If it feels a bit early in the month for us to be hitting you with a “Best Of” version of UMC20, we understand. However, we’re a week early this one for a very special reason.
The premiere of our 2022 UMC50 compilation — highlighting top tracks from throughout the year — will take place next Tuesday, December 27.
So, we’re hitting you with this month’s list as a precursor of what’s to come. Certainly, a couple of these cuts may find their way onto the year-end playlist. You’ll just have to wait a week to find out which ones…
Hear the Best of December
It’s been quite a month around these parts!
We enjoyed lots of live performances. We welcomed new submissions from all over the world. We had fun in the process.
Can’t ask for much more than that, right?
We feel good about where this summer is headed, and we’re here for wherever the adventure takes us. Today, it brings us to celebrate the UMC20 Best of May. Hear a sample of what the past month had to offer below!
Listen to UMC20
Once a month, we are partnering with Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME) in East Nashville to feature an artist who is enrolled in the organization’s Elite Artist Program, which teams recording artists with HOME’s Verified Producers and other business professionals to accelerate the process of creating and monetizing their music.
First up is Natasha Blaine. A Seattle native, Natasha moved to Nashville in 2018, and has been captivating audiences in Music City with her jazz-influenced vocals and engaging live performances ever since. She just released her new single, “You Don’t Treat Me the Same,” co-produced alongside HOME-certified producer Allan Fine.
I had the chance to chat with Natasha about the new single, her creative process, and the joys of performing live. In the process, I could sense her genuine excitement for what the future holds. Read the interview below, and check out “You Don’t Treat Me the Same” when you get to the bottom!
Zach Cleven is a Midwestern-born musician who has toured the country, playing notable venues across the nation including Rockwood Music Hall and the legendary Bluebird Cafe. In the process, he has shared his passion for music via lively stage shows and deft musicianship rolled into a style he calls “scat-acoustic-funk.”
Through it all, Zach has remained true to himself and his artistic vision, which he now presents to us through the lens of The Z-Man Experience.
Hear “Give It Away”
If 2022 has fun and interesting releases in store for us like the latest single from D.U.M.B. Luck, we’re about to have an incredible year!
Hear ‘Banana Buckets’
We were a day late with this one! That is indeed what happens when you have two shows and a whole lot of other fun stuff happening this week. Better late than never, right?
Nonetheless, we’re confident that this week’s UMC20 is worth the wait. We’re also confident that it will get you feeling something. There are a lot of heavier, more introspective songs here, befitting a time of year when it gets dark at 2 p.m. or something. ‘Tis the season, we suppose?
Of course, there’s plenty of fun, too. It’s all ready for you below!
Listen to UMC20!
It’s been more than three months since the last UMC20 playlist was unveiled. That is… until today!
Listen to UMC20!
Fresh Lady just released her new single, “Watermelon,” on July 2. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Michelle and Jenna welcomed her to Fun -N- Games to enjoy the delicious summer fruit while playing a game of dice.
Then, Fresh Lady performs her songs “Sorry, Sasha” and “C’est La Vie,” live at Real Music Nashville!
Watch it Live! (6 p.m. CT)
Have you ever heard Hall & Oates performed with this much soul?
Watch the Video
We’re feeling pretty lucky. The sun is shining (in Nash, anyway). The pandemic is (maybe? possibly?) ending. And, we have another month-end UMC20 Best Of compilation to greet you this morning!
Listen to the Best of April