It’s easy to see why many secular types consider Christian music a joke. Badly produced, pre-programmed Casio backbeats and plastic saxophones providing the soundtrack to a holier-than-thou message inspires snickers and winces from even those least jaded. OKC’s Soul Williams aims to and succeeds in knocking some sense into that rightfully stereotyped scene.
Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmasyet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.
It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
Blending music and comedy,
one local artist is dead-serious about building a successful career.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, singer-songwriter Cameron J. Henderson
has built an impressive following already, using YouTube as a medium
for his genre-blending songs and comedy sketches.
everybody likes everything that I do, but I feel like it gives
everybody a better view of who I am as a person, because I do so many
different things,” said Henderson, who works under the moniker Cameron
making music when he was a junior in high school. He participated in
choir, but motivation from friends pushed him to start producing his own
songs. Good feedback has only made him pursue more.
“I guess the positive response that I get fuels me,” he said.
been about two years since he began uploading on YouTube; he now posts a
new video each Wednesday. With more than 9,000 subscribers and 3
million views, he posts content that ranges from love songs to
tongue-in-cheek tracks about Pop-Tarts, Pringles and Hamburger Helper.
The music side, however, remains most important to him.
was my first love, and everything else is just kind of part of me,”
Henderson said. “Music is what I’ve been doing the longest, and it’s
really where I want to go with my career.”
blending many genres, his tunes have roots in R&B and soul. He
cited influences like Cee Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Michael Jackson and
Outkast’s André 3000.
would like to describe my music as eclectic, mainly because I take from
so many different things and I’ve branched out to so many different
genres,” he said. “I really like to make music that everyone can relate
to and respond to.”
His upcoming EP, Starlight, due
to drop this summer, is something he’s very excited about, because with
the disc, he’s trying something new: working with a live band.
something that I kind of got into because of the Academy of
Contemporary Music that I go to,” he said. “They assign us with bands,
so I kind of got into that wanting to have a live band thing.”
also the first time that he’s making pop-rock music, straying a bit
from his usual approach. The first single for the project, “Mary Mary,”
already gotten a greater response than I ever have doing R&B music,”
Henderson said. “I don’t think that’s the reason why I started doing
pop-rock music — it just turned out that way. People are more responsive
to that type of music here.”