Years and Years and Jess Glynne, “Come Alive”

 

British musicians Jess Glynne and Years and Years have come together for a phenomenal reimagining of “Come Alive,” one of the great songs from “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack.

Lifted off the new “The Greatest Showman: Reimagined” album, which finds established singers putting their own spins on songs from the film, “Come Alive” has been given a funky new life, thanks to the musical stylings of Years and Years frontman and Michael Jackson vocal doppelganger Olly Alexander and the always brilliant Jess Glynne, who is pretty much my spirit animal.

Altogether, one of the best songs to come out this 2018. So cool, it almost answers my need for Canberra air conditioning.

COME ALIVE Lyrics
Years and Years and Jess Glynne

Olly: You stumble through your days
Got your head hung low, your skies a shade of grey
Like a zombie in a maze
You’re asleep inside, but you can shake awake

Olly: ‘Cause you’re just a dead man walking
Thinking that’s your only option
But you can flip the switch and brighten up your darkest day
Sun is up and the color’s blinding
Take the world and redefine it
Leave behind your narrow mind
You’ll never be the same

Olly: Come alive, come alive
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright
Reaching up to the sky
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that you were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive

Jess: Oh ah, yeah
I see it in your eyes
You believe that lie that you need to hide your face
Afraid to step outside
So you lock the door, but don’t you stay that way

Jess: No more living in those shadows
You and me, we know how that goes
‘Cause once you see it all, you’ll never, never be the same
Little bit of lightnin’ striking
Bottle up to keep on shining
‘Cause you can prove there’s more to you
You cannot be afraid

Olly and Jess: Come alive, come alive
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright
Reaching up to the sky
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that you were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive

Jess: Come one, come all, come in, come on
To anyone who’s bursting with a dream
Come one, come all, you hear the call
To anyone who’s searching for a way to break free

Olly and Jess: Come alive, come alive (Come alive)
Go and light your light, let it burn so bright (Go and light your light)
Reaching up to the sky (Reaching up to the sky, yeah)
And it’s open wide, you’re electrified
When the world becomes a fantasy
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
(Dreaming with your eyes wide open)
And you know you can’t go back again (Go back again)
To the world that you were living in (No no no no)
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So, come alive
When the world becomes a fantasy (Oh, a fantasy)
And you’re more than you could ever be
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
(You’re dreaming with your eyes wide open)
And you know you can’t go back again
To the world that we were living in
‘Cause you’re dreaming with your eyes wide open
So come alive

Jess Glynne, “All I Am”

Jess Glynne has released her new single, “All I Am,” and this is definitely going to be one of my top three bops for 2018! She did a phenomenal job with “Hold My Hand,” and her new single is so much fun!

What makes Glynne so much joy to listen to is not just the quality of her voice, which is arguably the strongest female voice out of Britain since Jessie J. What makes Glynne a force to reckon with is her uncanny ability to make great pop songs with accessible lyrics and fun hooks. While the previous single, “I’ll Be There,” made Glynne the first British female solo artist to have seven number-one singles in the UK, I think “All I Am” deserves to be her eighth.

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Ganns Deen, “Bitter Ocampo”

Before we move to Australia, I wanted to tick a few items off my personal bucket list. One of them was to release a song to Spotify.

Sometime in 2016, I began making parody videos on YouTube on TKGTV (short for Tito Kuya Ganns TV). During that creative period, I decided to also write a few humorous originals, and Bitter Ocampo was one of them.

A song about a man who’s clearly hung up on his ex-girlfriend who is about to get married, Bitter Ocampo is a light, ukelele-driven song that hopefully offers some redemption by the end of the track. Until he gets there, though, he throws up all kinds of hurtful wishes at his ex.

So I chose Bitter Ocampo to be THAT song to release to Spotify. Produced by the brilliant Charles Bautista, Bitter Ocampo is now available on Spotify here, and I’ve now ticked an item off my bucket list. YAY.

This is the lyric video to my original track, “Bitter Ocampo,” now streaming at bit.ly/BitterOcampo.

BITTER OCAMPO Lyrics
Ganns Deen

Watching you walk down the aisle
Seeing you smile
It makes me want to cry

Beautiful all dressed in white
I know tonight will start a brand-new life

Flower petals on the floor
Watching you walk through those open church doors
Don’t think you’ve looked so beautiful before
Where do I start?
So from my heart…

Chorus 1:
Madapa ka sana
Fall flat on your face
You ruined my life and left me
Gone without a trace
Matapilok ka sana
Mabilaukan sa cake
I hope you know how much you hurt me
And made my heart break
So enjoy your life
I’m Bitter Ocampo tonight

I knew that things were getting dim
When you changed SIMs
And I could no longer call
I even signed up for the gym
So I could get slim
But that didn’t work at all

Baby, why’d you do me wrong
I can’t move on
That’s why I wrote this song
I hope getting over you won’t take too long
But if I’m wrong
I hope the typhoon’s strong

Chorus 2:
At mabasa ka sana
Get wet in the rain
I hope you catch a cold
So you experience my pain
May bubuyog sana inside your bouquet
And I hope it stings the way
You broke my heart that day
So enjoy your life
I’m Bitter Ocampo tonight

