Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless - Shots of the American rock band The Pretty Reckless as they performed live in concert at the Manchester Academy in Manchester, United Kingdom - Wednesday 19th November 2014
Jenny Lewis isn't the only former actress to find musical success.
There seems to be a special musical buzz in the entertainment business at the moment reserved for screen actresses who are wanting to spread their wings in their career - and maybe earn some more money too. Whether it's Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande blowing everyone away with her stunning vocal range as she gears up to release her second album this summer, or indie favourite Jenny Lewis becoming ever more successful with her solo singing career after a good three years fronting a band, it appears that some actresses just can't resist testing their pipes in the recording studio. Even Hollywood sensation Scarlett Johansson dipped her toes in musical waters back in 2008 with her well-praised debut 'Anywhere I Lay My Head'.
While we're half expecting Keira Knightley to release a record any day now after singing on her latest drama 'Begin Again', we look at the film world's biggest female musical successes.
Jenny Lewis: Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis this week released Voyager, her critically acclaimed third studio album. Although best known for her time fronting indie favourites, Rilo Kiley, music wasn't actually Lewis's first career choice, instead the Vegas native was intially known as an actress. Her early showbiz experience mainly consisted of TV roles, with small parts in the likes of 'Baywatch', 'Brooklyn Bridge' and 'The New Twilight Zone' in the 80s and early 90s as well as film stints on 'Troop Beverly Hills' and 'The Wizard'. Her last major acting venture came with 1995's black and white drama 'Don's Plum' alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire before she formed Rilo Kiley with then-boyfriend Blake Sennett.
Continue reading: Ariana, Zooey, J-Lo, Miley! When Actresses Become Songstresses
Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.
In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.
The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.
Continue reading: Download Festival 2014 Review
Taylor Momsen has really changed in the past few years...
From little Cindy Lou in ‘The Grinch’ to 'Gossip Girl's' Jenny Humphries to now fully fledged rock frontwoman with The Pretty Reckless Taylor Momsen has had quite the career evolution before our very eyes. Now with her band's second album 'Going to Hell' being released Momsen might finally be getting the rock and roll recognition she's been longing for. So how did the little girl who tamed the 'Grinch' end up fronting a rock band?
Taylor Momsen fronting her band The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen's entry into showbusiness started before she could even say anything about it, when her parents signed her up to Ford Modelling agency at the age of two. It's something that Taylor has since spoken out about saying, 'no 2-year-old wants to be working, but I had no choice. My whole life, I was in and out of school. I didn’t have friends. I was working constantly and I didn’t have a real life.’ Still she doesn't regret her parent's decision. Small parts in commercials followed but it wasn’t until 2000 that Taylor would land her breakout acting role.
Continue reading: Pretty Reckless: The Evolution of Taylor Momsen
Taylor Momsen and her gang are back with more slickly-produced alternative rock.
The Pretty Reckless' new album, Going To Hell, was released last Friday (14th March) which has given critics ample time to mull over the new offering from Taylor Momsen's rock band. Known for her role in catty girl drama series Gossip Girl, 20 year-old Momsen hardest job has been shaking off the shackles of her wide-eyed teenage dream and re-inventing herself as a badass frontwoman with a debt to the devil, with an image that can often seem like overkill.
Taylor Momsen Struts Her Stuff In The Pretty Reckless.
Whilst critics aren't blind to The Pretty Reckless' high prioritisation of their devil-may-care attitude and look, it's pretty clear that Going To Hell isn't too bad on the ears either. The album picks up from where 2010's Light Me Up left off but introduces a more mature songwriting style and enhanced vocals from the distinctively-voiced Momsen. The band's efforts on the debut may have been little more than backing music for Taylor's powerful voice but Going To Hell sees Ben, Mark and Jamie's skills better utilised and foregrounded.
Taylor Momsen reveals the saucy secrets behind the into for her song 'Follow Me Down', featuring the sounds of Jenna Haze reaching climax
The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen recorded her ex-porn star friend, Jenna Haze, having an orgasm for their song 'Follow Me Down'. The saucy sound can be heard at the introduction to the song, although former 'Gossip Girl' actress Momsen reveals that it was actually faked. just for the song.
The 20-year-old actress and singer spoke to 'Revolver' magazine to say: ''I don't want to give her personal life away away but... she super helped me out. She's one of my very close friends.'' She went on to explain how the sounds were "a performance" that 31-year-old Haze provided, so those looking for footage to match up with the audio, would be disappointed. ''It's a performance... [that's] one of a kind, so don't go looking for that on the Internet.''
Continue reading: Jenna Haze Fakes Orgasm For The Pretty Reckless Song
The new generation of Hollywood, from Taylor Momsen to Angel Haze, descended on the NY bash.
Versace lovers gathered en masse at Donatella Versace’s showcase at Lexington Avenue Armory Wednesday in New York for the new Versus line. The venue, appropriately dimmed for the edgy collection’s reveal, was filled to the brim with celebrities and assorted socialites, Women’s Wear Daily reports. Darren Criss, Theophilus London, Jaime King, Hayden Panettiere, Sky Ferreira and Heidi Klum were all among the chosen ones, lingering among models and scantily clad waiters and waitresses.
Rocker and former Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen was also present, supporting one of her go-to brands when it comes to clothes. Momsen’s trademark heavy eyeliner and unkempt bleach blond tresses fit right in with the edgy theme of the party. “You can’t go wrong with Versace,” said Momsen for WWD “They always have a bit of a rock ’n’ roll edge.”
That they do and the capsule collection, separated into three groups – all black, colorful knits and all black – didn’t disappoint on that front. The show was punctuated by performances from rapper Angel Haze, followed by L.A. rockers Dead Sara and finally Canadian electropop prodigy Grimes in the breaks between the three sections. Grimes in particular has been a Versace darling lately, so it’s no surprise that she was also featured in the show. As for the clothes, it’s what you might expect from a 2013 summer collection – crop tops abound, along with straps on everything and strategically selected bold accessories. It was a good time for everyone involved, except maybe Lady GaGa, who, after her arrival, spent the night observing from the secluded mezzanine.