Riva Taylor started out as a young star, Becky Taylor, securing her first West End role in Les Miserables at seven. At just 12 she was The youngest person, twenty years ago, to sign for EMI records. These days, after a musical rebirth as Riva, she has just released the first part of her super album ‘This Woman’s Heart’, and has just launched the This Woman’s Heart online community for Mental Health Week and beyond.
As soon as you hear ‘Give Me Love’ you’ll be struck by the voice as being something familiar. And for good reason. Linda “Peaches” Tavani, is one half of 70s/80s hit machine Peaches & Herb, who smashed the charts with singles including ‘Reunited’, ‘I Pledge My Love’, and ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’, among many others.
Tainted Black are a quintet from Stockholm, Sweden, who started out over a decade ago with their first lyrics written on a piece of paper. They finally released their debut and self titled album last summer, and new single, ‘Nirvana’, is the second track – and first video – to come from that record.
Tkay Maidza grew up surrounded by music, so it was only natural she should choose to follow it as a career. The niece of Zimbabwean singer and advocate, Andy Brown, Tkay recorded her first single just for fun, in a communal studio after school, but decided to focus on music once the track was picked up by a dance producer.
In yet another incredible acoustic guitar cover, John Grimes of Jedward has tackled a Harry Styles’ song, ‘Cherry’. The original, which was co-written by Styles and his frequent collaborator, Tyler Johnson, along with Jeff Bhasker, Kid Tycoon, and Sammy Witte, does not include the song title in the lyrics. In John’s version however, he has added a bridge which amends this.
‘R U IN’ is Heartour’s fifth and most recent album, and sees Jason Young take on the help of mixer Tony Hoffer, who’s shaped the dreams of Beck, and Belle & Sebastian, among many others. ‘Let The Robots Drive’ is the follow up to lead single, ‘Brain’, and is a skilful blend of psych rock and powerful synth pop.