Chukwuba Raymond Nnamdi is known for his music as Ray D. He grew up in Nigeria with his widowed father and one of his sisters.
Ray D started in music by joining the church choir at the age of 12. In November 2013 he released his first single London Girl, recorded with Imo State producer Freelance, and the song took Ray D to musical prominence in the eastern part of Nigeria.
Ray D was named Artist of the Year 2014 for Dancehall at the E-sure Celebrity Awards, which celebrates talent in the Nigerian entertainment industry, with Freelance scooping the next best producer award in 2013.
He releases his first international single Peace & Unity with Vintess Innovation Entertainment (Glints Label France). The song has already had radio play in the UK and overseas.
True to the message in his new single, Ray D spends time as a peace Ambassador at Vintess Innovation Organization in France. The song promotes peace and unity amongst the youth in Africa and everywhere else. He is working towards a much more compassionate world through his music.
His philosophy is to work hard or, as he says, ‘big dream today, reality tomorrow.’
Ray D works with Vintess Innovation Entertainment to give young people more opportunities by creating platforms to allow them to realise their dreams and goals.
Next year Ray D will perform at various worldwide festivals including Festival Chorus in Nanterre (28 March – 8 April) and at festivals in Angola, Lille, Cannes and Malawi.
The single Peace and Unity was released on 24 November and is taken from Ray D’s forthcoming album Brown Sugar.
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Creating hits armed with a Dictaphone for melodies, iPod for inspiration and pen and notebook for lyrics, Gaurika Hayer is a pop-rock singer-songwriter, most similar to Pink, Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson. Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elton John are also inspirations.
Gaurika has worked with some of the music industry’s leading producers such as David Frangioni, known for his work with Santana, Rolling Stones and Elton John among others, and Pete Wallace whose production roster includes Pink, Jessica Simpson and Julio Iglesias.
Great musicians have also played alongside Gaurika such as Mark Hudson (Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Boyzone and Leann Rimes) and Rudy Perez (Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Il Divo, Michael Bolton). Solo artist Jon Secada provided backing vocals on Gaurika’s song “Stronger”.
London gigs include Madam Jojo’s cabaret club in Soho, the Roundhouse in Camden, the Cedar Room in London’s Islington, plus private gigs at Kensington Hotel and St James’ Hotel, Jermyn Street, London.
Gaurika managed to secure herself a showcase at Selfridges during December, a previously unheard of accomplishment for a new independent artist.
Gaurika has had plays on BBC radio and made charity appearances in Chelmsford and Meadowhall, Sheffield, alongside X Factor finalists. One of her songs was placed on Popworld Promotes, holding number one position for the first 3 weeks and finishing at number two in the competition.
The album ” Rise Again” featuring the single ” Caught in the Act” will be released on 24 November 2014 with distribution from Universal Music Operations. Also featured on the album is a tribute to Nelson Mandela called “I Walk On”, which featured in her recent live session and interview broadcast.
Samantha Durnan from the North East of England releases her first single, already praised by BBC Introducing and Radio 1 for her voice, acoustic and alternative rock band arrangements. Samantha worked on her self-titled EP containing her forthcoming single Who Would Have Thought, while on tour supporting Ed Sheeran, Kate Nash, the Hooziers and Beverley Knight.
Although she works with a backing band, Samantha is one of those people who accomplished all the instruments she wanted in her songs, which she has been writing and performing as much as she can from the earliest age.
Encouraged to work hard by responses to her talent, Samantha was praised by Jen and Ally from Radio One who gave her airplay and commented “Wow, what a voice”.
Inspired by current and classic alternative rock artists alike including Stevie Nicks, KT Tunstall and Michelle Branch, Samantha is moving to London to further progress her burgeoning music career. In 2013 she quit her day job to focus on music full time.
Samantha has performed extensively across venues in the North East and supported Ed Sheeran for two years. While on the road, she kept working on her forthcoming EP.
She’s also shared stages with Beverly Knight, Kate Nash, Amelia Lily, Cover Drive, The Hoosiers as the support act and was invited to attend Abbey Road/Maida Vale Studios to receive a musicians’ masterclass alongside established and emerging artists selected by the BBC.
Following the fast and positive response she has received so far, Samantha has tours booked in Australia, Texas and Dubai to coincide with her forthcoming album.
Bob Fischer of BBC Introducing says: “As soon as I heard the songs from Samantha’s EP I was knocked out – very powerful and emotional stuff, and she’s got a fabulous voice.”
”Her music kept the audience up-beat and set the tone for female independence… ”
”She has the promise of a beautiful voice along with a great talent for song writing.”
”Samantha Durnan went down a storm at Stockton Fringe Festival, big voice, big future.”
Amazing Radio: ‘
“If you took this girls vocals, and stuck her on something like a rudimental track, I think she would absolutely nail it and it would bring a really nice sound to a modern day track”.
“Voice of an angel”… “A truly talented young Middlesbrough Songstress”.
Samantha Durnan releases a self-titled EP with a single “Who Would Have Thought” to be released on 24th November 2014.
Additionally to acoustic songs in her set, Samantha on vocals and guitar, is accompanied by Steph Hooton, bass, Chris Groom, piano, Dave Rutherford, guitar, and Craig Lewis on drums.
Here is Who Would Have Thought on YouTube:
Raised in London’s East End, making it through the BRIT school with Jessie J, then featuring in high profile musicals and theatre productions; Donna HineZ releases a soul, rock and pop album with her first single Ice Cream out in November.
