Gavin DeGraw is a New York City native, so his visit last month to record Bruno Mars cover “Grenade” and several original songs for a Top 20 Live set, he didn’t exactly have a long way to travel. Nevertheless, VH1 photographer Colin Gray got some great shots for our Music Seen feature, and we even got some feedback from DeGraw himself on some of the photographs in the series. After the jump, DeGraw’s travels from Live With Regis & Kelly to VH1 to MTV News, plus a glimpse at his style, and, of course, pit stops every step of the way for his many and adoring fans.
When Demi Lovato came to our offices last week to record a Top 20 Live set, she not only surprised us with a Lil Wayne cover, but also proved extremely genial. “Hey guys, thanks for having me! I’m Demi. What’s your name?” she introduced herself, before kicking her set off with the medley, above, of “Catch Me,” a deep cut from 2009′s Here We Go Again, and “Don’t Forget,” the title track from her 2008 debut. That same temperament shines through in the series of photographs our own Jen Marigliano snapped for our Music Seen feature, as she followed Lovato during her day in New York City. After the jump, look behind the scenes at VH1′s Top 20 and check out the elements of Lovato’s bohemian-chic style, and be sure to check back for the rest of her Top 20 Live set.
VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist Dawes is well into its co-headlining tour with Blitzen Trapper, but late last month, when they stopped by our offices for a You Oughta Know Live set, they were accompanied by VH1′s multi-talented Lauren Deiman, who in her role as photographer followed the band all day for our Music Seen photo series. After the jump, the band gets really good coffee, performs at our offices, and lugs equipment around the city to all sorts of stops on a promotional junket. The band’s tour continues through November 15, and we’ve got plenty more from Dawes, including interviews and music videos, over at yououghtaknow.VH1.com.
It’s been a whirlwind month for VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist Ximena Sari?ana ((phonetic pronounciation: hi-MEN-a sa-rin-YAH-na). She’s been hitting the promotional circuit hard in support in support of her self-titled English language debut; in addition to a well-received performance on the Tonight Show, she’s been delighting audiences all across the country. She was in New York City near the end of last month, when she stopped by our office for an awesome You Oughta Know Live set, and our ace photographer Zev Schmitz was able to trail her for a day while she made the rounds all around town for our recurring photo-based series, MUSIC SEEN. We’ve got the results, as well as a few comments from Ximena herself, for you below!
“These shoes I bought while on tour in Austin. I love finding small off the beaten path clothing stores. These shoes I’ve had for over a year now but are so worn out because I wear them almost every day on tour.”
Celebrities who emerge as teen idols rarely stay that way. It’s one of the immutable laws of celebrity nature. They get older, their fans get older, and generally, everyone eventually moves on.
That, however, has not been the case for Jordan Knight, who began his run as a heartthrob way back in 1986 and is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether performing as part of the New Kids On The Block, NKOTBSB, or as a solo artist, Jordan Knight remains culturally relevant to this day not just because he’s a handsome devil or because his falsetto instantly causes listeners’ knees to weaken, but because he continues to record songs that resonate with audiences of all ages.
Jordan popped by our offices here in Times Square not too long ago while on a publicity tour for his new solo album, Unfinished. We asked him to be the latest artist to participate in our ongoing Music Seen feature, and he kindly obliged. Enjoy!—Mark Graham
Foster The People are on a roll. At this time last year, their catchy and distinctly unique sounding hit single “Pumped Up Kicks” had just started gaining some steam on the bleeding edge music discovery site, The Hype Machine. Flash-forward to present day, and that song is steadily climbing both the Billboard (#1 on Alternative) and iTunes (#21 in Singles) charts, propelling the Los Angeles-based indie pop act forward as they sell their club dates coast to coast.
We here at VH1 recognized the potential of the band early on, which is why we named them as our You Oughta Know artist earlier this month. Just prior to that announcement, Foster The People –which, if you’re keeping score at home, is made up of Mark Foster (lead vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Mark Pontius (drums) and Cubbie Fink (bass) stopped by our offices here in the heart of Times Square and dazzled a particularly-enthused audience with a four song You Oughta Know Live set, just hours before performing a sold-out show at New York’s famed Bowery Ballroom. Our cameras followed them along all day long, and we’ve got the tantalizing results for you below in the latest installment of our recurring series, Music Seen. Enjoy!
When Matthew Morrison stopped by VH1 to appear on Big Morning Buzz Live to promote his eponymous debut album back in May, we knew the Glee actor and solo artist would be a perfect subject for our Music Seen feature. As it turned out, his day was too jam-packed for him to explicitly show off his style to VH1 photographer Jen Marigliano, but these photos give a pretty good look anyway, as Morrison travels from BMBL to a VH1 Save the Music press conference to an interview with The Insider to a soundcheck and performance at the Hard Rock Caf?. That’s a lot of work?and a lot of wardrobe changes?without leaving Times Square. Our thanks to Morrison for being such a great sport.
Raphael Saadiq is one well-dressed gentleman?and a crucial part of the effortless cool he radiated when he appeared on Big Morning Buzz Live last month to promote his new album Stone Rollin’. VH1 Photographer Zev Schmitz followed Saadiq all day, and got some great pictures of the Bay Area multi-instrumentalist on BMBL, recording an VH1 Top 20 Live set, sound-checking (and later performing) at Webster Hall, showing off his look (and tattoos) a bit, and generally staring down release-date jitters. He needn’t have worried?the album would go on to chart better than any of his previous solo records.
The Civil Wars stopped by our offices a couple of weeks ago for a You Oughta Know Live performance in our lobby, and our co-workers were all struck by the Nashville-based duo’s on-stage chemistry. Not only do John Paul White and Joy Williams lock eyes while singing duets, the two have voices that sound like they were created to harmonize together. This “musical alchemy,” as Joy refers to it, may have helped the pop-folk act top charts on iTunes and Billboard and land an opening spot for Adele, who blogged that they are “the BEST live band i have EVER seen.” VH1 photographer Jen Marigliano spent time with The Civil Wars on their recent trip to NYC, documenting the duo’s style and how the two interact on and off the stage. More images after the jump. — Matt Muro
“Start of the day: Cooper Square Hotel, NYC” — Joy Williams
Lissie made a name for herself playing the Los Angeles club circuit, but she’s a small-town girl (Rock Island, Illinois) who looks like she could be from Anywhere, U.S.A. This isn’t a bad thing — it’s part of her girl-next-door charm. To state the obvious, Lady Gaga Lissie is not. While Lissie may have covered Gaga (nailing “Bad Romance”, in fact), the two singers couldn’t be more different in their music and fashion. Lissie is a roots-y folk-rock singer who has a down-to-earth style and a heavenly voice. She seems most comfortable in flannel or a T-shirt and apparently consumes large quantities of all-natural tea and plum extract. This Music Seen was shot by MTV/VH1 photographer Lauren Weissler as Lissie stopped by VH1 to perform a You Oughta Know Live set with her bandmates, including guitarist Eric Sullivan and Lewis Keller, who plays bass and simultaneously drums with his feet. — Matt Muro