Imagine if you could fuse Neyo, Kevin Lyttle, & Sanchez into one – well the result should not be very far from Nando. Nando is a singer /songwriter who is equally adept at gliding over mellow one-drop reggae grooves, riding uptempo dancehall and soca riddims, or belting out pop and R&B tunes with a comfort that belies his Jamaican roots. While the majority of his catalogue either address male-female relationships or are meant to make you dance, Nando is not afraid to tackle social issues such as racism or single-parenthood, which he does with aplomb on tracks such as Overcome (Grey Version) and Get Better.
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2010 is the year when Sofia Talvik celebrates 5 years as an artist. At least if you count fram when she released her first album, ‘Blue Moon’. Since then she’s had air play all over the world, played huge festivals like the Lollapalooza and and established her name amongst the most interesting new singer/songwriters.
With her new album ‘Florida’ we’ll get to see a new side of Sofia. Her delicate songs have gained more power and volume and she’s mixed her usual acoustic instrumentation with electric sounds and programmed beats.
Christina Segarra – known as “CeCe” in the world’s musical landscape, has burst onto the scene with a splash. The second generation Puerto Rican from the Bronx, New York moved to Miami, Florida with her family at the ripe age of 15 years old. CeCe has proven to be the epitome of a true Miami native with a “New Yorican” heart.
Dave is a New York City based singer songwriter. He was raised in Puerto Rico and currently performs his mesmerizing version of polyglot Spanish and English rock and reggae songs in clubs around New York City. He has just released his new album of Spanish Rock songs called “Cuentos de la Porta Del Sol (Capitulo Uno); available on iTunes and other online outlets.
Husband and wife duo, Shelley & Cal James have been fixtures on the Eugene, OR music scene for many years. The couple has been performing up and down the West Coast since 1993 and with their recent deal with 44-4 Records (distributed by Fontana) Shelley & Cal will be soon be spreading their brand of inspirational music nationwide.
Miles’ music is all about forward motion, a factor amply illustrated by the blurred car lights pictured on the band’s first full-length, As Fast as You Can. And much like those vehicles on that light-streaked highway, Miles is on a quest to illuminate dark paths, in search of the bright side of the road. The track “All Along” expresses this luminous desire perfectly.
Born from scene work on the Upright Citizens Brigade stage, Derek and the Darling formed an electro-pop band in late 2009 instead of an improv troupe because it was “way less nerdy.” “Rockface” the debut EP, arrives April 27, 2010
FeelGood is a 5 member band based out of Hollywood, CA. The group is known for groove-based music with high-energy shows. They blend funk, jazz, soul, rock and pop.
I’m a Performer/Entertainer from the small county of Edgecombe, North Carolina. I grew up on a farm working hard, attending church and listening to good music. I started writing songs after reading over some poems I had written in a creative writing course in school. It was a slow growth before I realized they were songs.
This is the part where Trishna spills her life story! Nah just playin, but really, it all started when she was 7, when she started singing and performing. The first song she technically ever sang was “Day-Oh (The Banana Boat Song)” by Harry Belafonte when she was 2, but no one wants to count their first step towards stardom in diapers and a plastic guitar. Since her childhood, singing songs and expressing herself on stage was Trishna’s way of “writing in a journal and telling stories and parts of myself in every song I sang”. She also started writing poems and songs at a very young age, weaving her thoughts into stories that could one day be put to melodies. She has branched out since then, performing in front of many different crowds. “From the beginning I have been inspired by a range of genres and challenged myself to learn innovative and new styles of singing.” Now Trishna sings all types of music, from hip-hop and pop to classical and modern Hindi music to rock, R&B and the list goes on. She has been trained in Western classical and Hindustani classical music. Trishna can also speak English, Spanish,Hindi, and Tulu, and she can sing in those languages, as well as German, Italian, and Irish.
She May Be Someone You Don’t Know You Want, Until You Get Her
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.
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?”
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.
“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.
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.
After taking out the 2009 New Artists to Radio Competition, Mojada’s ‘Find A Way’ has been warming up the Australian music scene as the teaser first single release from their Debut Studio Album.
Find A Way was the #1 most added track to Australian Commercial Radio (Adult Contemporary), and #6th overall in its week of release. Since then it has been on the Top 20 most played Independent artists chart each week, and has been added to Pay TV and Free to Air Music channels.
After arriving back from the USA at the start of 2009 with some fresh mixes, Mojada capped off their most successful year to date ahead of their Debut Studio Album release set for later in 2010.
After landing sync deals for 2 of the tracks from their US mixed April released EP ‘Exactly’, a 3rd track went on to win the 2009 New Artists to Radio Competition..!