Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Charlotte Resident Makes the Team on 'The Voice'

Kameron Marlowe wins over multiple judges

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Shelton and Clarkson both pressed their buttons to choose Marlowe during his blind audition. (Photo Courtesy of NBC)
  • Shelton and Clarkson both pressed their buttons to choose Marlowe during his blind audition. (Photo Courtesy of NBC)

NBC fan-favorite The Voice returned for its 15th season this week, rounding up a fresh crop of talented artists from all over the country. During last night’s premiere, judges and team leaders Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine all scrambled to put together teams, generating stiff competition between judges.

The fight for talent came to a head between Clarkson and Shelton last night when Kameron Marlowe — a Kannapolis native and current Charlotte resident — blew the judges away with his rendition of country singer Luke Combs’ “One Number Away.”

Kameron Marlowe was selected to Shelton's team on 'The Voice.' (Photo Courtesy of NBC)
  • Kameron Marlowe was selected to Shelton's team on 'The Voice.' (Photo Courtesy of NBC)

Marlowe was only a few seconds into his performance when both Clarkson and Shelton, artists known for their country roots, hit their buzzers for Marlowe. Afterward, Levine told Marlowe that he immediately regretted not turning his chair around. Marlowe quickly accepted the offer for Shelton’s team, expressing his gratitude for the surreal moment.

The 21-year-old revealed that his love for singing and country music began when his grandfather would take him hunting and fishing in the countryside. In the car, his grandfather would play country music as they drove around.

Marlowe began singing in his church at 10 years old and joined a band in high school. When his mother was diagnosed with a degenerative disc injury, he dropped out of college and picked up a job to help out. But he never stopped singing, and made it to the stage of The Voice, garnering the praise of country music stars Clarkson and Shelton.

After the premiere, Marlowe took to Twitter and stated, “Thanks to everybody for your support and especially @BlakeShelton for turning your chair glad to have you as my coach.”

The show continues tonight, as The Voice brings more talent on stage for blind auditions to vie for the attention of the stars in their chairs.

Watch the video below for Kameron Marlowe's performance on The Voice.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Judas Priest, Deep Purple rock the Queen City

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 9:42 PM

Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Temperance Movement
PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 11, 2018

Less than a month ago, a trio of rock legends hit PNC Music Pavilion to prove they're not too old to rock. On Tuesday night, a duo proved the same thing. Deep Purple and Judas Priest may have had a smaller crowd than that concert with Paul Rodgers, Beck and Ann Wilson, but they did their best to tear the roof off the Charlotte amphitheatre. Don't ever second guess that Priest's Rob Halford can't hit all the high notes. While it took Deep Purple's Ian Gillian a few songs to warm up, he held his own through all the hits, as well. Both singers are mixed by a group of long-time players and hired guns that fill the shoes well during hour-plus sets. While The Temperance Movement may have been the younger band on the bill, they held their own and warmed up the crowd nicely.

Deep Purple setlist
Highway Star
Pictures of Home
Strange Kind of Woman
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
The Star-Spangled Banner
Uncommon Man
Knocking at Your Back Door
Keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin'
Smoke on the Water


Judas Priest setlist
Delivering the Goods
Lightning Strike
Desert Plains
Turbo Lover
Rising From Ruins
Freewheel Burning
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Hell Bent for Leather

No Surrender
Breaking the Law
Living After Midnight

The Temperance Movement setlist
Caught in the Middle
Only Friend
Three Bulleits
Battle Lines
Take It Back
Ain't No Telling
Built-In Forgetter

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Miguel brings passion to the Queen City

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 9:56 PM

Miguel, DVSN, Nonchalant Savant
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 6, 2018

It wasn't that long ago that R&B singer Miguel was performing to a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore. It was actually just a few months ago. No worry though. Plenty of people packed into Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday night to see him perform again. And he didn't disappoint. While his little brother, Nonchalant Savant, tried to warm the crowd up and DVSN brought the explicit lyrics and sexual vibes, Miguel got the night heated up with simple moves, knowing winks and vocal range that lit up the entire venue. If he follows the same pattern, maybe he'll get back in town for Valentine's Day.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

VIDEO: Charlotte Singer Matt Hylom Drops Brooding New "Headspace" Video

Burn it all down

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Local singer and producer Matt Hylom went to work this Labor Day weekend, dropping a moody visual for his song "Headspace," the first single since the release of his 2017 EP, Uncommon.

The Long Island native is seen in the dark video going through a time of reflection, sending emotional texts in someone's direction before lighting a fire and watching it burn. Hylom smokes a cigarette while singing about his insecurities: “I’m neck deep trying to stay afloat, ‘cause I’m making failed decisions left and right ... ‘cause I’ve been in and out of jobs like confessionals. Unprofessional. Late to work again from sipping on the ethanol."

Matt Hylom
  • Matt Hylom

Hylom said the song is about finding the strength to get back up after experiencing defeat or failure.

"'Headspace' is a song about making mistakes, and getting into the mental state of being willing to try again, despite the odds," Hylom stated in a press release announcing the video. "The art is a target, which harkens back to the line ‘I missed the mark trying to find my place.' ... When you realize you’ve made missteps or missed the mark, you can either sit around and complain about it, or try to learn from your mistakes, and take another shot."

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