The story of UB40, and how this group of young friends from Birmingham transcended their working-class origins to become the world's most successful reggae band is not the stuff of fairytales as might be imagined. The group's led a charmed life in many respects it's true, but it's been a long haul since the days they'd meet up in the bars and clubs around Moseley. With a new album set for release soon and a celebration 40th anniversary performance at the Royal Albert Hall planned for the summer, UB40 are just as popular as ever.
Halfway through UK dates on the 'FreedomChildTour' Danny O'Donoghue hits Summerfield for writing and piano tracking sessions.
An incredible 45 years since their formation, the music of the Electric Light Orchestra is still as popular as ever. All over the world, people are tuning into the sound of ELO via radio, the internet, cinemas and TV. The seemingly ageless songs of ELO leader Jeff Lynne are even being heard again in the singles charts, thanks to the cream of today's young dance acts sampling the band's original music and turning on a whole new generation of fans.
Birmingham's very own singing sensation Laura Mvula has come into the nation's conscience big time in the past year. She's sung before the Queen in the Royal Albert Hall, appeared performing live on TV watched by an audience of millions, and she's been shortlisted for a host of top music industry awards. Not forgetting a hit album too... and becoming the voice of Christmas with her catchy Debenhams TV ad version of Ready Or Not.
But all of that was a cakewalk compared to what Laura has taken on over the last few months after she accepted an invitation to write the music for the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Antony & Cleopatra. Laura admits: "It's way the hardest thing I've ever had to do, the hardest by miles. After jumping in and agreeing to do it, the realisation of what I had taken on suddenly hit me, and I thought, 'oh f**k!!"
Under 25's judges homes contestant Soheila Clifford at this years X Factor 2016, creating a splash at Simon Cowell's Malibu home earlier this summer. Now recently teamed up with Singer Brad O'neil at Summerfield Studios with engineer Dan Coley for a track penned and produced by Coley himself.
An exciting young artist, with an original song and video featuring Soheila Clifford. Brad has now joined X Factor band 5AM, who were left a member short when Kieran Alleyne, decided to quit to launch a solo career.
The pupils of Westfield Infant School in Leicestershire secured an all-expenses paid trip to a professional recording studio to record the new "We Make A Team Together" song which will feature on the new movie.
It's already been a great year for Cheshire born & bred indie-rock four-piece The Luka State. Formed in 2012 in their native Winsford, Cheshire, The Luka State have played self-funded tours of the UK, North America & Europe whilst also winning over hearts & minds on their recent UK live jaunt as special guests of One Night Only.
"The Luka State have got some serious cojones" - Q Magazine
Recently signed to US Fearless Records and stemming from Birmingham, UK, the furious five-piece Oceans Ate Alaska is made up of James Harrison (Vocals), James Kennedy (Guitar), Adam Zytkiewicz (Guitar), Mike Stanton (Bass), and Chris Turner (Drums). The band offers a progressive strain of experimental modern metalcore that has gotten the band noticed as one of metal's most exciting and fresh young names.
London girl Jo3lle is the latest young Brit making a name for herself away from home. The 23 year old is currently working in Paris where her music style has been described as fresh electropop with a touch of urban.
Having branched out into film and fashion, Jo3lle is quickly getting some great buzz around her music. The track "New Me" is taken from the newley released EP Virgin Vision, and was recorded, programmed and mixed at Summerfield Studios by house engineer Dan Coley.
Combining Pixies fuzz with riot grrrl attitude and throwing in a hell of a lot of noise, the Birmingham based three piece, Youth Man, are tearing up the West Midlands scene with their brilliantly loud, brilliantly fast music.
Members Kaila Whyte, Miles Cocker and Marcus Perks, combine their talent to create short experimental songs for excited ears of all ages to tune in to.
'Pretty Little Idiot' and 'A Sun' expose strong female vocals and catchy riffs, whilst songs such as 'Cold' gives a more of a psychedelic feel, calming the listener with its beautiful harmonies.
Birmingham R&B artist Mason Noise is creating a big splash on the UK scene with his explosive appearance on X Factor 2015 season. Music video of 'Fix/Blow the doors off'.
Having bonded over a love of early 90s American Alternative music, the group's first album reflects a modern take on Grunge.
Influenced by the heaviness and melodic intensity of Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden with a sprinkling of Jeff Buckley, we also include the more recent abrasive stylings of Queens Of The Stone Age. This is Strangeling's attempt at a new rock paradigm - one that revives the riff and adds a sonic swirl to emotional epic.
The Fragments of A Shattered Hope are the pieces of our dreams that have been broken with time but the songs combine to form a new picture. A new coherence.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts even if individually we are flawed.
We are better connected together.
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Jeff Lynne's ELO
Digital Farm Animals
The Luka State
Oceans Ate Alaska
The High Hurts
The Royal Shakespeare Company
Gareth Cousins (producer)
Wisebuddah Studios London
Gullane (Thomas) Limited