Obama Picks Gin Wigmore for Summer Playlist

New Zealand musician Gin Wigmore’s “Man Like That” has made President Barack Obama’s “hand-selected” summer playlist, alongside classics from Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Prince, and more recent artists Common, Jay Z and Wale.

The playlist also showcases artists who have performed at the White House including Janelle Monae, Sara Bareilles and Esperanza Spalding.

Obama announced the playlist in a tweet: “Been waiting to drop this: summer playlist, the encore. What’s everybody listening to?”

The Obamas are currently enjoying a two-week stay on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the first family has vacationed for almost every year of Obama’s presidency.

“Willing to Die” is Wigmore’s latest single, taken from her third full-length album Blood To Bone. “Man Like That” features on her second, Gravel & Wine.

Original article by Allie Malloy, CNN, August 11, 2016.


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Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

After Lorde and Kimbra conquered the world music scene, there is another New Zealander who’s making waves, according to Manila Times correspondent, Mark Bonifacio. Introducing Christchurch-born, Theia (real name Em-Haley Walker).