Thursday, June 24, 2010

Married to The Music

Move over boys, the ladies are taking over the music scene. Not only are they known for their killer vocals, but the new breed of female singer/songwriters are also being recognized for their unmistakable sense of style and stage presence. Rock queens like Karen O. of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and pop iocns like Lady Gaga are on the top of the music charts and best dressed lists around the world.

Here are just a few of my favorite music mavens who mix sound and style flawlessly.

1. Lily Allen

Lily Allen grew up in the UK listening to punk and reggae courtesy of her parents old record collections. The 21 year old singer/songwriter is now known worldwide for her sweet voice and naughty lyrics. Her songs are anything but shy and the same can be said about her personal style. Karl Lagerfeld loved her so much that he asked her to preform at one of the Chanel runways shows last year. Some of her best tunes include "22", 'Him", "Alfie" and "Smile".

2. Karen O.


Karen O. is the lead singer of the band known as the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Karen's on-stage persona is almost supernatural. With skintight, glow-in-the-dark costumes and her signature black bob, Karen has made a career out of looking cool. The LA native may be a frantic ball of energy on stage, but swears she is reserved in '"real life". The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs are best known for their songs "M.A.P.S", "Zero", "Heads will Roll" and "Dull Life".

3. Jenny Lewis


Jenny Lewis is the lead singer for indie-pop group, Rilo Kiley. She now has two solo albums and an acting career. The fiery redhead was born in Las Vegas, NV and is now recognized for her vintage inspired style and bluegrass-like vocals. Lewis has teamed up with music greats such as Connor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and The Watson Twins with whom she created the album titled, "Jenny and the Watson Twins". Jenny's versatile voice always sounds fresh and current with hit songs like "Rabbit Fur Coat", "You Are What You Love" and "Jack Killed Mom".

4. Lady Gaga


Inspired by glam rock icons such as David Bowie and Queen, Lady Gaga is all about the fame and the fashion. Her two albums, "The Fame" and "The Fame Monster" are at the top of Billboard charts everywhere and are being played in every night club from here to Tokyo. Her outlandish get-ups and Michael Jackson inspired dance moves made her an instant pop-culture icon. In her music video for her hit single, "Bad Romance", she wore costumes designed by the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Gaga's hit song titles include "The Fame", "Telephone", "Poker Face" and "Just Dance".

5. Regina Spector


Regina Spector was born in Moscow, USSR in 1980. Spector's first big music break came when she opened for The Strokes' "Room on Fire" tour in early 2003. Her unmistakable songwriting style has been compared to that of Bob Dylan and her unique looks are reminiscent of a young girl born in the 1930's. Regina's voice breaks all conventional standards in songs like "Samson", "Better", "Two Birds" and "Us".

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  1. love all these ladies! they all have amazing voices as well as amazing, but different styles!

  2. I'm in love with all of these girls and their music! :)

  3. Only heard of two of these ladies, gonna go check out the other ones now. They sound fabulous.


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