Formed at the dawn of 2014, PRIME is a NYC-based duo comprised of vocalist and songwriter, Paul Benedict, and instrumentalist and songwriter, Bryan Christopher. The pair first met in 2010 when Paul was holding open guitar auditions for his project- Dexter’s Kin. They quickly hit it off and in 2011 released their first album. Their hit single “Spill Out The Lies,” gained extensive Internet exposure and exceeded over 125,000 plays on YouTube. After a few years playing local establishments in the Tri-State area, Paul and Bryan set out to refine their vision. Shortly thereafter, PRIME was born.
At start of end of an incredible year already for BRIT and BBC Sound Poll winner Sam Smith, he announces the release of his debut album ?In The Lonely Hour? on 26th May through Capitol Records. 2013 saw Sam?s journey from featured vocalist on Disclosure?s big breakout hit ?Latch? to being awarded one of the industry?s biggest accolades for a new artist, the Brit?s Critics Choice Award. To add to the accolade Sam has just been announced as the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound Poll 2014.
?In The Lonely Hour? is a 10-track labour of love for Sam ?I said to myself, I don?t want to have a genre. ?I wanted to take a risk?. In the course of putting it together, Sam has worked with a roll call of blue chip collaborative names including Fraser T Smith, Two Inch Punch, Eg White, Disclosure, Zane Lowe, Tourist and long term writing partner Jimmy Napes. Despite the impressive list of partnerships, the album still has Sam?s signature all over it making his own unique sound amplified by his mesmerising and unforgettable vocal.
Luke James is a singer/songwriter who truly embodies the honesty and fresh, organic soulfulness that?s been in relatively short supply of late in contemporary music. Now that sounds like a pretty tall order for a newcomer to fulfill. However, the New Orleans native is very much up to the task. In fact, you?ve no doubt heard his work: he co-wrote Chris Brown?s ?Crawl? and has penned songs for Justin Bieber (?That Should Be Me?) and Britney Spears (?Kill The Lights?), among others. And his growing fan base includes none other than Beyoncé, who selected James to appear in her ?Run the World? video.
James? real-deal approach to music and?more important?the craft of singing are the main attractions on his upcoming pre album and album of the same name: ?Made to Love.? Both mark the singer/songwriter?s debut on Mercury/Island Def Jam via New Age Rock Star Records (NARS), the label helmed by award-winning producer Danja (Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Keri Hilson) and long-time collaborator / mixing engineer Marcella ?Ms Lago? Araica (Madonna, Pink, Timbaland).
Listen to Luke James’ new song “Strawberry Vapors” here.
There are several points in the 22 year timeline of Charlotte O?Connor that you might attribute to her metamorphosing into Charlotte OC, future pop star. The first was when she used to dress up as a witch as a child, stand at the end of her driveway staring at passersby in a long black dress. The last was in November 2012 when she was in Berlin for a co-writing session for her debut album.
Finding herself at the Berghain, probably the best nightclub in the world, on Sunday afternoon, a new impulse hit the singer/songwriter. ?I felt like somebody had just let me in on the biggest secret in the world.? Because the monolithic temple of nightlife and seat of modern bohemianism doesn?t allow cameras or press in, in some ways they had. A new loop for her music began to foment in her mind. ?It felt like heaven and hell to me.?
?Certain things that I saw I could not believe,? she says, of the temple to decadence. ?I stayed for only a few hours but left inspired.? Amid the darkness there was beauty, a scintillating tangent for a songwriter. She heard a mix of Bon Iver?s Hi Life being cut up on the spot in the main room and looked at the intensity of the scene around her. ?Just hearing that voice. I couldn?t believe where I was. What I was hearing was heaven, what I was seeing was a version of hell. It was the most amazing clash of the senses. I have thought about that afternoon many times since. Continue reading
Petra Mor, who wows us with a brand new infectious releases, ?Make It Better? . Whilst the Afro-British diva may have already had a successful career, modeling in Italy, she now throws some catwalk style into music, with this impressive release.
Petra?s early musical experiences stem from a time being part of a gospel choir group, something that allowed Mor to showcase her contagious vocals. Petra?s more recent sound is an appealing commercial mixture, with contemporary dance, electronic and afrobeat influences. Mor?s choice of tasteful vocals, love of melodies and organic rhythm gives her music a distinctive and totally original sound.
Lucy Spraggan (born 21 July 1991) is an English musician, currently signed to Columbia Records, who describes her music as ‘A-Flop’, a mixture of acoustic, folk and hip-hop. In July 2011, she was announced as the runner up of the Urban, Pop & Acoustic category of Live and Unsigned at the age of 20. In June 2012, she performed alongside Razorlight at Osfest at the Oswestry Showground in Shropshire. She independently released her album Top Room At The Zoo in November 2011, with associated music videos released on YouTube. She auditioned for The X Factor in 2012, performing her own composition, ‘Last Night’. On 3 November 2012, it was announced she would be quitting her run on The X Factor due to illness, so she subsequently finished in ninth place, and second in her category. She was the first contestant in the show’s history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows even aired with her independently released album Top Room At The Zoo. Spraggan confirmed her major label debut Join The Club was set for release on 7 October 2013.