Good Reads
Oren is definitely one of the most unique artists I’ve ever had the chance to speak with. His songs are like a piece of art, if it’s a massive overwhelming sculpture or if it’s a beautiful, colorful large canvaswhich he draws for you as he tells you the the words in each song. He has been blessed by this industry, in so many ways.
Kleerup produced a string of songs in 2007 for a veritable who’s who of Swedish pop — Roxette, the Cardigans, Shout Out Louds — as well as Mika and Just Jack. His self-titled debut album appeared in 2008 and included “With Every Heartbeat” feat Robyn as well as similarly-styled tracks with vocal performances from Lykke Li, Marit Bergman, half-sisters Neneh Cherry and Titiyo, and the Concretes’ Lisa Milberg.
In-trenched in the current singer-songwriter circle, Laura Jansen shines above the rest with her hypnotically angelic voice. On the Hotel Café tour with Priscilla Ahn, Ingrid Michaelson and Meiko, she took time from her hectic schedule to speak to us about her music and life on the road.
If you’ve never heard of them. Let me tell you, I can’t think of no other acoustic slash folk band I like to listen to more than this one. It really seems as if each single song glistens and shines with delightful and sincere vocal melodies and harmonies.
Butch Bradley was in the Comedy documentary a few years ago called “Open Mic” and I became an instant fan. His hyper-animated stage presence and hilarious observational humor and personal stories just pull you in!
The band members, who have been friends since their childhood days in Porthcawl, took a minute to sit down with us for an exclusive interview to speak about their UK tour, how the band got together, and much more.
This diamond in the rough has been compared to the likes of Mariah Carey,Leona Lewis & Whitney Houston. Not bad company to keep. Lisa is the real deal and deserving of these accolades.
There has been a lot of buzz about Wain these days; he has become a very accomplished writer, actor, and director. David is best known for the feature films Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer, and our favorite cult-followed show, Stella.
Brilliant singer/songwriter, Beth Rowley that comes to us from England, once had what we call “Little Dreams” and now became real and not so little anymore. Her album titled Little Dreamer has reached top 10 album in the UK. Now Beth is trying to conquer the US. It’s not going to be quite hard for her with such talent, combined with lyrics that are excellent – it’s pretty safe to give her a warm welcome.
It’s hard to find an artist that penetrates today’s music with an undeniable timeless quality in voice and authenticity like Wes Hutchinson. His songs are saturated with melody, heart felt lyrics, and music that bridges pop & rock sensibility.
Five years ago, Brett Dennen was a camp counselor who played guitar, wrote songs and performed fireside. With a self-made album, he began playing coffee shops along the West Coast and a devoted following formed.
When Leona Naess sings, you listen. Her lyrics are deep as the oceans floor, her singing is warm like a bowl of soup. Naess was born in New York City but raised in London, grew up in the Chelsea neighborhood of London.
Thriving Ivory is a driven and talented band from San Francisco that has learned that all good things come to those who wait. While the band has been performing together since 2004, in the past year, the band has not only changed its lineup, but has also been recognized as a “You Oughta Know” artist by VH1.
Yelle may be young and pretty but she is also a very explosive character entering a slightly rigid French pop scene.
Laura Warshauer is a storyteller first and foremost. Through her music, she examines loss, love and life. The 24-year-old New Jersey native crafts sonic gems, through combining massive pop melodies and flourishes of folk.
Born the youngest child of two blind parents, William Fitzsimmons was raised in the outskirts of the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Reared more on sound than sight, Fitzsimmons was immersed in a musically saturated home teeming with a myriad of instruments, classical and folk records, talking parrots, and a pipe organ his father constructed with his own hands.
They were sitting around singing some of their favorite songs, and then he started playing this melody, she picked up her journal and knew the words that needed to go with that music. Jessie that’s already selling her album Firesight” on iTunes, Amazon and in stores, was also chosen for ‘Pick of the week’ all over the Starbucks stores.
Donny Fontaine, HyperCrush
Hypercrush is a group of three from California and they describe themselves as “three sh*t-faced extra terrestrials known amongst the elite, simply as Donny, Preston and Holly. A couple of real gentlemen and one broad with a steady diet of cotton candy and flat soda pop to calm the nerves.”
Jake Newton was born in Northern California, the State capital. Then taken around the States in a series of adventures, he calls that “renting then running” by his Parents.
A drowsy, sensual alternative country-rock outfit based in Stockholm, Sweden, Oh Laura were launched into the European mainstream in 2007 thanks to their breakaway hit, “Release Me.”
Born in Estonia, Kerli grew up with a dream to escape from her surroundings. Ignoring material comforts and new clothes for lessons in singing, ballet, acting and classical piano, at fourteen Kerli entered and won Euroalaul, an annual televised competition to select a song to represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest.