Bracelet is a This Swedish-Danish trio boast a catchy pop sound with strong melodies and lyrics, which is no surprise considering that two of the band members are the grandsons of the legendary Benny Andersson (co-founder of the legendary ABBA). Singer/guitarist Charlie Grönvall participated in “Swedish Idol” in the fall of 2016, overcoming thousands of entries to finish as second runner-up. He is the primary songwriter for Bracelet, writing alongside famed Swedish composers including Jimmy Jansson. Charlie’s brother Felix mans the drum kit and has played with Charlie ever since his early teens, including the group Little Great Things, which toured Sweden and Europe. In 2014 Charlie and Felix met Danish bassist Rebecca Krogmann – after graduating with honors and earning a scholarship for most promising bass player, Rebecca performed over 100 shows in SoCal and Las Vegas and was listed as one of the Top 20 female bass players in Los Angeles. Rebecca found Charlie and Felix to be like-minded musicians and Bracelet was born.
STREAM: “Wild Heart”
Tamzene is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from the coastal town of Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands. A highly talented multi-instrumentalist, she started learning piano and violin when she was eight, encouraged by her saxophonist stepfather and salsa-teaching mother. Her early influences came from hearing Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy songs played around her home and quickly progressed to immersing herself in the sound of artists including Nina Simone, Birdy and Alicia Keys. A scholarship took Tamzene to the world famous Gordonstoun School, where teachers played a critical role in nurturing her interest in music. After a long period writing songs on her own, she’s recently started collaborating with one of Scotland’s leading songwriters and producers, Joe McAlinden (Teenage Fanclub, Rod Stewart, Matthew Sweet), at his studio in rural Argyll – a creative relationship which is seeing the young artist develop a bolder, more coherent musical identity. Her tender, soulful debut offering, Lullaby, was written and recorded with McAlinden and Grammy Award-winning producer David Donaldson.
Born and raised in Sweden, Andreas Moss barely had a chance to choose music; rather, he inherited the family business. His parents, like theirs before them, were traveling musicians—barely into his teens, Moss became a multi-faceted collaborator; a Swiss Army man of many talents, ghostwriting and directing music videos and short films for a growing community of artists. The 28-year old’s solo outings really channel the extremes of his homeland; hook-heavy music that reveals a muse born from a a certain darkness. His debut single, “Thinking About You,” instantly connected with people. He’s earned nearly 2 million global streams, over 270k monthly listeners on Spotify and the music video is quickly approaching 1 million views. Currently residing in Nashville, Andreas Moss is a dreamer, a poet, a singer and if “Thinking About You” is any indication of what’s to come from the upcoming Linnea (Curb) album, the sky’s the limit.
STREAM: “Thinking About You”
Chris Leamy is an up-and-coming New York City based singer/songwriter. Inspired by a panhandler on the subway in 2015, the Chicago native started a social movement called #heplaysforme. Since then, nearly once a week, he plays guitar and sings in NYC’s Union Square on behalf of homeless individuals. Using original music to raise funds and awareness for those in need, Leamy has fed and clothed the less fortunate and even found permanent shelter and a steady job for one man — completely getting him off the streets. To date, he has raised almost $20,000 in spare change and donations to homeless shelters in the New York area. Leamy has been featured on the New York Times, People Magazine, CNN, Today.com, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Now This News, and a variety of other broadcast, print, online, and social media outlets for his musical talent and community service.
STREAM: “American Man”
Sweden’s The Bongo Club writes songs about being young and living in the right here and right now; songs about love, sex and excitement, about finding your place in life and growing up-without losing it. The quartet dresses their music in a modern costume with guitar-driven beats, big choruses and honest lyrics people identify with. The average age of the band is 23 and they already have over 250 shows on their resume, performing in 16 countries in Europe alone and a No.1 single on Spotify in Sweden with “All She Said.” The Bongo Club recently recorded tracks with legendary Welsh producer Owen Morris (Oasis, The Fratellis, The Verve).
