Nuborg album finally here!

OK, so we’re slightly late to the party, but we’re delighted to let you know we’ve just discovered that one of our favourite artists from last year – Nuborg – has finally released her new album!

The Norwegian singer-songwriter, who impressed us time and again with her monthly single releases last year, has now released those singles as a full collections which you can get on iTunes.

We can’t recommend enough that you get on board with this particular artist – Nuborg is one of the most captivating new independent artists we’re aware of on the scene at the moment, with an ambient pop sound that’s very rare.

Video: Hawk, ‘Clock Hands’ – new EP out Feb 23rd

The title track of their new EP, ‘Clock Hands’, out February 23rd, this is a fantastic new track from post-funk-folk four piece Hawk. They defy straightforward pigeonholing thanks to a strong blend of ideas, but you can tell from this track/video alone that this band mean business. You can pre-order the new EP now to see what else they have up their sleeve.

Mollie Marriott – a new generation of British talent

It must be tough trying to make your way in a business in which your father is already iconic. Such is the challenge for Mollie Marriott, daughter of Small Faces frontman Steve. Back in the day, Steve Marriott was one of the voices of his generation – how do you step out from that shadow?

The answer, in the case of Mollie Marriott is to (a) have a whole lot of talent, and (b) put in the hard graft.

The talent can be seen in the video above for new single ‘Transformer’. The hard graft all went in over the last decade or so. Honing her skills as a backing vocalist for some of Britain’s A-List stars, Mollie Marriott has learned her trade from the ground up, and has finally made the decision to take her own steps into becoming a solo artist. With a few more tracks like ‘Transformer’ (out now), the chances of that look very good indeed.

Bill Deiz single ‘Rather Have Sooner’ and new memoir

Billy Ray Deiz has had a lot of success with his single “Rather Have Sooner” since the last time MuzicNotez featured him in the July of 2014 Magazine. On January 17, 2015, he was informed that “Rather Have Sooner” entered The Broadjam Top 10 charts on the Oregon Top 10 at #10! And for a reason! The song has that bluesy twang and groovy soul to get your fingers snapping and your body moving.

Billy Ray isn’t wet behind the ears. He was one of the founding members of The Seven Souls (1960), opening for big names such as James Brown and The Righteous Brothers. When the war escalated in Vietnam, Deiz was drafted into the Marine Corps as a rifleman at Camp Pendleton, but never set foot in Vietnam.

Billy Ray Deiz has lived quite a life which has led him into writing a memoir, “Chasing America, How I Found My Dream”. The book is filled with his experiences with racism and classification, his view on WWII up until today’s world, drawbacks that he has overcome, and folks who have supported and inspired him along the way. Other important qualities of the book include Deiz’s life as a kid from Harlem and his upbringing in Portland, Oregon, being Co-Founder of The Seven Souls (which was one of the fiery American Soul bands of the 60s), his successful newsman career as an Award Winning Television News Anchor, and as an actor in Los Angeles! Living such a well-rounded life and not sharing it with the world, would be criminal. Be sure to put Billy Ray Deiz’s inspirational Memoir, “Chasing America, How I Found My Dream”, on your reading list and to listen to his single “Rather Have Sooner”!

Lonna Marie’s fantastic new EP – ‘The Worst Has Just Begun’

Lilting and beautiful, the track above, ‘Drifting’, is one of four tracks on a new EP from US based artist Lonna Marie, and typifies the quality on show throughout the EP. Contrasting a gentle vibe with well constructed lyrics that really hit home, it’s a strong opening release from an artist who clearly knows her way around the country pop genre.

Lonna Marie also takes a unique approach to her music, not only writing original songs for release, but also submitting unsolicited theme tunes and jingles for Dropbox and Paypal. In an industry where half the battle is getting noticed, I think it’s fair to say that’s an innovative way to do it!

Keep an eye on Lonna Marie online:

http://www.facebook.com/lonnamariemusic

http://www.twitter.com/lonnamarie

http://www.youtube.com/lonnamarie

http://www.soundcloud.com/lonna-marie

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/worst-has-just-begun-single/id927980509

Richard Jones crowned music competition winner

Richard JonesThe national music competition Open Mic UK has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Richard Jones from Wolverhampton has been crowned the champion of the national Open Mic UK music competition at The NEC in Birmingham!

Music competition Open Mic UK Winner

Richard Jones was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. His original song called “Temptation” won over the music competition industry judges making him the overall winner of Open Mic UK.

The music competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music, and TeenStar competition winners Luke Friend and Emily Middlemas.

Music industry judges at the National Grand Final

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions, Richard Jones battled against more than 9,000 acts who entered for Open Mic UK this year across the UK. He went on to perform in the Open Mic UK live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Sony and Universal, as well representatives from music management companies, recording studios, professional vocal coaches and the examination board, Rock School.

Richard Jones has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 to spend on the development of his music. On winning the prizes Richard said, “Since I’ve only been singing for a year it’s quite cool to be the winner of Open Mic UK.”

 

Chris Grayston, Head Judge and Director of Future Music has said, “Richard Jones has been a stand out act throughout the Open Mic UK competition. His original songs and emotive performances make him a clear winner!” click here for more information about the Open Mic UK music competition Winner .

Future Music is also about to start auditions for TeenStar which you can find more information and enter TeenStar now. Along with a brand new Future Music Songwriting Competition which is specifically for songwriters of any age and genre. To find out more go to: www.songwritingcompetitionuk.com.