Name: Charity Vance
Sounds Like: Taylor Swift, Ingrid Michelson, Regina Spektor
Charity Vance is a classifies herself as an Indie Pop artist hailing from LIttle Rock Arkansas. At first glance she looked really familiar, with a little bit of research I realized she competed the 9th season of the reality singing competition juggernaut that is American Idol. Since then she has worked the music scene attempting to release a full length studio album. So far she has released a slew of singles and and 2 EPs’. As I listened to her singles I would find myself thinking, man she sounds like (Insert any modern female single here). In one song she sounds like Taylor Swift then like Katy Perry, then like Avril Lavigne. Check out some of her stuff and maybe you can hear what I’m saying.
Very Avril meets Taylor if you ask me, no? Then we go to…
This song could have literally been taken out of Katy Perry´s Teenage Dream.
I think the problem here is that her team is trying to make her fit into the various sounds happening in the music industry at the moment rather than trying to develop her own sound and lyrical content. In my opinion she has everything you would want to make a female pop star she just needs to find her own sound to get her there. Something that will at least set her a part a little for all the rest of the pretty girls trying to break in. She definitely has what it takes check out her cover of Hold on We’re Going Home by Drake. Still plenty of pop but just different enough to make her stand out.
THEN I SAW THIS…
Charity teamed up with singer April Kry to record a couple of videos together, and they were probably my favorite to watch. They were all covers like the Justin Beiber one above but the harmonies and creative choices they made with the songs impressed me.
Tori Kelly is an Pop singer with an R&B influence. She competed in many talent competitions but her most notable appearance was on the the same season of American Idol that Charity was in, with both being eliminated before the live shows. Since American Idol Kelly has gained much attention with her covers and originals on YouTube. Her channel has more than 600,000 subscribers and over 48 million views to date. She has released some singles and an EP with the newest, Foreword coming out October 22nd via Capitol Records, take a listen here. Currently she is being managed by none other that Scooter Braun a.k.a. Justin Beiber’s manager and with that kind support skyes the limit. Check out some of her videos, new and old.
My personal favorite.
Dear No One Off her new EP.
She definitely has her own style that set her part from a lot of the girl in the music industry doing the type of pop music. She has some R&B and soul influences in her music style and vocal inflections that I really like.
This one is tough because they both have established somewhat of a fan base following their short stints on American Idol. They are both young talented girls that have a lot to offer. Solely based on the music I should go with Tori just because she has her own laid-back R&B/Pop style that is almost absent in music today when it comes to popular females in music. After listening to her new EP I´m not sure if the content is strong enough to really make any impact, she definitely has the potential to do better. On the other hand if Charity created a duo with the equally talented April Kry I think there could be something there! Their voices complemented each other very well and at least it sounded more original than Charity’s individual work, and it was a cover. Maybe then we would have a different outcome. There also has never really been a big female duo, at least from my knowledge so that would be interesting dynamic to work with. For now though I think I would go with Kelly, even though I’m not too fond of her new material. She already has a good fan following and with right material I think she could blow up.