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Women of Worth

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No second-class sirens, these women are taking center stage with soulful songs meant to stir hidden emotions.

Text by: Carren Jao
Published: MEGA Magazine Sept 2008

While we swoon at crooners who can sing and sweep us off our feet, these sirens show us that being a woman is even more wonderful. With their heartfelt melodies and unmistakable voices, they have captured worldwide audiences and conquered the airwaves making them fit to be part of MCA Music Inc.’s Chicks that Rock!

Coco (2007) Colbie Caillat
This acoustic-singing Malibu girl infuses her music with the very same laid-back California vibe of her home state that keeps people coming back for more. First enchanting fans with “Bubbly” on the popular networking site, MySpace, she became a number one unsigned singer in her genre for four months. She followed this up with another hit, “Realize” that left many a listener realizing that she was not just another one-hit wonder. Not one to rest on her laurels, Colbie soothes one’s frayed nerves after a stressful day with her latest single “Little Things.” Coco’s smooth melodies make this the perfect lazy Sunday soundtrack even on a weekday.

Inside Out (2007) Emmy Rossum
Having played Christine Daaé, in the screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera and singing with the likes of Placido Domingo at the tender age of 7, hitting the high E is nothing new for Emmy Rossum. She then applied the same angelic vocal talent into making “Inside Out,” an album that reflected her own desire for closeness and fear of abandonment.

Bearing an otherworldly Annie Lennox feel, Emmy launches into “Slow Me Down” with gusto. With all 150 parts and harmonies being sung by Emmy herself, she reminds us to take a respite from life’s maddening pace. In “Stay” Emmy’s sultry voice draws the listener into a sensual spell. For the first time in her artistic career, this heavenly singer-actress is saying no one’s lines but her own.

Rockferry (2008) Duffy
Duffy certainly has listeners under her spell with “Mercy,” an upbeat yet sensual song of sexual liberty that gets bodies gyrating to the rhythm. This spellbinding single has also made its way into the soundtrack album of Sex and the City.

Born in a small town in the Northwest Wales far away from the musical influences that abound the rest of the world, this neo-soul singer emerges with a unique sound that breathes fresh air into the airwaves. Her voice, reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, haunts through “Rockferry” and “Warwick Avenue” in her debut album.

Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded Rihanna
This Barbadian model-singer has matured with her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad Showcasing an edgier sound than her maiden offering “Pon de Replay,” she continues her rise to musical stardom. Shedding the naïve Carribean Reggae that first caught the attention of the music world, she works with big-name artists like Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z and Ne-yo to produce certified hits like “Umbrella”, “Hate that I Love You”, and “Don’t Stop the Music.” With the re-released album, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, her signature tangy tremolo adds spice to brand new tracks, making listeners beg DJ’s around the hottest clubs not to stop the music.

The Dutchess (2006) Fergie
Bursting on the music scene with Black-Eyed Peas, this tall blonde bombshell certainly caught the world’s attention with her solo album, The Dutchess. Spawning such dance-able hits as “Clumsy” “Glamorous” and “London Bridge”, The Dutchess struck gold with listeners, making Fergie only the seventh female artist to garner five Top 5 hits on the U.S. Billboard charts. The Dutchess also makes room for frailty in the mellower “Finally” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which earned Fergie a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal performance. Her deluxe new edition re-release of The Dutchess, which includes the Sex and the City theme song “Labels and Love” and four other bonus tracks, is certainly filled with precious melodies fit for royalty.

Discipline (2008) Janet Jackson
No stranger to the limelight, Janet Jackson returns to the music scene triumphantly with Discipline, which debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Discipline punches and grooves with strong club rhythms and Electronica-inspired backbeats. Prior to her album release, “Feedback” was named Janet’s biggest selling digital single ever, and she continues the good vibrations with “Luv” and “Rock with U.” In a class by herself, this 5-time Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer, composer, producer, actor, and humanitarian proves that she’s still got it.

E=MC2 (2008) Mariah Carey
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Mariah Carey continues her record-breaking string of number one hits with “Touch My Body,” available in her latest album E=MC2. A follow up to her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi, E=MC2 continues to bring on the summer party vibe with the single “I’ll Be Lovin’ You Long Time.”

With the release of her 11th album, Mariah has moves away from the ostentatious belting feats she has became known for and instead opts for more low key, easy-on-the ears grooves like “Bye Bye.” A royalty in the music industry, 38 year-old Mariah continues to win over her audiences and earns her place as the top-selling female recording artist in history.


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