If something is British its generally a sure sign I’m going to love it. And with the all girl group Little Mix no exceptions are being made, in fact, I’m border lined obsessed.
I discovered the four girls when their debut single “Wings” dropped in 2012 off their first album “DNA”. This came after they won the UK version of XFactor in 2011. Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Ann, and Jade were put together after not making it as solo artists, and in the end became the first group to win the reality show. Since then DNA has gone global. They are quickly becoming the biggest girl group of all time, and have already broken Spice Girl records. This includes DNA’s release at number four in America; something their 90’s counterparts never accomplished. The band’s second album, “Salute” was released in the UK earlier this week with the first single “Move” making it to number three on the UK charts in just one week. Salute is expected to be available in America early this February.
While all of those facts are very impressive, and the success is undeniable, these girls have some major talent to back it all up. With vocal harmonies that will amaze you, and inspirational lyrics written by the girls themselves, its not surprising that success is finding its way to them. Within the first ten seconds of “Wings” the opening lines tell you what these girls are all about… “Momma told me not to waste my life/ She said spread your wings my little butterfly” and that is enough to get you hooked. The message behind their music is a simple one. No nonsense, be yourself, and don’t take crap from anyone who tells you differently. The positive messages sneak themselves into every song on DNA from “Change Your Life” to “Hey, How You Doin’.” After listening to this record you will feel the inspiration to fulfill your dreams.
Wing Music Video
When it comes down to it these lyrics, and the way the Little Mix girls live true to their songs, are the reasons why I’m writing about them. Yes I think the music is amazing, but LIttle Mix is more. Life is hard, and people are mean. There is no getting around those simple truths, but music that inspires you can make it a little better. With so much of today’s popular music talking about violence, drugs, sex, and a many other questionable activities, it makes me feel like music has lost its voice. For my parents, and grandparents, their generations’ music was the tool to speak of the change so desperately needed at the time. It was how they got freedom to express themselves. Today’s generation seems to be taking that freedom for granted.
I don’t feel this way about Little Mix. When I have their songs coming out of my headphones something changes. I relate to the lyrics in way that I can’t with most pop songs out today. But instead of using their songs to blame others for their struggles, they take it as motivation. Never be afraid to be yourself. These lyrics give me the confidence to do that. The ability to pick up the pieces and realize that I am worth so much more.
Little Mix’s second album “Salute” promises to keep with the same values as the first. With songs like “Little Me” the lyrics wrote by the foursome continue to inspire,
“You gotta speak up, you gotta shout out,/And know that right here, right now,/You can be beautiful, wonderful,/Anything you wanna be,”
And along side of the inspiration the girls have fun, up-beat songs like “Move” (an absolute must hear). The biggest change from DNA to Salute is the growth from pure pop to something deeper. The second album has much more of an R&B/ Hip-hop sound which awakens my inner child, and reminds me of the iconic Destiny’s Child.
Move Music Video
No matter what musical style you prefer Little Mix is something to check out. This girl band is not taking no for an answer, and promises to only find more success in the future.
Little Mix’s Website- http://www.little-mix.com/us/home
Little Mix’s Vevo- http://www.youtube.com/user/littlemixVEVO?feature=watch
Little Mix’s Twitter- @LittleMixOfiic
Also check out the girl’s Facebook, and Instagram pages!