Roxxy Montana is an American trio consisting of three sisters from Wayne, Michigan: Tenija, Tiara and Temperance Moton. The R&B/Pop trio made the top 16 on season 3 of the X Factor USA and were mentored by Simon Cowell. The group was eliminated from competition during the first live show on the 29th of October 2013, shortly after performing Lorde’s number one hit, “Royals”. The sisters have worked with various top talent such as Sage The Gemini (Their single “Way Too Good) and hit songwriters/producers, The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars:”24k Magic,Finesse, That’s What I like”, Iggy Azalea, Omarion, Danity Kane)
On February 9th 2017, the group inked a recording contract with Los Angeles based A&R, Anthony “Ape” Pratt’s record label, Preston Bevrly Group. The sisters are currently in the process of working on their new music to be released later under Preston Beverly Group.
Multi-talented Singaporean jazz singer and performer Alemay Fernandez released her debut solo jazz album, “Hard to Imagine” last summer that included a sold-out launch concert at The Esplanade in Singapore and a successful Asian tour. Hailed by TimeOut Magazine as “one of Singapore’s best-loved entertainers”, vocal powerhouse-Fernandez is a rising star in the Asian Jazz scene. The album of original tracks are deeply personal, with tunes that feel like diary of her journey as an artist. Expect an elegant night of jazz, soul & bluesy goodness. The album was mixed by Grammy-nominated producer, Michael C. Ross and mastered at the famed Bernie Grundman studio in L.A., featuring a total of 21 musicians.
Trubdr. Adam Road
At the age of 6, Trubdr. Adam Road fell in love with the guitar after hearing his Kindergarten teacher play the song “Big yellow Taxi”. He began to focus on learning the electric guitar. While attending the American International School in Tel Aviv, he befriended Adam Broza the son of world-renowned Israeli singer/songwriter/ flamenco guitarist David Broza. Trubdr. Road found himself in love and awe of the gypsy flamenco style that the Broza’s are known for. After gaining some traction, his band, City of the Sun was asked open for K’Naan on his national tour. While living in New York, Adam was mentored by music industry legend, Giorgio Gomelsky (The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin). Gomelsky told him stories about Rock n’ Roll in the early 60’s and what it was like being the owner of the world famous Rock venue, “The Crawdaddy”. Adam quickly landed a recording contract with Yebo Records and recorded his first full-length album. His music developed into a unique sound that is a collision of ambient classical guitar and hard hitting grunge rock guitar licks, supporting a voice that ranges from a soft whisper to a painful growl.
Trubdr. Adam Road
Just occasionally, fact can be stranger than fiction. Salio, a singer songwriter from Tbilisi, Georgia boasts a rags to riches story more flat-out compelling than most. A remarkably gifted vocalist, she was born into a life of abject poverty, routinely having to go without food, hot water or electricity.
At the age of six, she won her first singing competition, and, convinced that her natural talent would help her gain freedom from such Dickensian drudgery, and access to a better life, she spent the next two decades ensuring that nothing would stand in her way. Salio is now 29 years old and is at last watching her dream come true with both relief and a certain satisfaction. She is an impeccably cool vocalist, at times reminiscent of Moloko’s Roisin Murphy, at times able to out-gospel Aretha Franklin, and she has already partied with the likes of Jamiroquai, Maroon 5 and Earth, Wind & Fire. And as the video to her sublime single Let It Shine attests, the woman can smoke a cigarette with the poise of the very best cinematic femme fatales.
A true individual, Salio is the most exciting discovery of 2017.
Of Sea and Stone
Of Sea and Stone is a Folk Pop duo formed around the vocals of Luke and Morgan Dierker. After meeting on Tinder, the Missouri born, Austin based duo quickly realized their vocal chemistry and began writing and performing together. Of Sea and Stone’s sound ranges from joyful to solemn, hopeful to desperate, and ultimately reflects the very nature of their relationship. The two are opposites in many ways, yet they share an inherent link. Much like their namesake, they’re always crashing into one another. Their latest project, soon to be released, was engineered and recorded at Dark Horse Studios with producer Billy Smiley in Franklin, TN. It was mixed by Richie Biggs, engineer of The Civil Wars’ albums, Barton Hollow and The Civil Wars. The album features guitarist Brad Rice (toured with Keith Urban), drummer Jared Kneale (toured with Kacey Musgraves, currently performing with Hunter Hayes), bassist Danny O’Lannerghty, and guitarist Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors. The album is scheduled for release in Fall 2017 through Sony RED and Soundly Music of Nashville, TN. Of Sea and Stone will be touring the West U.S. in July 2017.
