African singer/songwriter hopes to crack the UK music industry Hailing from Eastern Nigeria, MJEEZ hopes to make a name for himself in the UK with new single, ‘Don’t Go Away’.
Starting with an inviting, beautiful guitar melody, ‘Don’t Go Away’ explores a break up MJEEZ had which inspired him to write the track. Universally relatable, MJEEZ’s smooth, soulful vocals lend to the singles emotional content. Yet the chorus sees an upbeat, strong percussive element making it a perfect Afropop-dance track for the party scenes.
Having supported big named African acts including, Dbanj, WizKid, ASA and P-Square, MJEEZ’s fan base is ever increasing and he can only go onwards and upwards. He has also performed to an audience of thousands at Felabration festival which celebrates Fela Kuti; one of Nigeria’s most prominent musical icons.
Watch the video for ‘Don’t Go Away’ here: http://youtu.be/B-aRybpgxI0
He has drawn influences from musical greats including Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and even political figures such as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. MJEEZ says these influences have enabled him to produce music that “preaches love, unity and peace around the world”.
After receiving little support from family members who preferred he try a more stable career, MJEEZ didn’t let this stop him and he slept on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria to continue to pursue and make his musical ambition come true.
Since hearing new single ‘Don’t Go Away’ we can agree it was the right decision to follow his passion and continue making music.
Upbeat acoustic roots tune taken from album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ – released 21st July
Scotland born folk singer-songwriter Colin Clyne, a versatile acoustic artist as comfortable spinning off an upbeat folk ditty as a heartrending dose of roots melancholy, returns this summer with excellent single ‘Merry Go Round’, taken from album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’.
The single, a straight, driving example of how to write an acoustic folk track with true momentum and subtle harmonies, mixes Clyne’s Scottish folk heritage with a touch of Americana in the vocal arrangements – thanks perhaps to 10 years spent living in California.
It’s the first song from the new LP, both released through Colin’s hometown label Fat Hippy Records, a burgeoning independent label who have also recently signed a deal with fellow Aberdonian – and runner up on The Voice USA – Terry McDermott.
The album was produced & Engineered by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Alan Sanderson (The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Ryan Adams, Burt Bacharach), and you can hear the first single here: https://soundcloud.com/colinclyne/merry-go-round-1
It’s not difficult to see why his fans include influential new music tastemakers such as Jim Gellatly, John McRuvie, STV and Chris Hawkins of BBC 6 Music – the reflection of an impressive independent career that has seen Clyne support The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (internationally acclaimed Scottish touring band) at a Hogmanay gig in front of 6,000 people, as well as appearing at Belladrum Festival, Edinburgh Festival, The Viper Room in L.A, and the Sacramento Highland Games which boasts over 20,000 people.
Another highlight saw him crowned ‘Best Acoustic Act’ at the San Diego Music Awards in 2011 and 2012 (previously winners include Jewel and Jason Mraz), as well as being named by NBC San Diego as one of San Diego’s top 12 Singer songwriters. That particular list contained an elite list of names, including Jewel, Tom Waits and the late Jim Croce.
It marks an incredible career trajectory for an artist whose first cd was rehearsed and written in the cold store of a ship that he used to work in many years ago. In fact, the lifelong ship worker still does stints at sea from time to time, enjoying the time and space as good song writing inspiration.
All very impressive from an artist who, having severed his fingers in his teens having hardly learned a chord, didn’t touch a guitar again until he was 23.
Single ‘Merry Go Round’ will be released June 30th from the album ‘The Never Ending Pageant’ out July 21st.
International star on the rise and award nominee set for debut UK single release on July 14th Born in Sri Lanka and now based in Sydney, Australia, Senani is a spiritual songwriter with a growing reputation in the USA, Asia and Australia. Now setting her sights on the UK, she releases her debut single ‘Free’ on July 14th.
A funk laced, rhythmic soul-pop track with nods to Sri Lankan and Indian influences, Senani describes ‘Free’ as ‘a song which liberates the listener and speaks of Freedom. To be who you want to be, unrestricted and filled with abundance as your true self’. The single is taken from the excellent album ‘Infinity’.
