“This Is the Life” is a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald from her 2007 album of the same name. It was released on 20 September 2007 in the United Kingdom, and in April 2008 in most of European countries, becoming a major hit worldwide. It has so far been Macdonald’s most successful single, topping seven music charts and reaching the top ten on nine other charts around the world. Conversely, the song did not match the success of “Mr Rock & Roll” in the United Kingdom, stalling at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart and number 18 in her native Scotland. The music video consists of pictures of Macdonald and her friends’ night out. (Wikipedia)
Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi OMRI (born 23 November 1955) is an Italian pianist and composer. Trained at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Einaudi began his career as a classical composer, later incorporating other styles and genres such as pop, rock, folk, and world music.
Einaudi composed the scores for a number of films and trailers, including This Is England, The Intouchables and I’m Still Here, the TV miniseries Doctor Zhivago, and Acquario in 1996, for which he won the Grolla d’oro for best soundtrack. He has also released a number of solo albums of piano and orchestra, notably I Giorni in 2001, Nightbook in 2009, and In a Time Lapse in 2013. Taranta Project, a collaborative album, was released in May 2015, and Elements was released in October 2015. (Wikipedia)
The Kingdom Choir is an outstanding group of singers drawn from various Christian traditions in the South East area of England. They are an extraordinary talent who’s sound, energy and ability to execute have kept them in high demand nationally and internationally for well over a decade.
This unique group of seasoned and dedicated men and women deliver high quality performances time after time with their strong blend of choral discipline with the raw Gospel spiritual sound. (Facebook Description) More on their official website.
“Stand by Me” is a song, originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King, and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. According to King, the title is derived from, and was inspired by, a spiritual written by Sam Cooke and J. W. Alexander called “Stand by Me Father,” recorded by the Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead. The third line of the second verse of the former work derives from Psalm 46:2c/3c. (Wikipedia)
Original version of the song, released this year on 18th of April:
Isak took part of X Factor Sweden in 2012, finishing in 3rd place. One of his performances in 2012:
Ben l’Oncle Soul (born Benjamin Duterde, on 10 November 1984) is a French soul singer-songwriter. After graduating in 2004, he started singing in a gospel group called Fitiavana. He often wears a bow tie like Uncle Ben from Uncle Ben’s Rice. His friends called him “l’Oncle Ben”, but he decided to change it in 2009, shortly before the release of his first EP, Soul Wash: Lesson 1, to avoid copyright problems. His eponymous debut album was released by Motown Records in 2010.
On 25 June 2011, Ben L’Oncle Soul opened the 32nd edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival in a major free concert in front of more than 10,000 people at the Scène TD de la place des Festivals in the heart of Montreal. The concert was his third appearance in Montreal having performed at the 2010 Franco Folies and at the 2011 Montréal High Lights Festival. (Wikipedia)
Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding’s style of singing gained inspiration from the gospel music that preceded the genre. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s, such as James Carr and Freddie Jackson (Woodstra and Elewine). During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee. (Wikipedia)
Original version of the song:
Original song by Kiiara:
Postmodern Jukebox, also widely known by the acronym PMJ, is a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. Postmodern Jukebox has amassed over 912 million YouTube views and 3.2 million subscribers. (Wikipedia)
Below you have a live version of the original song, which is part of the soundtrack of ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie:
“Unchained Melody” is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained (1955), hence the song title. Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. It has since become a standard and one of the most often recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers. According to the song’s publishing administrator, over 1,500 recordings of “Unchained Melody” have been made by more than 670 artists, in multiple languages. (Wikipedia)
Boyce Avenue is an American rock band formed in Sarasota, Florida, by brothers Alejandro Luis Manzano, Daniel Enrique Manzano, and Fabian Rafael Manzano. The brothers attended Pine View School in Osprey, Florida. The band is named after a combination of two streets the brothers lived on as children. (Wikipedia)
The version of Righteous Brothers was released in 1965, as part of the album ‘Just Once in My Life’:
Sant Andreu Jazz Band is a youth jazz band from Barcelona, featuring 7- to 20-year-old children and teenagers. The bandleader is Joan Chamorro.
The band was founded in 2006 at Escola Municipal de Música de Sant Andreu. The band has performed at numerous concerts and festivals in Catalonia and neighbouring countries. They released their first live CD/DVD Jazzing: Live at Casa Fuster in 2009, featuring alongside established jazz musicians, the precocious 14-year-old, Andrea Motis and Rita Payés among other young talents.
2010 was a breakthrough year for the band, with appearances on more than 20 festivals including Valls, Terrassa, Girona, Barcelona, Platja d’Aro, and legendary venues like el Jamboree, Palau de la Música Catalana, JazzSi, Hotel Casa Fuster, featuring international performers like Dick Oatts, Ken Peplowski, Bobby Gordon, Perico Sambeat, Ignasi Terraza, Matthew Simon, and Esteve Pi. The band also released their second recording Jazzing vol.2.
In 2012 the film director Ramón Tort made the documentary A film about kids and music based on the band’s work and efforts. The film was awarded best feature film at the Lights. Camera. Help. festival in Austin, Texas, in 2013.
Original song by John Legend:
In an exclusive performance at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry play one the classic With Or Without You accompanied by an orchestra for U2 At The BBC – a special programme for BBC One. (Youtube Description)
It all began in 1976 when Larry Mullen pinned a ‘musicians wanted’ ad to the notice board at Dublin’s Temple Mount School: Drummer seeks musicians to form band. ‘So on Saturday 25th September 1976, ‘ recalls Larry. ‘This odd group of people convened in my kitchen in Artane. And that’s where it started.’
Adam Clayton had discovered rock’n’roll as a thirteen year old, buying his first acoustic guitar and then talking his parents into buying him a bass guitar. ‘It just sounded good to me. Deep and fat and satisfying.’
From the beginning, U2 were marked out by their passion. “A band before we could play” was how Bono put it in early interviews. Edge remembers reading UK music papers NME and Sounds every week and then hearing about this ‘wild kid called Paul Hewson.’ More on their official website.
Original audio version:
Here you have a video where Jane trains herself for ‘Dance Dive’ song:
The song was originally sang by soprano Inva Mula, with the help of computer tuning for the pitch changes, which are too fast for a human voice:
The Fifth Element (French: Le Cinquième Élément) is a 1997 English-language French science-fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Primarily set in the 23rd century, the film’s central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the responsibility of Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces major, after a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his cab. Dallas joins forces with her to recover four mystical stones essential for the defence of Earth against an impending attack.