In between ballet, tap and jazz classes, Donna got her singing practice in early by recording herself on a tape recorder and the sounds of RnB, soul, jazz, pop and reggae emanated from the family living room.
Surrounded by music and inspired by it, Donna cottoned-on early to the importance of stage presence and learned to have fun while singing by pretending to be on stage. This led to regular showcases for friends and relatives, performing with her two older sisters.
Also important in the formation of a future music star were Donna’s rebellious teenage years at school when faced with the ravages of peer pressure. Music again was her escape as she started writing songs and producing them in the music rooms at her secondary school.
Donna says: “It felt like home to me. I could express myself and not get into trouble with the so-called bad crowd.”
The BRIT School of Performing Arts accepted Donna onto their course, where a classmate was Jessie J. This led to a place at London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT).
With this training, Donna toured the UK in various professional theatre productions alongside David Hasslehoff, Louie Spence, Jerry Springer, Sylvester McCoy (Dr Who), Sue Jenkins (Brookside), Clare Buckfield (2.4 Children), Clive Rowe (Tracy Beaker), Alex Ferns (EastEnders) and Henry Winkler (The Fonz).
She has appeared in renowned musicals such as Motown’s Dancing in the Streets, The Blues Brothers Revival, Little Shop of Horrors and Hair. Most recently she played Gloria Jones, the female lead in the successful production of the glam rock musical 20th Century Boy.
Inspired by life, Donna says she is “truly blessed” to have travelled and gained experience as a performer in these shows and now feels ready to express this appreciation with her own music.
Donna plays acoustic guitar and has taught herself music production to arrange her own songs with software on her laptop, already creating herself as a contemporary solo-artist, songwriter, arranger and producer as many of our chart-toppers are today.
Donna HineZ is also the name of her soul, rock and pop album, which contains a love song “Couple a Pandas” and her upbeat, raw and provocative single, “Ice Cream”, which she releases on 24 November 2014.
Devyn Rose, previously known as Tanya T6 for her remixes, which earned her the nickname the Remix Queen from various top DJs, unleashes her eccentric, new generation mix of pop, R&B, hip hop and island fusions, with a single entitled Falling 4 U.
Having first sung as a child for her church choir, at the age of 16, Devyn Rose moved downstate from Mount Vernon to New York City to master various forms of dance at Broadway Dance Center.
As a result of a performance at a BMI Open Mic, Devyn was discovered by multi-platinum producer Dame Grease.
As Tanya T6, Devyn had released a mixtape for her fanbase entitled “Move Over Paris Hilton, There’s a New It Girl in Town”, which was hosted by New York’s POWER 105.1 radio station’s DJ Suss One. Then she released “Work My Body” which premiered on the DJ Wrexx show on WZMX Hartford’s Hot 93.7 and its popularity spread from there.
This year, Falling 4 U is featured as a give-away in the 5th Annual Emmy Awards Pre-Party Bash Gift Bag and the track has just been accepted amongst 50 selected artists and tracks to appear on the Next Big Thing In Music website at http://add52.com/iamdevynrose.
ADD52.com is in association with Milk Music, powered by Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind, Universal Music Group & Samsung.
Encouraged by this immediate success, Devyn started remixing popular songs and emailing them each week to international major DJs. The popular response to this won her the nickname: “The Remix Queen”.
To see more of Devyn, keep an eye out for BET Centric Networks who are now circulating the video for Falling 4 U and she will be appearing on Network TV shortly. Already a darling of media giants, Hulkshare.com became an official sponsor of Devyn’s movement, as well as fashion and style brands Tweewoo.com, Endorfina Jeans and Frostwire among quite a few more.
Devyn Rose’s latest R&B pop single “Falling 4 U”, released by Pink Staircase Entertainment, is now available on iTunes.
This story first appeared on Pressparty
Coldplay have unveiled their video for new single, ‘True Love’. TThe video sees frontman, Chris Martin, turn into a sumo wrester and overweight janitor.
‘True Love’ is the band’s 3rd single from the album, ‘Ghost Stories’, and was released on August 14.
he new video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (who also directed the clip for Magic). It was shot in LA and centres around a tale of two ballet-loving outsiders, played by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Canadian actress Jessica Lucas.
‘True Love’ follows the album’s first two singles, ‘Magic’ and ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’, both of which were UK Top 10 hits. The track is available everywhere now.
Ghost Stories cover artist Mila Fürstová has created the artwork for the single.
Watch the videos for Coldplay’s ‘True Love’, ‘Sky Full of Stars’, and ‘Magic’ below:
Within a year after starting to produce his own music, in 2013, Bradley James began working with record labels such as Treatment.
Despite his musical genre being a very crowded arena, music industry heads already believe he will make his mark and he has performed his tracks live on BBC Introducing on radio in the West Midlands.
Bradley James is based near Birmingham in Staffordshire in the UK where he started out as a mobile DJ. His influences include Deadmau5, Michael Woods, Nicky Romero and elements of electro house from Afrojack.
“Charger” is Bradley’s breakthrough debut single, a minimal but powerful electro house dance track.
“Charger” comes out on Matchbox Recordings on 28 July 2014 and has already been featured on BBC Introducing.
The single was recorded at Estoril Studios and mastered by The Fat Mastering (Pete Tong, Radio One, Armin Van Buurun, Timo Mass).
Charger is on YouTube:
Llve on BBC Introducing West Midlands:
A previous track Pure also live on BBC Introducing on radio in the West Midlands:
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BradleyJamesMusic