Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat. Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

Hello Casanova – ‘Stranger Things’ And ‘Childhood Love’

Last year we reported on Northern Irish band, Hello Casanova, and their track, ‘I’ll Be Waiting’. Now the quartet from Armagh have followed it up with ‘Stranger Things’, and ‘Childhood Love’.

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Jada Lee – ‘Star67’

Philadelphia PA indie singer songwriter Jada Lee is shaking things up with her new single, ‘Star67’. The pop song is embued with a whole lot of soul, thanks to the 22 year old Jada’s sassy vocals and the lo-fi production.

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Level x Mouse On Tha Track – ‘I Bet You Won’t’

‘I Bet U Won’t’ is from Level x Mouse On Tha Track’s collab album, ‘Get It While It’s Hot’. It’s racked up more than 2 million views on a viral Instagram post, and its video has garnered over 4 million YouTube views.

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Elia – ‘The Question’

Elia is now one of Italy’s most promising indie artists, and when he started making music back at the age of 22 he committed himself to his art. Music became his entire motivation and inspiration, and he lived life to the fullest. His signature sound is a blend of Latin, Alternative, and Pop – all of which come through in the deep drums and smooth strings of ‘The Question’.

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Alex Sparrow – ‘She’s Crazy But She’s Mine’, ‘Got Me Good’ And ‘Again And Again’

Alex Sparrow was born in Russia and raised in Austrian aristocracy. He’s a singer, actor, mult-instrumentalist, dancer, director, and screenwriter. In his home country he’s been on The Bachelor, won Dancing With The Stars, and represented Russia in 2011 at the Eurovision Song Contest. In other words, he’s a star.

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Kate Faust – ‘Trouble’

Originally from Philadelphia but now based in LA, electropop singer Kate Faust’s latest single, ‘Trouble’, is an intoxicatingly delicious dance track.

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No Alarms – ‘Amateur Telephony’

Indie pop band No Alarms are the perfect example of how much drive and dedication pays off when making music. The band was founded by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Boles, and the five piece band, based in Detroit, recently released their debut self-titled EP, with ‘Amateur Telephony’ the second single lifted from it.

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Elijah William’s Debut Album ‘Crave’ Out Today

Out today is the debut album ‘Crave’, from pop artist Elijah William. The record has been inspired by events in his life before music, as well as the fulfilment felt from the album’s creation.

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Lexxi Saal Releases Single ‘Break a Bottle’

Lexxi Saal might still only be 21 years old but she’s wise beyond her years. Her new single, ‘Break A Bottle’ is out today.

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Six Quick Questions With Jess Morgan On Release Of New Single ‘Whitby’

Norwich singer songwriter Jess Morgan has today released her new single, ‘Whitby’. We asked Jess to answer Six Quick Questions for us.

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BUNNIES – ‘The Problem With Link Think’

BUNNIES is an experimental band from Northampton, Massachusetts, whose drummer Matthew Newman, aka Mount Emult, is a director who has made videos for Pixies, Panda Bear (of Animal Collective), Dying Fetus, Dance Gavin Dance and other adventurous pop acts. It’s no surprise therefore to find out that they’ve got a pretty robust idea as to how to represent their songs on video. For their latest single, ‘The Problem With Link Think’, BUNNIES have turned to Western Massachusetts visionaries, Opertura.

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Tigo B – ‘Where You Come From’ ft. DJ Luke Nasty

Rapper Tigo B, from Greensboro, North Carolina, takes a unique approach to hip hop, drawing inspiration from his Sierra Leone heritage and pop culture, setting him apart from his contemporaries. His latest single, ‘Where You Come From’, has a vibe that anyone can relate to.

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Outsider – ‘Young Gods of Na Sionna’ Video Premiere

We met Outsider back in March at the inaugural Irish Music Party Showcase. Multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter Seán Ó Corcoráin is originally from Tipperary, Ireland, and his new song, ‘Young Gods Of Na Sionna’ is the follow up to his single, ‘Míol Mór Mara’, which was the first single featuring a song as Gaelige on the FIFA Soundtrack. It’s also seeing frequent play on Match Of The Day.

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Jess Morgan – ‘Whitby’

We first saw Jess Morgan back in February when she played support for legendary Norwegian band, a-ha. Struck by her pure vocals and easy-going guitar playing, we knew there was something special about her. Jess is set to release her latest single, ‘Whitby’ tomorrow, April 20.

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Raquel Aurilia – ‘Pretty Roses’

Singer/songwriter Raquel Aurilia, has had a 14 year journey to become an overnight success. She’s gone through many phases, all working together to create the soundtrack to her life story. Her latest single, ‘Pretty Roses’, is a love song with a difference. It’s not a song about blossoming young love, rather it’s a story of eternal love, the type that carries over into the hereafter.

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Dhruv Visvanath – ‘Wild’

Sometimes it seems our path in life is already plotted for us. Dhruv Visvanath first felt this at the age of seven, when his mother told him, “women fawn over pianists” – leading of course to Dhruv learning piano. From there came his aunt, who introduced him to her acoustic guitar, the sounds of which enthralled the young boy. He soon moved on to electric guitar, following his new found obsession with metal music.

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