Already available in Australia and the US, the song was nominated for a 2013 Hollywood Music in Media award in the RNB/Soul category, and helped catapult Senani into the hot 100 list of unsigned artists/bands of 2013 from reputable U.S. magazine Music Connection.
You can hear the radio edit of the superbly infectious track here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIdC2UDnvhI
The UK release will also include a remix of the track, a more dance-pop based radio remix from Cliff Randall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQXxautfWVc
Senani’s music has aired on national Australian FM radio as well as TV music show Rage and MTV India.
Her growing reputation has already seen her share the same bill as huge Australian acts such as Silver Chair and Margaret Urlich at the Mattara Music Festival in Newcastle, Australia, and her forward momentum looks likely to continue as she surrounds herself with top class talent. Whether writing or performing, the promising songwriter insists on working with experienced session musicians, players and writers to ensure her music remains as strong as possible.
The guitarist in her Sydney band – as well as for all the tracks on the ‘Infinity’ album – is Eric Rasmussen, formerly of Heatwave and now credited with co-writing four of the album tracks. Having worked with the likes of Human Nature, Smokey Robinson and Karen Carpenter, Rasmussen is an indicator of the kind of quality Senani is working with to fulfil her vision.
The guitarist she works with in LA is Michael O’Neil (George Benson) while bassist Hussain Jiffrey won a Grammy Award this year for work with the likes of Whitney Houston, Sergio Mendes and Herb Alpert. Meanwhile, keys player Jim Kirby was a member of the Roy Orbison band until his death in 1988.
Senani’s music is given a glossy, professional sheen by producer Michael Lynch – a former audio engineer For Sony music (1996-2008) who now works for his own company Shoehorse Sound. Having worked with well-known Australian singers including Delta Goodrem, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler Trio and Midnight oil, he has mixed Senani’s songs ‘Free’, ‘Voodoo Girl’, ‘A Special Kind of Girl’, ‘No More’, ‘Just Us’ and ‘I Am a Woman’.
The list of top talent Senani is working with is seemingly endless, with Darryl Beaton (keyboard player with Australian music legends such as Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy) and Nikolas Pringadi (session pianist for Human Nature, Stan Walker, Cindy Lauper, Rick Astley and other International acts while in Australia). It all goes to prove that Senani’s music is drawing the interest of some top names in the music industry.
Senani’s success should come as little surprise, given that her mother was Sri Lanka’s most popular actress in the 1960’s and 70’s, also working off screen as a radio singer. She acted as the main star in over 40 films including Sri Lanka’s first colour movie produced by Science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke (Space Odyssey 2000).
Somewhat more surprising though is the fact that, under the advice of her parents, Senani is also the proud owner of a Medical Degree, following in the footsteps of her Father, a retired Doctor.
With medicine in place as an alternative career should her momentum in the music industry stall, it looks unlikely that her degree will be needed – Senani’s increasing international music profile should see to that.
The ‘Free’ single is released on July 14th.
‘Messing with History’ to follow on double A-side release out July 14th Having previously performed separately as math rock band ‘You Slut!’ amongst various others, The Four Fours formed out of a creative impulse, writing and producing ‘Count to Ten’ in under a week. The track has garnered considerable attention on the rock scene and is building momentum internationally.
‘Count to Ten’ has a typical rock sound, incorporating heavy guitar riffs, a gritty vocal and anthemic chorus. No stranger to the genre, the contagious track has infused sci-fi influences to develop a more layered piece. The desire to maintain a little mystery and embrace escapism is represented by the baboon masks you often find the band wearing as a way to separate themselves from reality.
Have a listen to…
‘Count to Ten’: https://soundcloud.com/thefourfours/count-to-ten
‘Messing with History’: https://soundcloud.com/thefourfours/messing-with-history
The trio have all been members of other bands who have supported artists such as Bloc Party, Amusement Parks on Fire and MaybeSheWill. As well as recording in acclaimed studios, Rockfield Studios in Monmouth (The Stone Roses, Kasabian, Black Sabbath), and The Townhouse Studios in Shepherds Bush (Muse, Coldplay, Queen). As a result The Four Fours understand the industry and have had time and experience to perfect their craft and produce tracks of a high quality.
