Chelcee Grimes is a true future superstar. In her early teens, Liverpool born Chelcee combined her songwriting and musical development with being one of the best young strikers at Liverpool FC where, by the age of 17, she had become their record goal scorer. With offers to turn pro, she was faced with a crossroads for her dedication and there could be only one winner – music. Soon after, Chelcee was unknowingly entered into Juice FM’s Search for a Star. Performing for the first time the actual first song she ever wrote, she won the competition and soon signed to Sony/RCA. Chelcee then embarked on two years of intensive development on and off stage. Consistently writing brilliant urban-tinged pop songs packed with hooks and lyrical twists, she has shared the stage with everyone from Tinie Tempah to Jessie J (and even sang a duet with Jessie at a recent Liverpool show).
Archertown is an American country music duo made up of newlyweds Natalie and Kyle Archer. After growing up on different sides of the United States, a chance meeting in a New York City recording studio elevator started their journey together to the place they now call Archertown. Their sound is a fresh take on contemporary country music, which has opened the door for collaborations with writers such as Brett James, Luke Laird, Chris Lindsey, Nathan Chapman, O.A.R., Ron Aniello and many more Nashville notables. Natalie (Distler) has also had success as an actress, starring in the Emmy nominated FX television series “Rescue Me” as Denis Leary’s daughter Colleen Gavin. The duo now resides in Nashville, TN, where they are signed to Nettwerk One Music for publishing and are writing for their own upcoming project as well as for other artists. They are thrilled to be following their dreams together.
Andy Hill is an award winning songwriter and record producer. His first hit was 1981’s Eurovision Song Contest winner “Making Your Mind Up,” recorded by Bucks Fizz. His most recent was the UK No 5 hit “Walks Like Rihanna,” recorded by The Wanted. In the intervening years Andy has written for artists including Diana Ross, Cher, Cliff Richard, Westlife, Boyzone, Four Seasons, Leo Sayer, Susan Boyle, Queen, Peter Cetera, Il Divo, Bette Midler, The Sisters Of Mercy, and Ronan Keating. His song for Celine Dion “Think Twice,” was Number 1 in numerous countries (including the UK), sold more than one million copies and topped the chart for seven weeks. Andy’s co-writers include Gary Barlow, Wayne Hector, Albert Hammond, Peter Sinfield and, recently Norwegian duo, Electric. His songs have sampled by many different artists, including Eminem.
Winterpills are an indie rock band from Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. The band consists of Philip Price, Flora Reed, Dave Hower, Dennis Crommett and Brian Akey, sometimes joined on tour and in studio by José Ayerve, Max Germer and Henning Ohlenbusch. As veteran musicians of the Northampton indie music scene, the five members of Winterpills formed from a group of friends "hanging out at Dennis [Crommett]'s house" into a band in the winter of 2003. They began playing out regionally in New England the following spring, and released their eponymous album in 2005. Garnering comparisons to The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, and Elliott Smith Winterpills was received warmly by critics, and landed in the Top 100 for both iTunes and Amazon.com. The band carved out a sound characterized by acoustic folk-pop, male-female harmonies, and melancholic songwriting by Price.
Armed with the kind of voice that could shatter even the most hardened of souls, Sea Lion is the recording project of Gothenberg’s Linn Osterberg and Sanna’s Song is a devastatingly pretty introduction to her cautious and enveloping world. She describes her musical act very cryptically. From the depths of the deep, murky blue arises an ethereal beauty challenging the injustices and blandness of life’s inflections. With the help of an electric guitar, Sea Lion strips it all back to the innate components of love, life and learning. Channeling similar sounds of Kate Bush, Sea Lion will dig into your heart and mind with an innocent rawness and individuality. This makes her stand out from the huge crowd of singer-songwriters who accompany themselves on the guitar in a traditional fashion. Some listeners may initially find Osterberg's simultaneously hushed and high-pitched vocals disconcerting, and they are to be sure an acquired taste.
R.Seiliog is alias to Robin Edwards, a musician/producer operating from Cardiff, Wales. He was born in the basement of a watchmakers shop in Peniel, North Wales in 1985. This early exposure to the syncopated rhythms of countless different timepieces was to have a lasting effect on the way he hears the world and indeed, composes. His music has the repetitive, hypnotic, and melodic qualities of his kosmiche forefathers Klaus Schulzes, Cluster, and Harmonia, but is rhythmically more akin to minimalist composers like La Monte Young and Terry Riley. Put simply his music is drones and loops elevated with cheeky little melodic jaunts and pops. Having spent much of 2010-12 recording and touring with H.Hawkline, Cate Le bon, Gruff Rhys & Euros Childs; R.Seiliog's debut EP Shuffles saw him prepapre the world for his interwoven frayed, melodic threads of krautrock, psych and experimental electronics.
Joanna Gruesome consist of Alanna on vocals, Owen on guitar, Max on bass, George on guitar and Dave on drums. They all met in an anger-management counseling group. During the course they were told that writing, making music, dancing or painting could relieve tension and help reduce feelings of anger. One initiative involved a project where they were assigned a group to compose and perform a song in front of other members. Initially they found each other infuriating but gradually acknowledged their musical chemistry and decided to continue with the band outside the therapy group. Edgy and intense – it's rumored they never rehearse – they pound and pout through violently melodic two-minute songs about satanic rites and psychotic episodes. Real-life rituals and Ouija board sessions they encountered, in a Brighton hotel called Hell House that was frequented by occultists, inspired their debut album, Weird Sister.
Welsh singer-songwriter H.Hawkline is the catchiest thing to emerge from Lundy island since the 2007 Norovirus outbreak. Currently recording his third album, his latest release ‘The Black Domino Box’ EP finds Mr Hawkline in a state of flux. Where as his previous albums A Cup Of Salt and The Strange Uses Of Ox Gall, released on Cardiff's most vital label; Shape, were exercises in Sandy Bull powered finger picking and field recordings, with only a pinch of songwriting, Hawkline has undergone a Dylanesque electrical epiphany, becoming a jangling guitar hero of 1983 to 1996 vintage in the process, simultaneously fully embracing the song. This change is as dramatic as his move to the mainland, (when the island was quarantined) where, after moving to Cardiff, Hawkline makes a living playing shows, presenting an experimental late night radio show, painting and decorating, purveying the graphic arts and providing voiceovers for dubious after hours products.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, progressive singer/songwriter Yoav was interested in music from a young age. An avid songwriter by his teens, Yoav dropped out of college and spent a year in London shopping a demo of his songs around, to little label interest. Then, a call from his cousin, who had passed the demo along to a producer in the United States, brought Yoav to New York City, where he began playing local gigs. Around the same time, Yoav became increasingly influenced by electronic music and the club/dance culture that surrounded it. Looking to infuse his more traditional singer/songwriter compositions with this electronic vibe, Yoav discovered a more rhythmic, percussive way of playing the guitar and began writing music this way. Yoav's music features his own vocals and accompaniment by an acoustic guitar, which he uses to create electronica-style beats with his hands.
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.