In Search of New Music

help, please.

I am in a desperate search for new music. Let me give you my love list, and maybe you can turn me on to something new and wonderful–either local to your area or an international unknown that needs to be heard.

I’m looking for a voice like Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Lorenna McKennett, Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman, Tristan Prettyman. Mostly unplugged, lots of acoustic guitar, real blend of voice and soul and passion. For this search, Tori Amos and Paula Cole are too rough, too raw. Indigo Girls are good, but i’m in the mood for a solo artist.

Lyrics have to mean something, but they don’t overpower the music, and the music works seamlessly with the words.

Impossible? I can hardly imagine. I spent some time at our local record and tape traders earlier in the week, and I saw so many artists who looked like they were exactly what I was searching for, but I had no way of really telling.

I’m going to spend some time on iTunes and see what I can find. In the meantime, though, please send me a few ideas. And please feel free to ask the others in your blogging circles for their thoughts on this paralyzing conundrum.

Thanks to all!


3 thoughts on “In Search of New Music

  1. Have you tried Regina Spektor? Might be a bit too Tori Amos-ish, and more piano than guitar. Love her voice though.

    Cat Powers

    Imogen Heap

    Helen Stellar (haven’t listened to much, but Io is a great song from Elizabethtown soundtrack)

    Kathleen Edwards (maybe too country…love Summer Long, also from Elizabethtown soundtrack)

    Definitely not unplugged, nor like your examples, but I love Enya and Sarah Brightman

    EastMountainSouth are unplugged-ish, great vocals

    Holly Brook (curious is probably her most popular song)…very pretty voice

    Fisher…love the lead singers voice, she is amazing (Feb 1994 and I will love you are favorites)

    Charlotte Martin (may also be a bit too Tori-Amos-ish)

    That’s all I can think of for now.


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