The obsession with Mariah Carey started when I was around 8-years-old. Her songs were catchy, she dressed really cool in “Dreamlover,” what more could a little girl in the ‘90s want in favorite singer? That all changed when I realized she wasn’t just some white girl with a set of pipes, but she had a black dad and a white mom just like me. At the time this was huge because you didn’t really see too much of that, and when you’re a mixed kid from a town that’s 97% white, you start to feel a little out of place. I had a lot of issues with being half black growing up and I have another site where I’ll talk about that topic later this year, for now we’ll get back to my love of the ultimate diva.
Any age with a “0” at the end is celebrated a little more than the others. Who cares about 28 when you’re going to hit 30 in two years, right? Well, that’s why I really think the folks who put together the Super Bowl Halftime Show really dropped the ball. Coldplay, really? Their current “hits,” I’m not even sure what those are but thinking back – all those earlier songs sounded like the soundtrack to a chic funeral. They really should’ve gone with Taylor Swift because I’m pretty sure that woman could get ANYONE to come out. Seriously, you want Michael and Whitney, Swift could likely make that happen. Instead they have the somber “…look at the stars…look how they shine…something, something…” guys. They’ll likely have Beyonce, but if I’m being honest, I wasn’t impressed when she was the star a few years ago with that five second “reunion” of hers. They’re really letting people down for the big 5-0. At least they have Lady Gaga to kick it off. Since she’s mellowed out in recent years and not been so avant garde, she’s been 100% better in life.
“Wrapped in the Covers” is a series that went on all through last year and while I miss it, I’ll be forever grateful it introduced me a lot of talented artists I may not have discovered otherwise. One of them that always stood out was Xandra. She did a stunning cover of Third Eye Blind and when I was thinking about women to feature in this month’s section of the “Women in Music” series, I had to go with her. See, this month is all about female singers and she’s numero uno on the list so let’s get to know more about the songstress from Texas who lives so close to Austin but has never been to SXSW!