Growing up in California, splitting his time between Venice and Sacramento, Sean Kelly had a number of musical influences that range from SoCal greats Sublime, Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution to Hip Hop pioneers Slick Rick, Big L and E-40 to the timeless talents of Jeff Buckley, The Doobie Brothers and Super Tramp. As a youngster, all he wanted to do was create and perform his own music. Drawing inspiration from the singing styles of Michael Jackson, Prince and Otis Redding, Sean came up with his own unique style of music that incorporates the California surf and beach sound. His debut single “Hands In The Sky” received airplay in the U.S., Ireland, Germany, China, South America, Peru and Australia. Radio station GFM.FM Hong Kong cited that Sean’s music is “R&B, but in the classic sense, with a Cali-seaside twist,” while Australia’s music blog Noise 11 states that Sean is “an artist to watch in 2015.” Hard at work writing and recording new material, Sean Kelly created the perfect summer-feel song with his latest, “57 Chevy.”
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Matt Cronert hails from the city of Västerås, just outside of Stockholm in Sweden. He’s been writing songs for as long as he can remember, but eight years ago a song written to his newborn daughter called “Spread Out Your Wings” started his musical journey. Since then a lot has happened. He has been involved in various musical adventures, fronting bands in different genres, but now he is focusing all his energy on his own project. Matt’s music, though rather simple, is honest, but always from the heart. The lyrics he writes portray the troubles we all face, whether it’s about forsaken love, the injustice of the world or our troubled spirits. For Matt, music is a way to access the divinity that lies beyond our daily routines, a way of meditation and something that truly connects people that is, if it comes from the heart. When singing, he tries to connect to that divinity so that others can take part in it, if only for a song. Matt’s been influenced by some of the greats, including Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder, among others. This melting pot of great sounds has made his music what it is today: organic, playful and thoughtful, with influences from many genres.
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Ruh, which means “Soul” in Arabic, formed in Stockholm, Sweden ten years ago by Fredrik Sundberg (vocals) and Jens Handell (guitar). The band was completed with Daniel Sellberg (bass), Axel Bellinder (piano) and Magnus Frid (drums). Their repertoire grew quickly as Ruh started gigging at the local bars and clubs in the Stockholm area. After being discovered by Kattis Blom, a booking agent at Live Nation, Ruh started performing at bigger venues all over the country. During a nationwide tour, the band played together with successful Swedish and Scandinavian acts such as Bo Kaspers Orkester and The Ark. During this time, their debut album 01 fell into the hands of members of The Who, which liked what they had heard and asked Ruh to be their opening act in Ericsson Globe Arena, Sweden’s largest indoor arena. Ruh went back to the studio to record their sophomore effort, Find the Essence and Multiply, which was very well-received. The album was launched in a rather unique way with 11 exclusive gigs featuring one song each, performed live face-to-face at the homes of 11 fans. Ruh continues to write and record for their third album Meanwhile which presents a massive sound that combines the two earlier albums in style, but also takes a leap forward with sonic expressions.
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Named after her passionate and exuberant personality, Scarlette is the pseudonym for the UK singer-songwriter, Karen Barrow. Over the past few years, she has co-written material with the likes of Metrophonic (James Morrison), Grant Black (Craig David), Julian Emery (Lissie), Paul Simm (Neneh Cherry) and Tolga Kashif (Queen Symphony). Musically, Dusty Springfield, Annie Lennox and Ella Fitzgerald influence her while she appeals to the fans of Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Natasha Bedingfield. Her music has been featured on the VH1 Television show Tough Love and she’s been featured in PopJustice, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Star Magazine, Music Week, Record of the Day, Look Magazine, Gay Times, Diva Magazine, NME and more. In addition, she’s enjoyed some Billboard club chart success too with a remix of one of her previous singles. Her music has been supported by the likes of BBC Radio 2, while her latest song “Helena” has begun to see an increase of airplay in the United States. She is currently on a West Coast U.S. tour and has had her new single produced by Cenzo Townsend (U2, Snow Patrol, Florence + The Machine).