Elan Atias recommends Bob Marley (and a bunch of other artists)

Elan Atias and Bob Marley

Elan Atias and Bob Marley

Elan Atias’ recommendations: “WOW! Picking just one artist is too hard! So many artists are going through my mind and so many different genres. To start I would have to definitely say Bob Marley and the Wailers, Otis Redding, Sam Cook, Al Green, Marvin Gaye,U2, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Dennis Brown, Fela Kuti and Cheb Khaled. They are all artists who made music that moved me in so many ways. Bob with his simple but so deep lyrics that even a baby could understand, and they would speak to you in whatever you were going through at that moment. Otis and Sam’s soulful voices, Al Green and Marvin Gaye’s sweet falsetto’s. U2, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles are just all around great in vibe and sound. There’s Dennis Brown’s majestic voice and Fela Kuti, Cheb Khaled and Alpha Blondy giving me a taste of real Afican roots. As for new contemporary artists I love Adele, Young the Giant, Major Lazer, Skrillex, 12th Planet, Gogo Bordelo, Broken Bells and Robyn. There are so many talented artists who have influenced me.”

Looking for album suggestions for these artists? Elan suggests you start here:

For Bob Marley any album will do but the one that you have to hear is Exodus (which by the way it was voted “Album of the Century” by TIME magazine)

Al Green, Otis Redding,Sam Cook their greatest hits.

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

U2′s War and All That You Can’t Leave Behind

Zeppelin’s IV and The Song Remains the Same

The Beatles’ 1 and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Dennis Brown’s Wolf and Leopards

Fela Kuti’s Best of the Black President

Cheb Khaled’s Sahra

Alpha Blondy’s Jerusalem and Merci

Adele’s 21

Young the Giant self titled album

Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People ….Lazers Do

Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites and Bangarang

12th Planet’s Control and 68

Gogo Bordelo Gypsy Punks Underdog World and Transcontinental Hustle

Broken Bells’ self titled album

Robyn’s Body Talk

Elan AtiasAbout our guest author, Elan Atias: When Elan was only 19, he grabbed hold of his destiny and never let go. Plucked from obscurity, Elan was given the near impossible job to fill Bob Marley’s shoes and perform as the lead singer for Bob’s backing band, The Wailers. Elan wowed audiences (many people thought Elan was actually one of Bob’s sons because of the striking similarities in voice) and fronted the band for over ten years. In 2004, he scored his first radio hit, Dreams Come True and then released a solo record, Together As One in 2006 (produced by No Doubt’s Tony Kanal). Now he’s back with a new record, We Are and an early but essential new Summer anthem, Step Into The Sunshine (video below). He’s also been featured in Sports Illustrated’s first ever showcase of emerging artists in the annual Swimsuit issue and, since the weather is getting warmer, you should expect a slew of new tour dates coming at you. Check his tour page for the latest dates and for more info about Elan.