Cady Finlayson is a spirited Irish fiddler, with a global twist. And while she’s best known for her Irish music expertise, Finlayson’s latest release, Electric Green, her collaboration with French guitarist Vita Tanga, is sure to expand her audience well beyond traditional Celtic boundaries. Finlayson and Tanga met during a tour honoring the music of John Denver. The downtime between touring dates led to musical experimentation and an electric guitar and fiddle performance in Finlayson’s New York City home. “It was at this total dive bar, and I wasn’t sure how the traditional Irish music would go over with that crowd,” Finlayson recalls. “So, just for fun, we decided to add some electric guitar sounds to the mix — crybaby pedal and all. We recorded it and listened to it later, and it sounded really cool!”
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Rapper/Producer Brandon Carter was born and raised on the South side of Chicago, IL, until relocating to attend Howard University in
Washington, D.C. While pursuing his degree at Howard, Brandon began his performance career, by opening for Hip Hop headliners, such as: Kanye West, Fabolous, LL Cool J and T.I. Upon graduating, Brandon then moved to New York, career driven! While a few offers by major labels fell through, Brandon continued to pursue his dreams.
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Elizabeth Tryon has just released the album, From Elizabeth, and this stunning new work could come from no one other than Elizabeth Tryon. This is because it is unique – just like Tryon is. While Tryon’s music holds immediate appeal to fans of Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman, and their respective mixtures of pop and classical musical elements, Tryon – the artist – simply transcends any such easy categorization. After all, this is a woman that writes screenplays, has perfected multiple British accents — which are in high demand for commercial voiceover work — and is an actress in the highly competitive New York City theater scene.
Melina Gerges is thriving in today’s topsy-turvy music business because she is a renaissance woman with more skills than one can count. To begin with, this classically trained opera singer recently applied her studied vocal craft in the highly demanding Italian opera scene. At the same time, however, she is also Melina Gerges, the sophisticated American pop singer with a distinctly sassy, European vibe. This compelling combination of classical music training, along with American pop, European dance, and exotic Middle Eastern roots, leaves no question about her utter uniqueness. Without question, Gerges has no trouble standing out above the rest of the pop music crowd — especially in a music scene that oftentimes appears like vocalist cloning gone awry.
For the hard rock quartet megaphone, the mission has been simple: Saving rock n’ roll from the machine, and bringing it back to where it should be – loud, catchy and in your face. That they’re succeeding with that mission is obvious; a huge draw in their native Orlando, Florida, extensive radio play, gigs opening for arena headliners and festival appearances. And with their new album, Exit Silent Mode, filled to the brim with unforgettable hooks, melodies and songs, megaphone is poised to take everything about their band to the next level.
Throw Jeff Buckley and Anthony Kiedis in a room together, ask them not to come out until they’d written a top ten hit for the smart college crowd and you’ll arrive at Tristan Clopet.
The Toronto-born Clopet started his musical career playing gigs in New York. A summer at Berklee College in Boston convinced him that music was the only thing he ever wanted to do with his life, but not before having a Plan B. He enrolled at the University of Miami and despite making the dean’s list at one of America’s best private universities, Tristan took a big leap of faith and made music his full time gig. “Why put my life on hold? Why do anything else if this is what I love to do and I think I can make a living at it too?”
Chris Greenwood A.K.A. Manafest is a man on a mission.
His latest release, THE CHASE is his fourth full-length album and it’s his hardest hitting work to date, infusing rock, rap and pop seamlessly. Manafest has been organically building his fan base for the past 6 years, playing hundreds of shows on three continents and selling over 100,000 records. He is a Juno and Dove nominee. His music has been featured in video games, on TV shows like “Knight Rider,” “One Tree Hill” and “MTV Unplugged.” He’s endorsed by: Circa, West 49 and Nomis. So, what’s left to achieve? That’s simple. Sell one million records, keep touring the globe and continue getting his message out to fans. If past success is any indication, it’s only a matter of time before he makes this happen.
