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Doug Edwards

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Doug Edwards is a bass player/guitarist/vocalist-producer that currently performs with the classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack. “Wildflower” by Doug Edwards and David Richardson is one of the most performed songs in the history of Canadian popular music. Guitarist Doug Edwards (with Skylark at the time) fished the lyric out of a stack and composed the melody on organ in about half an hour - about as long as it took Richardson to write the words. The arrangement is built around a basic track featuring Doug Edwards on guitar, Steve Pugsley on bass and Duris Maxwell on drums - a first take run-through serendipitously captured by producer/engineer Eirik "the Norwegian" Wangberg.

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Azure Ray

It’s been nearly seven years since celebrated duo Azure Ray released their critically acclaimed album Hold On Love. It’s been a long wait for music fans, but thankfully that wait is about to come to an end. The highly anticipated full-length from Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor is a sublime future classic titled Drawing Down the Moon, set for release on Saddle Creek in September. The record was produced by Eric Bachmann at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, mixed by Michael Patterson in Los Angeles, CA and features guest appearances by Andy LeMaster and Liz Durrett. With their three prior full lengths and the November EP the duo drew fans from around the globe with their transcendent songwriting and stunning vocals, Drawing Down the Moon is an even more impressive and beguiling delight. Their undeniable talents lie in balladry so breathtakingly visceral that it soars straight through the ears into the veins until it pumps firmly into the heart.

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Maddy Rodriguez

“I have come across a lot of musicians and I’m telling you that Maddy is one of those, every now and then, if you’re lucky, you stumble across somebody who has this kind of talent…” Greig Nori, producer (Sum 41, Hedley, Marianas Trench, San Sebastian)


Maddy has been singing since she was a little girl and started writing songs when she was 13. At just 16 years old at the time, and the only solo artist finalist of MuchMusic’s hit television show Disband season 2, Maddy Rodriguez impressed several music industry pros. At 15 she auditioned for Disband and was selected from among 1,000 bands/artists to be part of the 13 artists featured in season 2.

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Jessie Jo Dillon

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Often described as disarming, Grammy-nominated songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon doesn't shy away from her passion for songs: "Words and music are my truest loves, my best friends, always have been. My heart wholly belongs to them and always will." It's with this attitude and a style all her own that she has begun making a name for herself in Nashville's eclectic music community.

Born and raised in Tennessee, she grew up on three-chord country and classic rock 'n roll. Among others, she credits Hank Williams Sr., Conor Oberst, her father (Dean Dillon), Bobby Braddock, Bob McDill, Hank Cochran, Jagger/Richards, and Don Henley as major inspirations and it shows in her music. "Every time I write I want to be honest, always have to be honest. I try to capture any raw emotion, really. I just want to write songs that make you feel something, bring back how you felt in a certain moment, or create a new memory."

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Anthony Smith

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Anthony Smith is a versatile songwriter, record producer, and arranger who has achieved great success in many different genres, including Country, Pop, R&B, Jazz, and Hip Hop (to name a few). He has worked with such noteable artists as Chris Young, Rodney Atkins, Lonestar, Clay Walker, Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Donna Summer, Bucky Covington, The Wilkinsons, and Kenny Rogers, all who have recorded his songs.

Anthony’s music has been successful in the film world, appearing in Almost An Angel, Earth Force, and Graveyard Shift. He was also a featured mentor songwriter (along with Jermaine Jackson and George Clinton) on Seasons two and three of the hit CMT reality show, “Gone Country.”

Anthony excels in truly all aspects of writing music, having produced and co-wrote the “Titans on 2” jingle for News Channel 2, WKRN in Nashville, TN as well.

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William Fitzsimmons

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William Fitzsimmons (born 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, based in Illinois. He is perhaps best known for his songs “Passion Play” and “Please Don’t Go”, which aired during pivotal scenes in the TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
William draws from those early folks styling’s of his mother’s music, and the embellished instrumentation of his father’s. He is often compared to contemporaries Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and the late Elliott Smith, not only for his unique style and skill in writing and proclivity to deal with substantive and evocative subject matter, but also for his use of organic and colorful melodies and arrangements.

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Ladytron

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LADYTRON earned a decade's worth of acclaim by relentlessly pushing boundaries, carving out new sonic and conceptual space and refusing to abide any formula or trend.

So it's testimony to their craft to say that Gravity The Seducer, the fifth album from the electro-pop provocateurs, is vintage Ladytron -- because, like each of the four preceding albums, it's not quite like anything the quartet has done before.

"People will always either want you to change completely or repeat over and over," says Ladytron's Daniel Hunt. "But, we are at the point where we don't really have to make any concessions to what people think we should be."

Gravity The Seducer (out Sept. 12 in the UK and Sept. 13 in the US) comes on the heels of March's career-spanning retrospective, Best Of Ladytron: 00-10 and represents a remarkable evolution in the evocative yet precise pop fashioned by Hunt and bandmates Reuben Wu, Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo.

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Matt Wertz

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Matt Wertz is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN.

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Olafur Arnalds

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"Breaking classical music out of the tweed jacket and loafers and putting it into a t-shirt and trainers"
Ólafur Arnalds brings his unique classically inspired music to the clubs, warehouses, and festival stages
At only 21 years of age, Ólafur Arnalds is Iceland's latest export. Having already sold out The Barbican Hall in London, toured major European festivals and having opened for Sigur Rós on their most recent European tour, the future seems bright for this young, extraordinary talent.
The music of Ólafur Arnalds can only be described as achingly beautiful. He creates a world of delicate symphonic compositions. His music scales the heights perfected by the romantics. Yet by mixing strings and piano with loops and edgy beats it remains equally engaging to the contemporary ear.
Succeeding in making the cross-over from classical to pop, Ólafur’s motivations are clear:

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