Contemporary pop, classic rock and many points in between is where you can find the sounds of Ben Hazlewood. Still in his 20s, he’s a fiercely independent singer/songwriter, who has the experience of someone twice his age and a broad love of music, that makes his own something timeless and wholly distinctive amidst a sea of aspiring voices. The New Zealand native has been singing since he was just five years old and never considered doing anything else. He was a finalist on The Voice in Australia, coached by Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) and has worked the globe, from London to Nashville. Hailed by EQ Music as an “artist to watch,’ Ben has returned with new music via the Mark Needham (The Killers, Third Eye Blind, Twin Atlantic) mixed “Sail Away” and will be on the road joining Finland’s Katea and Indonesia’s Speaker First with special guest N. America’s Madyx on the Passport Approved U.S. Spring Tour.
STREAM: “Sail Away”
Talisco, born Jerome Amandi, is a French artist that made his music debut just four short years ago. The musician/producer creates magnificent sets and records according to the light of the day or night, between sunsets and downtown club neon lights from Los Angeles, New York or Berlin. Talisco earned over 20 million streams on Spotify with his debut album Run, featuring the tracks “Your Wish” and “The Keys.” “Your Wish” has been featured in campaigns worldwide by such brands as Google, HBO Europe, Vice US, Vodafone Ireland and AT&T. His upcoming sophomore album, Capitol Vision (Roy Music), was mixed by Grammy-Award winner Jaycen Joshua (Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Seal).
STREAM: “Stay (before the picture fades)”
Leaone (pronounced ‘Lee-own’) is a smoldering new talent from Beccles in Suffolk. A&R Worldwide has been a fan of the British talent since 2015 when he first sent us his original demos. Leone is one man with a deep, rich vocal sound, which has seen him described as the missing link between Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Ray. His latest single, “Goldtooth,” was self-produced and mixed by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics) and radiates the epic dark-pop cinematic nuances Rob Dougan (Clubbed To Death) who was signed to Warner Bros. Records in the U.S. with A&R Worldwide’s support. Leaone wrote the elegant track in his parent’s attic after losing is girlfriend, his job and getting mugged. Leaone is already looking ahead with a new single called “Fly, My Swallow” which will be released next month (Fierce Panda) and an upcoming digital EP due in April.
Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that makes up the indie-pop act The Response. Determined to faithfully translate their expansive albums from tape to stage, The Response have crafted a live show that utilizes every one of their limbs and will leave you wondering exactly how a mere two people can make so much noise. The Response has shared the stage with a variety of musicians and acts including Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Big Scary and Kate Boy. Three years ago they released their third album, North of Nowhere and have not taken a break or even slowed down since when it comes to writing, recording and performing live. The Response spent a couple of years living in Vancouver, Canada and during that period they released the singles “You Wanted To Go” and “Hours,” which earned them global airplay and has helped increase their fan base. Produced independently, all duties from writing, recording, mixing and mastering to artwork are undertaken by the resourceful pair. The Response recently made a return to New Zealand and have released a new single called “Holding Out For Something,” which has been compared to Arcade Fire, Liam Finn and Grizzly Bear.
STREAM: “Holding Out for Something”
Contemporary pop, classic rock and many points in between is where you can find the sounds of Ben Hazlewood. Still in his 20s, he’s a fiercely independent singer/songwriter, who has the experience of someone twice his age and a broad love of music, that makes his own something timeless and wholly distinctive amidst a sea of aspiring voices. The New Zealand native has been singing since he was just five years old and never considered doing anything else. He was a finalist on The Voice in Australia, coached by Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) and has worked the globe, from London to Nashville. Hailed by EQ Music as an “artist to watch,’ Ben has returned with new music with the Mark Needham (The Killers, Third Eye Blind, Twin Atlantic) mixed “Sail Away” and will be on the road, joining Finland’s Katea and Indonesia’s Speaker First with upcoming dates in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and more.
STREAM: “Sail Away”