Brooklyn based artist, Ernest Brockenberry, uses his music to tell stories of heartbreak, nostalgia, and coming-of-age in New York City's vast and extremely diverse landscape. Through juxtaposing soulful vocal melodies and lovelorn lyrics with percussive rhythms and soaring synths, he aims to create a world where one can not only acknowledge the feelings, but also move through them.
Growing up in New York strongly attributed to his desire to create, and to be connected to people. He began writing music at the age of 9, with the help of his older brother, and developed a fixation for writing to express himself. By the time he finished middle school, he'd filled up 3 composition notebooks with songs, and was known around school for sharing his lyrics with his friends, who he'd let write comments on all of them.
Ernest attended LaGuardia High School, where he studied instrumental music, and further explored his passion for the arts over the course of his 4 years there. He began releasing music in September of 2019, and has no plans to stop any time soon.
Check out his latest single' Take It All' here.
Irish singer songwriter, Faraway Martin, has a voice that according to Hot Press Magazine ‘leaves an instant mark on the listener’. He is releasing the first single of his debut EP entitled ‘The Lights Turn On’.
Since the release of ‘Falling In Your Sleep’ and 'I Wanna Go', Faraway Martin's presence in the music scene has grown substantially. He has established himself both at home and abroad, with regular appearances as a live act in Qatar, his adopted home in the Middle East, where he supported Boyce Avenue and Bazzi. In Ireland he has also opened for Aslan, Mundy and Hermitage Green.
The song represents the different stages of a couples life together, with a poignant ending from the penultimate line ‘the lights turn off’. Martin reminisces “I love playing this song live. It's the type of song that really engages the listener. When I look up after singing the last line of the song, there's often a few tears in the room. I love making that connection with the people.”
‘The Lights Turn On’ is the first single from Faraway Martin’s debut EP, which is scheduled for release later this year. Once the pandemic passes he will celebrate the release with live performance, continuing on from his previous appearances on the main stage in Whelan's, The Workman's Club and a sold out gig in the Roisin Dubh for his first headline show.
Faraway Martin has a voice that is the perfect vehicle for a pop song yet carries depth and maturity throughout which really connects with the listener. ‘The Lights Turn On’ is a deeply relatable song that disseminates a lifetime full of memories in under 4 minutes. Listing influences such as Damien Rice, Paolo Nutini and Coldplay, it appears that Faraway Martin has found his own sound through his latest release. ‘The Lights Turn On’ was released on all digital platforms on Friday, April 17th 2020.
You can listen to the song here:
Australian Singer-Songwriter Amela has built on her new soaring pop sound, following up from first single "Blame" with "I'm Alright". Recorded by upcoming Gold Coast producer Josh Beattie, Amela explains that "I’m Alright went through two different versions: a folk/indie and then the electronic-pop version but I feel that the second version is more true to what i'd like to include on the album. The recording process was quite smooth - we ended up keeping the demo vocals in there. I sang the vocals after teaching one day when I was feeling particularly tired so I think it added to the feel of the song well."
The new track from Amela was inspired by Allday, with Amela explaining she originally wanted to pitch the song to Allday to collaborate on "I think when I was writing the song I had his sort of melancholic electronic vibes from his song 'In Motion' in my head so I wanted the final mix to resemble this track a little bit." Having released her debut album in 2017 Somewhere in Between, Amela began to receive national airplay on Triple J and regular rotation on community radio stations throughout Australia with her single "Push & Pull".
Already possessing a long list of achievements, Amela has been sampled in Allday's "Codeine 17" and has collaborated with diverse international electronic producers including Astre, Clovr, as well as Sydney rock band Bad Pony. Amela also recently performed at the Woodford Folk Festival with Bosnian folk band Cardak and was a Gold Coast Music Award finalist alongside Amy Shark.
Now more ambitious than ever, Amela hopes her upcoming album in 2020 will bring a fresh sound and help her to expand musically, giving fans an exciting new journey to join with her. With Amela's new single "I'm Alright" having been made possible by receiving a grant through the Gold Coast Activate Music program, it's not hard to see the Sia-inspired artist reaching new heights.
A new face in the Leeds music scene, Before Me have been playing music together not only as a band but as best friends for 7 years. Having moved from their hometown Cheltenham in the South West to study music in Leeds last year, the boys have spent their first year in Leeds writing, refining and recording music.
Before Me have found a synergy between atmospheric, delicate, electronic textures and high energy, live band elements to produce a sound that is as exciting as it is original. The production of their musical sound world is key to the band’s DNA and is displayed perfectly through their forthcoming single Can’t Sleep from the self-produced EP Do You Feel.
Taking influence from modern British guitar bands such as DON BROCO, The 1975 and Bring Me The Horizon, it’s no surprise to find emotional, hard-hitting choruses interspersed with detailed, synthesised backdrops throughout the EP. Lyrically, it explores stories personal to the band yet highly relatable to the audience, depicting the complex nature of relationships in adolescence and the hardships they can cause. The single ‘Can’t Sleep’ is an example of this, and was written during a period of time in which a relationship of such, affected one of the boys in a difficult way.