Of Sea And Stone
BLAZE X BLACK
BLAZE X BLACK are not your average hip-hop duo. Bringing an alternative edge and new age sound, they are one of the best groups to watch coming out of Houston, Texas. With a back and forth of lyrical genius and melodic rhythm their vocals combine to make a hit sound. From their own radio show, featured “SUPER BOWL LIVE” performer’s, Houston Press Reader’s Choice “BAND OF THE YEAR” for 2016. August 4th is officially sanctioned by Mayor Sylvester Turner as “BLAZE X BLACK DAY” in the City of Houston.
Blaze X Black
Demi The Daredevil
Demi the Daredevil’s mix of bright alternative rock and darkly theatrical music is turning heads across the globe. Standing out with their twisted theatrics, intricate arrangements, and deeply psychological lyrics, fans describe El Paso, Texas based band Demi the Daredevil as “flamboyant, demented, but still hopeful and exciting.” Demi the Daredevil draws on the widest variety of influences. 80s Soft Rock bands such as Phil Collins, Chicago, and Billie Joel were part of Jeff Azar’s upbringing, as well as Dance Pop artists like Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Janet and Michael Jackson. Emo punk bands such as Green Day, My Chemical Romance, and The Used are said to have influenced the band, as well as musical theater show tunes, film scores, and classical music, namely those of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Rachnmaninov.
Demi The Daredevil
Remington is a unique mix of the dance beats of Avicii, the pop country style of Sam Hunt, the front man style of Ricky Martin, the vocal chops of “himself”, and the guitar solo style of Jack White.
Remington has a rockabilly look and has created his own lane as an inventive wildcard entertainer best described as Southern Pop. Owning a catalogue of over 100 songs, Remington has written with many of the top songwriting teams because of his honed ability to write strong memorable hooks. Remington’s sexy swag, musicianship, attitude and pop culture lyrics draw both male and female fans equally.
A musician by trade, Remi’s skills on guitar and keyboard have a rhythmic dynamic that pairs with his body and dance beats and is a true RENAISSANCE front man entertainer with a modern retro feel.
Raised in Orange County, CA now living in Atlanta, GA – the solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has honed in on a unique style. Ambient sounds can be trademarked by his voice, tranquil tone and vibe. Energetic riffs compliment a calm West Coast influence Stokes has encaptured, expressing his life’s story through melodic and lyrical ideas.
Darbi Shaun is a country, singer-songwriter from Houston, TX. Following the release of two EP’s, she released her album, 4AM, in February. This features strong vocals and heartfelt lyrics all with a genuine feel, as she wrote all of the songs that make up 4AM. Her career has taken her to stages in Los Angeles, Nashville and across Texas. Following her graduation from Texas A&M University in May, this list will only grow.
Known by her stage name “Shonnie” Murrell, LaShonda Antrionette Harris was born on July 19 in Jonesboro, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. She has been singing and playing instruments since the age of 3.
Shonnie graduated from Sharpstown High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Grambling State University. Shonnie can contribute her showmanship on percussion to her years she spent marching in the Grambling State World Famed Tiger Marching band. She also held the highest position in the band as “Master Drill Sgt.” and was one of the main reality personalities on the hit BET show, “Season of the Tiger”. From this she landed a spot on 106 and Park, BET Awards and other television appearances.
The Shonnie Murrell Experience, which she names when performing with her full rhythm section and band, loves to give her fans the greatest performance on earth. Shonnie believes that her energy and engaging the audience are two key elements that are important to accomplish this feat! She is most of the time compared to Sheila E., Erykah Badu, and Missy Elliot because of her ability to mix her sound, lyrical and visual poetry all together. Some notables that Shonnie has performed with are opened for include: Most recent, LEELA JAMES, MAJOR., RICK ROSS, LIL WAYNE, SNOOP DOGG, LETOYA LUCKETT, the late great AL JARREAU and FRANK MCCOMBS, to name a few. Her performances have taken her from LA to NY over her short career before landing her back into Houston to help Title1 schools upstart their music programs with her partnership with Microsoft. From this, her new reality show pilot was birthed and is currently on the tables of some major networks.