A classically trained pianist who remains one of the youngest vocal soloists ever to perform with the Russian Philharmonic, New York-based singer-songwriter Katia has a pop music style as unique as her background. Songs like her debut single “Girl Like Me” reveal her classical melodicism within a pure pop context, in which her lyrics-about the “day-to-day stuff that girls go through,” she says in typically engaging perfect English-are nailed by her beautiful but insistent singing voice.
Forged in the crucible of the New York rock scene, Lily Sparks has emerged with a unique voice. Flanked by glitter guitars that alternate between crunch and wail, the singer’s got a set of pipes that can go from fragility to fury in a heartbeat. These girls play hard-rocking, toe-tapping songs that’ll make you want to shout and sing along.
It’s a heartfelt song about star-crossed lovers and dedicated to anyone who’s recognized love’s connection and sacrificed it to avoid hurting others in the way. A favorite song in live shows, Emily produced this recording of Magic with good friend and former bandmate, Irakli Gaprindashvili, who claims to have loved the song from first hearing it at the late night open mic at Three of Cups Lounge in NYC.
Indianapolis, Indiana’s prog-funk ensemble, The Twin Cats, have been on the path to creating their own distinctive approach to fusion music since their line up was finalized in 2004 by blending influences from funk to prog rock, jazz and electronica.
“I’ve always been drawn to the darker sides of art and music,” says Little Invisibles vocalist Gina Degnars. “Even back when I started taking piano lessons, when I was seven years old—I always wanted to play the minor chords, not the major ones. There’s a powerful beauty in darkness, I think.”
“Get Through,” the latest solo release from NYC-based recording artist John Brodeur, features 12 songs forged by the intersection of darkness and light: Heavy lyrical themes are matched with major-key musical turns, and given occasional lift by the artist’s trademark sense of humor.
I’m raising funds through PledgeMusic.com to issue a remastered and expanded version of my debut album, Tiger Pop, on the occasion of its 10th birthday. In addition to giving the original disc a once-over and revamping the artwork, I plan to add a second disc featuring demos, alternate mixes, lost tracks and new recordings. Ten percent of all the funds raised through this project will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The disc will be released in fall 2010. Details are at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/276.
Veteran rock singer, Don Sprik, has titled his fourth CD Nighttime Businessman. These two words likely conjure up everything from graveyard shift workers, to lovers that no doubt ‘get around.’ But Sprik’s intention with this new disc’s title track is not quite so dreary as putting in man hours during the middle of the night, nor does it refer to some kind of late night Lothario. Instead, this gravelly-voiced singer is, instead, referring to the greatly underappreciated job of empathetic friendship. In this particular case, he’s playing the listening ear to a woman who has surely been done wrong. “It’s a song about just trying to come along side of her,” Sprik explains, “not trying to give her a bunch of advice, but just trying to be there.”
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We are The Disappeared, a four piece, indie guitar band. We write songs about the world as we see it - a good, bad, ugly and beautiful place.
Where are we from
We are from Manchester, England. It is well-known as the home of Joy Division, New Order, the Buzzcocks, the Smiths, Stone Roses, the Chameleons, Oasis, Elbow and lots of other great bands. That’s a lot to live up to, but we do.
What do we sound like
Indie guitar music at its best. The Disappeared reflect the sound of bands like The Clash, Bloc Party and The Cribs. If you like your guitar bands with attitude, intelligence and great tunes, you’re in the right place!
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Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand brought together under the inspired leadership of Opetaia Foa’i. Te Vaka has been enchanting the world with their own brand of South Pacific Fusion since 1997. Using the rhythms of the log drum (“pate”), combined with traditional and contemporary instruments, Opetaia Foa’i and the band deliver a kaleidoscopic array of Pacific flavors in a genre all of it’s own.
At 17, Larzz Principato isn’t afraid to shake things up. He’s a singer/songwriter/guitarist and also founder of Show Me the Skyline a Pop/Rock band hailing from New Fairfield, CT. Larzz says, “I think that my fans identify with my music because most of my songs are about relationships. I write about love, sex, breaking up and eventually being strong enough to try again.”
The music business often attempt to place artists into a box in order to market said artist to the public. But what happens when an artist emerges that cannot be bound by stereotypes or conventional logic? What happens when an artist is fully capable of singing, rapping and producing? What happens is she calls herself Black Madam and creates her own lane.