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Church of England Primary School

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Artist of the Week

We love listening to our artist of the week in class and so let's continue it from home! 

WARNING! Adults, whilst the lyric content has been checked on the suggested songs, the videos linked to these songs have NOT been checked and so please either watch before your child to see if you think it is suitable or use a different music streaming service/cd/tape/record(!) to play them. 


When you listen to the songs, think about what instruments you can hear. Can you spot the chorus of the song? Did you enjoy it and why? If you didn't like the song, why didn't you? Compare the songs. Which was your favourite and why? Was it because of the tempo (speed) pitch of the instruments or voices (high and low sounds). How did the song make you feel? 


Week 4



Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, better known as Lissie, is an American country musician and singer - song writer. She released her debute EP in November 2009. Her latest album called 'Castles' was released worldwide in 2018.



Country Rock


Five facts

-She played Annie in the stage show 'Annie' at the age of 9.

-She loves fantasty books such as the Harry Potter series

-She won an Itunes Song of the Year Award for her song called 'When I'm alone'

-She was born in 1982 in Rock Island, Illinois

-She owns a pet dog called Byron. 

Lissie - When I'm Alone


Week 3


Paulo Nutini

He is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician. He was first encouraged to sing by his music loving grandfather and a teacher at school. He left school at 16 to work as a roadie and to sell t-shirts for the Scottish band, Speedway. He spent 3 years learning the music business and performing live. He was signed to Atlantic records in May 2005, shortly before his 18th birthday.



Pop Rock


Five facts

- In July 2019, he donated £10,000 to charity by buying and raffling off the Chewbacca mask worn on stage by Lewis Capaldi.

-He has been support act for lots of well-known singers and bands.

-His family run a cafe in Paisley

-He has a younger sister called Francesca

-When he was a child he wanted to be Zorro. 

Paolo Nutini - New Shoes (Official Music Video)


Week 2

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing and jump blues band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer.  In 1994, he released the debut album of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, which combined his rockabilly style with swing, big band, and jump blues. In 2019, he went back on tour with Stray Cats for their 40th Anniversary Tour and they have an album coming out later this year.

Genre: Rockabilly, swing, blues

Five Facts:

• In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons.”

•Brian Setzer admired the jump blues of Louis Prima and Big Joe Turner, but also the rock and roll of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and Carl Perkins.

• There are 19 people in the orchestra 

•The BSO often plays during the December holidays covering Christmas songs

•They have 9 studio albums.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra.- This Old House.


Week 1

Aretha Franklin

Five Facts:

•She had 5 siblings and ended up having 4 children of her own.

•Aretha was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

•Aretha taught herself piano without knowing how to read music

•She had 20 number 1 singles

•On June 8, 2017, the City of Detroit honoured Franklin's legacy by renaming a portion of Madison Street, "Aretha Franklin Way".

Genre: Soul

Aretha Franklin - Respect [1967] (Aretha's Original Version)