It’s that time of year again – the time to reflect on all of the great things that happened over the past year. What better way to celebrate than to look back on all of the amazing “Sing with the Artist” duets we have featured on Smule!
We are pleased to announce the annual release of our Best of 2019 list in the app. Log in or download Smule to sing a duet with some of your favorite Partner Artists of 2019.
Today is a very special day as we bring on a very special person in the music industry, Mr. Tony Bennett. We are going down the memory lane strong with an ever so loved musical hero. Tony has been nominated for 34 Grammy awards and won 18, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and has sold over 50 million copies over the course of his musical career. Tony takes music very seriously, in an interview regarding his music genre, he states:
I’m not staying contemporary for the big record companies, I don’t follow the latest fashions. I never sing a song that’s badly written. In the 1920s and ’30s, there was a renaissance in music that was the equivalent of the artistic Renaissance. Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and others just created the best songs that had ever been written. These are classics, and finally they’re not being treated as light entertainment. This is classical music.
Tony Bennett has two passions: singing and painting. He paints every day, and three of his works are in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. What’s more, he recently took up sculpture.
Tony Bennett is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.
Young Tony grew up listening to Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby as well as jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and Joe Venuti.
By age 10 he was already singing, and performed at the opening of the Triborough Bridge, standing next to Mayor Fiorello La Guardia who patted him on the head.
Tony Bennett attended New York’s School of Industrial Art where he studied painting and music and would later appreciate their emphasis on proper technique, but dropped out to support his family at 16.
Smule’s very own Ampersand the Band is flying all the way out to Sweden to partake in Live at Heart (Scandinavia’s largest music & tech event), during the second weekend of September. The band came together by spending their time after work on Fridays at the Smule HQ, over time 4 of them (Andi, Anton, Dean and Ruben) came together and decided to start practicing more outside of just Friday. Over time, they grew to find their sound and starting writing music – they have already crafted 20 original songs, some are on Spotify! Although they have performed together a variety of times throughout SF, this will be the first time they perform together outside of California! Really cool
Smule Sweden Meet Up!
We are excited to set up a Smule Meet Up specific for anyone who lives in Sweden (or Scandinavia) to come together, share stories, sing, laugh and play! We are so excited to meet all of our! We also know #TheSweeds are coming up on their 4th anniversary on Smule in November, so it will be an early celebration for our family in Sweden! <insert celebration Emoji>
We are so thrilled to announce that Partner Artist, EmRossi, will be exclusively releasing her new single “No Longer The Same” on May 14th with Smule!
The song, written by Em, was recorded and produced a year ago at the renowned music studio, Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington with producer Ryan Hadlock. who has produced for artists such as Vance Joy, The Lumineers, Train, Lionel Richie, and Brandi Carlile.
Smule users will get a personal experience like never before seen on the app. Users can join the first duet of a live performance ever! A few months back, Rossivisited the Smule headquarters where she spoke and performed a live solo and duet video in front of our entire San Francisco office. Users will get to join her performance and feel the experience of actually performing live in front of an audience!
Be sure to share the news with your friends and family! Please support EmRossi and follow her on Smule and her other social media platforms!
As the second day began, I could tell the song was already beginning to find it’s magic. The morning was spent with Ryan and I working on synths and percussion. I walked around the studio space with Ryan as he opened drawers filled with an abundance of instruments, everyday objects, and many other things I could not tell you the name of.
One of the greatest things about being at Bear Creek is the peace it brings. There are no cars, no neighbors, no TV, or internet to distract you. The song that was being made was the sole focus inside the old converted barn. We slowly added the needed sounds here and there to encompass the bones of the track.
In the afternoon, multi-instrumentalist Kimo Muraki arrived and began his work. Starting on horns, Kimo kept grabbing different kinds of horns one after the other building an entire surging horn section by himself. Coming back into the main room he then picked up Ryan’s guitar and started trickling notes here and there on the pre-chorus. I will forever be jealous of his instrumentation. It’s always an incredible feeling when you hear how elevated a song becomes when the right sound is added onto it. It’s the feeling you get when you finally find that puzzle piece you’ve been searching for hours for.
The second main day of work on “No Longer The Same” was finished. After everyone had left the studio and my mom was in the treehouse on the other side of the property, I sat alone at the piano. There was nothing like that feeling of sitting at the piano bench entirely alone in a barn at midnight.
Pedro Capó is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and musician, he is also the grandson of the famous singer Bobby Capó from the 1940’s who was memorable for his Latino pop songs which featured elaborate, dramatic lyrics. Safe to say Pedro is following the same road in keeping the Latin music alive and fresh.
P.S. HBO latino is bringing you an exclusive special with Pedro! DO NOT MISS: PEDRO CAPÓ: EN LETRA DE OTRO on August 11th at 9PM! Sneak peak trailer below 🙂