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Ones to Watch in 2011: Brittany McDonald

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ones to Watch in 2011: Brittany McDonald


Orange County, California native Brittany McDonald is a fresh new pop talent worth a listen. Her new summer single, "Boy Basher" seems almost primed for teen summer movie soundtrack success. The song really does has POP HIT written all over it, from it's infectious chorus to McDonald's matter-of-fact lyrics and phrasing to her overall sassy yet classy tone.  In 2009, McDonald became a finalist in the 2009 International Songwriting Competition for her single "Another Wanna Be," which was picked up by Sony for it's Walkman MP3 advertising campaign {SOURCE}. Currently an unsigned artist, Brittany McDonald is working her connections and posting music on Facebook, YouTube and MySpace hoping to catch a break.  While McDonald seems to be singing right now just for the pure joy that it brings her, here's hoping that she gets noticed real soon. I'd hate to see her sink into obscurity.


Speaking of obscurity, in listening to "Boy Basher" I'm reminded of a certain Hawaiian popstar from the early 2000s named Hoku.  Hoku was a soundtrack queen in her own right, with songs appearing on three kids films between 2000 and 2003.  While Hoku struggled to find success outside of those movie soundtracks, two singles in particular have stuck with me all these years later.  Hoku's  first hit was her top 30 single "Another Dumb Blonde," which was featured in the film Snow Day.  Hoku's next hit, "Perfect Day" was featured in the popular Reese Witherspoon vehicle Legally Blonde, although it only managed to hit #121 on Billboard.  Brittany McDonald's brand of simple, sassy pop music could very well fill the gap that Hoku left behind after sinking into popobscurity.  Check out the lyric video for her song "Boy Basher" below and tell me what you think.
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