Music Monday: Kitty LaRoar & Nick Shankland

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Retro-Starlet, Jazz singer and Drummer that grew up in Bolton, in the North of England,near the moors playing beautiful music with her charming Piano man –

Do I have your attention? Good, let’s talk about Kitty LaRoar & Nick Shankland

Twitter is a great thing. My loves, you have heard me say this before and without it I would never have known about this amazing lady in England. The funny thing is she found me when I needed her the most.

I kind of long for the day when you sat in the corner of a dark, blue smoke filled bar and listened to someone pour their heart out with a song. I am one step closer with Kitty & Nick Shankland

So how did the starlet from the north of England and a pianist from Wales met – through music of course. As Kitty say – it was like a movie

She visited a club with friends and found, Nick Shankland, playing piano. He asked if anyone wanted to sing and she courageously raised her hand, the rest is history .A partnership developed, in music and love

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In a special way it is like they transport you back, if only for a short time but the sound is so beautiful yet sounds effortless. Mellow voice & catchy piano. All you need is a velvet armchair and a cocktail in hand

Anything from Ellington, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and the old American songbook this beautiful duo ( or trio, they are more like a combo really) has covered

If you are lucky enough to be in London please step out and see these beautiful talented souls at Scarfe’s Bar in The Rosewood Hotel.

I may see there is September

Soundcloud

@Nickoftime

@KittyLaRoar

xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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  • Kryptonite by3 doors down
  • Monster by Meg and Dia
  • Lovefools by The Cardigans
  • Misery by Maroon 5
  • Speechless by Lady GaGa
  • Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
  • Nina by Ed Sheeran
  • Missing by Everything But The Girl
  • It Never Rains In Southern California by Albert Hammond
  • Queen of California by John Mayer
  • Save Me, San Francisco by Train
  • Deeper Than Love by Colleen Green
  • Weed Instead Of Roses by Ashley Monroe
  • Same Old, Same Old by The Civil Wars
  • Slow Show by The National

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

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What are your plans for the weekend? Private jet to the Maldives? Putting everything on your black Visa down on Fifth Ave? Stomping on grapes to make wine? Netflix,coffee and a cronut and in the morning you’re making waffles. Whatever you’re doing, do it with joy and happiness in your heart and start by clicking these links

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xxLayla

Monday Monday: Ingrid Michaelson

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If I absolutely had to describe Ingrid Michaelson’s music it would be happy. You can’t help but feel happy while listening to it. Of course I had heard the name before. I even have had a song of hers on my ipod for years. A duet she sang with Sara Bareilles – who I love – so I should have known that I would love Ingrid also but it took me a while to get there, but now I am – there is no looking back now.

She also co-wrote a song entitled “Parachute” with Marshall Altman which was covered by singer Cheryl Cole on her debut solo album 3 Words; – which I have played countless times. She sang a duet with Joshua Radin who I love – so I guess I should have known that I would love Ingrid Michaelson just as much but this is something I have just stumbled upon

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It’s different than I thought it would be but I don’t know why I thought it would be different then it is but the bottom line is that she’s great. She calls her album Lights Out her “most personal album yet” and maybe that is why I love it so much. Her lyrics are smart and her voice is exceptional. The songs are very strong throughout and personally.It’s a rare CD that you buy nowadays that you can say with all honesty you like every single song but this one I can honestly say that every single song is gold. Heartbreak, believing in yourself and respect all covered.

I maybe a new fan but I can’t wait to hear that back catalog

xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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  • Jeep’s Blues by Duke Ellington
  • White Rabbit by Mayssa Karaa
  • Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane
  • Flower by Moby
  • Catch Me If You Can by Beu Sisters
  • Strict Machine by Goldfrapp
  • Sinnerman – by Felix da Housecat & Nina Simone
  • Is This Real? by Lisahall
  • Nowhere and Everywhere by Michelle Lewis
  • Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar
  • My Sweet Song by Toby Lightman
  • Galway Girl by Steve Earle
  • Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars
  • Breathe (2 AM) by Anna Nalick
  • Labels or Love by Fergie