Wednesday, December 29, 2010

 

More Videos Christina Loves!




Hi Guys, It's Christina!This is the second post written by Guest Blogger Christina Amato. Read her first post here. Christina is a talented YouTube singer from Las Vegas whose videos we have Featured many times on our Top 100 Weekly Chart. That pretty woman at the left is Christina! :-) Click the pic to watch the video it came from - "Trey Songz - Can't be Friends (request)"

Christina's YouTube channel is anitsirhcmarie which is her first name spelled backwards and her middle name. Visit her channel and watch some of the 94 videos she has uploaded. Christina has nearly 3 Thousand Subscribers and almost Half a Million Total Video Views!

My favorite videos by Christina include her covers of Jason DeRulo's Ridin' Solo and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Subscribe to Christina's channel and see what songs she sings in the future!

Christina's reviews are below...

But first, The News!

This week's Featured Video on our Top 100 and Top 200 Charts is a cover version of Paramore's "Brighter," sung by KelseyOfficial, a talented singer who I really enjoy listening to! She sings this song A cappella (without music) and does a great job with it. Click the pic to watch!
Check out our Top 100 and Top 200 Charts of the Most Subscribed YouTube Channels every week!


We have just chosen the WINNERS of the CONTEST we did for Krista Nicole's Interview!
The 10 Winners were chosen based on a random number sequence provided by Random.org. Each winner will get an AUTOGRAPHED Copy of Krista's new 4 song EP/CD titled "Dreams" - produced by Tyler Ward. Click the pic to hear Krista talk about the CD.

Now, here are the YouTube channel names of our 10 WINNERS!
I (KennyWrites on YouTube) will contact each of you on YouTube to ask for your name and mailing address so Krista can sign and ship your CD to you. You will have one week to write back with your name and address. If anyone does not write back within a week, their CD will go to a runner up which we will announce here.

CONTEST WINNERS!
RebeccaSRAlder
xolyssa09xo
2ndEnding
bkoehlerjr
micahbob2
BeeReneeBby
Milena8112
schokocrossie91
SSwell87
eyzndasky


Now, here are Christina's latest video reviews!


I'm going to go out on a limb and say this girl has one of the best voices I've heard in a VERY long time. I happened to stumble across this video from the talented up-and-coming artist, Jessie J. Jessie is a very talented singer-songwriter from the UK who has recently released her latest single on iTunes, "Do It Like a Dude". Rising to fame on YouTube by singing original songs and carefully chosen covers, her powerful voice is quickly gaining attention. With her edgy look and Aretha Franklin-esque vocals, there is no doubt that Jessie J is a very unique artist. I can't wait to hear what else she has in store for us!





Lucy Kane is another very talented girl from the UK. I can't believe this girl doesn't have more views - she definitely deserves them! Lucy is a beautiful and sweet young girl with a voice very much like Leona Lewis. Her perfect vibrato and tender approach to big ballads convince me that she could soon be among the greats. From speaking with Lucy personally, I can attest to the fact that she is as humble and sweet as she is talented. I certainly hope she starts getting the attention she deserves!





Nicolo, a talented and charming Italian student, is another prime example of someone who deserves many more views. With his smooth voice and infectious smile, he fails to disappoint. From watching his videos for the past year, I've seen his English improve and have enjoyed watching him learn the guitar. He communicates to every viewer how much he enjoys singing. I wish Nico the best, and look forward to more of his videos!





Tynisha Keli videos always leave me hitting the 'repeat' button, and this video is no exception. I've been following Tynisha's career both on and off of YouTube for a couple of years. I still can't believe she hasn't achieved more commercial success! Tynisha has a powerful and unique R&B voice that is unlike any other. Although she has released a couple of albums, I feel like more people need to know about Tynisha Keli and her big voice! I can't wait for the day she gets the recognition she deserves.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

 

Krista Nicole (KristaHeartzuz) Interview and CONTEST




[It is now 2:25 AM on Monday, December 27, 2010 and the Contest is Closed. Thanks to everyone who entered by commenting on this interview! You can still comment if you want, but the contest is over and we have announced the 10 winners in our next post, which is here.]

Krista's video about the Dreams CD!

Here is another YouTubeStars interview with a talented and interesting YouTuber. This time, we have interviewed singer Krista Nicole, who has been uploading excellent music videos to YouTube since she was just 12 years old! Krista's YouTube channel is KristaHeartzuz which has over 40 great music videos including her most watched video "Love The Way You Lie - Krista Nicole Acoustic Cover feat. Mars Raps - Eminem ft. Rihanna". Krista makes most of her music videos with her dad accompanying her on guitar. It's great to see father / daughter teams working together to make music!

