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Although her first solo album, Heather has sung for artists such as Tony Bennett, Björk and Michael Jackson and on film scores including Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. David Newton is the 10 times winner of Best Pianist (British Jazz Awards). A gloriously intimate CD of love songs which were all recorded in one take: two musicians at the top of their game. “A remarkable example of empathy and understanding… near to perfect,” said Walter Love, Radio Ulster. “A fine new CD... a beautiful and tranquil outing with 14 classics,” said Russell Davis, Radio 2.
Darsh is a melancholic singer-songwriter who composes acoustic pop music for the young adults of today. In 2011, Darsh self-released his EP Closure Bella, Closure online. His track Emma gained radio airplay on BBC Introducing in early 2012. Back in 2003, Darsh began gigging around the UK as a solo acoustic artist, supporting Snow Patrol early in his musical career. Between 2006 to 2008, Darsh played in several bands before forming a hip-hop duo where he developed his producing skills. Darsh continues to write, perform and connect with his followers online.
You can take the girl out of Essex but you can’t take the Essex out of the girl, sadly. A girl poised for the exit in her hometown of spray tan and fakery, Sabrina Altan found her foothold on the shores of Brighton where she honed her craft and gathered an impressive back catalogue of music achievements. Sitting neatly between soul, R&B and a little something rock, Sabrina blends sultry grooves and vocals, similar to D’Angelo & Lauryn Hill, with subtle instrumental layering of Pixies and Sonic Youth. Sabrina is that something new you’ve been looking for.
“A talented songwriter and a passionate performer...” wrote Sound On Sound last March. Ove Engen’s recent release of the Songs For Me And You EP, together with his 2011 debut Lights On, presents an insightful introduction of this Norwegian singer/songwriter’s 21st-century take on the classic pop/rock sound. As a 2012 LIPA Music graduate with experience of performing within Europe, Engen’s guitar and piano-based music recalls bands such as The Script, Goo Goo Dolls and OneRepublic. This up-and- coming artist is definitely one to watch.
Heba Rifaat is an exciting new artist from Cairo gifted with a light earthy melancholy to her voice. After just a few sessions of experimentation with Spoon, Flashback and debut album This emerged. Spoon (aka Elroy ‘Spoonface’ Powell) has been making waves since 2000 as the voice of multi-platinum single You See The Trouble With Me and Hey Girl, the song that helped launch the UK funky scene from its Co-op, Goya Music, Broken Beat origins. This captures the essence of Spoon’s creativity and Heba’s touching tones. Flashback is inimitable, must-have music.
Sharing a penchant for contemplative ballads and soaring anthems with the likes of Coldplay, Elbow and U2, this Manchester band are as big on energy as they are on melody. Having supported the likes of Editors, they bring charisma and passion to the stage. Debut single Headlights, praised by BBC and NME, was also synched on ITV during Champions League and international football. Headlights and new single Oxygen will feature on their album, recorded with Simon Cullwick whose work includes Arctic Monkeys, hinting at a band focused on stadia-worthy soundscapes.