Doug Andrews – Man on Wire

Doug Andrews

Doug Andrews

If you want a new easy listening artist to add to your playlist then check out Doug Andrews.

Born in Wyoming, America Doug Andrews, is a singer/songwriter with a beautiful bluesy/country style sound. He is a gifted musician with the type of voice that is soothing yet evocative that makes you believe he means every word he sings.

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BBC Sound of 2015

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A very late happy new year to you all. Firstly a MASSIVE apology that there has been such a delay since the last post, I have had a lot going on. But, more importantly I am back and 2015 is going to be much better for this blog.

As is tradition my first post of the new year is a review of BBC Sound of 2015 top 5. Last year’s winner, Sam Smith, as predicted has become quite the sensation and I am happy to see that my favourite, George Ezra has had his fair share of success in 2014.  If you want to see my review of last year’s BBC Sound click here.

So without further ado here is 2015’s top 5 of up and coming music, enjoy!

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BBC Sound of 2014 – Top 5!!!

I was inspired to do this blog post after reading my friend, Mr Brawny’s post on  his blog (Brawny: Life, thoughts and drunken ramblings) about  the nominees at the Brit awards. So I thought I would do one for BBC Sound of 2014 as this very much applies to my blog.

By the way his blog is very good so once you have read mine you should definitely go have a read.

It’s that time of year again, a short time ago BBC announced their Top 5 for BBC Sound of 2014, including their winner. This is quite an influential list because previous winners have often gone on to become pretty big. Previous champions include; Little Boots, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. So, this is quite a good indicator of finding out who we are going to be hearing more of in 2014.

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Adam Geraghty

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I heard about this artist through an email I received. The first thing that struck me was that he is Irish. I have quite deep Irish roots through my father so I love hearing about new Irish singers and I love being able to promote them and this one certainly is no exception.

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Allie Moss

 

This is an artist I went to see at Southampton’s Joiners live and i was not disappointed. I first heard of her from a song you will recognise from a bt infinity advert last year. The song is called corner and is a brilliant acoustic song.

If you like your acoustic female singer songwriter then you will definitely love this one. Think the soft voice melodies of Colbie Caillat meets the raw emotion of James Morrison. All of her songs have an interesting story behind them and each one gives the listener an insight into Allie’s life.

One of my favourite tracks of hers is called Melancholy Astronautic man which has a beautiful yet catchy romantic melody. Check it out here:

 

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Allie Moss seems to have it all, she has a voice perfectly suited to acoustic songs, she writes and composes her own tunes and she can play many different instruments. There’s not much to dislike about the American singer and musician.

To top it off, before she took to the stage in Southampton I managed to interview this up and coming acoustic singer from Jersey. So, watch this space for the whole interview and to find out about how BT chased her down for the advert and much more.

 

In the mean time, have a look at her website for the latest on Allie Moss here.

Johnny Flynn

If you think folk music is boring and only for members of green peace then think again!

28 year old Johnny Flynn (also known as Joe Flynn) is a unique talent who takes folk music to another level. Amongst his claims to fame he can include; appearing in Lisa Mitchell’s ‘Coin Laundry’ video as well as performing a duet with Brit award winner, Laura Marling in his most recent single “The Water”

His debut album, “A larum” is full of beautifully written lyrics and so many emotions, and his second album “Been Listening” continues this and does not fail to disappoint.

Personally I am not into that many folk bands but Johnny Flynn is a brilliant example of a modern day folk singer. After seeing Johnny Flynn and his band the Sussex Wit at last year’s Festibelly in Lymington and if you get the chance to see him live you will not be dissapointed!

Check out one of his brilliant songs, The Box below:

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Find out where he is playing this summer by visiting the official Johnny Flynn website. or check out his myspace page here

Sunrise Avenue

I don’t actually know why I have not written about this band before. I was introduced to Sunrise Avenue’s music by a good friend of mine from the Czech Republic.

Following in the footsteps of bands such as The Rasmus and Him, Sunrise Avenue also originate from Helsinki, Finland, and although have not reached the UK just yet have made a big impression in other European countries.

The first song I heard of theirs was their hit track “Fairytale gone bad” which is a great pop/rock song about a guy telling the story of an ended love and singing “tell them it’s me that made you sad, tell them the fairytale gone bad” (fact: this song was chosen as the official theme song for the 2006 Tour de France.)

They describe themselves as 70% rock and 80% pop and have taken the likes of Germany, Austria and Finland by storm with their debut album “On the way to Wonderland” which sold more than 400,000 copies. Now they are about to take on Europe once more on their acoustic tour, promoting their latest album, “Popgasm.” They have not got any UK dates but if you are around Finland, Germany, Austria or Czech watch out for the guys!

For more information on the band click here or check out their hit song, “fairytale gone bad” below:

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Also, check out one of their new songs of the latest albums, “Welcome to my life” which is an emotion filled ballad with a particularly moving video.

Lisa Mitchell

Ok, I admit it. It is yet another female acoustic singer again but this one definitely deserves a place on here. I saw her live recently at Southampton’s Joiners Arms and if you have never heard of her you should definitely check her out.

Lisa Mitchell was actually born in Canterbury, England but at the age of three she was moved to Australia where she has lived for the majority of her life, this has given her an accent with an  english/australian lilt which comes accross in her songs very strongly giving her a unusual but distinct singing voice, one that is hard to compare to anyone else.

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Andrea Mcewan

I actually discovered this artist back in 2009 at a concert. She was the support act for Katie Melua and if you like her you will love Andrea. She is an Australian singer that until last year was living in London, she is currently living in Berlin working on her music. I cannot stop listening to her album, and if you like female acoustic singers you should definitely take a listen to this artist. There is no news as to whether she is planning on coming to England again anytime soon but you can download her album “Rental Property” on itunes, or through the wonderful world that is ebay. The songs you should definitely hear are love suit, and Mr London Town.

The best thing about her lyrics is the metaphors she uses such as making London into a lover, and giving it a human form. She has got a really sweet, melodic voice and you can hear a few samples of her songs on her facebook page here

She also has written a very interesting blog about her travels in Berlin, so if you are into reading blogs check it out here

The Weepies

A friend of mine has recently directed me to this band and I have gotta say, they are amazing.  Think of the magic numbers duo, but then think of the duo, but better, you getting me? You will!

The reason that many of you won’t have heard of them is because they are one of the many American bands that just have not broken through to the British music industry. But, this is not to say that they have not had many acheievements and even a few gigs over here in the UK. The now husband and wife made it big over in America in 2006,after being signed to Nettwerk label. They not only got shortlisted for a music award by Snow patrol member, Gary Lightbody, but they were also asked by Mandy Moore to write and sing on her album. (well, she had to make her album at least a little bit good somehow) 2006 was also the year they performed at the Oxygen festival in Ireland and T in the Park in Scotland. After their big year with much to be celebrated they took some time off and in this break they got married and had a little baby boy.

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