Krista's newest release is a 4 song EP CD called Dreams which you can download from iTunes, or you can download it or buy the CD from her Store, OR you can
WIN an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the CD if you enter our contest - CONTEST Rules are below the Interview.


Now, our interview with Krista Nicole!

Krista!Hi Krista! Tell us a little about yourself, please.

Well my name is Krista Nicole Hudson, I'm 16 and a junior in high school. I'm involved in the theatre program at my high school and I love being in the fall musicals. I love acting as well as singing. I also really enjoy children's theatre because you get to be as dramatic, crazy and goofy as you want and the kids love it no matter what!

How long have you been singing, playing and writing music?

I've been singing for as long as I can remember. I was always around music. The first song I ever wrote was with my cousin, I was 5 and she was about 8. The song was called "Bubblegum Factory" and I still remember it exactly. I've (hopefully) come a long way in my writing since then, but I'd still really like to learn more about writing songs and I want to write a lot more.

Who are some of your favorite Musicians, both on and off YouTube?

Well OF COURSE Tyler Ward, Julia Sheer, Eppic and Jeff Hendrick. I love how they make all of the songs they cover their own. I also really like BoyceAvenue. John Mayer is a really talented artist and I love his voice and music as well.

How did you get started on YouTube?

I posted my first video when I was 12 years old. I didn't expect anyone to watch them except for some family and maybe some friends. But when I started to get comments it was interesting and exciting to see what people (that I don't even know) had to say! It quickly turned into a hobby of mine to record and post videos! Unfortunately when I started to get more views and more noticed, YouTube found that I was (by that time) only 12, just a couple weeks before my 13th birthday which was the age you had to be to have a YouTube account. [YouTubeStars: YouTube shut down Krista's original channel but she was soon back with her current channel!] I had a lot of subscribers who made "support Krista Nicole" videos and I gained back a lot of my subscribers when I started my new account. I was so thankful!

What do you think is the best video you have made so far?

My favorite video so far is probably the cover I did with Eppic and Jeff Hendrick of Just A Dream by Nelly. They're so talented, and I love that I got to do that collaboration with both of them!




Your dad is often seen playing guitar in your videos. How do you like making music with him?

I love that music is a common interest for me and my dad, and I feel really lucky to have him be so supportive of me. Although sometimes recording with him can be a pain! We can get a little frustrated with each other, but I wouldn't change it for anything.

How did you come to work with Tyler Ward? How was that experience?

I was going to do a cover of the song Two Is Better Than One with another talented YouTuber, Derek Cate. Unfortunately things didn't work out with finishing the song, but I still wanted to do a collab with a talented male! My dad came across Tyler Ward on YouTube and asked me if I'd be interested in messaging him and asking if he'd do the song with me. I figured it was a long shot but decided to let him ask anyway. Sure enough he replied and was totally willing to do it. Turns out he's one of the nicest and funniest guys I have ever met! I ended up being really lucky to be able to work with him. He produced my first EP Dreams which I'm really happy with, and I really hope to work with him again in the future.

How do you feel about "haters" on YouTube who leave rude comments?

I try to just ignore the comments from people who just want to be mean. I've read some comments that have really hurt my feelings, but I always remember how many more positive, helpful comments there are, and in comparison, the mean ones shouldn't even matter.

What else do you like to do in your free time, besides music and making videos?

Like any other teenager I just really enjoy hanging out with my friends, surfing the web, going on walks, and also being involved in community theatre and the high school plays/musicals.

How do you feel about fans making YouTube channels about you, like http://www.youtube.com/user/HeartzuzFans? Do you mind having your old videos on these channels?

It's so flattering to have pages dedicated towards me! I really love that. But I honestly try and avoid the old videos of myself that are posted. I'm even a little surprised that I posted some of the videos that I did! I notice every flat and sharp note, every crack, every mistake in my voice. But I guess I have to remember you are your own worst critic. But I also can't stand to see myself from back then. Everyone has gone through an awkward stage, and I think mine lasted for a couple years! Sometimes I wish people didn't have to see me like that. Ha ha!

It's been 14 years, are you ever going to do another cover video of you singing "Louie Louie"? We LOVED the first one you did! (reference to the very cute video: The life of Krista Nicole)

There's no reenacting that; it's a classic.

What projects are you working on right now? Any live shows coming up?

