Singer Songwriter

The Wonderful World of Laurel

Adam Hamdy | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Laurel has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, NME, Q Magazine and many other publications. She's had support from Zane Lowe and Huw Stevens amongst others, and charted in Billboard.com's Top 40 Emerging Artists.

John Howard - Pop's Enduring Comeback Kid

Charles Donovan | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Charles Donovan

John discovered that his first album had an incipient following in 2002 when a journalist, Mark Luffman, emailed him from Australia after finding the LP in a car-boot sale. "He raved about it. No one had ever said such nice things," says John. "It was considered a complete failure by my record company and management - they saw it as an experience best forgotten".

Things Every Male Vocalist Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I've previously featured young singer Josh Savage. Josh bears all the hallmarks of a future star, from a captivating voice to real songwriting talent. In the era of the male vocalist, I wanted to pick his brains for advice for other musicians on their way up.

Introducing: Tim O-T

Clara Cullen | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

I'd met Tim properly a few weeks earlier; his song writing and live shows had come highly recommended by peers Ruby Day and Sean McGowan. Knowing him as a part of this budding music community I set out to find out a bit more about the young performer.

Gareth Dunlop: A Songwriter on the Rise

Clara Cullen | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Gareth Dunlop is a songwriter of uncanny ability. Listening to his records you wouldn't be able to tell that he's still only in his twenties. He has a gravelly voice and songs that shine with a confidence disguising his youth. In 2011 Gareth won the prestigious Young Songwriter of the Year award at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and Nashville beckoned.

Hollywood - Surviving Red Carpets, Namedroppers and the Bath Salt Brigade

Madame Allsorts | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Madame Allsorts

I've just arrived in Hollywood; I'm walking down the Boulevard, sucking on a fame pill that is killing me to swallow. My heavily jet lagged ass is being hauled over the cobbles, gazing down at the walk of fame.

Pamela Polland's Lost Master Tapes Found!

Charles Donovan | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Charles Donovan

When I wrote about my friend Pamela Polland last year, in a desperate search for her lost 1973 master tapes, I entertained little hope that we would find them. After all, Sony, the tapes' actual owners, had searched in 2006 without success.

How YouTube Can Help You Get a Record Deal and Turn It Down

Kina Grannis | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Tech
Kina Grannis

I've since spent the last 6 and some years calling it my home and using it as my main platform for releasing my original music, and as a result, I have been lucky enough to find fans here in the UK as well as around the world.

Stepping Out From the Shadows

Fiona Bevan | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Fiona Bevan

Some incredible opportunities have opened up for me since I wrote One Direction's number one song Little Things with Ed Sheeran... But it's also highlighted to me the importance of articulating certain things that I need to say to the world, right now, and in an individual way that's musically faithful to myself.

Talking Influences and 'Shaky Knees' With Rising Star Marcella

Claire Meadows | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claire Meadows

Texas-born singer/songwriter Marcella is set to take the world by storm with her infectious tunes and beguiling voice.

Shelagh McDonald, Vanished Singer/Songwriter Feared Dead for Decades, Is Alive and Singing...

Charles Donovan | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Charles Donovan

In 2005, flicking idly through one of the glossy music monthlies, I spotted a tiny box copy item about a singer/songwriter called Shelagh McDonald who had vanished. No one knew her whereabouts, nor had they for over thirty years.

He Who Dares

Daniel Cadwallader | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Cadwallader

On first listen it's easy to compare Douglas Dare's melodic piano stylings to the likes of Blake or even the less sophisticated Tom Odell. But a closer inspection reveals the influence of artists as diverse as Nick Cave, Jon Hopkins (in the tasteful beats that accompany his playing) or even the late Elliot Smith.

A Guide to Writing a Hit Song

Andy Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andy Brown

I've been writing for a while now and one thing I've learnt is to always finish a song. Even if it turns out to not be one of your best, it's important to get it finished and out of the way so you can move on to the next. Here's some other tips that I hope will help any aspiring songwriters out there.

How Harry Nilsson's Troubled Childhood Inspired Great Songs

Alyn Shipton | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alyn Shipton

Right through his life, Nilsson went on pouring his life and experiences into his lyrics, and there are few artists whose life can be traced, song by song, album by album, as graphically as his. His split from his second wife, his experiences of drugs and alcohol, and his final, fulfilled family life with his third wife Una...

What Does 'Try' Mean?

Josh Taerk | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Taerk

It's not about what you say but how you say it that creates the affect words have. So the next time you're faced with a situation that seems impossible at the time, remember that it's not about "trying," but about giving it all of your "try."

Choosing A University And Choosing A Path In LIfe

Josh Taerk | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Taerk

At the end of the day you're head can mess you up sometimes, constantly planning and making fall back plans for your fall back plans. When it comes to making decisions for yourself, you can never go wrong listening to your heart.

Do You Want Emerging Icons Headliner Liz Lawrence to Perform Live In Your Living Room...?

Kat Jackman | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Liz Lawrence is rounding off an amazing year with a final project... and this one is off-the-scale brilliant. The 'Emerging Icons In The Park' artist is releasing a new album on New Year's Day, and she needs YOU to help take it out on tour!

Appreciate the Living Before It's Too Late!

Kamran Assadi | Posted 28.03.2012 | Home
Kamran Assadi

I encounter truly remarkable people in my life on a daily basis, people that inspire me with their values, morals and beliefs. People who always go the extra mile in everything they do, good people. These people are the ones I really appreciate, yet will they ever get the plaudits they deserve?

Music With A View - Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Stephen O' Regan | Posted 27.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Stephen O' Regan

It's been an incredibly sad week for music with the passing of Amy Winehouse. But it is important to remember, that there is still a vast amount of g...

Music With a View - Josh Bray

Stephen O' Regan | Posted 19.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Stephen O' Regan

Lets take a break away from all the Murdoch madness - introducing Josh Bray. Josh was inspired to start playing after discovering the legendary Nick Drake, which is as good excuse as any to make you pick up a guitar, so long as you don't let it get you too down.