Rick Dorn sees himself as the bearer of good news, and with his music he lifts spirits with a message that’s been doing the same for over two thousand years. His latest single, ‘Great Things’, draws from RnB, classic pop, and of course, fiery gospel, and his verses of devotion and praise are sung with a voice which carries in itself the courage of his convictions.
The music video for Niramsin’s latest single, ‘How You Like’, featuring Dell-P, is a gorgeous feast of the beauty of Australia, both natural and manmade. As he sings, “Meet me where the sea meets the sky”, we see a dancer moving from a lighthouse, to the shore, with each move carefully on the beat, perfectly matched to Niramsin’s voice. As he sings, “it into deeper water”, the next dancer does exactly that, moving underwater fully dressed.
daFinchi draws his name from the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, and calls himself The Renaissance Rapper. It’s not just a play on words, even though it’s some mighty fine alliteration; but it also draws attention to the dry, dark sense of humour da Vinci had – taking his art and inventions seriously – but himself…not so much. daFinchi, from Bridgeport, Connecticut, shares that easy wit and tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation in his debut single, ‘The Burbs’.
Naranja, Florida, is home to rapper Rondo Smiff, who with his menacing, whip-smart, but never showy style, brings the South Florida attitude to life with his latest single, ‘No Feelings’. Joined by respected Miami rapper and storyteller Mike Smiff (yes, they’re related), the track is the focal point of their joint project, ‘Family Business’.
Jedward star John Grimes last week released a stunning acoustic cover of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, dedicated to his best friend Tara Reid, who had told him it was her favourite song. The track, based on the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole arrangement, comes ahead of tomorrow’s release of the music video for Jedward’s song, ‘Taste The Heat’.
It’s an absolute joy to catch an artist on their way up towards stardom. Astraea is one such artist – having already proven her worth as someone who can soundtrack truly heartstring-pulling moments (her music has been played during key moments in Love Island, for example), and collaborating with huge names in the industry such as Ward Thomas and Lewis Capaldi.