Before the singer songwriter she is now, Amani Henry’s first form of artistic expression was through poetry. Using literary art to escape the pressures of life, she found rhythm in her poems but due to lack of confidence at the time she refrained from singing publicly. Influenced by music her mother played around the house while growing up it wasn’t till her final year at primary school that she tried her hand at singing. Securing a lead role in a school production was all it took for her start believing and pursue a career in music.
Inspired by artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Kate Bush, The Beatles and reggae music her grandparents used to play, Amani states she owes what she has become to them and each has influenced her in a different type of way.
When asked about her debut single ‘Colours’, Amani response was ‘I wrote Colours as a poem when I was 14 , I was being bullied at the time and changed my appearance a few times, never thinking I was good enough for whoever it is I was trying to be. This song means a lot to me as I have overcome many things’
Currently gigging regularly around London and already tipped as a bright prospect for 2014, Amani Henry’s debut single ‘Colours’ is out on the 4th of April.
Emi McDade is a 16 year old, unsigned acoustic singer songwriter and pianist from Gloucester.
Singing from a young age, Emi has performed on stages such as BBC Introducing, Sportbeat Festival, Tall Ships Festival, Brockfest, ‘Our Big Gig’, and others.
She has just released her debut album ‘Through My Eyes.’
"I've sung for as long as I can remember, only truly braving the stage and promoting myself from April 2013."
"Since then I've been finding my feet as a singer-songwriter and exploring the world of music."
From the tender ages of her early childhood, Hayley Cassidy was astounded by the phenomenal gift of talent that she was blessed with. Oblivious to the fact that she could sing, Hayley's gift was realised by her auntie after hearing her sing around the house so effortlessly. Music was instilled into Hayley at a very young age as she was raised around music and musicians. Her mum used to use music as a soother when Hayley was a baby as this seemed to be the tool to keep her content.
Formally known as Hayley C, Hayley Cassidy's solo career was first established within the genres of Neo Soul and R&B taking inspiration from the likes of Musiq, Angie Stone and Jill Scott to name a few. Throughout this journey Hayley penned tracks that held nothing but truth and prosperity and she shared these songs performing at a number of venues, which included the renowned Jazz Café and Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. Hayley C's successes were never scarce as she also released her debut EP entitled 'Real Talk,' in 2009 equipped with an EP launch party, which was independently, funded. London born and raised, Ms. Cassidy genuinely stays true to her roots, having supported Alexandra Burke at a special concert in Peterhead, Edinburgh.
Currently unsigned, Hayley continues to accentuate musical growth demonstrated through her debut album release in January earlier this year entitled ‘Stripped’. Stripped illustrates Hayley’s musical ability which is non-generic, ever evolving and has no boundaries. Her fun, energetic and feisty persona shines through her tracks combined with her smooth sultry tone which formulates a sound between modern jazz, hip hop and soul perfectly intertwined with the unique Hayley Cassidy twist. Hayley's deep and meaningful lyrics continue to bellow through her music while her unusual yet infectious adlibs coincide effortlessly.
Her lyrics are nothing short of real as she touches on life experiences from relationships to every day happenings accompanied by her message:
"It can happen to all of us...no one is perfect, no one is exempt...we are all humans with human emotions and situations." - Hayley Cassidy
Hayley hopes to show people that they are not alone as music is a beautiful tool in life, which can touch individuals in many different ways for their own subjective reasons. Hayley has written all of her songs to date and has even taken that leap to take part in vocal arrangements. Hayley’s musical endeavours do not stop there, as earlier this year Hayley was a part of a huge industry competition; ‘New Skool Rules in conjunction with Flavour Mag.’ Hayley catapulted through the competition as she gained 2015 public votes winning her the chance to perform at one of the world’s biggest music conferences in Rotterdam in the company of a number of industry members. Hayley wowed the crowd and definitely made an imprint on the Netherlands side of Europe! Additionally to dominating a global competition Hayley also supported Miguel at London’s very own Love Dough event. Hayley’s official video for her debut single ‘Still Stay’ from her latest album ‘Stripped’ recently premiered on BET’s 106 & Park. Limits are like a foreign language to Ms Cassidy the sky is only the beginning.
"An amazingly talented Singer/Songwriter for our time and a gem to the UK music business!" - UK journalist
"...Hayley beat thousands of unsigned hopefuls..." - The BBC news.
"The collaboration between Alexandra Burke and Hayley Cassidy is an investment by Talenthouse, into the future of music..." - Maya Bogle, Talenthouse spokesperson.
Elena Ramona is a 24 year old singer song writer based in Guildford Surrey.
She grew up on the Greek island of Skiathos, with her English mother, Greek father and brother.
Music, singing and song writing have always been her passion.
In high school she enjoyed taking part in all the Musical productions.
Elena later attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford reading Vocals.
Her debut single “Rise” was inspired by the love and support her family have given her. The music for ‘Rise’ was co-written and recorded by her good friend Martyn Corbet who has been a major influence on her work.
