For many years, Nick Battle has been working behind-the-scenes within the music industry. His songwriting ability has gained him over 30 gold and platinum discs, and though he is far from a household name, his songs and collaborators most certainly are. Working with the likes of Sir Cliff Richard, Michael Ball and Gary Barlow (as well as kick-starting The Spice Girls), he boasts an impressive list of contacts. But that’s not enough for Nick.
Now is his time to take the glory, rather than giving his tracks away – he kept this collection for himself. ‘Love is a Long Road’ looks back on Battle’s life and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Inspired by the singers and songwriters who have influenced him most, this album continues from where 2016 album ‘Big Heart’ left off.
This new album is a chance for people to hear Battle’s music as it was meant to be heard, no artist interpretations, tweaks or re-writes, but the writers pure vision and authentic sound.
It is with great pleasure that I get to write about Neethusha, a singer-songwriter from Kerala, South India, who’s new single ‘Why Did I Lose You’ tugs gently on the heartstrings right from the get go. No stranger to hardship, Neethusha fought against her conservative surroundings to pursue a career in music, her lifelong passion, pushed by an enduring voice in her head telling her not to back down.
This is not her first experience of the music industry however as Neethusa learnt her craft singing in the band Steroegum in her hometown on Kerala, and was featured on Kappa TV. Her achievements don’t stop there though as she also performed at the Facebook India Show and Femina Style Diva in 2015, garnering her a lot of solid experience and exposure.
With flavours of Coldplay and Savage Garden, ‘Why Did I Lose You’ is a heartfelt ballad about heartbreak and self reconciliation that offers a nuanced and poetic look into what it is to lose someone you love. Her vocal delivery is flawless, reminiscent of greats like Shania Twain and Celine Dion and sung with a rawness that is seldom heard these days in a world of overproduced, plastic pop music. Neethusa is definitely one to watch and her captivating, culturally diverse sound should most definitely stand the test of time!
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