rhythm approved: WAR PAINT

who: Pop/R&B, Singer & Songwriter Tiffany Gia

why: It’s refreshing, to the say the least — happening upon a young talent in today’s industry, whose voice and message can justify their popularity. The single itself, is too cool — a voice that is as sweet as it is impressively controlled, belting out lyrics that tell the story of a young woman, whose passion, won’t allow her to remain trapped in a box. It’s all about determination — something we can all relate to.

Photo Source: Tiffany Gia (Google+)

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THE NEXT CHAPTER: Checking in with Alex Winters

Alex Winters is confident. She should be. Alex is a talented rocker chick, with a larger than life personality. Yes, she’s witty and sarcastic — but that’s why we love her. When we first featured Alex on the blog, we were introduced to an emerging singer-songwriter, whose breezy lyrics, often highlighted tender moments in a very honest way. We recently caught up with Ms. Winters, and it was a joy learning more about the huge heart that compliments the memorable presence. Rhythm & Ruffle is thrilled to have her as one of our Featured Artists!

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES MUSIC SO SPECIAL?

Music is special because of its amazing ability to transform us on a mental and physical level. With just seven notes and a few words — you can take someone back to their good ol’ days, remind them of their first kiss, or give them a new perspective on life. Music can make you laugh or cry with the push of a button (or the launch of an app). A couple of chords and a few choice words, can make you feel like you’re not alone. It can empower you, embrace you, and make you forget the world if you need it to.

IF YOU COULD MEET ANY ICONIC MUSICIAN, DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO MEET AND WHY?

If I could pick one person right now, it would be Nancy Wilson of Heart. I think she is an amazing person and performer and I would love to get to know her on a more personal level. I love her energy and if I could have an opportunity to hang out with her for a while; I think that would be pure awesomeness.

WHICH FEMALE ARTIST HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST AND WHY?

From a songwriting standpoint, it’s a toss-up between Sarah Lachlan and Tori Amos. Both of these ladies have unique voices and sounds, and are strong female leaders. I discovered both of them about the same time and I thought they were each unique and different enough, to stand out in a sea of same, but both were managing some success on the pop charts – which is very difficult. I love the dynamics of Tori’s earlier music (like Under the Pink and Boys for Pele), and all of the wandering guitar riffs, on Sarah’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy album, were an incredible compliment to her moody and heartfelt lyrics.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR FELLOW, EMERGING FEMALE MUSICIANS?

My advice to any artist would be to find your people. Sometimes the music business can be a giant roller coaster of emotions. Some days you’ll be amped and ready to take on the world, other days will leave you overwhelmed and wanting to give it all up. During those down times, let the people who love and support you, hold you up and propel you forward.

WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE MUSIC GOALS?

There are a few things up my sleeve that I’m working on right now. Not ready to share the details yet, but check back with me in a few months and I should be able to share some tidbits with you. :)

HOW IS ALEX WINTERS GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

By helping the people around me when they need it most. If you can help just one person improve themselves or their way of life, I believe you can cause a ripple effect that will continue on for many years to come. I speak from experience when I say, sometimes it’s just that one little thing that can make or break you. The change for the bus, that someone gives you so you can get to work, or the couch to crash on when you don’t have a place of your own, or even just listening and being there for someone so they know they aren’t alone. Little things like that, can make a huge difference in a person’s life — and if you can do that for just one person; maybe they will turn around and do that for someone else someday. And that person will do something for someone else, and so on and so forth.

You can follow Alex Winters on Twitter and like her page on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Rudy Ximenez (RSX Studios)

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TONI TALKS: Fall 2014

Grey for Fall 2014

Hey… grey! So, grey is the official colour of Fall.

Says who? Says the fashion elite, my dear. Last year, green was the ‘it’ colour.

Can you believe it — it’s finally Fall, once more! I’m just so seasonally content. The months of September to January, have always been my absolute favourite time of the year. The weather becomes cooler and the days become longer. It’s just a wonderful world. It’s also the beginning of the holiday season; so there are more opportunities to spend time with loved ones. And then there are the little things — like Starbucks rolling out their holiday beverages. Which in all honesty, is more of a big thing.

If I could sum up Fall in one word, it would be: comfort. Like food.

I hope you dear readers, are taking time to enjoy the beginning of a new season! They sure fly by.

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rhythm approved: TALK TALK

who: Electro-Pop/Soul, Singer & Songwriter George Maple

why: Strong and sensuous lyrics, delivered in streams of breathless abandonment. The listener doesn’t stand a chance. So, if you’ve needed an excuse to dance… here it is.

Photo Source: The Orange Press

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