The Four Fours have received a colossal amount of praise for new single ‘Count to Ten’ both online and on radio gaining airplay on stations including: Rocker’s Dive Radio (US), Code Zero Radio (US), Lonely Oak Radio (US), Rock 101 Radio (US), Hull Online Radio (UK), EGH Radio (UK) and UN.radio (UN.sung magazine‘s internet radio show).
Hoping to eclipse their previous successes, the potential for The Four Fours is fantastic and with the release of ‘Messing with History’ on the horizon, 2014 is proving to be an exciting year for the trio.
Former X-Factor hopeful turns attention to raising awareness of Nigerian schoolgirl kidnappings With an incredible voice that has seen her through to the X Factor judges’ houses on two previous series, vocalist Annastasia Baker is set to release a new single focused on raising awareness for the 200 schoolgirls recently kidnapped in Nigeria. The single, ‘Let Me Go’, sees Annastasia on powerful vocal form as she highlights an issue close to her heart.
A mother with a young daughter of her own, Annastasia cannot imagine what the families of the lost girls are going through. And without the financial means to directly impact the ongoing campaign to find them, she has turned to music as a tool to keep the situation in the public eye.
The result is this top quality, soulful pop song – due for release June 16th.
You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDbKiAsH8tc
It’s not difficult to see from the track why Annastasia Baker’s voice has seen her so close to the X-Factor live finals on two occasions, and this isn’t the only time she has been successful on screen. Crowned winner of Gospel TV Show ‘Time2Shine’ last year, Annastasia is looking to build on that success and use it as a springboard for her own career, as well as continuing the fight to improve the situation in Nigeria.
‘Let Me Go’ is released June 16th – please use #BringBackOurGirls to support the campaign.
Twitter: @AnnastasiaBaker www.youtube.com/user/AnnastasiaBakerMusic www.instagram.com/annastasiabaker
Go2 (Lerish and Vizun, aka. Rick and Dale) combine hip-hop with Christian praise and worship to create a powerful musical outfit. Go2 caught the attention of the rights campaigner and political leader Jesse Jackson, and shortly thereafter they were requested to come and perform in Chicago at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Headquarters run by Jackson and in support of civil rights and social justice. They have been building a large support base since then: they were nominated for Best Holy Hip Hop Artist at 2009 Gospel Choice Awards, have topped the Christian charts and have even shared a stage with Ludacris.
The duo met in church where Rick was a worship leader and Dale was a minister in training and sound engineer. They formed a friendship out of the mutual ambition to make hip-hop primarily but also because their faith was so important to them and music felt like a great way of expressing their feelings towards God and the ones they loved. Go2 believe that Jesus has blessed them with an ability to make unique music, which can help to spread their message. ‘Nothin On You’ https://soundcloud.com/go2/nothin-on-you-radio-edit Links http://www.ourstage.com/profile/therealgo2 https://twitter.com/TheRealGo2 https://www.facebook.com/therealgo2 https://soundcloud.com/Go2
About “Nothin On You”
I wrote this song with a very simple message in mind, nothing can nor should take the place of God in your life. I didn’t write this song to be against having fun or any of that, I wrote it because I myself had let things like money, houses, career and other materialistic things become more important to me than God. The first verse of this song is about a guy who came to a cross road in his life, in a night club, and realized that the things that he looked for to bring him joy no longer worked. He needed something more. I feel this song is very relatable because I think we’ve all had that eye opening point in our lives where we said, “there’s got to be more to life than this. “ This song has a very danceable beat; it reminds me of the famous line-dance style culture. Some songs that were very popular in this same vein are The Macarena, The Cha-Cha slide, The Wobble, The Cupid Shuffle and
The Electric Slide. What sets this song apart from the pack is the universal, relatable message embedded in this urban contemporary hit.
Single out June 6th, soon to be followed by self titled debut EP and EU/UK tour A combination of funk rock, pop and soul, four piece Velshur are set to explode onto British shores this summer. Having just been to the UK and EU for some debut shows, they are now set for their first international release and will be returning to the UK and E.U in September!
