Israel Nkeki has lived a life worthy of a 100 films. A life journey that has taken Israel from Nigeria to Lewisham, from the streets to a stint in prison and eventually to becoming the soulful Croydon residing singer-songwriting he is today.
After a conflict filled childhood in Benin City (Nigeria), a young Israel relocated to New Cross (London). Young, impressionable and cast a drift Israel Nkeki descended into a life on the streets and eventually found himself serving a sentence in prison. Prison was the wakeup call Israel needed, a turning point in his life that prompted him to put his pain into a creative medium and tell his story through music.
‘Moonlight’, Israel’s debut single coming on 20th June, uses hard hitting lyrics to tell the story of his painful journey and how split second decisions can have lifelong impact. Set on a backdrop of contemporary soul beats the track is emotive, poetic and modern.
Israel’s music is rich with harsh realities, real life experiences and hard-learned lessons presented with soul, feeling and emotion. A story that needs to be told and a voice that needs to be heard.
Calling all urban music fans, this is the video for you. ‘Video of the week’ goes to former innocent singer-songwriter Serena Kern, who has now ventured into a totally different style with her grime inspired new track ‘Drop Top’ ft. Ms Banks.
Soulful starlet set to release sassy new single March 23rd
The latest single from up-and-coming starlet, Scarlet Baxter is sure to get you fired up and help you beat the dreaded winter blues. ‘Down With It’ is ridiculously catchy, with nostalgic R&B vibes and a current twist.
With an ever growing fan-base, Scarlet is hotly tipped to vividly break on to the national music scene this year, and deemed as “one to watch for 2015” by Kat Orman (BBC Oxford), Scarlet showcases all the potential signs of becoming Britain’s next pop princess.
With the help of her incredibly talented guitarist Dominic Ireland, and co-writers, John McLaughlin, Judd Mahoney & Natalie DeLucia, Scarlet has derived an entire catalogue of original material in only a year. Hot on the heels from her previous releases ‘Backsliding’ and ‘Stuck’- from which she received critical acclaim as being “the next woman of pop” – Cigarette Sounds.
Scarlet’s latest single ‘Down With It’ is a sassy, chimerical track – guaranteed to be a hit on everyone’s summer playlist, and destined for the dance floor – you can check it out here! https://soundcloud.com/scarletbaxter/down-with-it
She’s a fierce, determined individual with killer vocals and plenty of charisma, and you can expect big things and huge tracks from her in 2015!
‘Down With It’ is due for release on 23rd March, you check out the remix for the track here: https://soundcloud.com/scarletbaxter/down-with-it-remix Links:
Scarlet Baxter Online:
TWITTER – @scarletbaxter
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/scarletbaxtermusic
INSTAGRAM – scarletbaxter
Alyssa English will release her debut single on May 16th ahead of her forthcoming EP called ‘Girlfriend’, to be released May 26th.
Alyssa English is starting to be very well known in UK R&B circles. She has collaborated with dancehall giants BeenieMan and MaxiPriest and also recorded a track with the Award winning UK rapper Giggs, which will be on her forthcoming EP. Given the calibre of these artists and the fact that Alyssa is only a modest 18 years old, she’s definitely one to watch.
Alyssa was born in New York but later moved to Canada where she grew up in a world of music. Not only was she personally passionate but it ran in her family, as they were also musically oriented. Her uncle is in fact soul singer and songwriter SamDees, who wrote tracks for legends like ArethaFranklin, GladysKnight, WhitneyHouston and GeorgeBenson.
Whilst Alyssa can play piano and flute (just to mention a couple), it was learning to sing that her talents were spotted by her then vocal coach. One thing lead to another and her coach put her in touch with Kofi management where William Kofi went on to become her manager, who could see the potential in Alyssa’s voice. From then on she knew that a career in music was the only way she was going to go. At the age of 15 she took the bold decision to move to the UK to follow her musical ambitions, and it seems that this was definitely the right choice! This was actually what influenced the ‘Girlfriend’ track.
Alyssa’s title EP track ‘Girlfriend’ takes a lot musically from the likes of Jason Derulo, JoJo and other R&B stars. In making the track, Alyssa came together with top industry producer Livingstone Brown (Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Shakira), who also helped to co-write the EP, Mike Stephens (Musical Director for Take That) and Luke Smith (an infamous session musician who’s worked with the likes of George Michael to Chaka Khan) for the final product.
Having completed a tour of UK schools so far, she is destined for bigger things with this new release so make sure to keep an eye out! Watch the video for the lead track ‘Girlfriend’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A26vUi5yY1c Links
– http://instagram.com/avenglish https://soundcloud.com/alyssaenglishmusic