Giovanni produces, writes and records his own music. Known as a style virtuoso, he’s had the New York Times compare his vision to the late, great, Alexander McQueen.
In 2006, the Harlem-based, native New Yorker burst onto the performance art scene with his neo-vaudevillian troupe, The Harlem James Gang. Giovanni debuted his singing, dancing and magic creation at NYC hotspot, The Box. Their success headlining the Box lead to touring with John Legend, performing private shows for Madonna, and inspiring top fashion designers with their unbridled, one-of-a-kind presentation.
Today, Giovanni continues to prove that his desires and capabilities as a singer/songwriter are limitless. His new solo project is a window into the obstacles he has overcome as a mixed race, son of a prostitute. The complexity of his upbringing is represented by the vast sonic palette which ranges from 50’s surf rock, gut bucket soul, to the origins of hip hop.
Over the past five years, indie-folk trio Good Old War has captivated countless audiences with their acoustic-driven, sing-along-inspiring live performances. The Philadelphia-based band harnesses the high-spirited simplicity that makes their shows so unforgettable. Like Only Way To Be Alone (Good Old War’s 2008 debut) and their 2010 self-titled sophomore effort, Come Back as Rain (2012) showcases the delicately textured melodies and multipart harmonies that have become the band’s signature. Once again revealing their penchant for infectious folk-pop, Good Old War this time sharpens their sound by infusing Come Back as Rain with the same joyful passion they've ceaselessly brought to the stage.
Madi Diaz’s captivating, high-energy songs manage to conjure all the apprehensions of youth and heartbreak into a guileless, giddy sort of strength. Madi’s new music takes on grungy, pulsating bass lines that open up to shimmering, expansive chords, punchy drum beats, and unfettered vocal swagger. We could be speeding down a wide open highway, running in the sand along the LA shoreline, or hovering near the jukebox in a dark bar, but no matter where her music takes us, we want to dance.
Madi’s previous album, "We Threw Our Hearts In The Fire," was funded through the help of her fans on Pledge Music, reaching 126% of her initial fundraising goal! Recorded in Nashville, the album was mixed by Grammy winner Vance Powel (Jack White, Jars of Clay) and co-produced by Madi and her writing partner Kyle Ryan.
In matters of love, should you rely on your heart or your head? This is the question Christina Perri posed as she began writing her second album, a collection of cathartic songs that seek to reconcile how we make decisions in love and life. The singer’s first album, lovestrong., grappled with the aftermath of a breakup, signaling Perri as an honest, genuine artist ready to share her emotional journey with her fans. That disc, released in 2011, was bolstered by the success of Perri’s single “Jar of Hearts” and led the musician into nine tours over 27 months.
The Melbourne-based, nine-piece neo soul/indie pop outfit are the brainchild of band leader Lance Ferguson, who initially drew inspiration from the instrumental raw funk of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but the band’s sound and style is in a constant state of evolution, keeping fans and critics alike on their toes and unable to pigeonhole.
A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It's one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It's another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive—something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.
At only 22-years of age, Los Angeles-based Batson writes the most poignant and deeply personal lyrics, matched with a vocal soulfulness beyond his years. Drawing from relationships with friends and partners and his own inner conflicts, Batson pens heart-wrenching stories from his dark and unpredictable life experiences, thoughts and emotions. With that rare ability for provocative lyricism, Batson masterfully pairs his words with melodic hooks and instrumentals that unveil an authenticity and talent that are not just refreshing, but also relevant.