Lately I've been doing a lot of musical theatre. I just finished with my high school's production of Fiddler On The Roof playing the part of Hodel and this month I plan on auditioning for the role of Wendy in Peter Pan. I also signed up to be in the next play at my school, Almost Maine. I love being on stage as a character and singing, it's so much fun. Unfortunately there are no live shows of me doing any cover songs, or originals, but hopefully soon I will be able to arrange a show somewhere.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on starting some piano lessons and maybe once I get the gist of that I can also pick up guitar. We'll see how things go. I'm looking forward to growing and expanding my music knowledge. After high school I plan to continue doing community theatre and my music, study business music and theatre at a community college, and after that move down to southern California to go to beauty school and continue making music and just see where life takes me.

Could you please provide links to your websites and let us know how often you update each one?

I usually post something on facebook and twitter every couple days. Just updated my website a couple days ago but it had been a while since it was changed.

http://kristanicole.com

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Krista-Nicole/98162366920?ref=ts

http://www.twitter.com/ImKristaNicole

http://www.youtube.com/user/kristaheartzuz

http://itunes.com/kristanicole

[YouTubeStars: Also see this Interview of Krista by Michael Boyce of YouTrax.tv:
http://www.youtrax.tv/shows11thru20.htm]


Now, some survey type questions!

Right Handed Or Left Handed? Right

The Shoes You Wore Today? Gray suede boots.

Your Most Overused Phrase On An Instant Messenger? LOL of course

Pepsi Or Coke? Dr. Pepper. :)

McDonalds Or Burger King? Can I choose neither?

Single Or Group Dates? Group dates! I've never been on a single date.

Have You Been In Love? Never.

Do You Want To Get Married? Maybe many years from now.

What Country Would You Most Like To Visit? I would love to go to Italy or Greece!

First Thought When You Wake Up? What time is it?

Scary Movies or Romantic Comedies? Romantic comedy.

Favorite Candy? Anything chocolate.

Favorite Animal? I think wolves are beautiful!

What Kind Of Perfume Or Colone Do You Wear? Juicy Couture 'Viva la juicy'

Are you named after anyone? Not to my knowledge.

What color is your room? 2 of my walls are gold and one is a dark plum.

Favorite movie star? Will Ferrel is hilarious.

Favorite holiday? Definitely Christmas.




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Leave a Comment to WIN this!
Leave a comment below for a chance to WIN an AUTOGRAPHED Copy of Krista Nicole's "Dreams" CD!

We will pick TEN people who comment on this interview at random and send them a free copy of "Dreams." The contest begins Monday December 20th 2010 and ends midnight Sunday December 26th 2010 Eastern Time.

Here are the rest of the rules: Comment on this interview here at YouTubeStars using the comment link you will see below (the link says "Post a Comment"), and please include your YouTube channel name at the end of the comment. Do NOT put any links in your comment. Comments containing links will not be approved. Multiple comments are okay but only one will count as an entry. TEN commentors will be chosen at random after the contest ends and will be notified with a Personal Message (PM) at YouTube stating that they have won this contest. Winners must reply to the PM with their mailing address within one week. If a winner does not reply, a new winner will be chosen at random.

So tell us what you think about this interview and what you think of Krista and her music. TEN of you will win a copy of Krista's new CD!

Post a Comment! Good Luck!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

 

Christina Loves These Videos!




Hi Guys, It's Christina!This post is written by Guest Blogger Christina Amato. Christina is a talented YouTube singer from Las Vegas whose videos we have Featured many times on our Top 100 Weekly Chart. That pretty woman at the left is Christina! :-) Click the pic to watch the video it came from - "Trey Songz - Can't be Friends (request)"

Christina's YouTube channel is anitsirhcmarie which is her first name spelled backwards and her middle name. Visit her channel and watch some of the 89 videos she has uploaded. Christina has nearly 3 Thousand Subscribers and almost Half a Million Total Video Views!

My favorite videos by Christina include her covers of Jason DeRulo's Ridin' Solo and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Subscribe to Christina's channel and see what songs she sings in the future!

Christina's reviews are below...

But first, The News!

This week's Featured Video on our Top 100 and Top 200 Charts is a cover version of Far East Movement's "Rocketeer," sung by beautiful and talented Christina Amato, today's Guest Blogger! Read more posts about Christina. Check out our Top 100 and Top 200 Charts of the Most Subscribed YouTube Channels every week!


