“Frazey Ford takes an unexpected turn on her forthcoming album. She collaborated with the Hi Rhythm Section, best known for their work as the backing band for artists like Al Green and Ann Peebles. The result is gorgeous.” – KCRW
“With subtle vibrato and pulsing emotion, Ford's velvety vocals take center stage in ‘September Fields’… the electric organ in the track transforms her normally aching lullaby into something funkier and full of sunshine.” – Mother Jones
“[Ford’s] soulful voice reinforces the celebratory mood of ‘September Fields.’” – NPR All Songs Considered
Listen To Single “September Fields” Here:
Frazey Ford has announced that she’ll hit the road on October 14, the same day her anticipated solo album Indian Ocean is released. Frazey’s nine-city run begins in Toronto and includes stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Berkeley. All tour dates are listed below.
"The singer-songwriter is a musical chameleon, who can churn hook-filled songs that sound like Lana Del Rey spent a lot of time listening to Coldplay…it's piano ballads with haunting melodies that will stick in your head for days." – TIME
“both dramatic and danceable” – New York Magazine
“Whatever pause this Australian's childlike voice gives you is almost immediately erased by the sophistication of what unfurls next. She's part Lykke Li, part Feist, and not an iota less interesting than either.”— Esquire
“A traditional pop sensibility structures elements of wandering, atmospheric electronica, while crescendos of rich instrumentation give the collection a classical touch. And then there’s Croome’s singular voice: Utterly sweet, but with the thick complexity of honey, rather than a childlike or cheeky bubblegum smack” – MTV World
“Melbourne’s Gossling is an act on the rise… Croome’s stunning vocals are placed on full display, backed perfectly with a rich, full musical arrangement which reveals a band at the top of their game” – Indie Shuffle
Melbourne’s Gossling (aka Helen Croome) is set to make her North American debut with the release of Harvest Of Gold on September 23 (available HERE via Nettwerk Records). Croome’s voice has an extraordinary timbre and it’s this distinction that makes her instantly recognizable. Check out Gossling’s cover of “Riptide” by country-mate and friend, Vance Joy:
In support of the release, Croome will embark on her first proper tour of the states. Known for her enchanting live presence, dates will include a special show at Culture Collide in San Francisco and Los Angeles, before heading east for a soon-to-be announced performance in New York (dates below).
In true #tbt fashion, Nylon has premiered a new video of Madi Diaz covering one of the all time great pop songs, Paula Abdul's "Straight Up." Says Nylon of Madi's interpretation, "She's slowed it down, stripped it of the electronic backbone, and drenched the song in a twangy melody that's much better suited for swaying alone in your bedroom than turning up at #daclub. If you've seen Diaz perform the cover during one of her live shows, then we don't have to remind you that this is a track that practically radiates a quiet power from the stage. And luckily, the same holds true for the singer's new video." See the full post here.
Madi will release her Nettwerk debut, Phantom, on September 30 and will celebrate with the launch of her fall tour at Brooklyn's Rough Trade with X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons. All tour dates are here.
Billboard caught up with Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) a couple weeks ago at his sold-out show at Columbus' Newport Music Hall. Check out the video above for an exclusive look into Passenger's unique and moving live show, and get to know his touring family who help bring it to life.
"Despite his lack of backing players, Rosenberg more than fills the stage with his infectious energy, which is felt by everyone from superfans singing along in the pit to couples canoodling in the upper balcony...what shines through most of all during Rosenberg's 90-minute set is how easily he's able to make a 2,000-person show feel like a fireside serenade.” — Billboard
Below is an acoustic performance of Passenger's song "Heart's On Fire," feautring his friends and support acts Stu Larsen and The Once, from their tour bus.
Pictured (L-R) Mark Mason (BMI), Leslie Roberts (BMI), Tammi Kidd Hutton, AJ Burton (Nettwerk)
Nettwerk One Music has signed songwriter Tammi Kidd Hutton to its expanding roster of talented songwriters, which includes Jessie Jo Dillon, Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three), Mike Fiorentino, Austin Jenckes and Archertown.
Tammi’s compositions have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Rascal Flatts,Scotty McCreery, Don Williams, Joe Nichols, Chris Cagle, Kellie Pickler and Leann Rimes. Her songs have been featured in the hit ABC series Nashville and in the movie Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.
Nettwerk’s AJ Burton says, “After meeting with Tammi and listening to her songs, I immediately knew she was someone I wanted to work with! I’m honored she’s entrusted myself and the Nettwerk staff with her songs.”
“[Madi] is shooting for pop stardom.” – KCRW “Songs You Should Hear Right Now”
’Stay Together’ does not disappoint, offering crisp melodies, gossamer synths and an explosively hooky chorus.” — CMJ
“Madi Diaz Writes The Most Danceable Break Up Record Ever” — LA Weekly
“Madi Diaz Shows Us How To Get Through A Shitty Break Up” – VICE’s Noisey
“‘Phantom' is one of the dance-while-you’re-mad, dance-while-you’re sad collections that sees the Berklee-educated, formerly Nashville-based singer-songwriter fully transitioning from folk to electro-pop. As evidenced by the irresistible single 'Stay Together,' it works.” — Buzzbands.la
In anticipation of her forthcoming full-length Phantom, Madi Diaz has revealed a third album track, “Tomorrow,” which premiered on MTV.com yesterday in conjunction with the song’s sync in last night’s episode of the MTV series Finding Carter. “Tomorrow” serves as the album opener, setting the pace with pulsing beats, meandering melodies and subtle synths, while Diaz’s voice weaves between the danceable rhythms.
Madi will celebrate the Setpember 30 release of Phantom by launching her expanding fall tour at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade with X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons. After an eight city east coast run, she’ll head back west for her newly announced dates with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. starting October 17, and then will meet up with Echosmith back east in November. All dates are listed below.
Earlier this month, Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen joined friend and label-mate Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) on the road for his sold out North American tour. Next month, Larsen will travel across North America for a headline tour that begins in Vancouver, BC and ends in Atlanta, GA.
Partnering with American Songwriter, Larsen shared the official music video for “Thirteen Sad Farewells” from his full-length album Vagabond (available HERE via Nettwerk Records).
In case you missed it, Passenger stopped by Rockefeller Center earlier this week to perform single "Scare Away The Dark" on TODAY. He is currently in the midst of his North American summer tour in support of new album Whispers. Watch the performance above and see a full list of tour dates here.
LA-based songstress Lily Kershaw has announced a North American tour starting Sunday, September 7 in Fullerton, CA, with support from French-Canadian singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini. The two will switch headline duties when the tour hits its Canadian leg on October 17, with Kershaw supporting Bazini throughout his native country. The 40-date run marks Kershaw’s most expansive tour since the release of her debut album, Midnight In The Garden.
Kershaw has been charming audiences, industry and media alike since the release of Midnight In The Garden last September. The album debuted on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album Chart at #5, while lead single “As It Seems” took #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Singles Chart. Lily was recently the subject of a Snapshot feature on Last Call With Carson Daly (here), and has been featured in such publications as the Huffington Post, LA Times, USA Today “Playlist,” Billboard “Bubbling Under,” and many more.