By unanimous vote secondary to her contributions to World Peace via music, the Alvarez-Galloso News Hour awards Vanessa Peters the 2013 AG Awards for International Singer
By unanimous vote secondary to her contributions to World Peace via music, the Alvarez-Galloso News Hour awards Vanessa Peters the 2013 AG Awards for International Singer
Vanessa Peters: The Christmas We Hoped For [Lyrics and Melody by Vanessa Peters]
From The Album: “The Christmas We Hoped For” Vanessa Peters 2011
This is one of Vanessa Peter’s greatest songs from an album destined to become a classic
V. Peters & C. Cortinas, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Opening Bell Coffee, 20111210, #330 [Splez 9747]
Vanessa Peters recorded ¨The Christmas We Hoped For¨ in the year 2011. The album since its release has become the Christmas album of the 21st Century.
The first song “All That I Want” deals with Christmas memories of the past such as ships on the harbor and the world aging. It also talks about other Christmas memories such as children enjoying themselves in the snow.
The second song “Please Come Home for Christmas” talks about pain and separation. Vanessa Peters sings the song which the emotion of a person who is a believer in the reunification of loved ones. The song tugged with personal emotions since there has been separation in life. The song has a great ending with the person reuniting with his or her loved one.
The classics such as “The Christmas Song”, “O Holy Night”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” are interpreted with the down to earth nature that endears Vanessa Peters to her fans. “The Christmas Song” makes a person feel that they are at home relaxing beside the fireplace with hot chocolate.
The other classic “O Holy Night” as interpreted by Vanessa Peters is convincing on the truth. The truth that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. The visual concept of “O Holy Night” is the Baby Jesus with St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary holding him.
The visual concept of “O Holy Night” by Vanessa Peters continues with the shepherds and The Three Kings presenting the Baby Jesus with gifts of Gold, Myrrh, and Frankincense. The third classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is convincing in telling people to forget their sadness and worries with the intention of enjoying Christmas.
The main theme of the CD “The Christmas We Hoped For” deals with contemporary scenes such as sending Christmas cards, family reunions, and the hope that the season and New Year will be better.
One of the most emotional songs in the album is “All I Want for Christmas is You”. The underwriter hears the song and it touches his heart, mind, and soul for one simple reason. What is worth all of the material good in the world if there is no one to love? There is nothing more important than the need for a companion in Christmas time and always. It is more important since the awards collect dust and the accolades disappear with time.
Vanessa Peters does a great job in combining “What Child Is This” and “We Three Kings of Orient Are” in a jazz like rhythm. She does this with majesty and respect to the two Christmas classics.
The last four songs of the album: “White Christmas”, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” are the icing on an album which was beautifully crafted by an international artist from Texas whose name is Vanessa Peters.
El Noticiero Alvarez-Galloso felicita a la cantante tejana Vanessa Peters en el dia de su cumpleaños. Vanessa Peters es la Embajadora de la Musica Tejana en el mundo cuyos discos “The Burn, The Truth, The Lies”, “The Christmas We Hoped For”, and “Thin Thread” son los discos mas escuchados en el mundo.
He aquí la canción “El Juez” o “The Judge” interpretada por Vanessa Peters.
The Alvarez-Galloso News Hour proudly congratulates Vanessa Peter son her birthday. Vanessa Peters is the Ambassador of Texas Music to the world.
The albums “The Burn, The Truth, The Lies”, “The Christmas We Hoped For”, and “Thin Thread” are the most successful albums in the 21st Century. Here is the song “The Judge”
“The Judge” del álbum “The Burn, The Truth, The Lies” de Vanessa Peters
“The Judge” from the album “The Burn, The Truth, The Lies” by Vanessa Peters
Vanessa Peters for her contributions to Texas, Americana, and World Music with her albums “The Christmas We Hoped For”, “The Burn, The Truth, The Lies” and the song “Change Your Disguise” deserves recognition in this blog.