We have just interviewed Krista Nicole! KristaHeartzuz)! The interview will be posted here any day now. [It is here now!] When we post the interview, we will also do a CONTEST! We will Give Away 10 AUTOGRAPHED Copies of Krista's new 4 song EP/CD titled "Dreams" - produced by Tyler Ward. Click the pic to hear Krista talk about the CD. Krista has been singing on YouTube for 4 years now and has nearly 80 Thousand Subscribers! Check back soon for the Interview and Contest!


Now, here are Christina's video reviews!


This video features the young and very talented singer, Celica Westbrook. Celica is shown in the studio performing her haunting Twilight-inspired original song entitled "New Moon." Celica's soulful and emotional voice is accentuated by professional camera work and top-notch sound quality, making the video much more enjoyable to watch. "New Moon" is a Twilight-inspired ballad written by Celica's mother, Amy Westbrook. The song sounds like it belongs in the soundtrack with its melodic crescendos, mysterious lyrics, masterful production and Celica's clear and powerful delivery. This talented young beauty has other videos uploaded to her YouTube channel, including covers of popular songs and more original material. I foresee many great things happening in Celica's future, and I wish her the best of luck! :)





This A cappella cover of the classic Luther Vandross song, "Superstar" is performed by the very talented Marcus Marshall. His simple yet soulful execution of this classic tune makes it clear that he has an understanding of both the song and his voice. Marcus is a very talented singer-songwriter from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a long-time friend of the very successful YouTuber, Erika David, and has even written many of the songs on her demo. There is no where to go but up for Mr. Marshall, and I wish him the best of luck.





There are many adjectives I could use to describe Maxine Ashley. The first few that come to mind are beautiful, talented, confident, and quirky. It was hard to choose a video of hers to review, because they're all so unique. Ultimately, I decided on her cover of "Unthinkable" by Alicia Keys because of her convincing and soulful delivery. Maxine has recently contributed vocals on Alex Gaudino's summer smash-hit, "I'm In Love (Vocal Version)" and has quickly been gaining exposure. I see big things in Maxine's future - Good luck!





This is one of my favorite YouTube finds as of late. I was so surprised by this boy's voice, that my jaw literally dropped. Conor Maynard is a very talented young man from the UK, whose unexpected gritty and soulful voice has been rapidly gaining attention in the YouTube community. I can't get enough of his voice - or this video! Enjoy!



Read Christina's Second Guest Blog Post, HERE!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

 

Christmas Music - O Holy Night!




Christmas is in 9 days! I like Christmas music and there are always a bunch of YouTubers making Christmas music videos this time of year. I am featuring 4 different versions of O Holy Night in this post because its my favorite Christmas song. I also made a playlist of new Christmas music videos and you can watch them here (I'll be adding more as I find them):



Here is a playlist of Christmas Music videos from 2008:




And now, 4 excellent versions of O Holy Night!

The Celtic Women are a beautiful and heavenly sounding group of singers from Ireland who always seem to sing to a crowd outside of a castle! You may have seen them on your local PBS TV station. They often play their concerts during fund raising weeks. This "Divine" video has about 5 million views!

From the video's description:

Celtic Woman, starring the angelically lovely Chloe Agnew, performs ''O Holy Night,'' from the Celtic Woman concert at Slane Castle, in Ireland.

This song was never broadcast on television, or released in the DVD of the concert.

I first discovered Chloe on the plus-size modelling/ fashion site, http://www.judgmentofparis.com Chloe is not only a brilliant singer and incredibly talented performer, but also a positive role model for young women today - showing them that they don't need to be anorexic to be beautiful and successful, but can be even more gorgeous at a naturally curvy size.






Charming singer Christina Amato ( anitsirhcmarie ) and her cool guitar playing daddy do a sweet yet powerful acoustic version of O Holy Night as part of her 3 video (so far) Christmas Music series. Watch her belt out those high notes in her Christmas Pajamas! See her other Christmas videos in the first playlist above, or at her YouTube channel.

NEWS FLASH! Christina has written a guest blogger post for us! Her review of 4 excellent videos is coming here soon! Thanks, Christina! :-)





Rhema Marvanne IS ONLY 7 YEARS OLD! Oh my Gosh, what an amazing voice this little girl has! Enjoy her version of O Holy Night which has 2.5 million views so far! Watch all the way through to hear her hit amazing notes and don't miss the cute ending! You can also see little Jackie Evancho (America's Got Talent star) sing O Holy Night, here.





Here's a very nice A Cappella version of O Holy Night by talented singer Delaney Elise. She adds another layer of her own voice singing harmony with the melody; its a great effect! Delaney has some cool rock tunes on her channel ("Flatline" rocks!) and you can buy her CDs on iTunes!



Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Happy New Year to you and your families!

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