Brian Blade (born 1970 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American jazz drummer and composer. Brian made his first appearances as a sideman with pianist Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, and continued to work as a sideman with other musicians commonly known as "young lions." As a leader, he has released three albums - Fellowship, Perceptual, and most recently, Season of Changes, his Verve Music Group debut. Season of Changes has received rave reviews and continues to grow in popularity.
Fronted by singer Chele Willow, formerly of Las Vegas, and playing a lively mixture of folk, rock, blues and Americana style, BorderLine Crossing is based in Warwickshire,UK. Their line-up sees the return to an essentially acoustic sound that has proved popular at folk clubs and festivals. Their repertoire encompasses the influences of blues, soul, west-coast rock and traditional American music and includes a number of self-penned material alongside classics first recorded by Billie Holiday, Townes van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, Jackson Browne and Amos Lee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BisSASG4eTE Gaz Brookfield is a singer/songwriter from Swindon, but currently residing in Bristol.
His songs are honest and instantly accessible. Played in a folkish style with the occaisional use of the guitar a percussive tool, as well as some very dexterous two handed fret board shenanigans. Add to that the natural charm and humour that he brings to the performance and you have an artist not to be missed.
Carly Rae Jepsen (born November 21, 1985) is a Juno-nominated singer/songwriter from Mission, British Columbia, Canada In the summer of 2007 she placed third in the fifth season of Canadian Idol. Her debut album Tug of War was released in Canada on September 30, 2008. An EP titled Curiosity was released on February 14, 2012. The lead single, Call Me Maybe, reached #1 in her native Canada and was certified double platinum.
With music featured in more TV shows and Films than you can keep count of, and with opening slots for artists such as Gavin DeGraw and Jack Johnson to his credit, it
"A young singer / songwriter from Swindon who breezed onto the scene earlier this year and has made a big impact already with some captivating performances that showcase her simple but imaginative songs. Delicate and ethereal seeming at first there is an underlying steeliness that helps draw you in without realising and makes you forget her tender years." - Gig Monkey, The Ocelot Magazine
German born Natascha Leonie is currently based in London, working on her debut album ‘forget humble’, performing whenever the dates fit between the studio sessions and the overbooked diary of her globe-spread band. After a jazzy and classical education, playing in different bands, painting and travelling around the seven seas promoting and managing other class-A bands and artists she finally dived into producing her own material.
Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass, drums and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery" and use of multi-tracking to create vocal harmonies.
Barzin is a Canadian singer-songwriter named Barzin Hosseini. Slow and melancholic, introspective and confessional: These words in some ways describe the sound of Barzin. A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception. But somewhere along the way it shed its solitary skin allowing a wide array of characters into it’s sound. From amongst a rotating cast of musicians, who occasionally made appearances on recordings and at performances, three individuals slowly became a fixture of this project.