Download New ORIANTHI Single for Free
Posted by Michael Mueller on October 29, 2009 at 1:28 PM
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen countless clips of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour rehearsals on any number of cable and network news and entertainment shows. And in many of those clips, you've seen a young, blonde female guitarist performing with the King of Pop. Her name, if you haven't heard by now, is Orianthi, and her debut album, Believe, hit shelves this week.
Although the 24-year old PRS-wielding Aussie lass had opened for her hero Steve Vai (guitar tab) and traded licks with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana (guitar tab), it was Orianthi's scorching solo while backing country superstar Carrie Underwood on last February's Grammy Awards show that prompted Jackson to offer her the gig for his 50-show run at London's O2 Arena. Sadly, Jackson died June 25, 2009, just weeks before the tour was to begin.
Fortunately for fans terrifying guitar chops, Orianthi had already been busy writing and recording Believe, which features some seriously shred-tastic pop music—and an eye-opening instrumental with Steve Vai titled "Highly Strung." In the October 16 edition of Entertainment Weekly, Orianthi says of the album: "It has an '80s vibe. I play a solo on every song, so I'm hoping I can inspire people to play guitar—especially young girls."
You can get a good taste of Believe by downloading the lead single, "According to You," which iTunes is offering free for this week only, here. Or visit her official web site, Orianthi.com. Meanwhile, check out a couple of mini-lessons from Orianthi, below.