Hi there, folks, and welcome to another riveting episode of “My Favorite Things This Week!” I know, it’s been a while, and you probably forgot I started making these silly little lists last year. However, now that I have the time (bless) to enjoy things again, these lists will be coming back in full swing each week. This one is going to be short & sweet.
1. KAYE – “Honey”
I discovered Charlene Kaye’s music back in high school. I was at the peak of my Glee phase, and found her duet with Darren Criss, “Suit & Tie,” while looking for super obscure Darren songs and covers on YouTube. For the longest time, I wanted that song to be the tune I’d dance to on my first date with someone during a picnic under the stars…okay, TMI. Anyway, after that, I was immediately hooked on her music. She sort of took a hiatus from solo projects for a few years when she joined San Fermin as their lead singer, but recently released a brand new single. “Honey” is, to me, truly the song of the summer due to its infectious beats and empowering lyrics. The song has only been out for a few days now, but I’ve definitely blasted it in my car with the windows down multiple times. The queen is back, ladies and gentlemen.
2. Yuna – “I Wanna Go”
Yeah, I know, this song was released a few years ago. (Cue shouts of: “Sam, you’re late!”) Sue me. Why didn’t I discover Yuna’s perfection earlier on? I first heard of her through my friend Lena, who had attended one of her concerts in the Bay Area. Apparently, she had performed a Lemonade mash-up…and y’all know how much I love Queen Beyonce. I have yet to check out Yuna’s actual medley, but my friend’s Instagram post sparked my interest. Thanks, Lena!
3. Chloe x Halle – “Drop”
I’ve got Beyonce to thank for this. Two years ago, she posted a video of two sisters singing an absolutely beautiful cover of “Pretty Hurts” from her self-titled album. Now, Chloe x Halle are signed to her record company, Parkwood Entertainment, and have released their debut EP, Sugar Symphony. The contrast between their voices, and the way they blend so well is everything to me, and I can’t wait to see them continue to slay.