Feb 26

GAVIN JAMES

Gavin James began to play guitar at the age of eight. After leaving high school, he gigged around Dublin’s Temple Bar and quickly began getting himself heard and building a good local audience. The 21-year-old singer songwriter’s career continues to shine as this red headed Dubliner, armed with an incredible voice and songs, had two No.1 EP’s in Ireland. He built a lot of industry attention and interest in Los Angeles in 2012 when he performed his first ever N. American show at MUSEXPO and the Worldwide Radio Summit in LA and also captured very early support on the influential tastemaker radio show Passport Approved. Last year, he won Ireland’s Choice Music Prize Award for “Song of The Year.” His rise and development in his home market has gained him sell-out headline dates across Ireland and supporting opportunities with Marina & the Diamonds, Ingrid Michaelson, Kodaline, Nouvelle Vague and Liana Le Havas. Just last month, he won his second Irish award – the “Rising Star Award” at the Irish Entertainment Awards 2014 and over the next few months, he will tour the UK and Europe with Island’s new signing Lauren Aquilina, join Heather Nova on her European tour, support Kodaline in Dublin and tour with James Blunt on his European Tour in France, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland.

LINK: www.gavinjamesmusic.com

STREAM: “Remember Me”

Feb 18

THE CORNELIUS

The Cornelius are a Spanish, rock-spirited band influenced by old records and contemporary pop sounds, composed of Andoni Arcos (bass), Toni B. Willisch (rhythm guitar), Davie Caneda (lead vocal/acoustic guitar) and José A. Vilas (keys). Formed seven years ago, they’ve managed to release three studio albums: Greatest Hits, 1960 and 2013’s Walking In Circles, which was mixed by Adrian Hall (The Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, The Black Eyed Peas) and mastered by Alan Douches (The Ramones, Fleetwood Mac, The Chemical Brothers). In the past few years, The Cornelius have performed alongside Morcheeba and Juliette Lewis at the finale of the Global Battle of the Bands and Villa de Bilbao as well as at MTV Galicia with The Temper Trap and Arcade Fire. Their latest achievement has been to be a part of the Coca-Cola Music Experience, where they recorded one of their best-known songs to date with “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

LINK: thecornelius.bandcamp.com

STREAM: “Everything’s Alright”

Feb 11

EMMA LONGARD

Born into a musical family, Emma Longard’s life has always revolved around music. At the young age of 11, she began singing in an opera chorus while playing the violin and the piano. Her passion and love for Motown Soul and classical songwriters soon made it clear to her that she wanted to be a professional musician. Over the years, she continued her musical education and began to write her own songs and play in bands. Her unique voice and rare sense for melodies and lyrics became an important expression of herself. Today, it’s not only the soul of the 60s that makes Emma’s music as she found herself a mixture that is hard to describe; it’s the emphatic unpretentious way of Aretha Franklin meeting Bon Iver with Indie Soul. Her five song debut EP, Elle, was released on Modernsoul in June and has earned global blog and radio support.

LINK: www.emmalongard.com

STREAM: “Discoqueen”