Riva Taylor delivers a soulful track My Mouth. Many believe Taylor Swift was the youngest ever to sign with a major music label, but it’s Riva Taylor who signed with EMI at 12. Why the mistake? Because Taylor Swift is famous and Riva is just getting started. Of course they sound nothing alike. With her latest track produced by Jonathan Quarmby, (James Arthur), think Kate Bush meets Florence Welch. If Riva does make it, she’ll be prepared for the antics that comes with from being in demand. At 12, she performed at the Farm Aid benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall, that was attended by Prince Charles who praised her performance. Moreover, she has intellect, graduating from the University of Durham after undertaking a three-year degree in History. Check it out!
It’s a breath of fresh air to hear good music from a new rock act that aren’t recycling nineties grunge. They are called Recess, all in their late teens and early twenties, hailing from Ohio. They started performing classic rock songs in basement of a house and instead of ending up sounding like Greta Van Fleet, they are hybrid of Panic and Imagine Dragons. Having met the band, I can tell you they have a bunch strong tunes that are waiting to be released. The young alternative act thinks like seasoned musicians and are very particular with vocals and production. Anthony who plays keyboards notes, “With the release of our new single “Leaving Home” off of our upcoming EP “From Dust to Gold”, we are really trying to revolutionize the pop industry and just show how four crazy ridiculous kids can rise from a small town in Cleveland, Ohio, and, by working hard and refusing to give up, show people that it can be done.” Recess is definitely an artist to watch in 2018-2019, but the band remains cautiously optimistic, “Our biggest challenge as a pop band is definitely competing in a time in which there is so much good music and so many amazing artists around and available”. Give it a stream.
Kings favorite Leandro has released a new track and the video Say Ok. I wasn’t sure what to think when I first listened to the track, but the video pulled all my thoughts together. After following his three single releases, I’m now convinced that the South African artist doesn’t fit in any genre. Not fitting in can be a lonely place. You essentially become an entire island of itself. It’s arguably the hardest traveled road for an artist, but the payoff could be enormous. Moreover, Leandro isn’t just cementing himself as an artist, but also as a film producer, an undeniable strength in todays music landscape. Leandro notes, “Say Ok represents for me a different kind of love song and I really tried to portray that in the music video. Everyone, everywhere has at some point in their lives experiences challenges in their relationship with their significant other and I’ve tried my best to metaphorically bring those dynamics to life.” Check out his other releases Stay and We Got Something Good.
Kings favorite Em Rossi releases a new single “No Longer The Same” with the Smule app that has 60 million users world wide. The single was also featured on Bay Area ABC7 news. The 20 year old singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles has been rolling out beautifully sad songs that has garnered millions of YouTube streams. Much of her inspiration comes from losing a parent at an early age. Em notes, “Everyone deals with death in different ways. I’ve watched family, friends, and myself go through it and it’s safe to say I’ve seen it all. It’s definitely a harsh reality check. It’s honestly indescribable. Only those who have gone through the same thing could even begin to understand the shock and sadness”. It’s rare when an artist truly expresses their emotions through music. Demi Lovato did it with ‘Sober’ and Em does it with her latest track No Longer The Same. Like any true artist, Em isn’t looking for fame. “Music became my core and no matter what happens or where it takes me, I am proud to say that I nor my family chose to close the doors and hide from the world” says Em. Give it a stream.
Check out the self proclaimed emo boy-band MILKK. The band released two EP’s with tracks landing on Spotify’s Indie Shuffle and Fresh Finds. The latest track Leaving landed on Spotify’s Indie Pop Chillout Playlist. For a brand new band, they have gotten a foothold in the scene rather quickly. The songs are good and its resonating in the indie pop world. Lead vocalist Pat Kiloran notes, “There is an audience for every artist, it’s just finding them and how to find them. We knew almost immediately the age range and demographic of our audience, which is why we took it to Twitter and took it directly to the fans. It’s proven time and time again that if you know your audience you can take it directly to them and don’t have to shell out tons of money”. It’s a challenge for any artist to find their audience, but I think these Nashville natives may have.