flare. Her Nordic, old word vocals, mixed with the alt-rock sound of the Valkyrians shows something truly unique.

JAZZ, POP & AMP; OPERA SINGER SKYE DUMONT

Jazz, Pop & Opera Singer: Skye Dumont

Skye is a diverse artist, who is classically trained and sings opera, musical theatre, and classical music; but is also a recording artist of contemporary music. Her voice has a warm soulful tone which flourishes in her jazz and pop recordings. Skye was always in love with music and performing. She started piano lessons at age 4, and at age 8, won her first singing contest performing Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”.

Classically trained at the Manhattan School of Music in beautiful NYC. Her style of music is a mix of pop, soul, and old school big band jazz. She really love bass, horns, & strings. She strives to make music that is somewhat dramatic, with sophistication & class. Her goal is to never create shallow music, but always music with a message.

Check out her latest video “Don’t Dream it’s Over”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDkC0vxhO0M

Skye aspires to be a role model for young women, and revolutionize the pop music of today. “There can be so much negativity in today’s music. I want to convey a message of love, and positively, and self worth.” // “My ultimate goal In pursuing classical music is to be a premier recognized soprano on the operatic stage with the ultimate design to move and inspire the masses; to bring classical music back to its rightful place in cultural society.” Skye is aiming for an active career as both an operatic and pop performer as well as a worship leader. No matter the style of music — her goal is to inspire her audience.

Check out her music at http://www.getconquer.com/skyedumont