Brisbane’s Sheppard formed seven years ago and released their debut album, Bombs Away, in 2014. The breakthrough single “Geronimo” spent three weeks at No.1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 5X Platinum in Australia and Platinum or Gold in over thirty countries. The song went on to be a global hit, charting top 10 in Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland and Sweden, in addition to charting in Switzerland and the United States. Sheppard went on to support Meghan Trainor on the North American leg of her That Bass Tour last year and they performed at the biannual Rock in Rio festival, one of the world’s largest live music events. The sextet has spent 2016 cooking up new music and has unveiled an entrée from their upcoming sophomore album with the single “We Belong.” The track was produced by long-time collaborator Stuart Stuart (The Veronicas, Small Mercies) in Brisbane and is featured in the new campaign for the 2017 season of My Kitchen Rules, the Australian cooking game show, reaching an audience of millions. “We Belong” is already proving to be in favor with radio in Australia as the track has reached No.1 Most Added.
STREAM: “We Belong”
Bitter’s Kiss is the current project for New Jersey singer/songwriter Chloe Baker. She garnered international attention for her emotional delivery of poignant songs that deal with such complex subjects as love, religion, suicide and growing up in today’s world. After launching her career a year ago, Bitter’s Kiss has already harnessed more than 970,000 plays on SoundCloud, over 324,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and earned over 65,000 followers on Twitter. Her music has generated support from radio, receiving airplay at KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KROQ Los Angeles, KRQZ Reno, WKQX Chicago, WZRH New Orleans and reached international audiences through radio via 2XM Ireland, Flux FM Germany, Radio Doble Nueve Peru and many others. Bitter’s Kiss has also had success with collaborations as she was the featured vocalist and co-writer on the Bolier & Redondo song “Lost & Found,” a deep house track that has received millions of global listens and she’s the featured vocalist and co-writer of “Rise Up” with David Solano, the 2016 anthem for the international Life In Color festival. Bitter’s Kiss continues to write and record and has just finished another collaboration, this time with Blue Stone, an electro-pop music project formed by producer/programmer Robert Smith and producer/multi-instrumentalist Bill Walters. The brand new holiday track is called “These Bells Will Ring,” and they are currently working on a video for the song.
STREAM: “These Bells Will Ring”
Katéa, an incredibly gifted Helsinki, Finland-based chanteuse, whose musical sounds are often compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lorde, Florence + The Machine, Tove Lo and Lana Del Re due to her dark and husky voice, is one of the most inspiring new female artists to emerge in recent years and is poised for global success. Her music is a unique blend of indie-folk and experimental pop, crafting songs with both piano and guitar-driven tracks, topped with bright, yet strong, warm and heartfelt vocals. This amazingly talented singer signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia and released her debut single, “That Ain’t Love,” co-written with the Swedish writer/producer team Moneybridge, which earned airplay in a number of countries. In April, Katéa released the Louder EP, containing the single of the same name, which reached the Top 50 most viral songs in Finland, found its way into radio Ylex’s playlist and has earned tens of thousands of streams on Spotify. Katéa has been working with some exciting Swedish, Finnish and UK teams on new material lately and will soon be flying to New York to write and record.
STREAM: “California Baby”
Sebastian is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter from Lima, Peru who draws comparison as a young George Michael – due to his vocal tone and style. As a student, he spent time in both Peru and America, where he graduated from Yale in 2014, majoring in Economics. A year later, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Sebastian comes from a talented family; his father is a filmmaker and his mother is a singer. Growing up, he shared his mother’s musical interests that saw him introduced to the legendary and influential sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Pink Floyd. His debut single, “Angel Of Light,” belies the fact that he’s only been writing songs for a year, as it displays the lyric sophistication of a seasoned veteran, combined with vocals that show maturity beyond his years.
STREAM: “Angel Of Light”