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Welsh-born rock legend Bonnie Tyler is one of the most recognizable female rock singers of the last fifty years, with hits that included ‘Holding on For A Hero’, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and ‘It’s a Heartache’.
Both ‘It’s a Heartache’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ are among the best-selling singles of all time, with sales in excess of six million each.
Pioneers of the 80s Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet formed in 1978 and had numerous chart topping singles and albums all over the world, some of the most memorable being the singles ‘Gold’, ‘Only When You Leave’, ‘Lifeline’, the epic ‘Through the Barricades’ and of course the international number one ‘True’; the latter famously sampled by PM Dawn in 1991 and featured on Paul Anka’s Rock Swings album in 2005.
As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley has, over the years, earned the accolade of being one of pop music’s greatest vocalists. In addition to all the band’s songs, many will remember his prominent vocal contribution to the Band Aid UK charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and subsequent 1985 London appearance at Live Aid. He also performed solo at the Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley in June 1988.
The extraordinarily talented Rebecca Ferguson has produced a breathtaking new album ‘Superwoman’. Forged from heartbreak and a tale of lover’s abandonment and the bittersweet joy of giving birth to his child, ‘Superwoman’ is infused with the strength of a woman who has finally taken control. It is the ultimate soundtrack for anyone who has ever had to build themselves back up after a heartbreak Rebecca is stronger, happier and more fearless than ever before.
The working class girl from Liverpool who battled so hard to make it as a singer has become one of the most exciting and compelling artists of our times. Since her break on X Factor six years ago, the once shy and insecure artist has gone on to win fans on both sides of the Atlantic, touring Britain, Europe and America winning plaudits from Adele as well as critics winning comparisons to her heroes Macy Gray and Aretha Franklin. Rebecca – whose timeless, soulful voice flows from the bloodline of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington – has created modern torch songs that will touch anyone who has ever felt the pain of loss.
Former Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle became a bona-fide global pop sensation during the mid-1980s, with hits that included ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’, ‘Circle in the Sand’ and ‘Leave a Light On’. Belindacarlisle.tv
First coming to prominence in the late 1990s as lead singer of indie band The Audience, Sophie Ellis Bextor launched a solo career in the early 2000s with the double-platinum album Read My Lips, and achieved global success with singles that included ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’, and ‘Get Over You / Move This Mountain.’
Following the release of her new album Familia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor released the single Crystallise on 28th October, via EBGB’s/Red Essential. She has also announced a UK 2017 tour, tickets for which are presently on sale.
Lemar achieved international recognition (and bagged a £1 million record deal from Sony) after appearing on the BBC show Fame Academy.
In the years since, he has released a number of critically-acclaimed albums, including Dedicated, Time To Grow, The Reason and more recently, The Letter (2015). Lemar has achieved chart success around the world with singles that included “Dance (with U)”, ‘If There’s Any Justice’ and ‘Time To Grow’ and has toured and played at huge festivals all around the world. He was also one of the artists included on Band Aid 20′s single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.
THE GLORY DAYS of top vocal group Odyssey, one of the most successful soul/disco acts of their era, culminated in the early 1980’s when they topped the charts with “Use It Up And Wear It Out”, scoring several other Top Ten hits in Britain and throughout the world. The group actually started out being billed as “The Lopez Sisters” when there were three of them – Lillian, Louise, and Carmen. An agent spotted them at a concert and booked them for a five month European tour. When they returned to the States, Carmen left the trio to marry, but Lillian and Louise resolved to continue, and so recruited Tony Reynolds as a replacement.
From their debut album emerged their first smash single – “Native New Yorker”, an international hit late in 1977. Additionally, Lillian’s eldest son, Steven Collazo had become part of Odyssey behind the scenes, recording as a background vocalist, journeyman session musician and musical director for their live performances and tours. A couple of years later, the group cut their “Hang Together” album. It contained “Use It Up And Wear It Out”, while the flipside, “Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her” received major airplay on US Black Radio. In the UK, “Use It Up” shot to the top ten, followed by “If You’re Looking For A Way Out”, “Inside Out”, and the Lamont Dozier classic “Going Back To My Roots”, among others.
Performing around the UK, Europe and The Middle East through the 80’s and into the 90’s, the journey continued. In 1994, Steven moved up to co-front the group and produce new versions of the Odyssey classics while appearing with Lillian on television, touring the arenas, top hotels, clubs, major holiday resorts and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
The founder and first voice of Odyssey, Lillian Lopez-Collazo Jackson, died of cancer on September 4th, 2013. Louise Lopez passed away from natural causes January 28th, 2015. Former members Billy McEachern and Al Jackson have either retired or acquired new interests and directions. Tony Reynolds, an early member of the group died February 2nd, 2010.
Steven Collazo continues the family legacy, taking their “odyssey” forward and further with an array of talented singers, musicians, DJs and producers. Sharing the stage with Steven are: Romina Johnson, who’s known her own success with producer Artful Dodger on the hit single “Movin Too Fast” and Kate “KJ” Sutherland, music industry veteran who has performed worldwide with many top artists including Alexander O’neal and Leee John of Imagination as well as her own club hit “Weekend”.
It’s said that “old school” is today’s “new school” and Steve’s been working to combine the best of both worlds into today’s Odyssey. Currently, Mr Collazo has teamed up with co-producer Andy Williams of YamWho? and ISM records. YamWho’s? impressively extensive track record of re-mixes and old school live recording with modern treatment, have introduced Odyssey to a whole new generation of enthusiasts who grew up with their music while remaining faithful to the group’s more mature, core audience. With remixes from such superstar DJs as John Morales, Rahaan, Louie Vega, Ashley Beedle and others, the journey continues into the 21st century while keeping an eye towards the classic sound which made ODYSSEY famous.
Jason Donovan has had an enduring appeal since his emergence in the 1980s as a TV soap star, 80s heart-throb and as one of the most successful singers in British history with world sales of 13 million albums and four UK No.1s.
Topping the charts with hits like ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, the timeless duet ‘Especially For You’ with Kylie Minogue and ‘Sealed With a Kiss’, Jason went on to shine in high-profile theater roles, including his portrayal of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at London’s Palladium in 1991 playing the rogue knight Mordred in the musical Camelot and in 1998, landing the role of Frank ‘N’ Furter in a touring version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Jasondonovan.com
His new album, ‘Soundtrack of the 80s’, Jason’s own tribute to great 80s music, is out on Universal Records and in November, he will be taking up the role of The Artilleryman in Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of The Worlds’ European Tour.
Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul-jazz singer, Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sundays is now in it’s 10th year running at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul fam jazz musicians the UK has to offer, up close and personal… While guests vary from month to month, there is always an opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their cutting edge material as well as playing soulful covers and classic tunes in an exciting ad hoc setting…
Past guests have been an eclectic mix of talented artists, including ESKA, Jamie Woon, Amy Winehouse, Jamie Cullum, Lalah Hathaway, Emeli Sande, Omar, Alice Russell, Krystle Warren, Kwabs, Bernhoft, Tony Momrelle, Imaani, Shlomo, Dionne Bromfield, Liv Warfield, Shoshana Bean, Jude Perl, Tawiah, Terri Walker, JP Cooper, Shaun Escoffery, Jon Allen, Vanessa Haynes and Natalie Duncan to name a few…
The Soul Family Band, fronted by MOBO nominated vocalist, Natalie Williams (ex Incognito), is joined by an incredible group of regular singers (and artists in their own right): Vula (Basement Jaxx), Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx), Brendan Reilly (Disclosure), Ladonna Harley Peters (Emeli Sande, Corinne Bailey Rae) and Annabel Williams (Ceelo Green, Alison Moyet, Rumer).
The Atlantic Horns (Mark Brown on sax & Ben Edwards on trumpet) have played with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Girls Aloud, Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson and regularly tour with Robbie Williams.
The rhythm section is made up Robin Mullarkey on bass (Zero7, Roisin Murphy, Laura Mvula, ESKA), Martyn Kaine on drums (Kyle Eastwood, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Brown), Phil Peskett on keys (Moloko, Cinematic Orchestra, Nik Kershaw) and Ben Jones on guitar (Pixie Lott, Kelly Rowland, Jazmine Sullivan, Westlife and the VOICE band). Nataliewilliams.com
Ireland has produced it’s fair share of Guitar legends and Northern-Irish virtuoso Simon Mc Bride is without doubt the rightful heir to a throne first vacated by Rory Gallagher, and more recently by Gary Moore.
He is unquestionably one of the finest blues-rock guitarists playing in the world today, combining lightning speed with a level of expression and inventiveness that few can match. Add to that a soulful, gravelly voice and self-penned songs that speak of love, loss and righteous defiance, and you have a 21st century blues-rock icon, in the flesh. simonmcbride.net
In any generation, there are precious few singers that can tap into a seemingly bottomless well of emotion. Jo Harman is just such an artist.
From delicate, fractured introspection to the righteous fury of a woman scorned, the range and raw honesty of her songwriting provides a landscape over which her voice soars, delivering lyrics and melodies that are always beautiful, often heartbreaking and never less than stunning. joharman.com
Iain Hornal’s music betrays a lifetime of such artistic diversity that it’s hard to pin him down. He’s played on the world’s largest stages as a sideman with the likes of Jeff Lynne’s ELO and 10cc, but his talents as a multi-instrumentalist and writer are equally impressive.
A deep well of influences seep through his music – flashes of classic 80’s intelli-pop that suggest Bowie, Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel blend with the lush harmony and rich textures of The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. It is undeniably pop, but drawn from an era when pop music had a brain, a soul, and a heart. hornal.net
Mamas Gun are a musically diverse, feisty and fabulous five-piece band fronted by singer/composer/producer ANDY PLATTS. Andy is joined by keyboard player DAVE “EIGHTIES” OLIVER who’s musical education has embraced everything from barbershop singing to French horn and now includes jazz, soul and Cuban playing. Alongside stand out guitarist TERRY “SPILLER” LEWIS who now resides on UK’s south coast and who’s musical journey has seen him work with legendary Marvin Gaye/Minnie Ripperton/Michael Jackson producer Leon Ware, Lewis Taylor, The Impressions (the late Curtis Mayfield’s former group), Jamie Woon, The Valentine Brothers, Jean Carne to name a few. Bass player CAMERON ‘the Mounty’ DAWSON is the youngest at only 21 years old but already an old soul in his musical capability and contributions & newest addition Chris Boot on drums who’s talent, enthusiasm & vibrant skills significantly add to the energetic and memorable stage shows that Mamas Gun never fail to deliver.
Mamas Gun released their debut album Routes To Riches in 2009. This was followed by album THE LIFE & SOUL (featuring a further playlist with UKs queen of soul Beverly Knight) & their latest release, CHEAP HOTEL, which hit top playlist spots in over 4 different continents. Mama’s Gun’s music combines the euphoria of soul and Motown music with the spirit of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lewis Taylor and the Average White Band at their blue-eyed-soul best. The records are all about musical enjoyment and nothing to do with the fleets of fashion, and this “philosophy” has obviously hit a nerve, as the band have achieved playlist status for 4 of their singles on Radio 2 and enjoyed an Album Of The Week feature on the Smooth Radio network among other achievements. More interestingly perhaps, Mama’s Gun gone on to have a huge impact in Japan, where they were heralded as the most played international act in the country, beating Madonna to No. 1 in the airplay charts whilst doing so.
Most recently, their music can be heard in one of the latest Hyundai Car adverts and is often used by some of the UKs top online influencers/vloggers in their promotional videos. The band are currently in the completion stages of their next album, which is scheduled for global release at the end of 2017.
Take two great voices – hers, warm, rich and soulful – his, heartfelt and bittersweet… mix together and stand well back. Jess Greenfield and Gavin Conder became a couple well before they became a duo. They first met twelve years ago, but only stumbled on their unique musical chemistry much later on. Both had already established themselves as must-see live performers by the time they met, supporting a roll call of big names, including Brian Adams, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Rudimental, Professor Green, Take That and Sam Smith.
Both had also long been writing and recording their own material, drawing on a host of influences from Sam Cooke, Connor Reeves and Marvin Gaye (Gav) to Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner (Jess). It was only when they decided to record Jess’s song, Forgiveness, singing together for the first time, that they discovered the spine-tingling effect of their voices combined. Producer Steve Brown (Rumer and Laura M’vula) stepped in to take their raw, organic sound to the next level – and the breathtaking vocal personality of The Kondoors was born. The Kondoors
When young St Albans-based singer/songwriter Hope sings her songs, you hear a wealth of life experience far beyond her years.
Accumulating over 5 million hits and 30k subscribers on her Youtube channel, Hope’s voice is heard by people all over the world and her songs pull on your heart strings. Her acoustic cover of Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want To Be With You’ was used for the 2016 Dog’s Trust #SpecialSomeone ad campaign, aired on prime time ITV throughout the year. She has released 2 highly successful acoustic EPs in both 2014 & 15, ‘Optimist EP’ reaching #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts.
“The next Adele?” – Mike Naylor (BBC Three Counties Radio) “She’s unbelievable” – Roberto Perrone (BBC Three Counties Radio)
Singing solo and accompanying herself on piano; Hope delivers a hugely compelling performance with her exceptional songwriting alone. Having played the top of the Gherkin, The Bedford, The Horn and popular UK festivals including Party 4 Patrick, Berkofest, Balstock and Wilkestock.
Her latest release, ‘Sanctuary’ is available now from all major digital music stores. The ‘Sanctuary Support Edition’ which includes the live string and acoustic versions of the track plus a digital support edition booklet is available exclusively at jacketrecords.com
Gospel Touch is becoming a major vocal force in the UK music industry, having shared the stage with Emeli Sande, performed with Angie Lemar, been featured on Jamie Oliver’s show on Channel 4 and sang at a number of celebrity weddings. Members of the choir have worked with a wide variety of recording artists, including: Angie Stone, Chaka Khan, Craig David, Dionne Warwick, George Michael, Israel Houghton, Mary J Blige, Mica Paris, Muse, Natalie Cole, Paloma Faith, Sting, and Take That.
Gospel Touch has performed in every kind of setting, from churches, festivals, and youth events, to weddings, conferences and award shows. Known for creating dynamic melodies with rich harmonies, the choir can deliver performances ranging from gospel to swing-beat, R’n’B to traditional hymns, all coupled with invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics. Nominated in recent years at the MOBO Awards, Urban Music Awards, BEFFTA Awards and Gospel Music Awards, their smooth but powerful vocals never fail to impress. gt-gospelchoir.com
Tom Billington & Sinead Quinn came together over a shared love of the Country & Americana music. Together, they make a sound that is as old as the waves that brought their influences here, but as fresh as the wind that carried them. It rolls and it rocks, swings and sings, and is as honest as the day is long.
Their band features drummer Paul Stewart & bassist Ciaran Jeremiah (both of mega-pop band The Feeling) pedal steel virtuoso Matt Park (The Mystery Jets) Mandolin supremo Stuart Wilkinson, (Andy Burrows… and more recently David Brent’s ‘Forgone Conclusion’) and are rounded out by the fabulous Sam Willcock on guitar. billingtonandquinn.com
Belfast Bullfighters brings together an incredible cast of musicians to play a unique brand of Contemporary Celtic Rock. This collective is headed by Dave Marks, who writes and arranges all of the tunes and features the likes of Darragh Murphy (Pipes & whistles), Donal O’Connor (Fiddle), Guthrie Govan (Guitar), Darby Todd (Drums) Matt McGinn (vocals) and many more. belfastbullfighters.com
Emma McGrath, aged just 16, is already turning heads. With influences ranging from Tracey Chapman to Bombay Bicycle Club, she crafts hard-hitting acoustic music carried by an incredibly powerful voice.
At age 15, Emma won the PRS Foundation’s Lynsey de Paul Prize for Female Songwriters, released her first EP ‘The Judgement’ and has since gone on to release another single – ‘Sit With Me’. Sit With Me was featured on BBC Radio 2, both on Dermot O’Leary’s show and Bob Harris’ Sunday show, and was twice listed as the BBC Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ on BBC 3 Counties Radio. emmamcgrath.co.uk
Anjali Perin draws on her British and Sri Lankan heritage to create a jazz-tinged style of soulful songwriting which blends influences like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald with South Indian Carnatic music and Bharatha Natyam (Indian classical dance).
Her sets are filled with spontaneity, navigating the length and breadth of musical dynamism, from intimate moments singing over solo piano to soaring scat solos over a funk-infused rhythm section – with musicality flowing across every phrase, groove and lyric.anjaliperin.com
Currently working on her debut EP, Abi’s songwriting draws as much from the elegance of classic American R&B as from the grit of contemporary rock, creating a sound that is filled with soul, energy and passion. Facebook.com/abimusicuk
Seb Wesson’s acoustic folk stylings hint at an alternate reality where the nimble fretwork of Richard Thompson found itself on the American alternative rock scene of the 90s.
Sweetly sung melody and beautiful harmonies drag over effortless guitar picking with the fragility and laid-back cool of a romantic slacker dream. A unique fusion of styles, his songs are a soundtrack to love, loss and watching moments pass across a lazy, hazy summer. sebwesson.com
Tommy T and The Belle Tones are not just a band, but an energetic, spellbinding, slick-as-grease fully choreographed show that rocks, rolls, and fires up your soul! Their large eclectic repertoire spans many decades and styles including pop rock, R&B, Motown, soul, 80s smash hits and the latest music from the charts. From Diana Ross to Duffy, this band appeals to all age groups from nine to ninety, and beyond! Featuring three lead vocalists, (one male and two female) backed by a world-class band (drums, bass, keyboards, guitar and a two-piece brass section), this show will set the stage alight!
Individual band members’ credits include working with Amy Winehouse, A-HA, Alexandra Burke, ACM Gospel Choir, Beverly Knight, Brian Eno, Katherine Jenkins, Cee Lo Green, Eric Clapton, Ed Harcourt, Enrique Iglesias, Gabrielle, Gareth Gates, Girls Aloud, Jason Donovan, Joss Stone, JLS, Kym Marsh, Kim Mayzelle, Lady Ga Ga, Lionel Richie, Lucie Silvas, Leon Jackson, Lemar, Leona Lewis, Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Ms Dynamite, Mica Paris, Nelly Furtado, Phil Collins, Pixie Lott, Peter Andre, Rachel Stevens, Randy Bachman, Russell Watson and The Saturdays. Band members have also appeared on many TV shows including, Later with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, CDUK, This Morning, Des & Mel, Loose Women, Blue Peter, Popworld and GMTV; and played at venue’s such as Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, The O2, Party In The Park, Glastonbury, The Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Cafe De Paris, Cafe Royale, The Dorchester, The Grosvenor House Hotel and The Royal Lancaster.
Katie Masson and Juan Fos are a UK-based acoustic duo that write and perform in a refreshing fusion of styles that include Soul, Pop, Country and Latin.
The combination of soulful voices and a varied, versatile approach to instrumentation allows them to create a unique sound, blending percussive energy and a dynamism that’s rooted in the very best traditions of classic songwriting. katieplusjuan.com
Guitarist / Singer Tommy Hill combines a sweetly soulful voice and incendiary guitar playing to craft catchy pop songs that bridge the gap between The 1975 and John Mayer’s bluesier albums.
Josephine & The Artizans are a Hip-Hopera band from London. The group blend Classical Music with Hip-Hop to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound.
Classically trained Josephine was growing increasingly tired of the cultural gap between the pop-scene and classical world. They are both, of course, based on the same thing. For years people have been becoming more and more catholic in their tastes, so she decided to create something which is neither classical or commercial, but a blend of both.
Josephine & The Artizans have received wide spread acclaim since supporting bands such as Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, The Fratellis and Tom Odell on the main-stages of the UK’s biggest music festivals. The band have received amazingly positive reviews and airplay on national radio stations from such reputable sources as Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, BBC 3 Counties, and Premier Radio as well as an overwhelming response from online and printed press, for example Fresh On The Net, Aesthetica Magazine, Love Music Magazine, Adam Not Eve and The Times. The group have also been creating a buzz with their unforgettable live show in their hometown, London, with performances on the main stage at the massive O2 Islington, the legendary Bush Hall, Brixton’s award winning Hootananny and Camden’s world famous Jazz Cafe.
Founded in 2005, the four piece Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album “Still” was released in 2006 and the band toured consistently for the next two years supporting it, growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, Funk and a serious nod to the Blues – their follow up album “Mercy’s Medicine” was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim. The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill and guitarist Jules Fothergill – she, with a dynamic and powerful vocal style, has been described as “Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis“. while Jules’ incendiary guitar stylings have made him a mainstay of the UK Blues scene.
Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals or playing smaller support slots which have included Guilfest, Maryport Blues Festival, London’s Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival (supporting Joe Bonamassa) to various festivals throughout Europe. northsyde.co.uk
Mark Sullivan is a well accomplished singer/songwriter from Hitchin, Hertfordshire with a massive voice and an ear for writing memorable and immediately familiar sounding songs. He is a Master of the loop pedal and expertly executed guitar solo’s with string destroying showoff Pieces.
After learning to play guitar Mark formed his first band ‘Gekko’ at the young age of 15. Gekko went on to become one of the best, most accomplished local bands over the next few years playing shows at some great venues/festivals including Dublin Castle, Bulldog Bash and Rock In The Park as well as performances on local BBC Introducing shows. When the band split in later years Mark continued to play as frontman of ‘The Marksman’ acoustic duo with percussionist Clint Henderson. In January 2013 he decided to pursue his dream of his originals career as a soloist under management and started performing solo as Mark Sullivan.
With the solo career starting well and his fanbase growing Mark was starting to play some good venues and getting booked around London a lot more, playing shows at venues such as the 12 Bar Club, Alleycat Bar and Proud, Camden. In August 2014 Mark was booked to perform at Osfest, a growing festival which now boasted a 10.000 attendance which marked the first stepping stone to bigger things. With London shows now a weekly thing Mark was getting booked for special events such as venue launch nights in the city. Off the back of the performance at Osfest the start of 2015 Mark was booked to play a show at The Troubadour, London which in turn secured him a small UK tour with London based music agency Live and Loud. This made way the chance to play at some great venues around the country including Elland Road Stadium, Ricoh Arena, Bolton Arena and Wembley Arena through the start of 2015. Whilst on tour we received confirmation Mark had been selected as a finalist for Government backed ‘Rock The House’ which was a scheme aimed at finding the best emerging musicians the UK had to offer. Mark performed and won soloist category at The Bedford, London and went on to play at the Houses Of Parliament Guest Rooms, followed a few months later with an exclusive VIP show at the US Ambassadors residence at Winfield House, London.
This raised Mark’s profile higher again and went on in the second half of 2015 to play shows at The Water Rats, Ronnie Scotts, The Bedford, Farr Festival, Marylebone Summer Festival, Rhythms Of The World and also supporting artist Kelvin Jones several times at shows. At the end of 2015 Mark was booked to play a new night at London’s 02 Brooklyn Bowl, ‘New Blood’ which again highlighted the very best emerging musicians on the scene.
Starting 2016 strong he was being booked at some top venues including, The Garage, The Hard
Rock Cafe and Century Club, Soho. With his career now progressing it was time to start recording some new music and after speaking with several top producers, Mark flew out to America (NJ) to record the next EP with grammy nominated producer Steve Greenwell, and was lucky enough to have some great session players feature on the tracks including Jack Daley on bass. On return from America and the new tracks being prepared for release Mark was invited to London TV to talk about his music and blossoming career which then led to a slot at the first Major festival, Isle Of Wight 2016. After this, booking agency Coallition Talent booked Mark for the well recognised Coffee House Sessions tour around London and were so impressed they booked Mark for two festivals following this, The Big Feastival (20,000) and Camper Calling (6,000).
With the new tracks mixed and ready for release Mark has now secured one of the top London PR and Radio teams for the release of the first single which commences in January 2017 alongside a small UK Tour and BBC Radio appearances.
COAX are a brand new 4-piece Guitar Pop/Rock band, whose music is the perfect mix of catchy guitar riffs and big pop choruses.
After a mini-debut tour in late ’16, their radio debut on BBC Introducing Solent (and being chosen as Vodafone’s Future Breakers) the band have been writing and recording in the build up to the release of their debut EP ‘Holding On’. This will be released mid-March on all major digital platforms, and features contributions from Gordon Mills Jr. (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner), Nathan Cross (Saturdays, Jason Chance) and a track co-written with James Birt (Red Triangle Productions).
Award-winning, Manchester-born singer-songwriter Albert Man plays both solo and with a full band, writing piano-led, melodic pop songs described as “sweet piano led shenanigans that come over like the lovechild of Billy Joel and Adam Levine”.
He is set to release a brand new six-track EP “Nothing Of Nothing Much”, recorded at Pete Townshend’s barge studio, in early 2017 and has already received airplay on BBC Introducing London for his new single “I Feel Like Dancing”. The same song was chosen for Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves on his Fresh On The Net blog in the same week, which is now the third time Albert has been featured – “I Feel Like Dancing, is the result of a highly professional quality of songwriting that, given the publicity, would easily scale the charts.” – Benji Tranter (Fresh On The Net). The music video for this single was premiered with Gigslutz, who commented that the EP “flows with emotion-strewn melodies and a witty lyricism”.
Luke Scurr is one of the UK’s finest classical guitarists (and one of it’s top Bluegrass banjo players!) with a rich and varied repertoire of classical guitar pieces, as well as Jazz, film soundtrack and contemporary pop arrangements.
His relaxed and fluid playing style, combined with a highly curated choice of works is the perfect soundtrack to a beautiful, relaxing afternoon of culture.
Natalie Rushdie is living her childhood dream as a respected & highly in-demand Soprano who has toured the UK with Classic BRIT Award winners BLAKE and performed the National Anthem an amazing five times at Wembley Stadium. Described as a ‘joy to behold’ by Eamonn Holmes, Natalie continues to break boundaries and win fans with her beautiful renditions of light opera and musical theatre repertoire. A loyal fan-base and extensive media coverage have made Natalie one of the most recognised classical crossover performers, establishing her as a force to be reckoned with.
Natalie made her Wembley Stadium debut in 2013 when she was invited to sing the National Anthem for the Football League Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. A second & third invitation swiftly followed from the nPower Championship Play-Off Final and the Rugby League Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final where Natalie also sang ‘Abide with Me’. Her dulcet tones were so in-demand that in March 2014 Natalie returned to Wembley Stadium to perform the National Anthem once again and in November that year was called upon to support England and performed both National Anthems for the Rugby League World Cup England v Fiji match at Hull’s KC Stadium.
More high-profile performances followed at events for Attitude Magazine, Marie Curie’s ‘Carols in the City’ at Southwark Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and in Duke of York Square for the Princes Trust. For the launch of the British Heart Foundation’s inaugural Roll Out The Red ball, Natalie was booked for a headline performance while The Saturdays star Mollie King hosted.
