While we’re clearing the remaining snow and shoveling our way out of our homes, James Shelley and Zachary Barnett of American Authors sat down with VH1 to talk about their ride on the slopes and their plans for the new year. Within the insanity of their touring, they finally got a chance to relax, hang out, and high-five “like 237 times” at VH1′s Winter Wonderland.
You Oughta Know
Following in the footsteps of A Great Big World and Liv Warfield, American Authors is the latest band to get the You Oughta Know treatment in 2014. VH1 introduced fans to the band last week with a speed round interview, during which the guys spilled on all things crushes, musical favorites and influences. Now fans have the chance to go behind the scenes of the band’s Stopwatch video shoot. Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums) stripped down and condensed their hit song, “The Best Day of My Life,” into 60 seconds.
American Authors is the latest band to join the long roster of You Oughta Know artists. Like HAIM and Lorde before them, the group is on the verge of breaking out thanks to an addictive single, “Best Day of My Life,” which has become the soundtrack for several commercials and movie trailers. All month, VH1 will be bringing fans exclusive content featuring Zac Barnett, James Adam Shelley, Dave Rublin and Matt Sanchez.
Because people may still familiarizing themselves with the indie rock band, which hails from Brooklyn via Boston, VH1 asked them to answer a series of rapid fire questions. Get to know American Authors as they tell us about their favorites (R. Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet”), crushes (Mandy Moore and Katy Perry) and what encompasses the best day of their life (watch above to find out).
Now that 2014 is in full swing, it’s time to turn our attention to the music the new year has to offer. And now that VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist Liv Warfield is about to drop her sophomore album, The Unexpected, 2014 is about to get exponentially funkier.
An Illinois native, Warfield pretty much owned Portland’s R&B scene by the time she was discovered by Prince (yes, that Prince) in 2009. Since then, her career has been in first gear and we have no doubt that 2014 will be her year.
While the robots of Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z and Taylor-In-Training Kacey Musgraves are out celebrating their wins at tonight’s Grammy Awards, we’re beaming with pride for our very own You Oughta Know family. VH1′s roster of emerging artists past and present were nominated in 17 categories this year, with Lorde and Bruno Mars scooping up big trophies for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, respectively.
One of the biggest questions before tonight’s Grammy Awards: Will Chicago front man Robert Lamm twerk all up on Robin Thicke? Miley Cyrus did it (memorably) at the MTV Video Music Awards, so it’s only fair to ask.
Gary Clark, Jr. joined the VH1 You Oughta Know family back in November of 2012, shortly after his outstanding major label debut LP, Blak And Blu, dropped. His work earned him a spot in history at the 2014 Grammy Awards as the first person who has EVER been nominated for both Best Rock Song (“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”) AND Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Please Come Home”) in the same year, and this genre-bending musician was able to put his chops on display for millions of viewers across the world tonight.
Lorde can officially no longer say that she’ll never be a royal. The 17-year-old You Oughta Know artist has officially cemented her place as a pop princess with her understated, yet outstanding, Grammy Awards performance of “Royals” tonight. Lorde kept true to her roots with her performance and gave us a simple stage, a simple outfit and absolutely bonkers dance moves. HASHTAG CLAW HANDS!
Last year turned out to be a breakout year for You Oughta Know artist Lorde, who took over the charts with “Royals.” However, she may have to make room for her 15-year-old sister in 2014. Over the weekend, India “Indy” Yelich-O’Connor tweeted a link to her cover of fellow YOK artist, A Great Big World. Indy took on the band’s “Say Something,” a duet with Christina Aguilera, proving she has vocal talents of her own. Maybe a duet with her big sister is in order?
A Great Big World‘s debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, just hit stores yesterday, but those of you who turned into VH1′s exclusive livestream of the band’s concert from New York City’s Highline Ballroom last week were lucky enough to get a special introduction to the material.