Gavin James is a 22-year-old Dublin native who’s already on his way to becoming one of this year’s international breakthrough successes. His very first single won Ireland’s Choice Prize for “Song Of The Year” and his debut Irish EP, Say Hello, James’ charted for more than six months, leading to a string of sold-out headline dates and supporting tours with such artists as Lianne La Havas, Beth Orton and Marina & The Diamonds. James’ music caught the attention of one of the industry’s most-respected A&R men, Christian Tattersfield, who signed Gavin to his Good Soldier Songs last year. The signing came as a result of A&R Worldwide’s introduction and recommendation of Gavin James to Tattersfield and his team. Last year, James recorded a rapturously received hometown show at legendary Dublin venue Whelan and the resulting album, Live at Whelans—released by Capitol Records in the U.S. and by GS Believe internationally—climbed to No.1 on iTunes in Ireland shortly after the pre-order launched. The release included his cover of The Magnetic Fields’ classic "The Book of Love," which reacted across Europe and America and was praised by a number of online blogs. He embarked on his first U.S. tour in early 2015, opening for Seinabo Sey and is now on tour as the support for Sam Smith in the U.S., with upcoming stops in Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Washington and more through mid-August.
New Zealand has always produced creative musicians; some successful examples include Lorde, Neil Finn with Split Endz and Crowded House, OMC and Flight of the Conchords. Judging by the debut single "Got It Bad," you may be able to include Leisure to that list soon. Managed by Saiko, Lorde’s former management company, Leisure earned nearly 200k plays on their SoundCloud page in just one month after posting the song. The Pigeons & Planes music blog describes Leisure as "elements from Tame Impala, Pharrell and Gorillaz mashed up into a smooth, funky, playful mix." Not too shabby of a breakthrough for a band with minimal details available, yet a volume of talent.
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At 21 years old, South London’s producer and vocalist Huntar first earned attention last year with his debut track "Expectations" and has now returned with his mixture of twisted pop and futuristic R&B. He’s received an influx of praise following his debut live show on the esteemed BBC Introducing Stage at last month’s Radio 1 Big Weekend and will be headlining London’s sold out Electrowerkz next month. Annie Mac, who unveiled the title track from his EP Love I Know (Good Soldier Songs), along with Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart have all supported the new single "Autumn" on BBC Radio 1. The new song is "a light dreamscape of bright melodies" according to All Things Go Music.com. Huntar has also received positive reviews from leading tastemaker blogs Hillydilly, Earmilk, Indie Shufle and The 405.