Best Of 2014

Best Singer: Lauren Lanzaretta

Earlier this year, local soul/pop singer Lauren Lanzaretta celebrated the release of her new music video for the tune "Wounded Man," the first single from her new album Naked Soul, with a party at Red Space, the art gallery located inside Hot Cards World Headquarters. For the music video, she filmed a live performance at the Cleveland Heights jazz club Nighttown (the club looks terrific in the video) and then shot a segment at the Tremont bar the Flying Monkey. Locals act out the song's narrative about a "wounded man" struggling to leave behind his girlfriend. It's a soulful tune that draws from old-school influences such as Aretha Franklin. Don't let Lanzaretta's model-like good looks fool you: This woman can really sing.

Staff Pick: Rachel Brown