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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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.

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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Lucy Schwartz

A relatively new talent to the scene, but you may have already heard some of her songs without realising it. If you have seen the film, “The Women” you may well have heard two of her, “Beautiful” and “Count on me” which she wrote and sung for the blockbuster.Her songs have also been featured on the likes of; Private Practise, Reaper, South beach and most recently, Grey’s Anatomy.

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Black Bart

This is actually a band which was reccomended to me by my brother. They are based in Bournemouth and since they first performed in 2004 they have played at many venues. 

One of the things that attracted me to writing a review on this band, after hearing their music, is their use of mixing genres to create a unique hybrid.  The main genre which comes through in their music is country. However, the use of electric guitars and a rougher voice to the usual country singer, adds a rock element to their songs.

The song which particularly attracted my attention is “Good Hearted Woman”. The main melody line is very country style yet the addition of electric guitars rather than acoustic guitar makes the genre more hybrid as mentioned above.  This song is very upbeat and its main theme of love is continued throughout the song.

 

Check them out here or on the band’s site here