It is for this reason that Vanessa Peters receives the 2012 AG Award for Texas World Ambassador
Vanessa Peters released “The Burn, The Turth, The Lies” to the public and it is a sensation. A decision was made to invite Ms. Peters [and she accepted] to be interviewed in the Alvarez-Galloso News Hour. The interview was conducted via E Mail and the rest is pure and solid gold.
1. What was the inspiration behind Vanessa Peters The Burn, The Truth, The Lies?
The title of the album came from the song “The Sting,” which is one of my favorite ones on the album. It’s about how hard it it is sometimes to define what the truth really is. It’s like when two people tell a story about the same event. They will both remember different details and tell the story a little bit differently. Neither one is lying – they just have different truths about the way things happened.
2. How long did it take you to record the album?
We started working on the album in September of 2011, but then we had to take a break for a few months while we were touring. We started on it again in January 2012, then another break for touring, and then finally we were able to wrap it up between March-May 2012. It always takes longer than you expect it to, especially when there are shows to play. Everyone in the band is pretty busy with other side projects as well, so sometimes it is hard to get all of us together.
3. You wrote the music and lyrics for The Burn, The Truth, The Lies. What inspires you to write the words and lyrics to your songs?
Everything! I get inspired by watching people on trains, in airports, walking down the street. I like to see people and then try to see into them, to imagine what their life and character is like. I’m fascinated by their stories.
4. How does it feel recording your first solo album after ICOM [Ice Cream On Mondays]?
It was definitely different. I miss working with ICOM – they were a fantastic band. But I am lucky to have found another group of guys that are very inspirational and very easy to work with. This was a solo album, but they definitely left their mark on the songs, and I am happy that we all collaborated on the record together.
5. Will you perform within North America and Europe to promote your album?
As much as possible, yes! We are about to tour in Italy in July, and then we will do some shows in America in the fall. I am hoping to return to Europe in 2013 as well. It’s hard to keep a band on the road but we are going to play as many shows as possible.
6. How was it like to raise money from Kickstarter to record this album and would you do it again?
Kickstarter was a fun and easy platform to work with. I have always raised money for my albums by doing pre-sales and what not, so this was similar to how I have done it in the past, but it gave us much more visibility and helped us reach new listeners. I would definitely do it again.
7. Will you ever record a Vinyl disc of Vanessa Peters The Burn The Truth The Lies?
I am not sure. If there’s enough demand, sure.
8. Where can the Vanessa Peters fan buy your latest album?
Online, everywhere – Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, my website.
In stores – right now, mostly just in Texas, but hopefully we’ll get into some other good indie music stores across the country soon.
9. I was hoping that “Change Your Disguise” would be in the album. Will the song be included in a future album or MP3?
Absolutely. Maybe even later this year.
10. What is your message to the world?
To be kind to one another. We’re all in such a hurry, all the time… sometimes it’s difficult to remember that everyone around you is struggling just like you are, and a little bit of compassion and understanding goes a long way.
I would like to thank you for your time and for the interview. My best wishes to you in this new album which has served as an inspiration to many people. I also want to thank the public for reading the interview and listening to Vanessa Peters on CD or live.
The recent deaths of Barry Gibbs of the Bee Gees and Donna Summer has people wandering about the future of true rock and pop music. Many have been complaining with justification about the death of rock and pop music and its replacement with generic bland music that is mediocre.
The trend appears to point in the direction with the music conglomerates cramming such music and their artists down the throats of consumers. It appears that the conglomerates in Hollywood and New York are winning the battle or are they?
If generic bland mediocre artists with their so called music and sponsors from the conglomerates are winning is because the people allow this to happen. The people who love music are masters of their own domain and do not have to take perpetual stupidity from the conglomerates and their make shift artists.
After all, generic bland mediocre artists and their music is a violation of human rights. It is torture to the ear as well as the eye. For starters, rock, pop, jazz , Latin fusion and country music is alive and kicking on many areas of the United States of America as well as the world.
