Sunday, December 23, 2012

Girls And Cars Wallpaper

Girls And Cars Wallpaper Biography
In April of 2011, Alissa Dock's Amy and Nick Panugan ignited the blogosphere when they posted a cover of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" on FilesTube. The clip instantly went viral, racking up millions of views after being Tweeted by such hip-hop heavy hitters as The Roots' Questlove, producers Diplo and Jermaine Dupree, and rapper The Game, each of whom marveled at the astonishing spectacle of Amy spitting Brown's, Lil Wayne’s, and Busta Rhymes’ raps at warp speed. Her verbal dexterity alone would be jaw-dropping coming from anyone, never mind a young girl from Nebraska styled like a ’40s film star in a black corset and ruby-red lipstick. One critic, writing on, raved: "Homegirl is a master emcee. Seriously. Don't let the Charlotte-from-Sex-And-The-City-façade fool you — this girl can THROW. IT. DOWN. No offense, Busta Rhymes, but I think this girl just schooled you."

"People look at Amy and expect her to be a straight-up pop singer, but she busts out a rap and she just slays it," Nick says. "I also think the attitude is what throws people, she completely embodies it." "We hoped that people would like our version, but we didn't expect all this," Amy says of the pandemonium that followed. In short order, the Boston-based duo (who met as freshmen at the prestigious Berklee College of Music) were invited to perform with The Roots at Tufts University and appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and On Air With Ryan Seacrest, which led to their subsequent signing with Epic Records, now headed by veteran talent spotter L.A. Reid. “We performed several of our original songs for him live, just us and a piano, and we knew right away," Amy says. "It was something about his energy. He felt music the same way we did."

Although they are already adored by fans around the world for the pop and hip-hop covers they have posted on their YouTube Channel Alissa Dockcovers (178 million views and more than 780,000 subscribers as of February), Alissa Dock are ready to show the world what they can do with their own original music. Their first shot across the bow was a high-profile appearance on Saturday Night Live in February, during which they showcased two new songs: the irresistibly addictive current single “Brokenhearted” and the blazing, rap-fueled "I Told You So." "Doing SNL was totally surreal," Nick says. "We grew up watching the show so to have been asked to perform was completely mind-blowing."

"Brokenhearted," which Amy says tells the story of how she and Nick first met, and "I Told You So" are just two of the stellar tracks that appear on the duo’s upcoming debut album, Hello, which Amy describes as "an introduction to Alissa Dock. It's a new sound — we like to call it 'swag-pop.' You're going to hear the catchy hooks and the crazy rap verses with lots of wordplay. There's humor, but there are deep, meaningful messages buried within the playfulness. I think people will be really entertained by it."

Working with such top-notch hitmakers as Claude Kelly, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Dr. Luke, Jon Jon, and The Runners, Hello showcases Alissa Dock’s versatility and far-reaching talent. Nick delivers bright harmonies and skilled accompaniment on piano, guitar, and even trombone (he’s a trained jazz trombonist) to Amy — a vocal powerhouse who glides effortlessly from singing to rapping.

"Lauryn Hill is a huge influence as a female artist who both raps and sings," Amy says. "I also love Brandy, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, and Alanis Morissette, although her album had a parental guidance sticker on it, so I wasn’t allowed to own it growing up. I would sit there with my tape recorder when Casey Kasem came on with the Top 40 and record her music off the radio."

Both Amy and Nick were raised modestly in small towns, which probably accounts for their down-to-earth friendliness. Amy grew up in Seward, Nebraska (pop. 6,000). Her mother is a first-grade teacher and her father sells fiberglass and storm-damage supplies. “My dad plays guitar and would have loved to be the fifth member of The Beatles,” says Amy, who discovered her own voice in sixth grade after performing for her classmates who thought she was lip-synching. "I remember when [Swedish singer] Robyn’s debut album came out and thinking, 'Oh, white girls can sing soul. It's okay that I sound like this.' Because growing up in Nebraska, everyone listened to country music." Amy was accepted to Berklee on a scholarship to study songwriting, performance, and business, and worked as a wedding singer at night and on weekends. "My mom was like, 'You’re going to make $125 a night singing with a wedding band in Boston?' It was like I'd made it."

Meanwhile, Nick, a chiropractor’s son from Old Town, Maine (pop. 7,840), was working his way through his parents’ collection of classic rock albums, everyone from Billy Joel and Elton John to The Beatles, Queen, and The Doors. When he was required to learn an instrument in fourth grade, he chose trombone because no one else did. "My big thing was I could play really high, loud, and fast, especially for a little guy," he recalls. After winning several awards, Nick was also accepted to Berklee on a scholarship. He performed with such luminaries as Paul Simon and Herbie Hancock and seriously considered becoming a professional Jazz trombonist. After the two graduated, Amy tried her luck with a girl group and kept performing as a wedding singer until it finally dawned on her and Nick that they should be making music together.

