Back in 2011, I hosted a weekly college radio show called "Leo's Infinite Playlist" where I would compile a list of my favorite songs, share them on the air, and talk about what I loved about them. As a songwriter myself, it's really interesting to me learning more about people through their art.
Starting today, I am resurrecting my radio show in the form of a Spotify playlist where I will be compiling six songs a week. Some will be from friends of mine, others will be songs I found and am excited about, and I'll throw some of mine into the mix too and talk about what I love about them.
I'm always looking for cool music to listen to and be inspired by, so I would love for you to follow the playlist on Spotify and send me some suggestions of what I should be listening to on Twitter.
So without further ado... Here's the first installment of Leo's Infinite Playlist on Spotify!
1. "Nineties" by Michigander
Kicking off with one of my best friends Jason Singer, also known as Michigander. I met Jason while playing in churches, and he's been a dear friend and constant source of encouragement ever since. He's one of the most talented songwriters I know, while also being one of the most driven and hardworking people I know; both being a winning recipe for success, which I'm so proud to be a witness of. This song was recorded in my studio space, and also features yours truly on some pretty layered vocals in the second verse. Currently, it's within the first half of the Top 50 Viral Songs in the United States on Spotify, so let's get him some more plays. Here's "Nineties".
2. "Sparks" by Fleurie
Fleurie is the pop project of a friend of mine, Lauren Straham. I found her music on MySpace years ago and was so amazed by the sounds she created with just her voice and a piano. She's originally from Michigan, but relocated to Nashville where she's been killing it creating music for television and film, while also making music for herself. Like Jason, she's a big inspiration and role model to me, and it's an honor to be able to call her a friend. Dance along with me to "Sparks".
3. "Think About You" by LEON
LEON is an artist I just found out about, but I'm already hooked. Such a strong, soulful, and textured voice mixed in with simple and organic production, this song is so well written and executed. It's a dream listening and digging at all the layers present in this recording, and it has that blend of modern composition while throwing it back to the old Motown feels. Full transparent, I wanna write a song that feels like this. Here's "Think About You".
4. "Eyes Wide" by Handsome Ghost
I caught Handsome Ghost's set at SXSW in 2015, and they really stuck out to me. Their set was dreamy, and by the end of it, I was really glad I stumbled into that tent. Maya Angelou said "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." I honestly didn't remember much from their set except about how good it made me feel, so I made sure to look them up. Here's one of their newest singles "Eyes Wide".
5. "Without You" by Oh Wonder
Oh Wonder is a band I've really been into as of lately, comprised of the duo Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. I really loved Anthony's old band Futures so when I saw he was making music again, I was really excited. Their songs are simple, but moving and the way they approach their art is really motivating. The music video for this song "Without You" is so beautiful, and all the other music videos they have also touch on social issues and pose questions that make you think on a deeper level. I could gush on and on about this band, so take a listen!
6. "Stay" by Rival Summers
This is the first single off of my newest album "Undeniable", and it was the first written for the record. This song went through many transformations before landing on what I believe to be one of the coolest songs I've ever been a part of. It was also a song that gave me freedom to explore a different kind of sound than what I had been used to until that point. I'm really proud of the record as a whole, and I'm excited to share more from it in the coming weeks!
Hope you enjoyed these songs as much as I do! I'm excited to share more of my favorite songs with you. Thanks for checking this out, and make sure to tune back in next week!