KaraoQ Partners with DigiTrax Entertainment to Innovate the Karaoke Experience

Nashville-based music tech company, KaraoQ, signs deal with DigiTrax Entertainment to provide a better karaoke experience from your mobile device. This partnership integrates the mobile application experience with a legally sourced karaoke catalog: it’s social, mobile and all legal. Continue reading

Famous songwriter helps education startup get off the ground

Mark-Radice-PerformsThree-time Emmy nominee and Sesame Street songwriter Mark Radice performs at the SoKnox Studios Grand Opening on April 8, 2014. Photo courtesy Cathy Vangieri.

Children’s Media Studio has debuted the release of their new Christmas album, Sing And Spell Christmas Sing-Along, presenting nine classic Christmas favorites and two new original songs, with featured arrangements by Mark Radice, the three-time Emmy-nominated composer who has written songs for Sesame Street, Elmo’s Christmas Countdown, The Jim Henson Hour and The Muppets at Walt Disney World. Children’s Media Studios released all of the music videos for viewing on their YouTube channel, with complimentary holiday coloring pages also offered on their website.

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Beyonce gorgeous in her latest selfie

Bey-RoseQueen “B” is at it again! All the gossip and rumors about Beyonce’s marriage, photoshopped pictures, and possible new pregnancy haven’t seemed to phase her one bit…. Over the weekend Beyonce posted a picture on her personal Instagram account with seemingly no makeup on her face and wearing nothing but a rose crown on her head! This is the second time this year that Beyonce has posted a “no makeup selfie”. Could she be responding to all the backlash she has been getting for her possibly photoshopping other pictures on Instagram? The reasons don’t seem to be quite clear!

However, Beyonce does look simply beautiful in her selfie with no makeup on. The pop star seems to still be at the top of her game at the age of 33!


What do you guys think? Does “Queen B” still have the same appeal as she did in 2003 when she released the single “Dangerously in Love” ? Beyonce released the single just a year after departing from the famous girl- group “Destiny’s Child”. The song propelled Beyonce into a solo star as it became a worldwide hit! Doing some karaoke to “Dangerously in Love” is SURE to turn up your Monday!

Tomi Robb conquers at Knox Wild Wing Voice Off

WW Voice Off 2014 Tomi PrepTomi Robb performs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” at Knoxville’s Wild Wings Café during the Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Robb would go on to win first place in the singing contest.

Twelve outstanding singers assembled for the final round of Knoxville Wild Wings Café‘s Voice Off competition on Sunday, May 4, 2014, but only one could emerge victorious. By the narrowest of margins, R&B sensation Tomi Robb took home the honors, the $1,000 cash prize, and a recording session at SoKnox Studios sponsored by DigiTrax Entertainment worth $3,500.

It was not a walk in the park for Robb, who was pushed to her limits by the field of eleven other competitors, each of whom brought both their natural talent and their “A-game” to the packed house.

Joining Robb in the Top Five were first runner-up Emily Struble and second runner-up Renee Maggart, along with Dylan Snowden and Cameron Dickerson.

Judges and coaches for the competition, which began in February, included Larry Blair, Linda Meyers, Mike Snodgrass and Sarah Goodpaster. The event was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Justin Marsh and directed under the watchful eye of Tara Thomas, with the crucial sound engineering duties masterfully executed by Mike Sosville.

Karaoke Christmas Bundle Spotlight: Silver Bells

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As Christmas draws nearer we continue our series on the world’s most beloved Christmas songs. Today we look at another of the traditional Christmas favorites recently released on Karaoke Cloud, Silver Bells!

Considered by many to be one of the more melodically pleasing Christmas carols, the origins of Silver Bells are actually somewhat comedic. Composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the song was originally titled “Tinkle Bells.” Yup, you read that right; “tinkle.” Thankfully, the title was changed quickly when composer Jay Livingston’s wife pointed out the fact that the word “tinkle” was a popular slang word used by kids to refer to…um, well, urinating.

Silver Bells was first preformed in 1950 by the iconic comedian Bob Hope, along with actress Marilyn Maxwell, in the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid.” Before the movie’s release, however, the first studio recording of the song, performed by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards and released by Decca Records, became extremely popular. This prompted producers to call back Hope and Maxwell in order to re-shoot the Silver Bells scene, making it a more elaborate production.

Regardless of which version of the song you prefer there is no denying the fact that it has become ingrained in American pop culture as one of the Christmas season’s top songs. You can enjoy it for free with KaraokeOnVEVO and even record and share your own performance with friends using our new mobile app Sing-N-Share, also free!

Merry Christmas, friends!

Karaoke Christmas Bundle Spotlight: Do You Hear What I Hear?

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We’re highlighting a few of our favorite Christmas songs of all time, each of which is included in our Christmas 2013 Party Pack with 15 great holiday tunes for less than a buck each on Karaoke Cloud.

Today’s classic is “Do You Hear What I Hear”, a personal favorite that never fails to tickle the feels until chills commence to do the spine-dance, although I seem to remember a long-ago-and-far-away Christmas pageant where I completely messed this one up. Apparently the trauma quickly faded, perhaps as a result of the positive conditioning brought on by the candy and gifts that followed.

The kicker? The song was written for Christmas 1962 as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The writers, Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne, later said they couldn’t perform the song in its entirety due to the deep emotions they felt. After Bing Crosby released his version less than a year later, the song was a smash hit, and has since been recorded by hundreds of artists.

Enjoy!

 

CNET touts Karaoke Cloud for under-$50 Stocking Stuffers

Sumi Das of C-Net shows off her singing chops with Karaoke Cloud while touting the web app for gifts under $50.

Sumi Das of C-Net shows off her singing chops with Karaoke Cloud while touting the web app for gifts under $50.

CNET’s long been a web staple for go-to advice on everything digital, so we were pleased as Christmas punch that presenter Sumi Das touted Karaoke Cloud as part of their “Stocking Stuffers Under $50” collection for this holiday season.

ION Audio’s Karaoke2Go, complete with microphone and speaker, comes with a free month of Karaoke Cloud and makes a terrific gift for the singers in your family – or better yet, snag one for the family get-together this Christmas, and you can all sing along to your holiday favorites (or anything else that strikes your fancy).

Check the full report out below: