Pop ballad ‘Grow’ out now from Amanda St John

Available now on iTunes, the new single from Amanda St John is the title track from recent album ‘Grow’. A well executed power ballad from the top drawer, it’s a great demonstration of the Northern Ireland born artist’s talents.

Her powerful vocal shines throughout, given plenty of room to breathe by the slow tempo and smart, subtle production. If it whets the appetite, you can also find the full album on iTunes at the link above.

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New EP from Spencer Robinson, ‘Standing at the Edge of the World’

When the first two tracks from an alt-folk EP are titled ‘Standing at the End of the World’ and ‘Say Hello to the Devil’, I think it’s fair to say that the stage is set in terms of tone. Thankfully, in the case of Spencer Robinson’s new EP, those titles aren’t a sign of a dreary, miserable collection of folk, but simply an indicator of mood.

 

This is a sly, downbeat release with shadowy themes throughout, dealing with hard truths in a world which is struggling with hard times. It could be argued, perhaps, that with the current political climate the music industry should serve as an upbeat distraction. However, with songs this well written, you won’t mind being turned towards the dark side. You can see for yourself at the link above, where you can sample the full five tracks before downloading them for yourself from iTunes.

Rachel Sage – ‘Choreographic’ album coming soon

A songwriter with a background in dance (the art, not the music genre), it’s not overly surprising that US artist Rachel Sage has named her upcoming album ‘Choreographic’. That album, which blends Sage’s catchy style of pop song writing with a touch of folk and a hint of rock, is set to be a 14 track treat including the track above, ‘Try Try Try’.

If you’re in any doubt about the quality of her music, you should bear in mind that her band include musicians who have played with Coldplay, Adele and many others, so there’s a fine pedigree there.

This quality comes across in both the track above and the upcoming single ‘I Don’t Believe It’ – the video for which is coming soon. In the meantime, check out https://www.facebook.com/rachaelsagepage/ for the most up to date info (including a special UK date on June 2nd….).

New album from Russell Suereth

Out now from online sources, ‘Spiritual Haven’ is the new album from new age songwriter and composer Russell Suereth. It’s not a genre you come across very often, with current trends leaning towards indie-rock, rap, hip-hop and dance-pop.

However, this certainly has its place as something different to the norm, and given the chance it’s supremely relaxing. In fact, one look at the website and you’ll find that this kind of ambient music has all sorts of mental and physical benefits.

‘Realization’, the track above, is taken from the album.

Afrosonics new video – ‘Che Che Kule’

A band from the US who are reportedly looking to dip their toe into the UK music scene, Afrosonics are huge eight piece collective who simply love to make music people can dance to. As you can see from the video above – a live performance of track ‘Che Che Kule’ with the studio recording dubbed over the top – it works.

Labelling themselves ‘Afro rock’, the band mix genres and cultures to create their unusual sound. It’s not quite indie or rock, not quite reggae or soul, it’s something in between. The key thing here is that it’s energetic and great fun, the kind of thing you can imagine killing it at a festival.

It’s in this environment – huge festivals in their local area – where Afrosonics are making their name in front of crowds of thousands. And if they can send that many people home happy, there’s no reason why they can’t do the same on these shores.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/AFROSONICS

https://twitter.com/THEAFROSONICS

https://instagram.com/afrosonics

https://soundcloud.com/theafrosonics

www.afrosonics.bandcamp.com

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Singing competition Open Mic UK 2015 is going to be bigger and better than ever

Singing Competition 2015: The Open Mic UK singing competition 2015 is set to be the biggest yet! Last year’s Open Mic UK singing competition was a complete success with the talent on show being the best the competition has ever seen before and 2015 is set to even bigger and better!

Check out the following link for more information on the Open Mic UK singing competition 2015: http://www.openmicuk.co.uk/News/singing-competition-2015

Singing Competition 2015

With new music venues being added to the already prestigious line up, even more music industry judges and amazing prizes, there has never been a better time to enter the Open Mic UK singing competition 2015.

Advice from Singing Competition Winner – Richard Jones

Would you advise unsigned artists to enter the Open Mic UK singing competition?

I would definitely recommend the show to an unsigned artist! Even if you are not particularly experienced because it gives you valuable experience singing infront of large crowds and a panel of people who could potentially push your career further.

Did you enjoy your Open Mic UK experience?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience….it was all very exciting!

Singing Competition Winner – Richard Jones

What in your opinion is the best part of the Open Mic UK singing competition?

I think the best part is the experience of playing on stage in front of large crowds.

Did you find the industry judges’ feedback helpful?

Yes, the feedback was quite helpful. As a songwriter, it helped because I was given feedback on the songs as well as the performances.

How did it feel to be crowned Open Mic UK Winner?

I was over the moon to be announced winner! Especially considering I’d only been writing music for around 12 months!

Watch Richard Jones’ winning Open Mic UK performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U143AZ_SJrA

What would be your advice for success at Open Mic UK? 

I think to be successful you need to focus on your originality. Just be creative! Personally, I had a large collection of original songs before I entered the competition which I really feel helped prove my originality and artistry and was probably a bit factor in my success in this competition!

What have you been up to since winning the singing competition?

Since winning the competition I have been working hard preparing my songs ready for when my EP is recorded later in the year! I’m also really quite busy with gigs across the country and I have some cool support gigs coming up! Winning the competition has given me some great exposure and I’m excited for what the future has to hold!

For your chance to be crowned winner of Open Mic UK like Richard Jones, enter singing competition 2015 Open Mic UK now.

Singing Competition 2015

For more information on the Open Mic UK singing competition 2015: http://www.openmicuk.co.uk/News/singing-competition-2015

ENTER THE MUSIC COMPETITION OPEN MIC UK HERE: www.openmicuk.co.uk