Recently Elena and Martyn has been working hard to create her debut EP ‘ Hold on’ which is available now in all major digital stores.
"Lola Godheld is one of the most gifted artists of our time. Her sound can be described as eclectic: a raw fusion of soul,Indie,Rnb. She is a songwriter in her own right, her lyrics deal ing with everyday issues that pierce the heart yet soothe the soul.
Singing from the age of 5 and writing from age 12, Lola has grown as a talented artist, touring with the likes of Fantasia Barrino, and being the first British Female to win a American Dove Award.
Lola aspires to have a positive impact on the world for generations to come, and to be a positive, secure and confident role model for women and aspiring artists.
Greyce (London, UK) is a soulful Singer/Songwriter with a hint of Spoken Word. Her lyrics portray the aspects of everyday life both good and bad, all things that have meaning to her.
Her unique vocals and thought-provoking lyrics have managed to captivate a very supportive fan base from across London, the West Midlands, France, and it doesn’t stop there.
After the successful release of her intimate solo EP Acoustic Emotions, Greyce is currently undergoing various music projects fermenting her growing fan base in Europe whilst in preparation for the release of her forthcoming single. This single will certainly get you contemplating who you are as it takes you through a journey of false identities and personas.
From the age of 17, music played a great part in Greyce’s life. As a multi-instrumentalist she played the flute, saxophone and piano, for numerous years before finding her true love for singing, songwriting and music production."
Kwamz (19) is a rising star from York / Leeds, now based in London, poised to blow internationally in 2014.
Kwamz is more than just a rapper, performer, artist, he is a young creative social entrepreneur, songwriter, & teen influencer as well as a very popular emerging urban / street fashion kid and model who recently shot for Topman & other popular brands including ‘Illustrated people’. Kwamz also Interviews other stars for magazines and online TV channels, including recent interviews with ‘Wretch 32’, ‘Lethal Bizzle’ & ‘Akala’
It is no surprise that MTV nominated Kwamz as one of their top unsigned acts for 2014.This fast emerging young star is ready to make an impact across the UK in 2014 with the release of his album that will be preceded with some very strong singles and videos. Through this and his building a substantial online presence, working to inspire a new generation with his fresh and exciting sound, trends, and fashion ideas Kwamz is destined to be a breakthrough act in 2014. With over 500,000 plays on his “home made” videos on You Tube, he is already verified on twitter with over 19.000 followers, over 4,000 instagram followers & over 10,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook he has established a nationwide fan base. Kwamz has trended on twitter top 3 worldwide on the release of his EP and in the UK several times in 2012 and 2013
Jody Brock is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from South West London. As a child Jody was mesmerised by the soulful sounds and voices from artists such as Donny Hathaway, Etta James, James Brown, Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone.
The raw emotion, the dark warm tones and husky growls established by these great artists can all be found within Jody's sound among many other inspirations from the genres of rock, blues and jazz. Jody is a passionate songwriter and performer, who has already had the pleasure of working with many talented, established writers and producers.
He has been writing in both London and LA, working with the likes of Dre Harris (Dre & VIdal), Drew Lawrence (Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts), Rob Kleiner (Cee-Lo Green), Andy Rose (Allen Stone, Alex Boyd), John Beck (Corinne Bailey Rae) and Utters (Maverick Sabre).
Writing about his own experiences in a way that others can relate to emotionally, is what motivates Jody the most. As a BRIT school graduate he hopes to follow in the footsteps of previous successful Alumni such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Jessie J.
The London born artist LP always had a flair for creating from a young age and began writing lyrics when he was in college. Heavily influenced by the hip-hop artists he listened to such as Wu Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg to name a few, he started to produce his own beats and experiment with different styles.
These different influences gave rise to a new direction for LP's music, taking ideas from a broader range from hip-hop to rock and funk, with inspiration also coming from movies and comic books from his childhood.
LP stands behind the idea that he is not a musician or a singer, but rather someone that loves to push his imagination. Be it through writing, artwork or music, he is constantly pushing his ideas forward.
KK is a 17 year-old rapper hailing from Crawley, London. The talented teenager is already a force to be reckoned with, having been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Asian Network, SBTV, GRM and more. An old head on young shoulders, his work rate is virtually unrivalled: he has released several singles and mixtapes since his break out in 2009 as a 13 year-old prodigy. He has also collaborated with UK musicians Preeya Kalidas, Black The Ripper and Big Narstie as well as supported rappers Chip and Bashy on tour.
His 2013 single Dream 2 Reality was recently followed up by The Warm Up EP. The 7-track EP - released January 2014 - is KK's transition from Dream 2 Reality to Metamorphose: the new mixtape which he puts emphasis on his desire to achieve success in an industry of hard knocks.
The Warm Up is defined by KK as: "a mental warm up in preparation for a host of new music, releases and projects in the coming future. TWU consists of punchy beats, crazy flows and hot features including Dashh and Tyler Biggs, who recently collaborated with US artist, French Montana."