Shonnie has recently in 2017 signed to a new management company, BPM Music Group, LLC which is ran by Christopher “DJ Cruize Control” Williams, former VP of Marketing and Artist Management of Mathew Knowles famed label, Music World Entertainment.(Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’, Leandria Johnson) Her new untitled EP will be available the summer of 2017. @ShonnieMurrell on IG and Twitter.
Will Carter has had 2 Top 30 hits on Texas Radio. His first single “I Don’t Know Why” was released in March of 2016, followed by the title cut “With You” (also a Top 30 charting single on Texas Radio) from their EPK “With You” available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. Will Carter and the Will Carter Band have played festivals and dancehalls from Texas, to Nashville, to Florida opening for established acts such as Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers, Aaron Watson, Cory Smith, Josh Ward, Jason Cassidy, J.B. and the Moonshine Band, Curtis Grimes, Gary Kyle, Parker McCollum, and Aaron Copeland to name a few. Their 3rd single “Way Back“ was just released to Texas Radio in January of 2017 with the full length album slated for release fall 2017.
Like in life, extreme youth in music can be a blessing or a curse. In the case of Weather King it is definitely a blessing. While a band of thirty-somethings appeals to thirty somethings, a band of 16 year-olds that plays with all of the energy, technical ability, and showmanship of thirty-somethings appeals to all ages–from aspiring children to young adults, parents, and even grandparents. The members of Weather King have extensive experience performing at clubs, parties, benefits, and everything in between—by the age of ten. Since, then, the gigs have gotten better and the pay has gone up, but they still deliver.
SHIPS HAVE SAILED
Since their inception, Ships Have Sailed have always struck a balance between exuberant pop and substantial alternative rock. Their debut EP ‘Someday’ (2014) was well received throughout the US, Canada and the UK, catalyzing a Northeastern US tour and landing the band showcases at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Canadian Music Week, & NAMM in 2015. They took home accolades from ISC and Unsigned Only that same year, furthering the band’s impetus for the release of their first full length album, ‘Moodswings’. The eleven song studio effort earned glowing reviews from Blackbook, Wild Honey Pie, and The 405, again receiving notice from ISC, Unsigned Only and The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and spawned a sister release ‘Re: MIX’, whose tropical house remixes seemed in perfect step with the evolving music climate.
An invigorated 2016 began with Ships Have Sailed’s acoustic EP, ‘Whispers’. The band spent the summer touring the West coast and set out on an East coast tour in late fall. In November, ‘Drive’ received Best Alternative Song at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, a massive feat and a testament to the group’s ability to translate their own momentum into a pulsing, universal anthem about love, longevity and forward motion. Along with the success and progress achieved over the past year, for which they have been unwaveringly grateful, Ships Have Sailed also saw the inherent challenges of unexpected events and unpredictable variables of their continuing journey.
Coming off the road on the final leg of their 2016 tour cycle, and in a particularly reflective and somewhat exhausted moment, a new idea was born.
In his own words, the group’s spearhead, songwriter and producer, Will Carpenter says “[In] a moment that was both happy and sad, reflective and hopeful, satisfied but still hungry, I tried to muster up the words to convey the mix of emotions that this year had evoked. At first it was a thoughtful process, but once the grain of the idea took shape, the music just kind of poured out…and it was incredibly cathartic.”
The result will be heard in the band’s new single, ‘Up’, which Carpenter sees as a call “to those of us with a dream that, however long the odds, is something we’re willing to fight for.”
‘Up’ was released on February 3, 2017 and is available everywhere digital music is sold or streamed.
“A spark of positivity, ‘Up’ is a track you need to have on your radar.”
– Paste Magazine
“Ships Have Sailed may be your favorite new discovery.”
– Black Book
“The contagious low-key vocals remind one of Elliot Smith while the buzzing instrumentation leans more toward calculated early work of The Killers. Overall, Ships Have Sailed flex their implicit control over the pop-rock genre.”
