I would’ve been happy just to be a bystander in the Big Morning Buzz Live studio taking in the soulful sounds of Erica Campbell as she performed the title single off her new solo debut Help this morning. But Erica made my morning even more special by sitting down with me just before her live Buzz performance to talk about her transition from being half of the groundbreaking gospel group Mary Mary with her sister Tina, to living out her childhood dreams as a solo artist. We also talked about her musical children, her ongoing battle with her manager, her dream collabo, and even what she prayed about this morning!
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Youngblood Hawke brought the jubilant sounds of “We Come Running” to this morning’s episode of Big Morning Buzz Live. Scaled back a bit for the acoustic set–with no threat of approaching sharks, unlike the accompanying music video–the song is the lead single off their self-titled EP, and something you may have heard in an American Idol promo or two this winter. A stripped down version without the contributions from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir (who recorded the studio version with the band) transforms the punching chorus into a more haunting refrain, backed by delicate percussion.
Scheduled in between sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, their stop by VH1 Headquarters was also a celebratory trip, as the L.A.-based band will be a featured VH1 You Oughta Know artists in the coming months. Stay tuned!
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You Oughta Know artists continue to make us proud. Last year’s featured act, Walk The Moon, stopped by VH1 HQ on this snowy Monday morning to perform “Tightrope” on the latest edition of Big Morning Buzz Live. Today’s visit marks their third trip to our very own morning show, and the group was more than willing to accept their newly-minted record with a spirited rendition of their title track and good humored enough to put up with questioning about a full-length LP. We’re sorry to nag, boys, but we just can’t wait for more music.
VH1 Divas host Adam Lambert spilled some major beans in the office today when pumped for info about the event! Wearing remnants of a Movember ‘stache and some serious wrist candy, Adam let slip that he was “allegedly” chosen by Madonna‘s camp to cover one of her songs for the show. Yup, just like a prayer, Adam’s voice will be taking us there next Sunday.
The “proud Madonna fan” stopped short of revealing which Madge hit he’ll perform, but Adam did give us the low-down on what tackling a track by that iconic diva means to him. Which Madonna song do you think he’ll glam rock the best? Tell us in the comments, and watch December 16 at 9PM ET/8C to see the performance along with the rest of Divas lineup.
Adam talking Madonna Divas news on Big Morning Buzz Live after the jump.
Hype surrounding an artist is one thing. That artist living up to the hype is quite another. Singer and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. certainly rises to the occasion. The 28-year-old jazz and blues singer whose music mixes country and Rock ‘N Roll plays the guitar with such precision and skill he was an easy choice for VH1’s November You Oughta Know artist. His new album, Blak and Blu, is like honey drizzled into a warm cup of tea. It soothes. Through and through it’s real feel good music. Read more…
Prepare to be blown away: Carrie Underwood has both a VH1 Unplugged and a VH1 Behind The Music on the way! The shiny but tough country babe broke the good news this morning on Big Morning Buzz Live. “I’m excited,” she gushed, before sharing that she’s a little nervous, too.
We love that big voice and bold attitude of hers and we are eager to see her shine when it’s stripped down on Unplugged. “It’s really cool to have it really be all about the songs and the music and to just get and go and sing,” she says. “It doesn’t need all the extra stuff sometimes.”
And as for sharing her story with Behind The Music, she’s laughed that, “I hope mine’s not seriously boring, because I’ve had such a wonderful life, and it just seems like everything has really happened … and now I get to do the most wonderful job ever.” Which is exactly how we know it won’t be boring! The run from American Idol winner to chart-topper and Grammy winner and everything before and beyond sounds exactly the opposite. We can’t wait!
Carrie tapes her stripped down set later this week in New York, and both Unplugged and Behind The Music will air sometime this fall. And if you check back here, we will keep you up to date with info and sneak peaks until then! Read more…
VH1’s February Posted artist The Fray stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live today to play their new single “Heartbeat.” After their high energy performance of the song on Letterman, The Fray gave us a stripped back performance of the song, which was just as moving as the inspiring show they put on for Letterman. The guys also took the chance to give us the second installment of their Posted blog, and after the first poetic and intimate entry, this second post by lead guitarist Dave Welsh tells the story of the band’s Super Bowl experience. Read the post from February 6th after the jump.
Welcome to week two of VH1’s new morning show, Jump Start Live! To help whet your appetite for the great things ahead this week — Aaron Sorkin! Cee-Lo! Regina Spektor! — we thought we’d give you a bit extra with Reeve and Jane Carney, the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark stars who popped by the set last week. We were able to catch up with them for a few minutes and grilled them on whether or not they feel safe on the set of their big Broadway musical, who turned in the all-time greatest performance as Spider-Man and, of course, who they think would win in a fight between Batman, Superman and Spider-Man.
Don’t forget to tune in to see host Carrie Keagan interview celebrities and discuss the day’s hottest pop culture stories with co-host Gabe Liedman every morning at 10am until the Critics Choice Movie Awards air this Friday, January 14!
Hot on the heels of his viral smash, “Josh Groban Sings Kanye West’s Tweets,” none other than Josh Groban himself swung by the set of Jump Start Live yesterday. His new record, Illuminations, is building nicely and earning him new fans, thanks in large part to the success of his pop radio friendly first single, “Hidden Away.”
However, we didn’t ask him about any of that stuff. Instead, we wanted to get his thoughts on the “Get Josh Groban on SNL” Facebook fan page, what it was like to be parodied on that venerable sketch show not once but twice (!), and, of course, how the whole Kanye West Tweets bit evolved. The SNL stuff is in the video above, the rest is below. Enjoy!