However, the cathartic nature of the song led to it becoming a seminal work for Before Me, further influencing songs to come. Whilst lyrically remaining transparent, the song naturally came into its own in a very short period of time, owing to the substance it possesses. It leaves nowhere to hide, and emanates a powerful sense of honesty – a value the boys hold dear to themselves as a collective, and as individuals.
Having taken a temporary hiatus from playing gigs to record and produce the Do You Feel EP entirely by themselves, Before Me are back, now armed with an arsenal of new music that is in line with where the band’s sound currently is. Before Me have a wealth of gigging experience under previous aliases, highlights of which include the Music For Youth Final 2015 (in which they won the best performance practise award, receiving feedback such as, “you write great hooks way beyond your age” at Birmingham Town Hall, 02 Academy Islington and many sold-out hometown shows. However, having taken the past couple of years to better themselves as musicians and as a collective, it’s safe to say there is a sense of maturity about the band’s sound and temperament.
Do You Feel will be available digitally on all major stores and streaming platforms June 19th. Can’t Sleep will be the first single released, with a music video to follow at a later date.
meet british singer with german roots Alice Kübe. her new song 'love on you' is out now. check it out
Alice Kübe's new single 'Love On You' is a spring-time Soul/R&B roller; it features Alice's trademark vocal storytelling over backing that utilises live instruments, including piano, bass and saxophone. A wonderfully organic track that is reminiscent of work by Sadé and her contemporaries.
Alice Kübe is a British singer-songwriter with German heritage, originating from Berlin. Mixing Electronic, RnB and Soul flavours in her music, Alice Kübe is an emerging artist to keep your eye on!
Following the success of his EP’s Chapter One and Chapter Two Joe Bygraves is back with a long-awaited new single ‘Wild Nights’.
Joe is a 24-year-old pop singer-songwriter from Bedfordshire. With over 100k streams on spotify Joe’s music has gone from strength to strength. Joe’s first single ‘Childhood Sweetheart’ was well-received and selected for a Spotify UK Soft Pop Songs playlist.
His sophomore EP Chapter Two followed swiftly with further success. Joe’s single ‘Bring Me Down’ achieved new heights and was selected for a 2020 Pop Hits playlist, and included on Spotify’s New Indie Radar selection.
The last few years have seen Joe play to bigger and bigger audiences. He’s become a regular on the local festival scene playing to around 7000 people at the Bedford Park Proms and headlining the Golden Hare stage at the popular AmpRocks. In the summer of 2019 Joe opened for pop legend Ronan Keating and finished the year off in style playing at BBC Introducing Live in London’s Docklands.
His new single ‘Wild Nights’ is sure to be an upbeat summer hit, combining Joe’s token guitar-driven style with a new soaring pop feel. The positive feel of the song strikes a welcome note in the current uncertain times.
With more exciting new music in the pipeline, Joe is thrilled to be sharing his latest work with the world.
Los Angeles, CA -- Pop artist, Nadia Vaeh has released an empowering new single, "Monroe." A true pop anthem that will resonate with women around the world, "Monroe" pays homage to the female icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Meryl Streep, Celine Dion and more. The single is available for streaming and download on digital music platforms worldwide.
Produced by Dion Shaw and co-produced by Tyler Spratt, "Monroe" is an alluring pop song that focuses on women's empowerment and the positive outcomes that can result when women support each other. "I wanted to write a song paying tribute to many of the women who have influenced me as an artist, entertainer, and woman. "Monroe" to me is about being confident in yourself and working to uplift and inspire other women," explained Vaeh. "We all have room to shine and when we allow that light to flow through, we can create space for others to do the same."
Humble and ambitious in her goals for the song, Vaeh hits the mark with "Monroe." Marilyn Monroe is just one of the many iconic female role models that Vaeh name drops on the track but was ultimately given the song title. "Marilyn Monroe, I believe, was very much a pioneer in shifting how women have been portrayed since the beginnings of cinema. I feel like she existed in a very confusing time and was highly misunderstood. She spearheaded a different sort of self-expression for women in the public eye. She was bold and fearless." Vaeh too is bold and fearless. Uplifting piano and drums create an epic and catchy ballad for Vaeh to sing her heart out to, and audiences can't help but sing along.
The Atlanta native's love of music started at just two years old. Her American mother and Lebanese father nurtured that love when they placed her in a traveling youth-choir. Her mother, a poet, has an especially important influence on Vaeh developing her lyricism and language. When she tragically lost her mother to suicide at just seventeen years old, the young artist's course was forever shifted. She stopped making music, left her high-school band, and started down a path of self-destructive behaviors and self-sabotage. When she finally returned to music, she was desperately searching for anything that could help her deal with the heartbreak. With relentless resilience and perseverance, Nadia Vaeh has grown into the artist and performer she is today. Her journey is not only self-healing though, as she seeks to inspire those around the world with her pop music. As she put it, "I would rather focus on uplifting and advocating for a worthy cause than on just catchy lyrics and melodies. I am particularly drawn to pop as these 'ear-worms' do have such a powerful ability to create positive shifts in the world around us."
