11 Artists You NEED To Listen To If You Love Piano

11 Artists You NEED To Listen To If You Love Piano

Keyboards don't often get the spotlight, but when they do, they definitely shine.

Keyboard enthusiasts don't often find artists who utilize piano at the beginning of their songs. Here are 11 musicians who make music with piano... and do it well.

1. Regina Spektor

Spektor is a smart, powerful woman with catchy beats, and with such a diverse catalog, there's a song for everyone. What's not to love?

2. Ben Folds

With a few chart-toppers under his belt, this piano rock legend always uses keys at his forefront to create everything from intense jazzy tunes to beautifully sad ballads.

3. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Creating alternative beats, sing-a-long lyrics and spinning big stories with his songs, McMahon keeps his piano at the front of it all.

4. Sara Bareilles

An accomplished songwriter, Bareilles has eight albums AND a Broadway score among her credits. With a strong voice and skilled piano playing, she still manages to keep her songs diverse and interesting.

5. Tori Amos

Never afraid to put a powerful message into her music, Amos' red hair isn't the only reason she's considered so fiery.

6. Vienna Teng

Teng's eclectic music isn't for everyone, specifically her more haunting pieces, but any piano lover can agree she's talented on the keys.

7. Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon's music can be described as fun, 80s-style synth-rock. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca doubles as a keyboard/synth player, putting piano LITERALLY always at the front of the band.

8. Birdy

Making her way to the top covering others' songs on her piano, Birdy's unique voice and her skilled playing made her a sensation at only 15. Since, she's composed her own beautiful, piano-centered music.

9. Ingrid Michaelson

Michaelson's a seasoned musician who started out on piano, collaborating with Bareilles and many others while hitting charts a few times. Her music can be described as folk-pop and is definitely worth a listen.

10. Bowerbirds

A relatively unknown indie band, Bowerbirds always manage to jazz up their songs with keys leaving you feeling like you're in the middle of an indie film while you're listening.

11. Emily Bear

Classified as a jazz pianist, Bear has been composing intricate pieces since she was a small child, gaining notary from Ellen at the young age of six. Bear's music is for anyone who loves a good piano piece, as she never writes lyrics.

No matter your taste in music, if you like keys, you're bound to like one of these musicians. If not, there IS always Beethoven...

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5 Incredible Artists You've Been Ignoring

Opening up your musical horizons, or at least trying to.

Be honest. We have all found ourselves finding that one song or artist that we just fall in love with and listen to every single day. Creating a tunnel vision for that one artist. We have all been there, in fact as you’re reading this you’re thinking about that particular artist. But in this article, I want to get you out of your musical comfort zone. Here are five artists you totally shouldn’t have ignored on the Apple Music 'new music' playlist.

1. Hiatus Kaiyote

Described as Multi-Dimensional, Polyrhythmic Gangster Sh*t. This awesome funky Australian band was first introduced to me at a Chance the Rapper concert where they were his openers. Their music was unlike anything I have ever heard before and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. The lead singer Nai Palm’s voice can honestly not be compared to anything heard on the radio it's special and it draws you in immediately. If you really love SZA or The Internet then Hiatus Kaiyote will be right up your alley. You can also find a sample of Hiatus Kaiyote’s “Building a Ladder” on Drakes “More Life” album. I highly suggest listening to their “Choose Your Weapon” album on whatever your favorite music streaming app is and expanding your mind to this truly out of this world band.

2. Blackbear

One of my absolute favorite artists at the moment. You might know him for his song “Do Re Mi” that has been blowing up recently, but he is so much more than that. He actually helped write Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” and is an impeccable songwriter with lyrics that almost everyone can relate to. He has albums that I can listen to start to finish like “Cybersex” and “Digital Druglord”. Blackbear is without a doubt someone you want to keep your eyes on. If you like G-Eazy or Tove Lo then you will love Blackbear and find yourself knowing every word to every song after a week.

3. Daniel Caesar

Easily the most beautiful voice I have heard in a new artist in a long time. Daniel Caesar’s music is exactly what it sounds like to be in love with someone. His music just makes you feel so good and relaxed while at the same time having flawless songwriting abilities and meaningful lyrics. Songs like “Get You” or “Japanese Denim” make you really feel something while you listen which is extremely refreshing. At the same time being catchy and easily getting stuck in your head, his album “Freudian” is a MUST listen. Like seriously, stop reading this go hit play and come back and finish this read!

4. Kelela

I was first introduced to her on Solange’s album and I was taken back by how beautiful her voice is. Then upon listening to her “Take Me Apart” album I realized she was everything! Her song “LMK” is the definition of a perfect pop song. Not only catchy but it is incredibly relatable. The talks about how she is looking to have fun so he needs to let her know what is going on with them before she just leaves the club. It talks about how he’s been staring her down all night so she wants to know what’s up before she leaves with her girls. Honestly, who can’t relate to that? Don’t waste Kelela’s time let her know!

5. Vulfpeck

Last but certainly not least Vulfpeck has to be one of the most interesting bands I’ve ever come across, and I’m obsessed with them. Soon, you will be too. I first heard them in a coffee shop and ever since then I find myself as well as all my friends listening to them all the time and even playing them in the pregame! This all-American funk band is like no other. Listen to “Back Pocket” once and it will be stuck in your head forever. With such feel-good music it's almost infectious. And this is my guarantee once you start listening to them it will be hard to stop.

I know sometimes we all can sort of become trapped into whatever music or album we really connect with, speaking from personal experience I’ve probably listened to Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” album an unhealthy amount of times. It’s nice to break out of your own musical shell and see what else is out there in the beautiful world of music and I hope this article helps you do that! Explore away!

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Desert Island Games, Episode 2: Movies.

What do I do when I can't sleep and it's too dark to leave my shelter? Watch tv.

After we're done getting beautiful, we go out to discover parts of the island. While out exploring, we find a television set in the jungle. Crazy, right?! Almost unbelievable. Luckily, in these wild, unexpected circumstances, I brought my top five desert island movies with me. TG.

1. The Breakfast Club

Personally, my absolute favorite movie. I know every word, watched it on probably every flight I've ever been on, (which is probably why it ended up on this desert island), and I will never get tired of it.

2. Moana

Another movie that I know every word to. And after I'm on the island, and I build myself a boat and sail out into the wide open water, I will be belting out the entire Moana soundtrack. You can guarantee that.

3. Breakfast At Tiffany's

A classic, and another movie I could never get tired of (exactly why I'm bringing it to the island.) I'm craaaazy about Audrey Hepburn.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy.. 1 and 2.

First off, Baby Groot. Second, Chris Pratt. Need I say more?

5. Despicable Me.

IT'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE!!!

Steve Carrell. That is all.

Stay tuned for more episodes of Desert Island Games.

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