– The Vinyl District
“Ships Have Sailed is the rare case of a band name embodying its sound. Their melodies soar effortlessly and their inspired, rounded resonance reminds me of 90s alt-rock bands that have since gone out to sea; Something Corporate or mainstream Christian rock power players, Hillsong United”
“Ships Have Sailed taps a massive electro pop-rock vein and rides that unbeatable high for 11 addictive tracks.”
– The Wild Honey Pie
“Quality pop rock that will leaves fans of Wheat, Quiet Company, and The Walkmen longing for an LP from this LA group.”
– What The Kids (Are Into)
Whispers Acoustic EP
Re: MIX EP
Ships Have Sailed:
Will Carpenter – Vocals, Guitar, Production, Composition
Art Andranikyan – Drums
Ships Have Sailed
Two words come to mind when describing Steff Neff; dark and sparkly. She is an expert at combining sugary pop melodies with much darker lyrics that bleed raw emotion. Steff is both a talented entertainer and passionate songwriter. Taylor Swift’s former manager, and the founder of The Music Industry Blueprint, Rick Barker says “[She] had me from the very, very, beginning…I really dig [her]”. Tom Jackson from live music cares states “I love [her] voice…I love what [she’s] doing.” Steff Neff was one of 23 applicants accepted into Belmont University’s Songwriting program, out of thousands of candidates in 2015. She was also one of 27 applicants chosen internationally to participate in the “It All Starts with A Song” songwriting retreat hosted by the former VP of Warner Chappell Music, inc., Judy Stakee, in 2017. Judy Stakee says “Between her strong vocals, pop melodies, and insightful lyrics, it’s hard to believe she is only 19!”
Vocalist Jordan Coffing is evocative and captivating, playfully finessing sophisticated melodies, while displaying a tone that is lush and compelling. As a composer her music encompasses an eclectic mix of indie rock, acoustic pop, jazz, and hip-hop.
Coffing attended Houston’s High School For the Performing and Visual arts and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas, where she had the opportunity to work with living legends Rosana Eckert, Kurt Elling and Peter Eldridge. She performs classic jazz repertoire by Billie Holiday, Betty Carter, and Sarah Vaughan and cites current artists such as Feist, Tigran Hamasyan, St. Vincent, and Becca Stevens as her main influences. Coffing hybridizes traditional and progressive concepts to deliver a fresh, singular sound that is all her own.
Jordan was born in Los Angeles to a film composer/songwriter and a graphic artist. She began singing at an early age and needless to say her talent was encouraged. Her father brought her into the studio at a young age which led to singing background vocals for Film & TV scores and records including vocals for a TV theme song performed by Chaka Khan.
Currently residing and performing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Coffing works as an active vocalist, composer, guitarist and educator. She has worked as a sideman for several diverse projects from singing backup for “Naked Lunch”, a Steely Dan Cover band, to performing with Denton based folk group “Many Voices.”
Jordan Coffing is a new voice that will speak to the current generation while echoing sounds from the past.
Christen Lien is a classical fusion artist and multi-instrumentalist who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. She has branched out to bend the classical genre by integrating innovative technology and collaborating with artists and musicians from many mediums. Christen has performed events hosted by the Obama White House, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Forbes, Google, Nexus Global, Summit Series, MIT, the United States Institute of Peace, and many other institutions. She inspires fans around the globe.
DeCory is an electrifying, high-energy pop artist with an old soul. He has been singing, dancing and performing since he was 4-years old – the same year he sang his first solo in church. At age six, prior to landing in the Bayou City to ignite his musical endeavors, this Atlanta, GA born entertainer was casted in a television pilot (slated for primetime tv) on a newly developed television network. Although the television network didn’t launch, DeCory took the knowledge he gained from that experience and used it for his quest to perfect his musical prowess. After years of honing in on his vocal and dance skills, he emerged in Houston, TX, prepped and ready as the show-stopping performer he is today, who shines on stage. On any given day you can find him performing live at various venues throughout Houston and the surrounding areas in Texas and Louisiana. Although small in statue, this little energetic fireball has a very big voice with a very giving spirit. Awarded the I AM Spring Branch Independent School District’s award 2016 – 2017, exemplifying Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity and Moral Compass, DeCory is just as giving off the stage. He plans to share his gift of song with the world to inspire others to find their own greatness to reach their dreams and endeavors.