MRJ TEAMS UP WITH HITMAKERS TO RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE “WATER”

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MRJ a.k.a Matthew Russell Jones is a pop Singer/Songwriter originally from Lincoln and based in Camden, London, UK. He launched his career performing across the globe and in London, but with his pulse always on the pop music scene.

MRJ writes songs in the pop genre ranging from electric to acoustic. He says " I like many different types of music so experiment with different styles within pop. Some people say its a fight between acoustic & electronic but I embrace both, I love music, particularly pop and all my music comes from a place of how I’m feeling at the time".

MRJ has collaborated with many different producers and songwriters from London to L.A to procure his sound. This includes Michael Stockwell ( Jools Holland ) and Sky Adams ( Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks ) at ‘Phrased Differently’ London ( Little Mix, Craig David, Jessie J, Miley Cyrus) who all came together to create the brand new single ‘Water’ with MRJ .

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MRJ has also worked with songwriter/producer Lenn Arun (Skunk Anansie ), Lyricist ‘Marvee Woods’ and Singer/Songwriter Effie and has received praise from Perez Hilton who is a fan of his work.

While in LA in 2015 MRJ hooked up with ‘Templebase Studios’ run by Guy Baruch working with Producer/Songwriter and Artist ‘Scotty Grand’. MRJ has also performed live with various guitarists such as ‘Stuart King’ drummer and pianist ‘Tom Oakley’ and the house band at open mic night ‘Sessions 58’.

The debut single from MRJ is entitled “Water” and will be released on 25 November 2016 on MRJ Records followed in 2017 by an E.P. 

Online:

www.mrjmusic.co.uk

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Pop star Bruno Mars will ring in 2017 in Las Vegas as part of a new residency deal.

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Pop star Bruno Mars will ring in 2017 in Las Vegas as part of a new residency deal.

The Uptown Funk hitmaker has signed a partnership with bosses at MGM Resorts International for a series of concerts at their venues over the next two years, and he’ll kick off his exclusive deal by performing at Maryland’s MGM National Harbor on 27 December (16), days after the venue’s grand opening.

He will then stage a pair of shows at the new Park Theater at the Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Sin City on 30 and 31 December (16), and return in March (17) for a string of dates.

"Bruno is among the most talented performers in the world and we are excited to start a long-term relationship with him across our industry-leading portfolio of entertainment venues," Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International, writes in a statement issued to Entertainment Tonight.

"There is no stronger launching pad for a new venue than for Bruno Mars to be among the first to grace its stage, and we get to do it twice, an amazing beginning to a multi-year partnership."

Although Bruno’s concert deal won’t be a traditional residency, he joins the likes of Celine Dion, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez, who have all become Vegas regulars in recent years.

The news emerges three days after Bruno debuted the video for his new single 24K Magic, and announced plans to release an album of the same name on 18 November (16).

It will be Bruno’s third studio album, the follow-up to 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox.

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British three-piece shine bright in an ocean of unsigned acts with their chart pop “Peace of Mind”

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Heart-stopping synths, energy laden rock and full-blown chart pop combine in Lorenza’s signature sound.

This British three-piece combines layers of instruments and vocals with relatable lyrics, creating epic stadium-sized sounds.

Drawing musical influences from the likes of Bastille, The Weeknd and twenty one pilots, this relentlessly innovative trio shines bright in an ocean of unsigned acts.

Academy of Contemporary Music alumni  the band wrote, recorded and produced their debut EP to be released on their own label in September 2016.

Lorenza consists of: Jordan Cosmo (vox & keys) Gio Fraser (guitar) and Jack Robinson on drums.

The epic new single ” Peace of Mind” is taken off the new E.P “Peace of Mind” recorded at AIR and Metropolis studios and now available worldwide on iTunes and all good online retailers.

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http://lorenzamusic.com

Malaysian pop star Kuizz releases new single “Younger” and E.P “ Till the end”

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Kuizz Shah is a Singer-Songwriter & Producer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuizz has worked with multiple award winning artists such as Juno Award Winner Mia Martina,  Danny Fernandes & Kristinia Debarge.

Kuizz’s writing career has been recognised in both Canada and Japan  achieving chart success in the past couple of years.  He started writing and producing at the age of 19 and worked with Los Angeles based label Kurado Publishing for 4 years.

The latest release “Till The End” E.P consists of six freshly produced tracks including the new single ” Younger”.