Texas and Oklahoma
The Lone Star State of Texas and the Sooner State of Oklahoma are one of the state’s leading the revival of great music. Oklahoma has one of the greatest artists in the form of Shawna Russell who released a self titled album.
Ms. Russell is leading the way to true music with hits such as “Sounds Like A Party” blasting through the streets of Main Street America. Ms. Russell is a down to earth singer with a thorough recognition of Country and Rock Music.
Christen Sawyer is another rocker who has a grip on the music with her song “Crazy”. Ms. Sawyer and Ms. Russell are the new generation of rock music with an edge that could give Taylor Swift a run for her money. The reason is [personal opinion aside] that Ms. Sawyer and Ms. Russell are better than Ms. Swift.
Karen Chisholm is another artist whose music transcends boundaries of all types. She recorded “A Perfect World” and made a film (and video) based on the music. Ms. Chisholm also recorded “Random Year” which is a reflection based on the realities of life. Ms. Chisholm is proof that rock music is alive and kicking.
Who can forget other artists such as Jessica Shepherd, Deann Rene, John Arthur Martinez, and Mark Allan Atwood? What about Chip Murrey and Texas Underground as well as Vanessa Peters?
Jessica Shepherd does a great job in combining Rock, Country, and Gospel with songs such as “Pray For Peace and Love” and “Get A Ride With God” in the Rockin Gospel Project.
Deann Rene has some of the greatest rock music in the 21st Century. John Arthur Martinez has some great hits from his album “Utopia” as well as a song called “Cajita De Milagros” which is number one on those who loves great music.
Mark Allan Atwood as well as Chip Murrey and Texas Underground have music that can stun even the mediocre artists. Mr. Atwood’s album “How Country” is an example of such power that provides an alternative to the mediocrity of today’s music.
Chip Murrey and Texas Underground delivers a powerful Texas Progressive Rock to those who need it. The concerts given by Chip Murrey and Texas Underground are so popular because of the musical edge. If there is any doubt, their hit album “Pay Dirt” will convince you.
Vanessa Peters is an artist whose fame has reached the world from Texas. Her album titled “Thin Thread” is an example of how fresh and pure music can be. Ms. Peters even recorded a Christmas album with the title: “The Christmas We Hoped For”.
The song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” from the Christmas album is one of the most powerful songs in the album. The message in the song rings loud and clear. It means that no material good can replace true love whether it is a significant other or a family member. I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that the song touched my heart in a profound way.
What about Nicolette Good, Laura Marie, Vanessa Lively, and Chris Taylor? Nicolette Good convinces people with her music and delivers a powerful message of hope with her song “All My Crying”.
Laura Marie with her song “Good Enough” challenges a pair to accept each other for what they are is a great antidote to the banality of mainstream music. Laura Marie also delivers a rendition of “The Cherry Tree Carol” with depth, emotion, and style that leaves people imagining the scene of the Holy Family. Laura Marie’s rendition of “The Cherry Tree Carol” also touches the heart and soul in a personal manner.
The same can be said about the rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High” by Chris Taylor. It is these songs that sooth the heart and soul. Vanessa Lively with her rendition of “Alleluia” and “Los Hermanos” is an alternative to the banality of mainstream conglomerate music for its down to earth freshness.
Who cannot forget about Brenda Kay and her music? Her rendition of Red Dirt music is an example for future generation of singers and musicians. We cannot forget Katherine Dawn and her music.
Katherine Dawn has nearly three decades of musical experience under her belt. Ms. Dawn’s rendition of “San Marcos River” is a classic that could compete with greats such as Linda Ronstadt.
I remember hearing Katherine Dawn’s music while living in Venezuela. It was during a visit to a friend’s house and the cassette player was on.
The friend was from Oklahoma but she spent time between Oklahoma and Texas. She told me that the singer was Katherine Dawn. I tried to find the music but lost contact with it until recently.
