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 BLEU STROUD DAZZLES WITH 'BLUE TOWN'

 

MUSIC, REVIEWS FEBRUARY 16, 2019 BY RANDY RADIC

 

So-Cal’s 18-year-old Bleu Stroud struts her prodigious talent on “Blue Town,” her new single/music video.

 

Bleu Stroud is frequently compared to artists like Jewel, Joni Mitchell, and Taylor Swift, and while the comparisons are certainly valid, they fail to highlight the velvety clarity and allure of her voice. There’s a supercharged electrifying energy to her tones, a melodic frisson, that elevates her above the run-of-the-mill derivative voices presently extant.

Without formal training, she mastered the 12-string guitar, ukulele, banjo, piano, and guitar. She began playing the latter instrument when she was 8-years-old, followed by writing her first song. As she matured, her songwriting developed, embracing topics such as love, pain, self-trust, hope, and acceptance. Essentially, Bleu’s music fuses country and pop elements into a buff, ground zero sound rife with smooth melodies, quirky lyrics, and infectious rhythms. She’s shared the stage with Nancy Wilson of Heart fame, and LeAnn Rimes. At the present juncture, Bleu is working with producer Mark Dutton on her debut album, a collection of 10 original tunes composed by Bleu.

 

“Blue Town” opens on Bleu’s luscious voice accompanied by oozing colors, soft and slow. A crisp snare beat kicks the melody off, as it flows into a contagious country-pop tune full of sparkling guitars riding a pulsing bass line. At first, it’s the rhythm that captivates you, then the creamy jangling guitars catch your attention. Finally, you realize the core essence of the song is Bleu’s gorgeously silky voice, streaming pure and crystalline, mesmerizing and oh, so honeyed and gratifying. There’s a wickedly yummy push to the harmonics, infusing the song with cashmere textures, along with lush surface colors bordering on translucence.

 

The video, directed by Mark Dutton and Stephen Morton, is cool and stylish, with close ups of Bleu shifting to Bleu in a variety of settings, playing her guitar and singing. Frankly, the sumptuous visuals take a back seat to the music and the irresistible gravitational pull of Bleu’s voice.

 

“Blue Town” surpasses superb and enters the rarified realm of superlative. Bleu Stroud doesn’t just have it going on, she’s meant to be a superstar. She’s that good.

Had so much fun shooting my first music video for my new single "Blue Town" coming soon!

Back at The Viper Room

Monday, October 8th @ 9:00 p.m.

FREE Show

Opening for Nancy Wilson (of Heart)

Thursday, December 6 @ 8:00 p.m.@ The Canyon Agoura 

Playing The Viper Room

Monday, September 3 @ 9:45 p.m.

FREE Show

Opening for Leann Rimes

August 2, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.

The Rose Theatre, Pasadena CA

May 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone who came out to The Canyon Club & Special Events Center last week! We had such a BLAST! Thanks Sara Shier Photography for the pics 

March 7, 2017

Can't believe its already the end of our residency! Really hope you can make it tonight! We play from 9-10!

February 28, 2017

Can't believe how fast its going! We had a great turnout last week and definitely hope its bigger this week! Hope to see you there! 

February 21, 2017

We're back at the Kibitz Room tonight hope to see you there! 

February 15, 2017

Thanks Sara for the pictures of our show at the Kibitz Room! Had so much fun last night and so thankful for everyone that came out and supported us! Huge thanks goes to my band as well! Have you met Ryan Matthews, Jace on Bass, and producer extraordinaire Muddy? You should definitely check all of them out! We'll be back at the Kibitz Room next week at the same time! Hope to see you there!

February 14, 2017

Super last minute but totally worth it! I'll be playing 4 straight weeks at the Kibitz Room with my band! Hope to see you there! 

September 19, 2016

Felt great to get on stage again and perform a few songs! Was part of an amazing bill of talented musicians! 

March 21, 2016

Wow! What an amzing exprience I had performing at Valencia High Schools TedX talk! Not only did I get to share the stage with Christina Perri, I heard a lot of really inspiring stories and felt so honored to be able to meet and talk to all of the nights speakers. Huge thank you to Makena Lautner, Real Life Church, and everyone else involved for TedX, it was truly an honor to be apart of! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2016

 My first single Free Falling is now availble! I'm so excited to start this journey! I hope you join me! 

 

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