Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

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Positive Pick: Music to make your heart sing!

In my post on the music industry, Be Sexy or Shut Up, I talk about how female artists are often pressured to promote themselves through their sexuality rather than their musical talent. For my positive pick today, I wanted to share a few artists that keep the focus on their music, not their body parts. One of my favorite singers, Adele, has famously said, “Music is for the ears, not the eyes.” With her incredible voice, she doesn’t need to resort to sexy theatrics to get and keep attention. To watch some of her videos and hear her songs, click here.

Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals pointed me to a woman with a beautiful voice and a knack for performing songs with a deeper message. In one uplifting song, Beautiful Me, Jill Dawson  sings about how we are so much more than what we look like, that our reality of beauty goes beyond our hair, face, and clothes. I love this song! Jill also sings the theme song for Pigtail Pals, When I dream.

One of my favorite songs is Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield, because to me it’s all about taking opportunities and not being afraid to take risks. I love the way certain songs can inspire me, help me to dream bigger dreams, and perhaps even challenge me. What singers inspire you? Do you have artists you enjoy listening to who consistently focus on their music rather than their sex appeal? I’d love to hear about them!

3 comments on “Positive Pick: Music to make your heart sing!

  1. oolalang
    October 27, 2011

    Marina and the Diamonds!!! She’s super talented and isn’t afraid to be bizarre or over the top (a la Kate Bush)–she’s a classically trained dancer and uses her voice in really cool ways. It’s really nice to see someone being creative and taking risks without them only being hyper sexualized. At the risk of seeming like I’m a big commercial, here’s one of her videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr-SqRWImmI 😀

  2. Amy Jussel (@ShapingYouth)
    October 22, 2011

    Yep, this made my heart sing! I had a blast at Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair last year w/my teen and little did I know it would be the last… http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/sarah-mclachlan-says-lilith-fair-is-done-20110311 So inspiring to see rockers of all ages and the teens wide-eyed at their moms rockin out too! 😉

    p.s. Unwritten was my anthem the year I conceptualized Shaping Youth, upended my world and chose to give up 25 years as a writer/producer/creative director in media to tell stories that needed told. Common spirits. Launched the blog two years later in ’06…funny how circle of life works.

  3. Naomi
    October 22, 2011

    Yes I also love Adele and Natalie Imbrulia and Alanis Morrisette. For me they portray strong women who know what they want and sing well with their clothes on.

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