The tracks resonate the ambience of soulful vocals and beats in an urban setting. The combination of these richly-textured songs which Kuizz wrote , mixed and produced in his home studio and then collaborated with co-producer Daniel Matthias Ortmann on, make it a fiercely independent project with surprising mass appeal.

Kuizz’s sources of inspiration to write songs are mainly derived from movies, be it a chick flick or a straight up action movie. Check out his music and decide if you’ll be with him “Till The End”.

Get Kuizz releases on Spotify and iTunes. To keep updated with KUIZZ , follow him on his social media channels:

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Mon Frere – Shadows

 

‘Mon Frere’ are the U.K. based electro pop producers based in Brighton.  Mon Frere consists of brothers Paul and Matt Lennox. 

Paul is the songwriter and producer  Matt provides the lyrics and the brothers source talented young vocalists to complete the line up. 

Mon Frere have worked with some of the most talented up and coming singers in the business  like Joell Fender who has worked with the likes of Kwabs  Sigala and Wilkinson and Kate Wild who is a lead vocalist on many recent EDM records across the globe. 

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After the release of their debut album ‘Urban Glow’ in the summer of 2015  the two brothers who form Mon Frere have been working hard to develop their sound and create a unique identity.  Drawing from influences such as The Cinematic Orchestra  Massive Attack and Naughty Boy  the brothers are set on fusing modern electro pop production  with the musical depth of the aforementioned artists to create a refreshing new sound for the masses.  

With the pending release of a brand new E.P. in early 2017  Mon Frere will be hitting the road in the summer. 

Their latest single "Shadows"  ft. Joell Fender will be released worldwide on 2 December 2016.

Check out the Mon Frere online at www.monfrere.co.uk

Adele once turned up at British presenter Alan Carr’s house "inconsolable" over an ex-boyfriend.

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Adele once turned up at British presenter Alan Carr’s house "inconsolable" over an ex-boyfriend.

The Rolling in the Deep singer is close pals with the presenter, and he has revealed that while she achieved global success with her album 21, Adele was still "cut up" about her ex-boyfriend and once stayed with Alan for days after turning up at his house "completely inconsolable" over the split.

"Adele stayed with me when she was at her lowest ebb," Alan writes in his book Alanatomy, which has been serialised in The Sun newspaper. "The album 21 had just taken the world by storm but you would never have thought it with how miserable she was."

Alan offered her his spare room for a rest and would leave tea and sandwiches outside the door but she didn’t surface for days, leading Alan to worry she had passed away.

"She was quiet as a mouse, so quiet in fact we forgot she was up there, and it was only after a couple of days that I realised we hadn’t seen her or heard a peep out of her," he explained.

Alan’s now-fiancee Paul Drayton suggested they check on her but the presenter was concerned about what he would find.

"My brain went into overdrive," he revealed. "First things first, we had to check whether she was dead after all. Paul and I walked up the two flights of stairs and there she was sound asleep and, thankfully, alive."

Alan and Paul got engaged during a recent holiday in Indonesia and he has already asked Adele to be his bridesmaid. He also hopes she will sing her hit Someone Like You at the ceremony.

Adele has since got over her heartbreak and has been dating Simon Konecki since 2011. They have a three-year-old son named Angelo.

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Papaphone are one of the UK’s best new acts according to The Observer

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Papaphone started back in Hertfordshire Music College when Russell Perkins and Thomas Hammond shared a mutual interest in creating emotive  uplifting and well written songs. They began playing music together  focussing on the love of creating something special rather than playing the latest fads. Not being influenced by a musical style  they just did what came naturally.

Papaphone began to write from the heart and brought together a mix of melody  sincerity and warmth. Writing and playing around the local area , Papaphone built up a strong loyal fan base with their live performances earning them more nationwide publicity and gig offerings. Highlights include headlining the Camden Barfly in London to a record number of people for an unsigned act at the time and winning Battle of the Bands at The Horn  St Albans out of over 90 entrants.

Headlining venues around the UK including the infamous 100 Club  Oxford Street , London and The Roadhouse in Manchester along with a live interview on BBC Radio.  Papaphone then played The Waterfront in Norwich and earned the praise of being named one of the UKs best new acts by The Observer newspaper. 

In 2015  Papaphone released their first real album "Songs I Wrote" to critical acclaim amongst the folk community. Papaphone also gained some famous names as fans  including Shane McGowan and The Levellers.