In her teens and early twenties, Natalie worked closely with The Order of Malta Volunteers and to this day charity work is held close to her heart. When the NHS’ biggest charity Breathe Arts Health Research asked her to be their Patron Natalie was honoured to accept and regularly performs for staff and patients in London. She has also made performances to support The Children’s Trust, WellChild, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Variety and the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.
In April 2016, Natalie celebrated The Queen’s 90th Birthday at Royal Hospital Chelsea giving a concert for the Chelsea Pensioners. In the summer following this, it was with great pride that Natalie joined HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She was subsequently invited for her third time to St James’s Palace to give an inspirational speech and present young recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Gold Award with their prize. She continues to support their work and as a Gold Award recipient herself, understands the challenge better than most!
In recent years Natalie has become synonymous with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where she has performed for 4 consecutive years, entertaining packed audiences of up to 2,000 from the Bandstand.
The incredible success-story is still in its infancy, however, with her first album eagerly anticipated.
Written in Ink are a young, quirky and creative four-piece band, based in St Albans and Hatfield. Described after a recent gig at The Horn as “ridiculously promising” and “a dominating presence in the local indie rock scene”, they have crafted an alternative and unique sound, which resonates throughout their eclectic mix of original songs and the odd cover. Their music draws on a wide range of influences, from classic rock like Led Zeppelin to more contemporary bands like Muse.
Since we were small we enjoyed listening to the music of big rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. We started the band playing our favourite rock songs but then quickly decided to start writing our own music. We have come up with our own style and our songs are about daily things in our lives. We decided to name our band after one of our favourite books: “The Magician’s Nephew” which is a prequel to the books of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It’s been an amazing experience so far and we hope you’ll enjoy it too!
Band biog coming soon…..
Concrete Caverns are a Britrock quartet who formed in October 2014. Their songs build moody verses and lyrically contagious choruses into enormous bridge sections and solos. The band consists of Joe Driffield (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Zach Stone (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals), Liam Banga (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals) and Dan Fishlock (Drums and Backing Vocals). These four lads aren’t shy to perform, putting on high intensity shows with sensational energy. Their sound and stage presence has often drawn comparisons to early Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
In 2010, Lily released an EP, ‘These Are All The Things’, recorded at The Way Studios in East London and produced by Luke Buttery (whose recent projects include Mark Ronson, and Noel Gallagher). She’s spent the last two years co-writing, collaborating and recording demos and is currently crafting her debut album. lilytonico.com
Timeless Lizards formed in early 2016 after meeting at a gig. We’ve grown up listening to everything, old and new, and try to put everything we love into our songs;
Influences: Top of the tree are obviously The Beatles, but very much in there for us are Bombay Bicycle Club, Tame Impala,The Foo Fighters, Superfood, and it goes on. We are twin brothers Ollie and Eddie Taylor (guitar, vocals / bass guitar), Aaron Burke (guitar) and Jordan Dendy (drums). So far we’ve gigged loads in a 50 mile radius and featured on two BBC Introducing sessions. timelesslizards.com
Artist bio coming soon….
Electric Umbrella is a co-creation between adults with learning disabilities and professional musicians. It creates musical experiences that bring people together in an environment that is fun, welcoming, inclusive and above all JOYFUL, celebrating life, love and music.
Through weekly music sessions to pub gigs, big shows, large festivals, live radio and everything in between, Electric Umbrella is helping to challenge the perception of people with learning disabilities by empowering and enriching their lives through music. electricumbrella.wordpress.com
Led by local mum, professional jazz-soul singer, songwriter and Ronnie Scotts’ regular, Anjali Perin, MWV is a fresh take on the choir format drawing on influences from across jazz, gospel, soul and pop and adapting unusual tunes that will even make some of our teenagers smile…
All abilities are welcome. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and are able to come regularly – we understand life with kids means some flexibility but we also can’t run the sessions if we don’t have a minimum number of singers. Singing is known and proven to be a feel good activity and has many mental and physical health benefits. It is a perfect stress reliever for busy Mums – So ditch the hairbrush mic or shower head and come and sing for real with us at MWV!