HUGE Thank-you to our Featured Editor @KylerEngland!

HUGE Thank-you to our Featured Editor @KylerEngland!

Kyler England has had an illustrious career as a songwriter and artist, and she is constantly looking for ways to grow – never doing what is expected of her. Over the course of more than a half dozen releases, she has always found ways to evolve and surprise her fans with new sounds.

If England’s lilting voice sounds familiar, it is probably because her songs have appeared in numerous TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Vampire Diaries, Private Practice, One Tree Hill, Switched At Birth, Ghost Whisperer, Army Wives) and on film (“The Lucky Ones”) and she has opened for the likes of Sting, Annie Lennox, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. In addition, she won the 2011 International Songwriting Competition Electronica category. She has averaged 150+ performances a year, mainly solo acoustic, and also collaborated with various DJs on electronic projects.

On the new EP The Spare Key Sessions, England reworks several songs from Electric Hum with acoustic  arrangements, thickened with a string section. Saying that her favorite kind of songs are “the ones where  smart and heart meet… where the lyrics and music are both meaningful and moving,” the new stripped  down arrangements draw the listener to the intimate and intelligent lyrics and England’s emotional and  bittersweet delivery. The first single, “Take These Things To Heart,” will be featured on an upcoming episode of ABC’s Switched At Birth.

In 2009, England took a hiatus from her solo career to focus on her band The Rescues upon being signed  to Universal Republic. A relative supergroup of troubadours, the band released the album Let Loose The  Horses to rave reviews. After touring with the band, England managed to find some quiet time in January  of 2011 and songs started pouring out, eventually culminating in Electric Hum.

Her first solo album in 3 years, Electric Hum marked a departure from traditional singer/songwriter  territory and found England experimenting with electronic elements such as programmed drums and synths. This was inspired in part by a desire to explore a different part of her voice, discovered while  working with DJs and other electronic artists.

The Spare Key Sessions was released digitally on Tuesday, 5/29, and featured as “New & Noteworthy”  on the Singer/Songwriter page on iTunes

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Thank you so much Kyler, for rocking it as our featured editor this week and sharing your favorite posts with us! The Awesome Baby Blogs team wishes you a healthy, joyfilled pregnancy and wonderful journey into motherhood!!

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Download “Take These Things To Heart – the first single from Kyler’s recent EP, The Spare Key Sessions – from Filter Magazine!!

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The Baby Sucks @thebabysucks selected by @KylerEngland

via The Baby SucksThis blog cracks me up.  It’s full of heart and humor and fun illustrations.  Love the glimpses into what parenting is going to be like.  This particular entry mourns the retiring of the push-up bra post nursing.

The Baby Sucks @thebabysucks selected by @KylerEngland

© Kyler England

Kyler England is a songwriter and artist, and now an expecting mama too! We’re excited to have her as this week’s featured editor!

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Dooce® @Dooce selected by @KylerEngland

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This blog is full of beautiful photos and anecdotes of life as a mom, written with wit and charm.  I could lose a whole afternoon reading her archives.  Love this entry about her daughter’s wish for a Magic 8 Ball.

Dooce® @Dooce selected by @KylerEngland

 

© Kyler England

Kyler England is a songwriter and artist, and now an expecting mama too! We’re excited to have her as this week’s featured editor!

Connect with Kyler: Web | Facebook | Twitter

Download “Take These Things To Heart – the first single from Kyler’s recent EP, The Spare Key Sessions – from Filter Magazine!!

Notes from the Trenches selected by @KylerEngland

Motherhood Uncensored @thatkristen selected by @KylerEngland

 

via Motherhood UncensoredOk, this one is rated X for eXtra TMI.  If you’re easily offended or grossed out, it is not for you.  I’m known to be the queen of TMI amongst my friends so this had me howling.  And equally terrified.  And yet, I’m one of those mothers-to-be who would much rather know than to not know.  Thank goodness for bloggers like Motherhood Uncensored who are willing to boldly share their tales from the other side.