A UK summer tour followed the album release with highlights including headlining Mr Wolfs in Bristol and appearing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival. The first song and video released from the upcoming record  ‘Isn’t It Wonderful?’ , ‘Lioness’ was played on BBC Introducing and described as ‘A beautiful song’ by Mr Gareth Lloyd.

The brand new E.P "Isn’t it wonderful" will be released on 14 November 2016 with worldwide distribution from Universal Music Operations and featuring the single " Lioness" which was premiered on the exclusive trending music video site www.vinema.co.uk    

Online:

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Wills and the Willing–Dream in Colour

 

Ian Wills has always had somewhat of a ‘revolving door policy’ on his critically acclaimed band Wills & The Willing. Each of his first two albums featured an almost entirely different line-up, including Jessie Wood (Reef), Rachel Wood (Cirque de Soleil), and guest vocals from the likes of Tom McRae., Harry Collier, & Liane Carrol. Now with a brand new line-up and a bigger, more accessible sound for his third album ‘Dream In Colour’; Wills finally believes that he has settled on a definitive band line-up and has an inspiring set of new songs that will help take the band to a much wider audience.

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Inspired by the town of Wotton Bassett and the tearful repatriations, the first single ‘Butterflies’ relies heavily on the musical skills of new full-time ‘Willing’ members Sean Genockey , Charlie Morton and John Hogg (Moke, Rich Robinson, Roger Daltrey). You can not fail to be moved by the cinematic tear stained lyrics that comes from the sword like pen of Wills, coupled with its soaring chorus and emotive production.

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In September of 2012, Ian , Sean , Charlie & John started working on the third Wills & The Willing album, "Dream In Colour", which was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios, Wales and at South London’s Black Dog Studios. The album was engineered and recorded by Sean, who also mixed seven of the tracks, along with additional mixes by Ruadhri Cushnan, and was produced by Wills & The Willing.

Ruadhri who co- wrote and performed on the tracks  "Amazing" and "Patience" with ( George Michael), is also  acknowledged as being one of the UK’s leading mixing enginners. Over the past  six years, he has mixed for (U2, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, The Guillemots , Seth Lakeman, The Maccabees, Ed Sheeran) in between doing the mixes for “ Dream In Colour” he mixed (“ Babel” Mumford and Sons) much anticipated second album.

Sean is very much on the cutting edge of Indie music , in the past decade he has produced some of the best new music to come out of the UK-his guitar playing skills are in high demand- Sean has just finished playing and recording guitars on the new album by (Roger Daltrey)

John spent the late Summer and Autumn of 2015 touring with (Rich Robinson- ex Black Crowes) – culminating in John sharing a stage in Seattle with ( Rich, Jimmy Page and members of Nirvana, Soundgarden & Paul Rodgers)

Ian’s forthcoming book "Nothing To Lose", published by New Haven Publishing, is scheduled for Worldwide release on September 26th, 2016.

THE STORY

Ian Wills released his first commercial recording in 2004, when he collaborated with the legendary drummer and producer (Trevor Morais), under the name of "Hundred & 3" – Ian released the track "HIV" on One Little Indian, (Bjork) label. "HIV" featured the late (Alvin Lee) playing guitar riffs, and

(Jean Alain Roussel),  who is  renowned for his work with ( Cat Stevens, Bob Marley, Sting, Vangelis) on keyboards.

In late 2004 Ian formed Wills & The Willing and it was in October of 2005 that Janice Long started to champion the band, when she  played the single "21st Century Love Song" on her highly regarded and popular Radio 2 program. By the Summer of 2006, the band was enjoying strong national radio and media support, and was playing at festivals across the UK, including the much loved and highly respected Guilfest. The highlight for Ian, whilst on the second series of gigs, was in New York, when he had the privilege of sharing a radio show with the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Legend ( Les Paul), who announced, live on air, that the lyrics of "21st Century Love Song" were among his favourite in recent times.

In 2007, Ian reformed his band, Wills & The Willing, bringing in musicians and friends that he had long admired to record the second album “Heroes & Villains”- the new line up consisted of Ian, Sean Genockey and Charlie Morton, plus part time members The Adj & John Tills, ex Kubb. They released their first single "Skin", which featured Didier Drogba and Michael Essien. "Skin" was used as part of the football anti racist "Kick It Out" Campaign. Wills & The Willing went on to release the second single "Lipstick" to critical acclaim in 2008, featuring the Mercury Prize nominated (Tom McRae) .

