Thursday, December 19, 2013

CD Review: Singer/Songwriters Shantell Ogden And Micah Olsen Dream Big With New Music

From Nashville, TN comes singer/songwriter Shantell Ogden with her latest album "Better at Goodbye." It was released on December 17th through Hip Farm Chic Records and follows her debut album "Stories Behind Songs" and EP "Water Through Stone." Her songs have been featured in the hit television show, CW's "Heart of Dixie" and in the feature file "Storm Rider."

The new eight-song release begins with "The Lie I Tell Myself," which was co-written by Jan Buckingham (Tim McGraw) and Wood Newton (Kenny Rodgers). Shantell shows a maturity to her sound on this album opener as her voice fits the mold for country music success. Her love for performing shines through on the mellow country gallop of "Looking For My Last," then she picks up the tempo for the country-rocker "Where You're Not" that allows Shantell to use those wonderful vocal abilities. The album closes with the title song as Shantell's voice leads you through her trials and tribulations with past relationships.

To find out more about Shantell Ogden and her new album "Better at Goodbyes," please visit shantellogden.com.

From Milwaukee comes the singer/songwriter/musician Micah Olsan with his full band debut album "Highs, Lows, Peaks, Rivers, Valleys." The album was released back in November and he was featured as one of the best local guitarist in 2010 by "Shepard Express."

The album begins with "Walk Away," which comes off like a bluesier version of Maroon 5, while he adds his style of performing on the follow-up song "Till Spring." Micah expands his sound on the "jammy" feel of "No Worries" and gets funky with "Days Not Gone." The band adds a little jazz-fusion with "Coffee," then softens their sound on "Holly Roller" and "Us," before closing with the two-minute guitar instrumental "Highs, Lows, Peaks, Rivers, Valleys."

Micah has a couple of shows lined-up in Wisconsin and his new album is available now. For more information, please visit micaholsan.com.

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