Monday’s Music Moves Me: “Evil Woman” BotB Results and Sapphire!

First, a little unfinished business…

Last week, as you might remember, I threw five songs named “Evil Woman” at you and asked you to pick your favorite. Only the first three got any votes, which basically tokld me don’t make these battles any more than three songs. The results:

ELO: 8
Spooky Tooth: 3
Crow: 3

Congratulations to ELO on this decisive victory, and a hearty “well done” to Spooky Tooth (who was actually kind of a surprise) and Crow (which, if I gave myself a vote, would have gotten it). And to The Doobie Brothers and Black Sabbath, what can I say? Sorry, guys.

Now on to the regularly scheduled portion of our program.

This week, we were given the task of playing songs from our favorite American Idol or The Voice pewrformer(s). This put me at a definite disadvantage because I’ve only ever seen one episode of the former and only the ads for the latter, because life is too short. So, I was going to do something completely different, except when I was browsing around, I found a bunch of videos for the British version of Little Big Shots, which precedes the US version by a few years. It’s hosted by Dawn French, who starred in The Vicar Of Dibley and was one of the talking paintings in the Harry Potter movies. She featured a young woman named Sapphire one evening…

Of course, when I heard she had a YouTube channel, I had to find it, and when I did, I knew who I was going to feature today. DuckDuckGo-ing her led me to Famous Birthdays, where I learned she was 16 and that this Little Big Shots appearance was two years ago. Here’s what else they said about her:

  • She became the youngest ever to have a #1 song featured on the Beat100.com chart. (I just checked and the page is down for maintenance. I have no idea how long it’s been down: might be a couple of hours or a couple of years.)
  • She first gained a following as a singer when she won Kids Got Talent in 2012.
  • She was a grand finalist on OpenMicUK 2014 and was the winner of Music For Kids International 2013 broadcast live on RTV in Romania.
  • She was the winner of the Ryanseacrest.com best cover of an Ellie Goulding song in 2014.

Let’s get to the tunes…

  1. “And I Cry” Her first single, recorded in 2013 (she was 10). A song dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. Sapphire says “The lyrics were written by Demelia Denton on the day of the 9/11 event in New York, Demelia [Denton] wrote the words as she watched and listened to the events unfolding, the words flowed as she felt such sadness for the loss and heartache of loved ones. Demelia then approached me this year to sing/produce a melody to her words along with Bret [Sinclair, composer and producer] and Marco [Turrini, string arranger]. I know this song is very special to Demelia and feel honoured to have been given this opportunity.” She doesn’t say she came up with the melody…
  2. “On My Mind” Recorded in 2015, this is a cover of an Ellie Goulding song (though I’m not sure if this is the one she won the Ryan Seacrest contest with).
  3. “Sorry Not Sorry” Recorded last year, a cover of Demi Lovato’s song. Her voice is a lot stronger here.
  4. “Havana” From 2017, a cover of the Camilo Cabello song.
  5. “…Ready For It?” Sapphire has a younger sister named Skye, a YouTube star in her own right. Here they team up to cover Taylor Swift’s song.
  6. “Gorgeous” This is from her album Candy 3, from 2017. The whole album (along with a Katy Perry song that ended up in there) is on YouTube as well.
  7. “Best Part Of Me” A recent (a week ago) cover of Ed Sheeran. Skye shows up here as well.
  8. “Someone You Loved” Some more acoustic goodness from June of this year. A cover of Lewis Capaldi.
  9. “Exhale” A cover of Sabrina Carpenter, also from June.
  10. “On My Way” From April, this cover of a song originally by Alan Walker, Sabrina Carpenter, and Farruko.

What can I say? She’s fantastic, and there’s nowhere but up to go. Follow her on YouTube, Soundcloud and Spotify, visit her website and Instagram (she’s on Twitter and Facebook as well), and someone get this young lady a contract…

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 22, 2019.

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23 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: “Evil Woman” BotB Results and Sapphire!

