New seasonal single from Sussex-based Singer-Songwriter Jon McDevitt

Sussex-based singer-songwriter, Jon McDevitt, has just released his sensational seasonal single ‘Father Christmas’. Check out the emotive video here:

This Christmas sing-along cleverly blends influences from The Smiths and Dexys Midnight Runners amongst others, to form an easy listen seasonal single.

Thoughtful lyrics by co-writer Dominic Hudson paint Father Christmas as a figure missing from Christmas, whilst allowing the listener to interpret it as to how or why. These combine with an infectious melody to make a Christmas single that stands out from the crowd.

Connect with Jon McDevitt here:

https://www.facebook.com/jonmcdevittsongs/

https://twitter.com/jonmcdevitt

www.jonmcdevitt.com

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‘Haters’ – Line Mari

Following the success of her infectious pop anthem ‘Crush’, Norwegian pop singer, Line Mari is back with a mesmerizing melody,  that sparks real emotion. With intense vocals, brooding pianos, and a backdrop of tropical-tinged synths, ‘Haters’ showcases perfectly Line Mari’s distinctive electro pop sound.

‘Haters’ and ‘Crush’ will both appear on Line Mari’s upcoming album ’21 Days’, due  for global release Friday 4th November. With her first two single releases delivering such a unique, electrifying sound with a catchy pop-rock edge, we are very excited to listen to what Line Mari has in store for us.

Check out more on Line Mari here:

Links:

www.linemari.com

https://soundcloud.com/line-mari

https://twitter.com/linemarimusic

https://www.facebook.com/linemarimusic

 

 

 

 

Francisco Bayon ‘When I Call You’ Review

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The Skype call inspired  ‘When I Call You’  by Francisco Bayon is an uplifting and unique summer anthem. Featuring accordion throughout the track builds up to a huge festival ready texture from just the Skype ringtone. I think everyone can agree that it is a very creative way of using the ringtone. Francisco’s fantastic vocals then come in and deliver some very catchy lyrics and melodic combinations that have been going round in my head for ages after listening to it. Go and get it now!

Listen Here:  https://soundcloud.com/francisco-bay-n/francisco-bayon-when-i-call-you

Links:

Official Website              – www.franciscobayon.com

Soundcloud                     – https://soundcloud.com/francisco-bay-n

Facebook                       – https://www.facebook.com/franciscobayonofficial

Afro-pop rising star Wiyaala brings ‘Peace’ to the world and new self-titled album Wiyaala

She’s the only woman in the world singing in Sissala – and she will mesmerize you

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Wiyaala is a feisty young woman from northern Ghana, bursting with attitude and drive

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Set to play WOMAD this year, multi-award winning Afro-pop songstress Wiyaala has come a long way since her humble background growing up in the small Ghanaian village of Funsi.

The last few years have seen Wiyaala rise from rags to riches. Now on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star, the singer hopes to inspire others by spreading her message of love and peace, whilst also raising awareness of the injustices still taking place to this day in third-world countries all over the world.

Her new self-titled album Wiyaala has already received nationwide success in Ghana. She now hopes to establish a global audience.

Stream the single ‘Peace’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/peace

The record is a selection of vibrant Afro-pop anthems sung largely in Sissala, but with a poppy catchiness inspired by Western Culture.

As the singer explains: ‘My album is the product of my environment as a young girl growing up in a West African Village at a time when the influences of Western TV and video first impacted on the African villager …You are hearing my African heritage fusing with the sounds and techniques of western production.’

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Wiyaala rose to recognition after coming first place in a 2012 Vodafone Icons reality show as part of the group Black n Peach, a year earlier emerging as the second runner-up in Ghana’s Stars of the Future talent show. She has become famous despite little radio airplay, rejecting the music industry’s ruthless commercialist side and becoming famous as a result of her live performances and what she stands for. Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Angelique Kidjo are artists that she is sometimes compared to.

Often referred to as the ‘Young Lioness of Africa’, she has become renowned for her activism, working to abolish child marriage and abuse in her home continent  as well as campaigning for women’s right to education – freedoms that we take for granted here in the Western world.

Her fierce ideals are a result of her impoverished upbringing and being a first-hand witness to social injustice. ‘At school, I have seen young teenage girls pulled out of the classroom to be married off. The next time you see them they are pregnant and selling pepper in the market… When I was small, we were often hungry. Sometimes we would catch a mouse, roast it and share it amongst 3 or 4 children.’

She is currently working on projects with The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection and UNICEF in Ghana.

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/tinambanyi-here-we-come

Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFoRw-gPH6Q

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wiyaala

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala

https://twitter.com/Wiyaala

http://wiyaala.com/

New hypnotic track ‘Element’ and upcoming album from alternative pop trio The Hallows

 UK alternative pop trio The Hallows gear up for the release of their debut album with this brand new hypnotic single ‘Element’.

As the group explains: ‘element was one of the first songs recorded and it helped to set the overall tone of the album. It was written as a positive and uplifting song about looking up to someone you love and the profound influence they can have on your life’.

Watch the video for Element here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Qy05nmJWM

Listen to the track on Soundcloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/the-hallows-official/element/s-cW1ht

Championing their own very unique sound, The Hallows are an enchanting concoction of Kate Bush, Muse, Portishead and Tori Amos with their own individual dreamy essence thrown in.

