Soft People have that whole California feel about them, which isn’t surprising when you discover that they’re based in San Luis Obispo, close to the midpoint between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The duo comprises married couple Caleb Nichols and John Metz, who met when Nichols, a long term member of the Oakland California music scene, hired John as his drummer, for his band, Grand Lake. The pair started dating shortly after, and that, as they say in the classics, was that.
Americana singer-songwriter Dulcie Taylor lives in Atascadero, California, almost exactly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Here she has a great view over the entire Golden State, and she’s worried about what’s going on. Because of this, she’s put her voice to song, with ‘Halfway To Jesus’, her message to the world, where she asks us to confront the destructive consequences of our actions.
Brandon Tory is a fine example of why it’s not always necessary to specialise in one particular field. He’s already established himself as a coder and computer scientist: a Level 5 engineer at Apple no less. But he’s also making a name for himself as a skilled R&B and hip hop vocalist. His latest single, ‘Seriously’, builds on the success of his EP, ‘Yaga Season’.
The daughter of Henry Lee Jackson, who was better known by his stage name of Big Bank Hank, of the SugarHill Gang, Shataramarie Jackson nonetheless grew up listening to Sade and Cher. She started writing songs back in school, and decided to get back into the music industry in 2015, after the death of her father.
Joan Torres is the bassist and composer of jazz fusion ensemble All Is Fused, which he has led since 2011. Together they have released 3 albums and been nominated for various awards, including the Vox Pop award in the Fusion Album category, which they won at the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards, 2016. Their most recent album, ‘Of The Musical’, has this year seen them nominated at the IMAs in three separate categories: best Funk/Fusion/Jam, best Jazz album, and their track ‘Demiurge’ has received a nomination for best music producer in the jazz category.
California native Daisy Gray has been quietly amassing a fanbase from her bedroom, and now, she unveiled her debut song ‘Saviour’. The accompanying video which premiered this morning on V Magazine, said “Daisy Gray may be new the music scene, but her raw talent and down to earth mindset are her building blocks to stardom…”
We’ve featured Xavier Toscano before in August 2016, with his song, ‘Runaway’, which exemplified his love of top 40 music and his belief that pop music is the soundtrack of our lives. Now he’s back with his new single, ‘Never Wanna Leave’, which blurs the lines between timeless and contemporary sounds.
Adam Ant’s choice of support for both his North American and UK tours, Glam Skanks are no strangers to our regular readers. So it was bittersweet to read that original member and co-founder Ali Cat was leaving for greener pastures. It’s not all bad news however, as Vanessa Von Lust is taking up the mantle as lead singer of the glitter rock band.
Based in San Francisco, but having grown up in the midwest, John Haesemeyer’s style is a blend of folk and popular genres, with an emphasis on vocals and acoustic guitar. His new track, ‘Maybe If I Try’, shows his inspiration, the great singer-songwriters, the likes of which include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan.
With a sound inspired by the likes of Coldplay, Adele, One Republic, and John Legend, Natalise has taken her classical background and created modern heartfelt music, with her band The Sunset Run. Her new single, ‘The Lucky Ones’, is taken from her album, ‘Glimpses Of The Sun’, and features a gloriously shot video.
Bassett are a culturally diverse and nomadic duo comprising multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Josh Bassett and bassist Taz Ozaki. Their search for identity, peace, and creative release led them to the Californian desert, whose vast landscapes served as inspiration for their newest EP and video of the same name, ‘Ghost Hwy’.
California singer songwriter Eric Anders, from the San Francisco Bay area, started writing and recording late in life, but has certainly made up for it with the release of four critically acclaimed albums over the space of four years. Now his creative body has been compiled and re-mastered as the beautiful ‘Big World Abide: The Best of Eric Anders’, and released in June this year.