On a rainy Monday night in Manchester, the stars of the hit American TV show Nashville brought sunshine as they graced the stage to sing.
The spotlight shone on the stage as Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) kicked off the show with ‘What If I Was Willing.’ The atmosphere in the beautiful Bridgewater Hall was electric, excited fans all sharing the same passion for a TV show that encouraged people to fall in love with country music.
Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) and the beautiful Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor) followed with an eclectic set of original music and hit songs from the TV show.
There were so many shining moments during the show. The contrast of gentle ballads and uprising anthems took the audience on an emotional roller coaster. A few highlights to note are the incredible vocals that Sam Palladio showcased on the Nashville tune ‘You Can Count On Me’, the enchanting spell that Clare Bowen cast on the hall as she dedicated her performance of ‘Love Steps In’ to her brother who is currently battling cancer.
The brilliant Charles Esten sent echoes throughout the hall with the popular ‘I Know How To Love You Now’ from Season Three. Chris Carmack surprised the crowd with his heartfelt and melodic original ‘Pieces Of You’ from his newly released EP. He was then joined onstage by Sam Palladio as they collaborated on Sam’s original called ‘Headed To The Fire.’
A personal highlight for me was when Clare and Sam sang ‘Fade Into You’ from Season One, the on-screen chemistry was transported to the stage, the room fell silent as we listened to the blend of harmonies between the duo. Clare and Charles took it one step further as they paraded through the aisles of the stalls, grabbing the hands of giddy fans and dancing with glee.
The cast arrived on stage to perform one last song and received a standing ovation from adoring fans. The lights dimmed and moments later the room sparkled again with fireflies as the cast all came back on stage for an encore of the feel-good tune from the show ‘A Life That’s Good.’
Well, it’s almost time for Miss Taylor Swift to announce her new album title for her fourth album! There’s not much on the album yet but rumours say that the America’s sweetheart will be dropping her album sometime in autumn 2012… Speak now is her third album…
Lets reflect back to October 2010, the 25th to be exact! All around the world (no exaggeration) fans were queuing in the supermarkets for the country star’s new CD. I pre-ordered the CD and I was excited like any other Swiftie (A Taylor Swift fan is called a Swiftie) to get my hands on this new album. I had high expectations for the third album and so did her record company Big machine records because her second CD Fearless debuted at number one in a number of weeks. The CD has done extremely well and has reached number one on the billboard charts and sold 1,047,000 in the first week. Amazingly, all fourteen of the songs made it to the Billboard 100 charts. Swift had sold more copies of this CD than the last! The Deluxe edition CD has fourteen songs and a bonus CD which contains three other songs and US versions of three songs already placed on the main CD. Fans will also be delighted to know that the CD also contains bonus features including the music video for ‘Mine’ and the behind the scenes.
Swift has achieved so much on this album. Writing every song without co-writers is an outstanding achievement of it’s own! Swift brings a fresh country/pop sound to the industry, with her personal songs about break-ups, love and life she reaches out to every girl out there who has ever been let down. Comparing this CD to Swift’s first album, her writing is maturing and her topics are much more dense than they were before.One of my personal favourites is ‘Never Grow up.’ A song about Swift opening up about how she has reflected back on her childhood and found out how quickly it disappears. This is song is both honest and moving and I shed a tear or two with this one. If you want a song to dance too, or just want a happy upbeat tune to blast through your stereo then ‘Sparks fly’, ‘The story of us’ and ‘Long live’ could be the songs for you. The album is oozing with talent and you will not regret buying this CD! If you don’t already have this CD. Go on amazon and buy it! What are you waiting for?
True blood is a blood thirsty TV series you can really sink your teeth into — no pun intended! It’s an original series that really differs from the typical supernatural shows… I started watching True Blood when my friend at university recommended it to me.
I’ve never been a fan of this vampire phenomenon but I decided to give it a chance. Well, let me just tell you now True Blood was a complete shock for me! After the first episode I was on the edge of my seat and I wanted to find out what happened next.
The series is filled with nail biting scenes and surprising twists at the end of every episode! One thing I might add is the amount of nudity in this television series but it’s not meant for the younger generation – That’s why twilight exists!
It’s not suitable for the faint hearted. I watched 5 episodes in a row one night because I couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened. The cliffhangers are brilliant! Sookie, the main character is annoying at times. She always ends up in the bad situations and you shout at the TV at her for being so stupid!
Also, I think it’s pretty cool that she reads minds, it’s an interesting twist on her character. If you like a jam packed show filled with vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies – True Blood is the show for you!