  1. Darci Lynne is fantastic (I’ve watched the las several years of America’s Got Talent). As for Sapphire, I like her voice. Her song choices aren’t in my favorite genres (except for Havana) but it was good seeing her growth from the song when she was 10. She doesn’t have a contract? Seriously?

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    1. Darcilynne might be the best ventriloquist I’ve seen. You almost never see her mouth move and she can remain calm while her puppet is singing her heart out.

      As far as I know, Sapphire doesn’t have a contract. A lot of her stuff is available on Spotify, so maybe she does, I don’t know.

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  2. That was a good idea to find an artist to feature. I really liked a 13-year-old woman who I believe was on American’s Got Talent when someone shared in FB. I’m going to have to listen to these songs tomorrow when I can turn up the volume. Of course I’m most interested in the song written after 9/11 since we knew people who worked there.

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  3. John,

    I gave my vote to ELO, so I’m a winner…yay…I mean ELO is a winner! 🙂

    Oh goodie you went a totally different direction from us all and that’s a.ok by me. There are so many wonderful songs like AI or Voice, so this is a good one to pull inspiration from and you introduced a new young talent to my ears. Sapphire is adorably sweet and a real superstar. Thanks for sharing and dancing with the 4M crew this week my friend. Have a boogietastic week!

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    1. Sapphire has the kind of ability that could make her a superstar. If you get a chance, check out some of the other acts on Little Big Shots UK. There are some very talented kids. My personal favorite is a young lady named Darci Lynne who might be the best ventriloquist I’ve seen. There’s a clip out there from when she was on “America’s Got Talent” (which she won, as I understand it) where she had her character coming on to Simon Cowell (innocently, of course). She’s a riot…

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      1. Oh yeah, Darci Lynn is amazing! We love her!!! We watch AGT and I knew the season she was on that she would win. She’s super talented. Writes her own material and does a good job singing to boot.

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  4. Three songs is pushing it I think, but 5 makes for an investment of time. I’m not surprised that ELO won even though that wasn’t my vote. They were my 2nd choice.

    Lee

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    1. I knew I was pushing it a little using all five. Turns out the Black Sabbath one was a cover of Crow, so I didn’t need to include it. I used all five because I was crossing over with Monday’s Music. Now that I think of it, I should have made them two posts (of course, setting them up so the BotB would show up above the MMMM posts so people could find it…) Oh well, live and learn…

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    1. A lot of times, with an artist I’m not familiar with, I’m not sure what I’ll be getting. I listened to all ten and thought it gave a pretty good representation of what she’s done so far. I think it’s fair to say I like the singer more than the songs.

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  5. Well, I must say your Post is a tiny bit confusing as far as your commentators (I think that’s the right word), but just between you & me AI use to be my all time favorite and look out if you have my place on the couch when it comes on. The very first one I saw each & every show!!! Now as time went on & the show kinda changed here & there it just kinda fizzled out to me., but I still watch it from time to time. Now the tunes/performances you have shown I’m sorry I’ve never seen, but was fun to watch! John you have rocked the house once again! Have a great week my friend.

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    1. I’m not sure where the confusion is (maybe I just don’t know what you mean by commentators) but I’m glad you enjoyed Sapphire. I hadn’t heard about her until yesterday, either, but I liked what I heard, and the conversation between her and Dawn French is occasionally hilarious. But then, Dawn French is a funny lady; she was very funny in “The Vicar of Dibley” (an excellent show, if you ever get a chance to see it).

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  6. Whew! I’m back! My computer went kablooey and I had to reboot.

    Somehow, I miss some of your posts and will have to pay more attention to your sidebar. Yes, Sapphire is extremely talented. She also has a cute personality. High fives and fist bumps to a rising star!

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  7. I don’t think I was able to vote (or I don’t remember voting). Some times, if I’m reading on my phone, my fingers are too fat for voting widgets. That said, I would have voted for ELO.

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