My Artist Of The Week – “Maria Mena”

The artist I choose for this week is: Maria Mena.

I discovered Maria Mena in late 2007. I remember I was watching a “So You Think You Can Dance” episode and one of the artists chose her song “Sorry”  to dance solo to. The song was so beautiful that I didn’t even get a chance to focus on the dancer, I was too mesmerized by the lyrics to even see what he was trying to do. Minutes later, I was at my laptop getting a hold of that one song. I listened to it all the way and I cried like a baby. At the time, it really spoke to me. And even if it didn’t, the lyrics are so heartbreaking that it would be hard for anyone to listen to it without getting emotional. For some reason, I didn’t think twice to download more of her music – I think I was too overwhelmed by the beauty of ” Sorry” that I never thought anything could be as magical – until I met a friend of mine who when asked if she knew Maria Mena, screamed into my ear asking if I had heard “Just Hold Me”. Upon hearing my reply (which was a “no…”) she pulled out her iPod and stuck the headphones into my ear. I listened to the song all the way to the end with a straight face. “Do you like it?” She asked and I simply nodded. I then ran towards the bathroom and cried for 10 minutes because that song was so beautifully painful.

What I love most about Maria Mena is her straight-from-the-heart lyrics and simple voice. Her music is so breathtaking that you won’t stop listening to her for weeks. My favourite songs are “Sorry”, “Just Hold Me”, “Nevermind Me” and “Belly Up”. And here are my favourite lyrics;

But if I wanted silence
I would whisper
And if I wanted loneliness
I’d choose to go
And if I like rejection
I’d audition
And if I didn’t love you
You would know

From “Just Hold Me”

I just poured my heart out
There’s bits of it on the floor,
And I take what’s left of it and rinse it under cold water
And call him up for more

From ” Sorry”

What is this game we’re playing?
Should I stick around for more?
Snap your fingers I’ll come running,
leave again when you’re bored
with me
I’ll make it easy

From “Nevermind Me”

I’m glad I was able to find many Maria Mena videos on YouTube. Do enjoy them!

If you liked her, follow her on Twitter.

My Artist Of The Week – “Terra Naomi”

The artist I choose for this week is: Terra Naomi.

I discovered Terra Naomi about 6 months ago while browsing my Last.fm recommendations. I think the first song I heard of hers was “Never Quite Discussed”. It took my breath away then and it still does every time I hear it. The lyrics are so beautiful and her voice is simply enchanting. It took a while for me to find that and the rest of her songs, but when I did I can honestly say that I was hooked. Her powerful lyrics will have you addicted in no time.

My favourite song is the one I mentioned before. “Never Quite Discussed”. It still gives me goosebumps each and every time I hear it, somehow it just never seems to get old.

So let’s pretend that for a moment
we have never loved before
touch my skin
and I will kiss your lips and
we can both ignore
that feeling of wait,
what happens in time
I know this is cool for now
but I just might change my mind
and leave
you there in the dust
I know that you loved me a lot
but it was never quite discussed

From “Never Quite Discussed”

Don’t wait
Act now
This amazing offer won’t last long
It’s only a chance to pave the path we’re on
I know there are more exciting things to talk about
And in time we’ll sort it out
And in time we’ll sort it out

From “Say It’s Possible”

Enjoy the videos.

If you like her, visit her Official Website.

Or follow her on Twitter.

My Artist Of The Week – “Justin Nozuka”

The artist I choose for this week is: Justin Nozuka.

First and foremost, I know I have been absent for the past two weeks, and I apologize. I was away on a trip, and I had no steady connection available. I do hope that never has to happen again. And because it has, I decided you guys (yes, the 2 of you reading this) deserved something more from me. And that is why, for the first time, I have gone out of my comfort zone and worked at a fairly new angle on this article. For the first time, I have – surprise! – chosen to write about a male artist instead of the usual (more preferred) female artists. And that is because Justin Nozuka is probably the only male artist worthy of it.

I discovered Justin Nozuka in July 2008. I remember I was away for the summer, and I was talking to one of my friends online and she insisted I give his song “After Tonight” a listen. When I finally did, I liked it, but I admit I only listened to it a few times and then for some reason just stopped. She talked to me a few days later, asking if I was “addicted to Justin” yet, and I laughed and said she was giving him way more credit than he deserved. Shocked that I still haven’t listened to anything else by him, she gave me a link to his song “Save Him” and annoyed me until I gave it a listen. I listened to it with no expectations whatsoever, which was probably the reason why I cried like a baby and got goosebumps all over my body the first 20 times I listened to it. I didn’t know I was about to listen to one of the best songs ever sung by one of the most amazing singers out there.

What I love the most about Justin Nozuka is how strong his lyrics are and how sincere and passionately it is he sings them. It’s very rare to see a singer sing as well live as he does in his recordings. Justin Nozuka brings life to each and every song he sings, and the way he is when he’s singing his more intense songs will have your skin breaking out in goosebumps before he even starts talking. And his voice is so mesmerizing, you won’t be able to stop listening to him for weeks.

My favourite songs of his are: “Save Him”, “If I Gave You My Life”, “Mr.Therapy Man” and “Criminal”. The lyrics I loved most are:

If I gave you my life,
Would you let it slip,
Through your fingers like water in the dessert
If I gave you my heart,
In the deep of the night,
Would you hold it like a candle giving you light

From “If I Gave You My Life”

She loves him more, he loves her more
Seems like they ain’t ever let each other go
Laughing and kissin’
It’s a match made in heaven
Behind the rings on their fingers
Imprints the ink deep in the inner
That has stained their souls together now
Stained ‘soul mates’ forever now

From “Save Him”

I didn’t expect to see no rain
But there it was
pouring off of your face

Why, why did he let you go?
All I know, is he must have been crazy
And how, could he have let you go?
All I know, is he must have been crazy

From “Why”

Fortunately, I was able to find many HQ videos of his on YouTube. I do hope you enjoy them!!

If you liked him, visit his Official Website.

Or follow him on Twitter.