Mas guwapo siya, I get it
Mas mayaman siya, I get it
May killer abs, I get it
Your new husband is so hot
May awesome car, I get it
He can take you far, I get it
You’re gonna be a star, I get it
I hope you’re happy because I’m not

Chorus 3:
Baby, happy ka sana
This time, it’s the truth
I wish you the best and
I am blessed for loving you
Please forgive me sana
For what I said in this song
And I know it’s over now
So it’s time to move along
So enjoy your life
I won’t be Bitter Ocampo tonight

Lauren Daigle, “Jingle Bells”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Lauren Daigle’s new Christmas album, Behold, topped the Billboard Christian/Gospel Albums chart this week, buoyed by several radio singles, including the new Christmas radio single, Jingle Bells. This delightful horns-kissed Christmas chestnut brings one back to the days of yesteryear, with its throwback sound and playful delivery.

JINGLE BELLS
Lauren Daigle

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go laughing all the way
Bells on bobtails ring making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight
Oh, its

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
Oh, what fun it is to ride
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

JJ Heller, “Winter Wonderland”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter JJ Heller has released her 2016 holiday collection, Unto Us. While the official single to Christian AC is Christmas is Here, I found myself drawn to the sweet comfort of Heller’s take on Winter Wonderland. Heller’s version offers a more languid interpretation, with lovely piano lines and a more relaxed bass line that communicate a winter wonderland that offers deliciously lazy days, instead of the fast and frenzied winter vacay suggested by other more energetic versions (Avalon’s brilliant brass section-fueled version comes to mind).

WINTER WONDERLAND
JJ Heller

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away, is the blue bird
Here to stay, is the new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say are you married
We’ll say no man
But you can do the job
When you’re in town

Later on
We’ll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we’ve made
Walking in a winter wonderland

Sleigh bells ringing
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away, is the blue bird
Here to stay, is the new bird
He sings a love a song
As we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll have lots of fun with Mr. Snowman
Until the other kiddies knock them down

When it snows
ain’t it thrilling
Though your nose, gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland

Matthew West, “Unto Us”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Matthew West has released Unto Us, the title track of his second full-length studio holiday album. Matthew has consistently been making great music, holiday or otherwise, since his debut with More, and Unto Us: A Christmas Collection is a fine addition to the discography of one of modern-day Contemporary Christian music’s finest male singers.

Soundwise, Unto Us leans more towards the Christian pop canon than traditional Christmas music, so don’t expect sleighbells and tambourines on this one. Rather, with its theme of God’s love and faithfulness through the birth of Christ, Unto Us is a powerful reminder that we are here to celebrate the birth of the real reason for the season. Still, Matthew says he wrote Unto Us thinking of the church, and so he wanted to send this song in that direction, making it a ripe choice for addition to your church’s praise and worship playlists or for special offering numbers this Christmas.

UNTO US Lyrics
Matthew West

Who are we that a King would trade heaven’s riches
For a stable and a manger low
Can it be Great I Am bending down to reach us
Morning star let this dark world know

Here is our promised One
Jesus our hope has come

Unto us, unto us a child is born
Unto us, unto us a Son is given
Glory to God in the highest
Wonderful Prince of Peace
Emmanuel has come to set captives free
With the angels we sing
Glory to God in the highest
He has brought this great love
Unto us

Who are we that a King would still walk among us
Knowing He would only live to die
Cross of shame, crown of thorns He still chose to carry
Beauty broken breathing us new life

Emmanuel (x3)
Love has come

Emmanuel
God with us, You are God
You are God with us

“Teka Break” nominated at MYX Music Awards 2016

Sam Concepcion’s Teka Break has been nominated for two major categories in the MYX Music Awards 2016 namely: Favorite Song and Special Awards for Best Music Video. Teka Break is produced by CBN Asia, directed by Voltz Hubilla and Icko Gonzalez, and written by master songwriter Jungee Marcelo. It is one of the songs included in the Transforming Love album produced by CBN Asia for its 20th anniversary.

“It’s great to be recognized for your talent, and obviously, people who work here at CBN Asia are very dedicated to excellence. I am just really grateful that we are nominated,” said John Tan, CBN Asia’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President.

He also added that the generosity of artists like Sam Concepcion and Jungee Marcelo is very admirable, “They set aside their schedules to accommodate us and volunteered their time to record and perform the song in support of our 20th anniversary. We are so grateful to Sam, Jungee, and everybody else who helped and contributed,” Tan added.

Watch Teka Break’s music video in HD by subscribing to The 700 Club Asia’s Youtube channel. Just type youtube.come/The700ClubAsia and search for Teka Break. To get a copy of the Transforming Love album, visit cbnasia.org/transforminglove.

Help Teka Break win in the Favorite Song category, by registering on MYXPH.com and clicking on the MYX Music Awards 2016 tab. If you already have an account, just log in directly to the MYX Music Awards 2016 voting page, look for the Favorite Song category, and click on Teka Break as your chosen nominee. Please note that you may only vote ONCE PER IP ADDRESS PER DAY PER CATEGORY. Voting will end on March 13, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Be a part of making music history by voting now!

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