2018 in Review: Top Songs

Brian Nhira: “‘Til Death Do Us Part”


Brian Nhira and his wife Sonia Larcom. who inspired Til Death Do Us Part

Brian Nhira and his wife Sonia Larcom. who inspired Til Death Do Us Part.

You won’t find a love song more heartfelt than Brian Nhira’s “Til Death Do Us Part.”

Then again, it’s a song with a special meaning for Brian.

He wrote it for lady love Sonia Larcom and performed it for her just before proposing at a Christmas concert about a year ago.

And he performed the song again at their August wedding. The music video version includes footage from their wedding.

“I have never been more excited to share a new single and music video with you all,” he wrote on Facebook when a stripped down version of the song hit iTunes in early October.

“Honestly, this is more than just a song, it’s the promise that I made to my wife on our wedding day just a few weeks ago.”

Brian was a Top 24 contestant on Season 10 of The Voice and, in my mind, one of the most underrated former contestants from the show.

He’s released a steady stream of impressive singles and music videos since auditioning for The Voice at age 22.

As for that Christmas concert, he held his third annual Dec. 22, reuniting with friends from the show. Part of the proceeds are used for backpacks and school supplies for needy children in Zimbabwe.

Here’s “Til Death Do Us Part.”

Editor’s Note: By my count, former contestants from The Voice released more than 70 albums or EPs, more than 90 music videos and more than 800 original songs in 2018.

This week, I’m featuring my favorites, spotlighting what I’m calling the Top 5 music videos, Top 20 songs and Top 5 albums/EPs.

I hesitate to call them the best because that’s very subjective. Besides, I easily could have made each of these lists five times as long and still omitted lots and lots of great music.

That’s why I grit my teeth when Marshmellow or Ann-Marie or even a coach or advisor winds up with a guest performance spot on The Voice. I’ll never understand why the show doesn’t do more to promote its alumni.

Ah, but this isn’t a time for griping. It’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of talented artists.

I’ve also posted a complete list of post-Voice singles, albums and EPs, with links for your listening pleasure. And a blog with all 90-plus music videos. Please, check them out. Find your own favorites.

And if I’ve missed anyone, let me know. Stage names change. Side projects are created. Tracking the output of 600 post-Voice artists … well, I’ll be shocked if I didn’t miss someone. Just let me know by commenting below or emailing [email protected]. In terms of singles, my goal is to list any where the former contestant is the primary vocalist.

Coming tomorrow: The Top 5 post-Voice albums of 2018.

Happy listening.

Top songs (not ranked)

Adanna Duru, “Doll”
Amanda Brown, “Take a Pill”
Amy Vachal, “Wait”
Austin Jenckes, “In My Head”
Brian Nhira, “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

Cartelli, “Last Night’s Mascara”
Chloe Kohanski, “Come This Far”
Christiana Danielle, “Resignation”
Darby, “Save a Thought for Me”
Domo, “Currency”

D.R. King & Jackie Foster, “Love is a Drug”
Jamie Lono, “New Orleans”
Johnny Gates, “Brooklyn Nights”
Koryn Hawthorne, “Down Goes Rome”
Loren Allred, “Never Enough”

Matt McAndrew, “Game Over”
Natalie Stovall, “Making Out in Cars”
RaeLynn, “Queens Don’t”
Riley Biederer, “Heartbreak Back”
We McDonald, “Head Up High”

Top Videos

1. Faultlines (Ashley Morgan), “Rain”
2. Sawyer Fredericks, “Hide Your Ghost”
3. Darby, “Play Pretend”
4. Brian Nhira, “Is This Love?”
5. Dawson Coyle, “Saturn”

All 2018 music videos
All 2018 albums and EPs
All 2018 singles

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