Nadia Vaeh's words aim to encourage women to embrace their own strengths and live in their truth to follow their dreams. It is apparent upon hearing the song that Vaeh is very passionate about empowering women. Proceeds of the song will be donated to GirlUp, a United Nations Foundation dedicated to advancing girls' skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders and to inspire a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change.
“This isolation trap pulls us deeper into ourselves
Where the dark shades of the past need us to be compassionate”
We all find ourselves more or less in an Isolation Trap at the moment, don't we? It makes us be confronted with emotions and issues in our lives, that we didn't face yet. It's a difficult time for all of us, but also an opportunity. The young singer-songwriter Bianca Aristía based in Leipzig, Germany, took this chance and used the global Covid-19-situation as a source of inspiration to create new music.
The message is to connect with yourself and other people, even in times like these. It’s the only way to escape your own Isolation Trap. Everything is self-made here – from songwriting to music production, mixing, mastering and even the artwork with only 2 people involved – the singer herself and her keyboarder and producer Lennart Jahn.
The song, which is part of her upcoming Corona-inspired EP is kept very simple. Pop guitars are the leading elements combined with fresh R&B drums, which are very essential for a Bianca Aristía original, of course topped by the singer’s excellent and soulful vocals. Her voice enthused not only the entire jury of the TV-show The Voice of Germany in the past, but also the hearts of her fans, that she won over in her live concerts in Germany, Mexico, Spain, Italy and Belgium.
The song is a positive message to everyone in these uncertain times. We’re all in this boat together, so we might as well connect and share our experiences, even if it’s not possible on a physical level. With this heartwarming thought in mind, go ahead and enjoy the new single Isolation Trap by Bianca Aristía.
Kildare singer/songwriter NÍV is set to release her latest single ‘Silly Voices’ on March 27th. It was recorded and produced in Maynooth by 93 Acres.
Talking about her latest single, NÍV says, “This was one of the easiest songs I’ve written. I remember having a nice melancholic riff on the guitar that, when hearing it, made me reminiscent of my childhood. I grew up in a family of six children and I started to think about the main things that stood out while growing up and that’s where the lyrics came from. The song is a memory of recurring childhood moments that, at the time may have seemed minute or insignificant, but are now some of the fondest memories I have of growing up. The song also ended up being a gentle and encouraging reminder not to dwell on the past and that the future can be just as bright if not brighter. The children we used to be would enjoy the present and look forward to the future. We should too.”
NÍV is the alias of Irish singer songwriter Niamh Murray who hails from Kildare. Niamh’s music career began in 2011 when she was lead singer of “Murmur” ; a country folk band made up of her and sisters Róisín and Sinéad Murray. During this time, the band achieved great success playing gigs alongside other talented musicians such as Hudson Taylor and Orla Gartland in venues like the Sugar Club and Sweeney’s. The band were finalists in competitions such as the Glee Club play the 3 Arena. and TG4’s “Feis and Blood.” The band received great praise from Louis Walsh describing them as the “Irish answer to The Dixie Chicks.”
Following this success, Niamh joined the indie rock band, District Daze. During her time as lead singer, the band won King Kong Club’s Battle of the Bands - Play the Picnic, and were rewarded with a slot at Electric Picnic 2014’s Oxfam tent. The band went on to play at festivals and venues such as Vantastival and the Sugar Club, before launching their debut EP at a sold-out event in Sweeney’s, Dublin.
In terms of her solo career, Niamh has gained achievements of her own, including being chosen from more than 300 online submissions as a finalist in the “The Soloist” singing competition 2016. Niamh’s music is inspired by singer songwriters such as Damien Rice and Joni Mitchell with influences from Irish traditional music and folk songs.
The song is now available on all major download and streaming platforms. Grab yourself a copy or stream below on Spotify.
If, like many music lovers across the globe, you have spent some time enjoying the sounds of vocal powerhouses Adele, Jessie J, Pink and Sigrid, then you’ll be in perfect company with one, ‘Lucy Warr’.
Hailing from a small town in Somerset, Lucy Warr arrived in London in 2013 with the sole purpose of developing herself as a young Woman in Music. This mission is already off to a promising start as Lucy’s live shows captivate unwitting gig goers across the city with her unique take on the Pop Music genre. Her melodies provide power and impact whilst empowering the listener with her messages of hope and positivity, leaving them uplifted. The sensation of a Lucy Warr live show is unmistakable and demands to be experienced in the flesh in order to peer through the mirror her songs provide. In her own words, “I believe that music is the purest way to bring light into the world. It has the power to heal and the power to help people reconnect with them selves and I want people to connect. I have not put myself here to tell people what to think or feel, but I know, whatever it is, that it matters. Everything matters now more than ever in way it didn’t used to before and in this digital age, we have a responsibility to live honestly and to help other do the same.”
Lucy Warr is ready to show the world who she is in the form of her first official release, ‘ENERGY’. The song itself seeks to reveal the personal saboteur that lives within all of us and allows us to let go of the fear and negativity in moving forward. Supported by elements of modern folk and electronica, layered harmonies and vocoders, Lucy Warr has entered the metaphorical battlefield with a full garrison at her command. While we’ve got your attention, ‘ENERGY’ is out now and is available across all major platforms.