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Natalie Merchant

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After rising to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant enjoyed even greater success as a solo artist during the mid-'90s. Her literate, socially conscious songs established her among the preeminent women in pop music, while her solo debut -- 1995's Tigerlily -- helped pave the way for a number of female performers in a pre-Lilith Fair market. She continued releasing albums well into the 2000s, often examining specific genres or subjects, although Tigerlily remained her biggest-selling record. Merchant has sung alongside Tracy Chapman, Michael Stipe, David Byrne and Peter Gabriel. She has also collaborated with Billy Bragg a number of times, including the 1998 album Mermaid Avenue. Like Bragg, her work touches on social and political themes; she has been active in promoting a number of campaigning issues in both her songs and through the causes to which she lends her name.

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Coury Palermo

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Coury Palermo has been making music since he was 11 years old. Something in his nature couldn’t keep him from making melody, lyrics and his mom’s old guitar come together in unique ways. During the process and resulting years, life happened and shaped this Nashville- based musician into the artist he is. To say it quickly: Coury makes music for people who love music. He marries a well turned phrase with a melody that seems to fit like a glove and does what an artist does: creates something that hints at just a little bit of magic around the edges. On this, his first full length release, the broken way we love, we hear his truly unique critique of the world around him and we are reminded that music is simply more than something that plays in the background, it is something that adds to who we are as people.

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Vick Wright

There’s something about the kind of potent rock and roll fury that Airbourne cranks out, all cylinders firing, that makes you want to chug a beer straight down your throat and punch the air as though it’d touched your wife inappropriately. It sounds crude, we admit. But that’s the thing about these Aussie pub rock rebels. Their music, like new album No Guts. No Glory., are perfect soundtracks for drunken debauchery, and “that’s what we’re here for, mate,” says rowdy lead guitarist and vocalist Joel O’Keeffe.

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Thom Donovan

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Thom Donovan, singer, songwriter and guitarist, began his career as a session musician—recording and touring worldwide with a variety of artists. Unfulfilled by his work performing other artist’s compositions, he formed a band of his own called Lapush. The goal was simple—“To make records that I would buy”. The band’s debut album, Someplace Closer To Here(456/Fontana), was released in 2005. Later that same year Lapush made their network television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. The album’s second single, “Aurora”, was featured in the cult television series “Moonlight” (CBS). The album and single each peaked at #15 on the Alternative/Specialty Charts. The band’s second album, Modern Blues, was released in 2007 through their own imprint. The first single, “Closer”, has appeared in MTV’s popular show, “The Hill’s”.

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Phil Lehmann

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Phil Lehmann is an independent music producer, engineer and songwriter based in Vancouver, BC. With his variety of skills, he has been involved with various music projects for Hipjoint Music Group and Nettwerk One Music as well productions for such artists as Kelly Rowland (Sony / BMG), Kreesh Turner (Virgin / EMI (USA), and up and coming artist Shiloh (Universal Music (Canada) / Universal Republic (USA). His compositions and productions have landed him film and tv placements on shows like ABC’s Samantha Who? and syndicated TV series Flash Gordon. He is currently a producer, writer and head engineer for Hipjoint Music Group as well as his own company, Active Minds Productions. Along with his talented singer/songwriter partner (and wife) Erica Lehmann, he enjoys performing and producing their personal music project called “Dreamboat Money”.

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Dave Pickell

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Graduating from U.B.C. as a classical pianist in 1976, Dave has been working extensively in the international pop music recording industry since 1980, first as a session keyboard player, then as a producer, writer, and arranger. Dave has written music for corporate presentations by Mutual of New York, Mitsubishi, Jim Pattison, Concord Pacific, Uniglobe Travel, General Paint, Telus, and others. He scored the Microsoft AGM in 1997, and performed for the event on site in Orlando, Florida. He has written and arranged commercials for a long list of clients which includes Mattel, McDonalds, General Motors, Silverwing Holidays ("I Need A Vacation"), the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, Tabasco, and Health and Welfare Canada, and has recently composed scores for The Learning Channel and Life Network. Dave's the creator of the theme and all the incidental music in the HGTV series "Love it or Lose it", and the theme music for the series "UberGuide".

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Andreas Levander

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Andreas Levander is a songwriter/producer that covers vast musical grounds.
The native Swede entered the magical world of music through picking up the bass guitar at age 16.
Following studies at Music Academies in Malmö and Gothenburg, he became a sought after musician, touring and recording with many of Sweden's finest.
In the fall of 2000, the desire to pursue writing/producing led to Stockholm and joining with Cosmos Music Group. Stockholm, at the time a newly established hotbed of music, attracted talent from across the globe. This led to a vast array of collaborations in multiple genres, rendering platinum sales with J-pop stars Yuki and Crystal Kay as well as "Barbaric Game,” the title track of mandarin superstar Jolin Tsai's album J-Game, which sold over 1,000,000 copies. The song became a huge hit across Asia and was nominated for Top 10 Gold Songs at the Hong Kong TVB8 Awards.

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Wanting Qu

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Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of rising Chinese star Wanting Qu to its management, label and publishing rosters. Wanting is in the midst of recording her first full-length English album, due out next year. Wanting (whose last name Qu means "music, song, melody") started to sing before she could even talk. Her mother recalls, "You would know when she was awake because she’d be singing the theme song from this Chinese TV series called ‘Undercover Cop' loudly in bed to the ceiling, every morning.” Wanting left her family and China when she was 16 and entered Canada as an international business student. It wasn't long before she realized her true passion and dream was to become an influential recording artist. She went on to earn her degree in business, but also tried her hand at songwriting in both Chinese and English and began performing in the Toronto area.

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Los Campesinos

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Celebrating a bratty, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint and a spunky indie-punk style similar to Art Brut while applying an assortment of instruments akin to Architecture in Helsinki, the seven-piece group Los Campesinos! (a Spanish name that roughly translates to "the Peasants") formed in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. The lineup took shape around Cardiff University students Aleksandra (keyboard, horn), Ellen (bass), Gareth (glockenspiel), Harriet (violin, keyboard), Neil (guitar), Ollie (drums), and Tom (guitar), all of whom began sharing vocals (as well as the last name of Campesinos!). The group played their first show at a college function in May 2006; by the following August, they had built enough of an audience to secure an opening gig for Broken Social Scene. Later that year, Los Campesinos! signed to the U.K.-based label Wichita Recordings, which released the band's first single in early 2007.

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The Hampdens

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The band's name is taken from Hampden College in Donna Tartt's novel "The Secret History". The book focuses on a group of college kids embroiled in a pagan cult. The Hampdens have played with Ben Lee, Evermore, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, Thirsty Merc, Sarah Harmer, george, Rob Thomas, and Missy Higgins. Their debut independent EP, Brightness Falls, was released independently in August, 2003 to rave reviews, with the first run sold out within two weeks. A second run was pressed and subsequently sold out. The success of the Brightness Falls lead to Sony releasing their follow up EP, Even World, in May, 2004. Even World was recorded with Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios in Perth and mixed at Metropolis Studios in Melbourne. Their third EP So Young It Hurts was released in 2005 on Rubber Records. The EP was mixed and recorded by renowned UK producer Eden, best known for his work as side-kick for Nellee Hooper (Madonna).

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