© Kyler England

Kyler England is a songwriter and artist, and now an expecting mama too! We’re excited to have her as this week’s featured editor!

Connect with Kyler: Web | Facebook | Twitter

Download “Take These Things To Heart – the first single from Kyler’s recent EP, The Spare Key Sessions – from Filter Magazine!!

 

Baby Blog Addict @BabyBlogAddict selected by @KylerEngland

via Baby Blog AddictSo it’s going to be a few years before my little-one-on-the-way will be ready to help out around the house, but I love the idea of having kids help cook meals.  What a fun and productive way to spend time together and it sends the message to your child that they are an important part of the family and that they have something to contribute.  Good for their self-esteem, self-reliance, and sense of responsibility to others around them.  Note to self…must get a dog to “vacuum” up what’s going to inevitably end up on the kitchen floor.

© Kyler England

Kyler England is a songwriter and artist, and now an expecting mama too! We’re excited to have her as this week’s featured editor!

Connect with Kyler: Web | Facebook | Twitter

Download “Take These Things To Heart – the first single from Kyler’s recent EP, The Spare Key Sessions – from Filter Magazine!!

Introducing Featured Editor Kyler England @kylerengland

Hey there.  I’m Kyler England…a singer-songwriter and a mom-to-be.  My hubby and I are expecting our first, a little girl, around New Years Eve this year.  (Note to would-be-babymakers…early April fun = holiday baby.  Why they don’t teach that in high school health class I’ll never know 😉 )  I’m honored to be a guest editor here at Awesome Baby Blogs.  Before this afternoon I could count on both hands the number of mom blogs I’d read.  Now I’m officially an addict and looking forward to all the wisdom, empathy, humorous tales and validation that these intrepid mom bloggers are going to add to my journey as a new mom.  Thank you!

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Download “Take These Things To Heart – the first single from Kyler’s recent EP, The Spare Key Sessions – from Filter Magazine!!

 

Rockabye Baby @rockabyebaby selected by @KylerEngland

Rockabye Baby

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As a musician myself of course the first thing I looked for was a blog on music for babies.  I came across this awesome site with a mom blog (latest and greatest post about Mommy Brain which I already identify with even though I have 4 months to go before I’m officially a mommy) but more importantly they have lullaby versions of pop songs from Bon Jovi to Bjork to Bob Marley!  The Lullaby Renditions of Madonna are awesome.  Kinda eerie and fun to hear “Like a Virgin” and “Papa Don’t Preach” as lullabies.

 

State of Change @stateofchangekc selected by @Paigers91

Firsts: I love posts like this! It reminds me that every stage with your child is wonderful. What stages we’re going to like most is a big topic between Cody and I and I love being reminded that even after you pass the stages that you think are going to be your favorite, another one will happen and blow it out of the water. It just makes me excited for our future with our family.

Paige, The Eloping Stethoscope // Featured Editor

Mommy Huh @DCWorkingMommy selected by @paigers91

Utilizing a Montessori Inspired Room for a Toddler: Even though I’m not a parent, my husband and I plan to have kids in the next few years. This post is some really great and real inspiration for a nursery for a toddler. With pinterest, obviously there is a ton of inspiration out there for nurseries and toddler rooms but many of them are just gorgeous and not functional. This room gives a new perspective and is gorgeous and functional all at the same time! I will definitely remember this when the time comes!

Paige, The Eloping Stethoscope // Featured Editor

Utilizing a Montessori Inspired Room for a Toddler

Through Clouded Glass @CallieNicole7 selected by @Paigers91

Parties-Just Go: Okay, maybe I’m just loving Callie’s friendship series she’s got going on but I really like this post. She talks about how you should always try to go to parties you were invited to because if you don’t and everyone else doesn’t, the person may have no one at their party and it will make them sad. Personally, I’m a notorious flaker, but maybe I won’t be now because I will definitely remember this post.

Paige, The Eloping Stethoscope // Featured Editor

Through Clouded Glass @CallieNicole7 selected by @Paigers91