Shingai Shoniwa, frontwoman and bassist of early 2000's favourites Noisettes, is synonymous with a certain retro-pop sound that has distinguished her from her indie counterparts. "Shoniwa is a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit, with a voice that is equal parts Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday." (Rolling Stone Magazine).
Melanie Martinez's upcoming tour kicks off in December 2019 and is in support of the musician's sophomore studio album K-12, released on 6 September 2019. Alongside the release of the album, Melanie also wrote, directed and starred in her first full-length feature film K-12. The movie is available in full on YouTube where it has been streamed over 24 million times.
Born in Nigeria, Jacob Banks music, features richly textured beats, African inspired grooves and a soulful disposition. Banks debuted with his EP The Monologue, earning feverish acclaim that saw him supporting artists such as Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys on tour around the U.K. Now, at work on his Interscope Records debut album, and follow-up to the self-released EP The Paradox.
Full of attitude, energy and seemingly buoyed by newfound confidence, Mabel kicked off 2018 with a bang, collaborating with Not3s on his Top-20-charting single 'My Lover', and recruiting the young MC on her own rapidly-rising new single, 'Fine Line'. "Blazing a trail that's all her own" (Guardian) and "flipping the music-world's male gaze without missing a beat" (Dazed), Mabel is a once-seen, not-forgotten talent who, startlingly, has also only just begun.
Jaykae, is undoubtedly an artist we must thank for putting Birmingham's Grime scene officially on the map. Like any true artist does, he draws deeply from his life experiences. Triumphs, setbacks, friends, family, dreams and new found fatherhood all have an impact on Jaykae's style, as he bares all, giving listeners solid, rugged Grime. This visceral realness connects him & makes his voice indepensible to his ever growing fanbase.
A recent collaboration with Ed Sheeran, featuring a remix from producer Sir Spyro, starring Stormzy, Jaykae and 18-year-old rap superstar Aitch, saw Take Me Back To London rise up the charts.
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.
IRISH trio The Script have enjoyed phenomenal success since they first hit the big time back in 2008. The boys are touring throughout February 2018, and halfway through UK dates on the 'FreedomChildTour,' Danny O'Donoghue hits Summerfield Studios, for writing, vocals 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. Laura has 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!!". Laura, has been working with ex-Abbey Road engineer and producer Gareth Cousins, at Summerfield Studios on the project.
Jeff Lynne's ELO
Digital Farm Animals
The Luka State
Oceans Ate Alaska
The Royal Shakespeare Company
Gareth Cousins (producer)
Wisebuddah Studios London
Gullane (Thomas) Limited