Wills & The Willing went back on the road with the new line up in anticipation of the release of "Heroes And Villains"- they played Guilfest, the Isle of Wight music Festival, The Royal Albert Hall and live sessions at Radio 2. Sadly, just as they were due to embark on a full UK tour, calamity struck as Ian was rushed to hospital and spent two years in  and out of hospital during his recovery process – which resulted in "Heroes And Villains" not being commercially released.

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The brand new album “ Dream in Colour” is out on 31 October 2016 with distribution from Universal Music Operations and featuring the incredible new single  “ Butterflies”.

Jude Jeyaraj–Yesterdays

 

Jude Jeyaraj cannot identify himself with any one particular style of music. In his own words "Eastern music (and ragas) offer a spirituality that just cannot be found in Western music." as a result  his music is very diverse.

Born on 18th September 1978  Jude spent his early years in the small town of Jaffna in North-eastern Sri Lanka. Whether running down its long sandy beach  chasing between the houses with his cousins and friends  or simply sitting alone on the lush green banks of one of the many rivers that sliced through the countryside  the young Jude felt that his home was a magical place.  At the age of five Jude’s father bought him a small percussion instrument called a mealam.

He took it everywhere  and was constantly playing  so much so that he fractured a finger and had to visit the hospital. To this day  a crooked digit bears witness to his early passion for creating sound. Jude himself finds it hard to explain where this passion came from. Perhaps  he has mused  the incredible array of sounds around him at this impressionable age; the babbling rivers  the chatter and shrieking of children  the crashing sea  or the noises of the towns daily life all entered him   planting the seeds of rhythm and melody?  By the age of seven Jude was playing the guitar  mimicking popular movie songs for his friends  his music developing through playing in the local church. The seeds were sprouting and growing.

At ten   Jude’s family migrated to London to escape the civil war raging in their homeland. Leaving his home  his friends and traditions were hard for the young boy.  A strange language  unfamiliar surroundings and the terrible cold were all tough on Jude  and to make matters worse his access to instruments and lessons were stopped dead  the cost of living in this grey land forcing sacrifices on the family.

The echoes of the music of his childhood now lay dormant inside him  trapped with no outlet  silenced by the roar of the city.  Two years on and Jude was given the opportunity by a local borough initiative to learn a new instrument  he picked the keyboard. His parents encouraged his learning and practice  seeing in their son a re- awakening of the passion that was so much a part of him back in their now seemingly idyllic life in Jaffna.

The lonely Jude threw himself into the instrument  the music becoming his companion and comforter  as well as his inspiration   and now he began to craft his own compositions as well as continue playing the movie songs he had entertained his friends with back home.

After some exposure in local shows  Jude was invited to join his first band “Rainbow” playing alongside  and then meeting more experienced musicians helped him develop both his musical knowledge and his performance skills. Jude continued to take formal classes to supplement his experience until  at the age of Seventeen  Jude performed his first solo show in front of a crowd of several thousand at Fairfield Hall London.

Since then  Jude has performed large shows all over Europe. He has taken to the stage with many top artists from all over the world  and has made a number of television appearances both in the educational and entertainment arenas.  Music has not been Jude’s only focus  he is a qualified Accountant and Financial Analyst working for one of the world’s largest Investment Banking companies, but there is no doubt that the seeds of Rhythm  sound and melody planted in him so long ago and so far away  have grown roots which have spread and entwined with the very essence of him.

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Yesterday’s is the brand new single and is out now:

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Tony Shaw–Take me away–Hot new single from rising singer/songwriter

Born in Northamptonshire (United Kingdom) Tony comes from a musical family.  His own musical talents are purely self taught.

Tony has appeared on national television in programmes such ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ in which he performed a song by Star Sailor.

He also reached the finals of Mic UK competition at the NEC Centre in Birmingham.

He has performed in venues around the United Kingdom such as 02 Birmingham, BMF Festival Peterborough, The Roadmender Northampton including the famous Camden Roundhouse music venue and Chandos Arms in Colindale London.

Tony’s influences are Oasis, The Verve and Stereophonics in addition he likes blues music and brit pop.

His repertoire of songs include over 30 of his own compositions and his aspirations would be to co-write with Noel Gallagher and Ed Sheeran.

Tony’s new song Take Me Away is about a personal experience in his life.  This track was recorded at Vigilante Studio in London.

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His current project is recording and completing a new album.  Tony will be embarking upon a series of media interviews which includes performing at venues across the United Kingdom

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Take Me Away is available on iTunes.