Neil Hilborn is a bestselling author who, with over 100 million views to his credit, is the most watched poet ever. Hilborn is a graduate of Macalester College with a degree in creative writing. Originally from Houston, Texas, he now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Jaws of Love. is a solo project from Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives, who is set to release the album Tasha Sits Close to the Piano.
Mark Nieto has tangled with the Los Angeles underground for the better part of the last decade, appearing regularly on local radio and fine-tuning an aesthetic that fits comfortably at the intersection of instrumental guitar music and experimental electronic structures to create Combat.
Watch "Hawaiian License Plates." by Jaws of Love.:
Keznamdi was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His parents had a reggae band called Chakula, which released 10 albums and toured extensively. Keznamdi taps into a “feel-good” musical vibration of up and coming reggae. He recently released his Skyline Levels Vol. 1 EP, which debuted at #3 on the iTunes reggae album charts.
Ryan Kinder was born in Knoxville, Tenesee, and was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He put his first band together in high school and continued to pursue his passion while attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After two years of traveling back and forth between Alabama and Music City to chase his dream, he finally quit school and moved to Nashville, where he could pursue his craft full time.
The Nashville creative community took notice soon after Kinder arrived. Executives with Warner Music Nashville were already scouting him when he played at the annual CMA Music Festival, where the crowd tripled in size during Kinder’s set. Warner Nashville President/CEO John Esposito liked what he saw and signed Kinder shortly after.
Jean-Michel Blais is a 31 year-old pianist from Montreal, Canada. His enchanting instrumental compositions pair the melodic pop sensibilities of Amélie-era Yann Tiersen and Chilly Gonzales with the breathtaking technical skill of classical minimalists like Philip Glass and Erik Satie. Il, his debut album of original compositions, was released on April 8th, 2016 by Arts & Crafts.
Blais grew up in a rural French Catholic town in Quebec. Blais began tinkering on his family's organ at age 9 and at age 11, he started taking piano lessons and writing original compositions. By 17, he was invited to the Trois-Rivieres Music Conservatory and began training as a classical pianist. However, Blais was entering the throes of teenage rebellion and found the constraints of formal training cumbersome. Gravitating towards experimentation, Blais wasn't content to be told how to play, improvise, or compose.
Megan Davies, originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is an alt/pop singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. During the summer of 2013, Davies began uploading acoustic covers and mashups to YouTube—collaborating with her sister Jaclyn and other artist friends in Nashville. Since then, her creative stylings have garnered her more than 163 million views and 1.1 million subscribers.
Although Davies enjoys producing covers and mashups, her passion lies in writing and performing original music. Her unique sound has been influenced by a combination of commercial pop, indie folk, and experimental rock. Her debut original EP, Bad Poetry, is available now. She performed the EP live across the country this fall, opening 19 shows for YouTube heavyweights Boyce Avenue.
In April 2016, Davies was the featured artist for the Spotify curated playlist “Acoustic Covers,” which received global visibility. Her songs on Spotify maintain more than 2 million listeners per month. In June 2015, her three-song mashup “See You Again/Love Me Like You Do/Sugar” reached no. 1 on the U.S. and Global Spotify Viral 50 charts. The Coffee House station on XM Radio voted the cover of Lorde’s “Royals,” performed by Davies and fellow artist Emily Hackett, the best cover song of 2013.
Keelan Donovan is a vocalist with an energetic tenor tone and perceptive lyrics that showcase his humor and passion for life. Originally from Portland, ME, he currently resides in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Belmont University in 2012 and almost immediately immersed himself in the Nashville music scene. In 2016, Donovan signed his first deal with Big Yellow Dog Music, a place that artists such as Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris, and Jessie James Decker also call home. His self-titled EP, produced by Daniel Tashian and Dan Agee, debuted at #14 on the Singer-Songwriter iTunes chart. Donovan has also been featured on various playlists including Spotify's "New Music Friday", "Weekly Buzz", and Apple Music's "The A-List: Singer/Songwriter." Along with signing a publishing deal, Donovan has had placements on TV shows on ABC, Syfy, CMT, and a number of upcoming independent films.
Watch Davies perform “Black and White”:
Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with her new album, Regina. In the years since the release of her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I. This expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, to songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally to Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.
As for her muse for the album, Stevens explains, “Regina has become an alter ego, or an imaginary friend. Like a dream, she exists separate from me but is reliant upon my consciousness to exist. I carry her with me in everything now. So I guess you could say that neither ends; in Becca, there is always Regina, and in Regina, there is always Becca.”
Stevens’ style has always evaded categorization, and with Regina, even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B, and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that draw you in and stay with you.
Viniloversus is a Latin Grammy-winning rock band based out of Miami, FL. The band, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, recently released their first English album titled Days of Exile, which is a follow-up to their first 3 critically acclaimed albums. The outfit is currently touring in the US, where they have recently participated in important music festivals and conferences such as III Points Music Festival (Miami) and LAMC (NYC). The album is available on vinyl as well as all digital platforms.
The Last Bandoleros are a four-piece outfit that blends together Tex-Mex, country, and rock n’ roll. Their story begins in San Antonio, Texas, with guitarist/producer Jerry Fuentes who, during a musical pilgrimage to Manhattan, happened to meet singer-songwriter/producer and New York native Derek James. Fuentes and James soon began collaborating in Brooklyn. However, Fuentes kept being drawn back to his native Texas to record in the same San Antonio studio where a couple of talented brothers were also emerging. Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano music legend Emilio Navaira Sr., had been making a name for themselves around town with their energetic live performances and sterling vocal chops. Fuentes decided to combine both of his universes by introducing James to the Navaria brothers and inviting them to joint sessions in Brooklyn and San Antonio. Riffs and lyrics began flying fast; the Last Bandoleros were born.
L.A. Salami (Lookman Adekunle Salami) is a singer/songwriter from London, England, known for crafting magnetic blues-rock songs with a postmodern twist. Salami was fostered when he was two months old and grew up between his birth mother in Peckham, South London and his foster family in Broadstairs on the English coast. Much of his teens and early twenties were spent on the move, rarely settling in one place for more than few months at a time. It was this lifestyle that provided him with a unique insight about life in the city, something that he would later use to fuel his songwriting, both lyrically and conceptually.
His love for music began when he first heard Bob Dylan on the radio, subsequently leading him to explore more blues and folk music and inspiring him to write his own songs. Unfortunately, he could not afford his own instrument and wasn't introduced to one until he was given a guitar for his 21st birthday. After three months of soul-searching, tapping into different creative avenues, and sleeping rough, Salami eventually had his first few songs written and set out to land some gigs. Success soon came knocking after relentless gigging, starting with a tour support slot for Lianne La Havas in 2012.