“Follow Your Dreams.” The familiar saying tattooed onto ANJA’s right arm tells the unlikely story of her life. Growing up in the Norwegian countryside, the Scandinavian-born songstress was raised far from the pulse of mainstream pop culture. And in a village that didn’t see singing as a proper job, even farther from the likelihood of ever becoming a part of it. Now, with her first two singles “Dance All Nite” and “Baby Don’t Stop Now” featured on the over 8 million copies sold of game maker Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3, she’s turning her dreams into a reality. ANJA traveled a long road prior to landing a contract with Ubisoft Music. She graduated from Liverpool’s prestigious Paul McCartney School, juggled gigs like London Fashion Week and the MTV European Music Awards with singing on a cruise ship, and covered Michael Jackson’s Los Angeles funeral for a Norwegian music magazine. Before Ubisoft discovered ANJA’s demo, she had saved up money and followed her dreams to Los Angeles. Before long, she found herself homeless, living in hostels and motels between tireless auditioning. Just a year later, she would see her name among artists like Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Beyoncé on Just Dance 3, part of a franchise that has sold over 28 million copies worldwide. In April of 2012, ANJA released her debut music video for “Dance All Nite.” She is currently working with Ubisoft Music and Circle Road Records to record her first album in Montreal. It will be released in the fall of 2012.
STREAM: “Dance All Nite”
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, but now based in Los Angeles, Friends Of Emmet (F.O.E.) is a fantastic five-piece (vocalist Mark Leddy, guitarist Brian Lynam, bassist Keith Geraghty, keyboardist Tim Boland and drummer Gary Sullivan) whose influences include everyone from U2 and The Fray to Kings of Leon and Thin Lizzy. They also have a social conscience. Their first single, “Coming Apart,” was based on the story of Kevin Hines, who at the age of 19 attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge but became one of the few to survive the 245-foot plunge into the icy water below–and is now an advocate for several suicide prevention organizations. After becoming aware of Hines through the acclaimed HBO documentary The Bridge, F.O.E. were inspired to write “Coming Apart.” In addition to “Coming Apart” getting national exposure on television and radio, Friends Of Emmet were also tapped with a Hollywood Music in Media Award nomination for the single’s video. The track also reached No. 1 on the Indie Charts last year, tracking the best indie/unsigned artists. F.O.E. has since had their songs placed in a variety of movies and Television shows including the independent film, The Saving and MTV’s latest season of “Jersey Shore.” Their latest single, "13th Floor" is the lead single from the album State of Mind. The track has already started to receive airplay at Specialty Shows and include spins in the U.S., Germany, South Africa, UK and more.
STREAM: “13th Floor”
The Chevin (pronounced “The Shev-In”) are four young men from Otley, West Yorkshire, consisting of Coyle Girelli (vocals), Mat Steel (guitar), Jon Langford (bass) and Mal Taylor (drums). Fans of the West Yorkshire tourist board are already sure to know that The Chevin is also the name of the hill that surrounds the band’s hometown…and home is very much where the heart is for The Chevin. Girelli, Steel and Langford started playing music together at school in Otley, while the group’s lineup was ultimately completed when they later enlisted the services of drummer Taylor, another old school friend. Now they are called The Chevin–and they are about to shake the alt-rock world to its floundering foundations. The Champion EP, released on Halloween 2011 through Fierce Panda, is The Chevin’s first-ever release. The featured title track is insanely epic, manically widescreen, heroically uplifting and destined to soundtrack Goal Of The Month montages, “X Factor” breakdowns and all manner of valedictory celebrations for years to come. The Chevin recently performed at the Worldwide Radio Summit and MUSEXPO Los Angeles and were one of the most talked about bands of the week. Their upcoming diary is filled with a support slot with Franz Ferdinand and later this year, they’ll be touring with MUSE. One of the standout tracks from the debut Borderland, which is forthcoming on Fierce Panda/SO Recordings is the title track. This is a band that you’ll be hearing a lot from in the near future.