I now hear Katherine Dawn’s music regularly on the internet and enjoy it. The same applies to the music of Debbie Forrest which has been instrumental in getting people closer to God.
Grupo Fantasma with their mixture of Santana, Fania, and Cumbia are also great. Their latest album called “El Existential” is an album that is great and exciting from the beginning to the end.
The group appeared in Austin City Limits and NPR to wide acclaim. One of Grupo Fantasma’s songs “Mentira” is made in the true Latin Jazz and Cumbia fashion. Another reason why the music is alive.
The Midwest Meets Nashville
Jim Callahan recently recorded an album titled “The Poet” which is becoming popular. The album is an example of folk music mixed with rock and country which gives people an image of simple living.
It is an album that deserves to be on the shelves of music lovers and proof that the music is still alive. Jim Callahan who is originally from Ohio even did his version of “The Night Before Christmas” which was lively and better than the original version.
Jessica Rae is another example of how the Midwest meets Nashville. The Chicago, Illinois native is lively and down to earth in her concerts as well as her music.
I had the honor of meeting Ms. Rae during the 2011 Key West Singer Songwriter Festival. She is a decent and caring human being who is concerned for the welfare of the USA as well as its music.
Jim Callahan and Jessica Rae are also proof that the music is still alive and kicking.
Latin America Meets Tennessee
Johnny Vasquez is a Guatemalan singer who currently lives in Tennessee. The pop and romantic ballads that he interprets harkens to a day when music was sincere.
What can be said about his music comes from his album “Lo Mejor De Mi”. The album is one of the greatest in today’s world with its lyrics and melodies.
Johnny Vasquez sings a romantic tune in a way that today’s singers and musicians do not. He does it with the heart and soul of a true romantic.
Johnny Vasquez is another reason why the music regardless of the language is still alive and kicking.
Amanda Pollard is one of the few artists who managed to capture the essence of true R&B as well as Soul music. It is for this reason that she is also called The American Diva of the 21st Century.
Ms. Pollard was born in Michigan which was the home of the Motown sound. She moved to North Carolina where she advanced in the music scene. Ms. Pollard has received praise for her style of singing with different vocals such as “Loss For Words”.
Amanda Pollard is the latest in the long line of divas from Ella Fitzgerald, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, and Beyonce. Amanda Pollard is also an expert in presenting great entertaining shows with her dancers while performing.
The music that is interpreted by Ms. Pollard is stunning and refreshing to the point that continents such as Asia and Latin America are taking notice. Amanda Pollard is another example of how the music is still alive.
While the conglomerates are with the bland generic brand of music, The Fashion Slaves are heating the airwaves and streets in this state and the world. The Fashion Slaves with Emily Jayne recorded “Psychotic Reaction” and a revolution in music was born.
The Fashion Slaves are another example of fresh rock music that is out of this world. The group can be compared to The Pretenders and Blondie. Emily Jayne is the logical successor to Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde in the rock music today.
It is hoped that one day they can perform in Florida since they are a blast.
Nil Lara is a Cuban-American singer songwriter who has combined the music of Cuba, Venezuela [where he lived], and South Florida to form his own style. Mr. Lara has come a long way from his birthplace in New Jersey.
His best songs are “Vida Mas Simple” and “My First Child” which reflect a yearning for a simpler time. The concerts of Nil Lara are also great to attend with the artist making the public feel great.
Heather Leigh is a great example of how rock and country music can mix with the word of God. She was once nominated for an Emmy for her song “Paradise Lost” which dealt with the BP Oil Spill on the Coast of Mexico.
Ms. Leigh also has a jazz band and is an example of resilience in front of adversity.
The music has not died; it is still present if people were to reject the mediocre music around them. One way is to listen to the old hits but another way is to listen to the above mentioned artists whose name have been highlighted bold.
The reasons the names of the artists are highlighted bold is so that the public can Google their names and buy the albums as well as go to the concerts. The above mentioned artists are also on You Tube.