One of the hardest working bands on the Australian circuit, a combination of residencies and touring saw them play 96 gigs over the four months of the Aussie snow season, very quickly building their fanbase and a reputation for performing their brand of soul warming funk rock. They are most often compared to Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dandy Warhols and The Strokes.
In the months since, the band have been working equally hard to put together their first 4 track EP, to be introduced in early June with the debut single ‘Spanish Sound’.
Listen to hear the track here: https://soundcloud.com/velshur/spanishsound
Watch the video trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AplXvhl9d2g
The track is a bombastic, slow build funk rock song with solid rhythms, basslines and guitar riffs that work together to support a rasping rock vocal. It’s all wrapped around a huge, hooky chorus that leaves little wonder as to why Velshur delighted hundreds of fans night after night during their Winter residencies.
The single and EP were put together under the watchful dials of Grammy nominated engineer Blake Eiseman, who has worked with the likes of James Brown to Beyonce, Justin Beiber, Pink to Pearl Jam and a number of other big-name artists, with initial production help from Nicholas Wilson, who has recently worked with Wolfmother and toured with Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin . Once it’s out fans around the globe will undoubtedly be tuning in and dancing to their much anticipated debut release.
Links: www.velshur.com www.facebook.com/velshurband www.twitter.com/velshur www.youtube.com/velshur www.soundcloud.com/velshur www.instagram.com/velshur
Solid indie-pop track taken from ‘The Parade’ album With a soulful vocal and a clean, commercial indie-pop sound, Wayne William is a solo artist from Malta with buckets of talent. His entirely self-produced album – impressively recorded and captured in his own ‘WM’ Studio – was released earlier this year to strong reviews, and the latest single ‘Don’t Fade Away’ is set to enhance that reputation further.
His smooth style is hard to ignore, ‘Don’t Fade Away’ is an indie-pop treat that’s not afraid to tug on your heartstrings. You can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbk1A4iO4dM
The single is taken from ‘The Parade’, an album described by Skope Magazine as ‘a powerhouse’ and one that introduced a much wider audience to the songwriter. With more material on the way, this could very well be only the beginning for Wayne William.
It’s been a busy two years for Wayne. In addition to putting together album ‘The Parade’, the last couple of years has seen him get married, launch his own studio, work with other artists to record their own material as well as finding the time organise charity gigs to raise awareness and money for childrens’ cancer groups. He will also compete in this year’s Eurovision, representing Malta as part of the band Firelight.
Raised in a musical family, it comes as little surprise that music was the path that Wayne William would take. And with ‘The Parade’ out now alongside the excellent new single, this is one radio-friendly singer-songwriter who is sure to turn heads.
Links: www.facebook.com/waynewilliam80 www.twitter.com/waynewilliam80 www.youtube.com/jgmicallef www.reverbnation.com/waynewilliam
Second single from album ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ out May 30th Singer-songwriter Helen Dooley, aka The Cheek of Her, is set to release the second single from upcoming album ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ (AAA) on May 12th. A track about taking on her own musical independence after relying on a string of guitar players to play her songs, it’s an empowering and unique pop track.
Having impressed with urban reggae LP ‘Real’ earlier this year, Canada based singer-songwriter Herrington Codner returns this winter with single ‘Justice For Freedom’.
Aiming to bring a touch of sunshine as winter closes in, the track is something of a call to arms, with political overtones demanding ‘justice for freedom’ and asking the listener to ‘stand up for what you believe in’. These are familiar overtones in reggae music, and ones which Codner utilises very effectively with a catchy, pop-friendly chorus and a strong vocal.
The LP ‘Real’ is the third album release from Codner’s own imprint Center Lane Records. Written and developed on the Canadian roads and highways while working as a professional truck driver, the songs find inspiration from the sublime to the mundane. Based on everything from his personal beliefs to the everyday happenings of the world around him, they perfectly encapsulate a personal world view.
Match that with strong production and an obvious appreciation for a range of musical genres, and the new single is the latest in what promises to be a string of great releases. Codner has christened his blending of reggae and pop staples as ‘Ragwire’, a new genre which sets him apart from his contemporaries.
‘Justice For Freedom’ is released on Monday, November 25th