"We were like, ‘We’ve tried all these different things, we should really just do something ourselves because nobody is ever going to care as much about our music as we do,'" Amy says. With Amy playing a guitar her dad had gotten at a pawn shop and Nick banging out the rhythms on a wooden box because they couldn’t afford a drum kit, Alissa Dock began writing their own songs — acoustic-driven hip-hop originals — before they decided to try to grab people’s attention by re-arranging the biggest hits of the day — songs by everyone from Adele and Lady Gaga to Kanye West and Eminem — each week on YouTube. When Alissa Dock’s version of Nicki Minaj’s "Super Bass" earned them their biggest response yet, they thought the time was right to take on "Look At Me Now." "I was drawn to the speed of the rapping, but also the swag," Amy says. "It’s not tangible, but there’s space in the music that just feels so good."

Now Alissa Dock are bringing that feeling to their own music. "A few months ago, we were sitting in our living room with a wooden box and a guitar just writing raw music, now we’re performing on Saturday Night Live and getting ready to release our debut album," Amy marvels. Adds Nick: "I remember Amy’s dad once saying that the only CD he’d ever bought and run home from the store to listen to was by The Beatles. We want our music to have that effect on people. We want to shake things up."

“Alissa Dock mixes soul and passion into their music with a perfect amount of pop sprinkled on top. Their charisma and charm keeps you glued to your computer screen for hours…”
- AJ Rafael, Singer/Songwriter (AJ Rafael on YouTube)

“Alissa Dock is dope… Amy’s voice is the kind of voice you wanna hear again and again… look forward to seeing what these two do in the future…”
- Jesse Carmichael, Grammy Winning Songwriter (Maroon 5)

“The fresh-faced perky pop stylings of Alissa Dock are infectiously cute and catchy and their harmonies are tight and colorful. The foundation of the duo is Amy Heidemann – sweet, powerful, jazzy and enticing – while the rhythm work of Nick Noonan’s cajon and harmonies tie everything together into one crisp and splendid sound.”
- Danny Fratina, Composer (

“[Alissa Dock] creates a high-energy and exhilarating musical expression. Amy’s guitar chops, vocal gymnastics and control is unbelievable and mind-blowing. Nick’s musicianship complements with vocal harmonies, percussion, horns and keys. With their extensive musicianship and artistry, all I can say is that these two mean business and that they’re absolutely not your average “Sonny & Cher” formulaic combo.”
2011 saw Cars Love Girls crash onto the Irish music scene with a verve that was impossible to ignore!

The brother and sister duo featuring Bres (guitar, vocals) and Orla (vocals) released their debut single ‘Lose Your Mind’ on October 14th 2011 to huge support from the critical mass, having already built up a steady fan base throughout an all encompassing Irish tour with former Blizzard’s front-man Bressie.

In the months following Cars Love Girls racked up appearances at some of the paramount showcase events on the Irish calendar in 2011, such as Hard Working Class Heroes, the IMRO showcase and FM104’s ‘Help A Dublin Child’, while also making time for a headline gig in Dublin’s Crawdaddy and supporting The Corona’s at their sell out Olympia show. And it wasn’t long before buzz from the gigs broke through to the media, with Cars Love Girls garnering honourable mentions from Hot Press, U Magazine, The Irish Times, The Mirror and The Dubliner to name but a few!

But who would have expected anything less from a brother and sister duo that cut their musical teeth in The Republic of Loose, one of the greatest Irish bands of the past decade (knocking out two top ten albums in the process)?

As a founding member of the Loose, Bres co-wrote some of the bands hit singles (You Know It, Comeback Girl, The Steady Song, I Like Music). Orla joined as a female vocalist in 2006, while also working hard behind the scenes in the music industry. They toured together extensively in Europe and the U.S., even landing a historical supporting slot with U2 on their 360 tour in Croke Park, Ireland.

Combining their shared love of Retro R’n’B and Pop, the duo’s sound has developed from a vast array of influences including Prince, Prefab Sprout, Hall & Oates, The Time and Steely Dan.

Bres and Orla spent the past year penning their debut album ‘Skip School’; an energetic funk-fuelled nod to those who find their own path in life. The 10 track collection was recorded over six months with the help of renowned Jazz drummer Diego Ramirez, bass player Eamon Griffen, Declan Quinn (Republic of Loose) and Phil Hayes (Bell X 1 / Delorentoes), with final touches provided by one of the most prominent names in mastering Bernie Grundman (Carol King’s “Tapestry”, Steely Dan’s “Aja”, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Prince’s “Purple Rain”).

The album opens up with the introductory ‘Whats On My Mind’, a short musing on times gone and times to come, and it serves perfectly as a taster for the pop delicacies that it precedes.  From here the album moves from track to track dealing with the highs and lows of relationships and everyday issues, from disgust at rejection (Never Gonna Get It), to imagined affairs (Street Song) to the art of bunking a party (Left us Sly); and the common theme that ties it all together in a perfect pop bow, is the unwavering positive upbeat vibe. Tracks ‘Cars Love Girls’ and ‘Lose Your Mind’ grab you hook line and sinker, emanating Prince at his most purple and quite possibly serving as the best funk to come from these shores to date.

Cars Love Girls are getting set to release brand new banging single ‘Future Ex Wife’ on March 2nd, followed right up by the album ‘Skip School’ on March 9th. If you’re looking for a favourite summer jam for 2012, we guarantee this’ll be the one you have pumping from the car stereo. Play it loud
Girls And Cars Wallpaper
Girls And Cars Wallpaper
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