Saturday, October 13, 2012

Random Love: My favorite singin' ladies

Last night, I saw Regina Spektor live for the very first time and it got me thinking about all of my favorite female singers and so, here's a few of my absolute favorite ladies.

If you're not familiar with Regina Spektor, than you should be. She's fairly popular, so I'm sure she hasn't gone unnoticed on your radar. She's the cutest little Russian singer with one of the most beautiful voices. Her songs are complex, sometimes silly, and always a little bit sexual. Her piano skills blow my mind. And she does things with her voice that I'll never comprehend. Last night, I saw her for the first time. It was one of the most beautiful concerts I've ever been to.

The first female singer I ever really fell in love with was Jenny Lewis. At the time, Rilo Kiley was just gaining popularity and I saw them live before I ever knew anything about them. Jenny Lewis fronted Rilo Kiley -- an indie rock band from LA. She's a former child actress (Troop Beverly Hills, anyone?) and the cutest red head. Her voice ranges from a slight whisper to a full on goddess. I loved Rilo Kiley's versatile discography and her insightful and sometimes bitter lyrics. During Rilo Kiley's days, she started a solo career and a band with her boyfriend (Jenny & Johnny). Her first solo record still blows me away like the day I first heard it and Jenny & Johnny is a pretty fun side band. Oh, and did I mention she is one of the most stylish women I have ever seen? Because she so is.

I have no idea how I discovered Rachael Yamagata, but I'm glad I did. Her voice is so subtle, yet so incredibly powerful. She's collaborated with a slew of artists like Jason Mraz, Mandy Moore, and Bright Eyes. I don't know too much about her, but I love her sounds and her lyrics are the kind that make you think a little harder about life.

Who hasn't heard of Fiona Apple? I love Fiona. Her lyrics cut and sting like no other. Her songs are full of spite and spite has never sounded so beautiful. Fifteen years after the song "Criminal" was released and it's still one of my favorite songs of all time. But this video for "Not About Love" is just fun to watch.