The group’s eclectic sound is a result of the band members’ individual musical meanderings. Sarah has played as a backing vocalist/keyboard/Glockenspiel for Hafdís Huld supporting the likes of Paolo Nutini, Mika and Bloc Party at festivals as large as Glastonbury and SXSW. Joe meanwhile has supported notorious cult pornographic band Rock Bitch (a band renowned for rarely sporting support acts). He and Sarah have also shared the stage with Ronan Keating playing a number of television performances.

Meeting at university, the band shared a house together, in which third band member Dave subjected the group to strict drinking game rules, whilst also ensuring they all ate proper meals (now holding the unofficial title of ‘band chef’).

Sarah has played the role of Snow White whilst working at Disneyland – several elements of this fantasy world clearly making their way into the mystical sound of ‘Element’. As a child, Sarah also lived by a zoo and was kept often awake by roaring lions (the lions would often set the wolves off too, which sounds absolutely terrifying!)

Since forming, the group have been hands on with all aspects of their music including coming up with video concepts, artwork, set design, production and blogging.

 

Their upcoming album Of Time and Tides is out July 4th.

 

The group explain:The album is about life, relationships and how things can change over time. The album was written in the spirit of a bygone era because we wanted to encapsulate elements within all our lives that have influenced us both musically and personally. Sarah draws inspiration for the lyrics from the elements because they represent the never ending cycle of life and time in which we exist for a moment. We have combined these influences to create an album that displays our love for atmospheric instrumentation, lush melodies and, hopefully, pop songs you will want to sing along to.

 

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/TheHallowsOfficial/timeline?ref=page_internal

https://twitter.com/TheHallowsBand

https://soundcloud.com/the-hallows-official

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuuESg_76nXzJHngq51Log

http://www.thehallows.uk/

After collaborating with Snoop Dogg, teen pop sensation Skyler is back with a new party single ‘I Just Wanna Dance’

Following up the success of her previous single ‘Fire’, Skyler releases this new bubbly pop song ‘I Just Wanna Dance’, an upbeat song about girls just wanting to have fun and be themselves.

The young pop singer has previously been featured in major UK publications such as The Metro, The Sun and The Daily Star. On top of this, she has performed alongside the likes of The Janoskians and Sammy Wilk, opening the esteemed social media concert Cinco 4 at the famous Avalon Hotel in Los Angeles earlier this year in May.

Already premiered on major teen news website Just Jared Jr, her new single comes accompanied by a wild slumber-party-themed video (co-produced by Skyler herself!) that perfectly captures the ‘girl power’ theme of the song

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qieFhN8pnuM

Read the JJJ Premiere: http://www.justjaredjr.com/2016/06/03/skyler-chissell-premieres-i-just-wanna-dance-music-video-on-jjj-watch-now/

The 16-year-old sweetheart currently lives in Los Angeles, with roots in the sunny English seaside town of Bournemouth.

Aside from her main passion which is music, Skyler also has a keen interest in animals, volunteering in local rescue shelters. She is also a keen fan of British football, regularly waking up early to watch her favourite team Arsenal play.

Dedicated to interacting with her fanbase through posts and Youtube videos, Skyler has amassed thousands of followers on both Twitter and Instagram. Her adoring teen fanbase spans both the UK and the US.

All this, plus the fact that she has already collaborated with Snoop Dogg at the age of 16 (plus co-produced her own music video), show that she is well on her way to becoming a star!

 

‘I Just Wanna Dance’ is out June 6th

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Skyler-680024642128632/

https://instagram.com/skylersmusic/

https://twitter.com/skylersmusic

 

Groovy indie outfit The Northcoast release dazzling single ‘With You’

“With You is the perfect musical mix of dance, synthpop and indie sheen. Its bubbly rhythm-driving guitar riff feels lifted from “Songs from the Big Chair” or “Purple Rain”, bouncing with the same excitement that Michael Jackson’s guitarists brought to their hits in the 1980s” – Mitch Mosk (CEO Atwood Magazine)

Hailing from different locations across the north coast of America, The Northcoast’s three members come from New York, New Jersey and Seattle. They are the perfect example of how distance is no barrier to making music and with the aid of technology they have been emailing projects to each other and making music for over 10 years.

“With You” is their latest sparkly single, produced by Tom Lord-Alge, and is the perfect accompaniment to a long road trip or lazing on the grass on a summer’s day.

Watch/Listen to “With You” here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ1Hy4r7irM&feature=youtu.be

Each member of the group has played at least three instruments since childhood and this, combined with their multi-cultural backgrounds, has given the group a plethora of musical influences and experience. Combining the pumping beats of Michael Jackson and bass lines of Passion Pit and Chvrches, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Northcoast have realised their childhood dream of both making and performing music. Having made an impact on the stages of Vans Warped Tour and played alongside big names such as Gia Farrell, their future is already looking bright!

 

Links:

http://www.soundcloud.com/the-northcoast

https://www.facebook.com/thenorthcoastband

https://twitter.com/thenrthcst

https://thenrthcst.bandcamp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/the.northcoast/?hl=en