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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: More Season 2 Artists Speak Out!

2/21/2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: meet more of Season 2's new singers (and hear what Tje Austin thinks of them), plus see the homes of coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, and new Dia Frampton video!

We're almost done with the blind auditions (that's right, it'll be five weeks of 'em - and if you missed any of last night's action you can read the recap here). Want to meet the newest members of your favorite team? Here's some of the best quotes from my recent chats with all the new artists.

Not only can the coaches not see you during auditions, but you can't see the...

Dave Koz's 'Ultimate Christmas' Is The Ultimate Holiday Album For Smooth Jazz Fans

12/22/2011 6:29am EST
Dave Koz Ultimate Christmas
Saxophonist Dave Koz just released "Ultimate Christmas," which predominantly includes songs from three of his previous Christmas albums. What's new? An instrumental prelude and coda.

The 18 songs include perennial favorites "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," "Winter Wonderland," "Deck The Halls," and "White Christmas." Featured vocalists include Brenda Russell and Kimberley Locke. Guitarist Peter White and trumpeter Rick Braun participate in "The Christmas Song," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night."

If you're a fan of smooth jazz and traditional Christmas music, this album is a must ...

The 5 Albums Stuck In My CD Player

6/10/2011 6:00pm EDT
Maroon 5
I fired up my stereo today and realized I hadn't taken a CD out of its five-disc changer in nearly a month. Now that's good music...or at least, I've found some favorites. I thought I'd share them with you, dear readers, to spread the love and to ask you which albums spend longer than usual in your rotation.

Maroon 5, Hands All Over (2010)

Since discovering them a few weeks ago, I've had all of Maroon 5's albums in my stereo - but it's their newest release that's still playing, and not necessarily for the reasons you might think. Yes, the hit singles "Misery," "Give A Little More,"...

Jazz Appreciation Month: My Favorite Smooth Jazz Artists

4/9/2011 2:00pm EDT
Bobby Caldwell
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so what better time to pay tribute to my favorite genre of music? Smooth jazz is my genre of choice, and the artists below are the reason why. From great tunes to amazing concerts, they never fail to put a spring in my step or a tune in my head. In alphabetical order, here are my three favorite smooth jazz musicians, and a few others that you should give a listen to.

Bobby Caldwell

It's fitting that the first artist I ever listened to tops this list. The first concert I ever attended was Bobby Caldwell at Humphreys by the Bay when I was five; I go...

Celebs Rock Out With 'Rock Band' At The Grammys

2/12/2008 4:00pm EST
Foo Fighters
To coincide with the Grammy awards, Microsoft invited dozens of celebrities to play Rock Band while at the event's Style Studio. Xbox LIVE users were free to join the celebrities online and live the dream of playing in a band like Foo Fighters and The Roots as part of the Game with Fame program.

Among those that attended and shredded on Rock Band were Akon, Ali Hewson, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Dave Koz, Emerson Drive, Emily King, Fat Joe, John Legend, Lang Lang, Lil Mama, Miranda Lambert, Natasha Bedingfield, No Doubt, The Pussycat Dolls, The Roots, Ryan Shaw, Snoop Dogg, Solange Knowles,...

Dionne Warwick To Release First Holiday Collection

11/8/2007 5:51pm EST
Dionne Warwick
More than 40 years in the making, vocal legend Dionne Warwick gave the world a wonderful musical gift three years ago with the long-awaited release of her first collection of holiday songs. The album showcases the five-time Grammy" winner as she puts her stylish and soulful stamp on a mix of classic and contemporary holiday songs.

Rhino celebrates the season with the re-release of Dionne's Yuletide classic. My Favorite Time Of The Year will be available October 16 at all retail outlets and online.

The 13-track compilation showcases Dionne solo and with friends, including fellow le...

Dean Martin Is Forever Cool With New All-Star Collaborative Album; Win A Copy!

8/28/2007 6:30pm EDT
Dean Martin
Hollywood, California – June 26, 2007 – Around the world, entertainment superstar Dean Martin has the market cornered on charisma, easygoing charm, playful wit, and gracious humility, all of which combine to make him infinitely cool. To honor Martin's broad appeal and countless contributions to modern entertainment via his legendary music, stage, film and television career, many of the world's top artists have recorded new collaborative tracks with him for a new album titled Dean Martin: Forever Cool. To be released worldwide in CD and deluxe CD/DVD packages and digitally on August 14 by Ca...

Newly Recorded CD Celebrates Landmark Anniversary Of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

12/6/2005 11:39am EST
A Charlie Brown Christmas
"A Charlie Brown Christmas," an enduring holiday tradition enjoyed by television audiences around the world, this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. To mark the landmark event, Peak Records will release 40 Years - A Charlie Brown Christmas, a collection of newly recorded versions of holiday favorites and Vince Guaraldi-penned Peanuts classics, such as the instantly recognizable "Linus and Lucy."

The CD, which showcases the talents of Gerald Albright, Toni Braxton, Norman Brown, Chaka Khan, Dave Koz, Brian McKnight, Eric Marienthal, and The Rippingtons, is in stores now. Vanessa Will...