Artist of the day: Sheila Kirsten Hughes Band
How‚Äôs this for an unconventional breakthrough: In October, Tampa folkie Sheila Kirsten Hughes, 32, of Land O‚ÄôLakes, starred in YouTube‚Äôs featured video of the day ... in Australia and New Zealand. The clip was a lovely solo cover of Modern Life, a ballad by Australian singer Doug Payne, and so far it‚Äôs racked up more than 20,000 hits.
Hughes (whose band includes her husband, Chris Hughes, and multi-instrumentalist Alex Wolfe Parnes) says her YouTube channel has helped her gain fans all over the world.
"A lot of folks on YouTube have been asking for some of my newer songs that haven‚Äôt been recorded yet on CD,‚Äù she said, including a Celtic cover of Scarborough Fair.
Click here to listen to an mp3 of Hughes' Not Givin' Up. And here's the Modern Life video that brougth Hughes fame from around the globe: