Big Yellow Taxi singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is not in a coma, despite “rumours circulating on the internet”, a statement on her website has insisted.
The 71-year-old has been in hospital since 31 March and her friend, Leslie Morris, has now filed legal documents seeking authority over the singer’s personal affairs.
The document was accompanied by a doctor’s declaration stating that Mitchell would be unable to attend a court hearing for four to six months, but giving no details about what was wrong with her.
The doctor had ticked a box saying Mitchell was unable to take an active involvement in her medical care.
“At this time (Mitchell) remains unconscious and unable to make any responses, and is therefore unable to provide for any of her personal needs,” the signed document said, according to the celebrity news website TMZ.
However, the singer’s website insisted the application has been misunderstood.
“Contrary to rumours circulating on the internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected,” it said.
“As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight.
“The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her long-time friend, Leslie Morris, the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital.”
Mitchell has no close family who can act on her behalf and the court filing would not give Morris control over her financial affairs.
The singer was taken to hospital after reportedly being found unconscious at her home.
No details were given about her illness but a statement on her website said she was expected to make a full recovery.
The Canadian-born star with a distinctive soprano voice was one of the most influential, successful and respected singers from the late ’60s and ’70s with Big Yellow Taxi and Clouds being among her most famous songs.
A two-time Grammy winner at the height of her career, she earned a third Grammy when she brought out her Turbulent Indigo album in 1995.
Mitchell has withdrawn from public performing in recent years because, she said, of the effects decades of heavy smoking on her voice.
Amy Lerie is a French singer songwriter who is based in London and delivers a catchy melodic pop folk sound. She has been writing songs for seven years, since was given a guitar and played it for three hours every day.
Although born in France, Amy’s roots are from Madagascar, from where people have singing, music and rhythm in their veins.
Amy says: “Malagasy music is really rousing, using a djembe (an African percussion instrument), with lots of guitars, some maracas etc.”
Amy met her guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Arias when he listened to her songwriting via a link Amy posted to Facebook. Alex and Amy embarked on live gigs including her first appearance at a Malagasy event at currently popular venue, Proud Camden.
At Westfield Presents in White City, Amy played for an hour with her EP producer Maxime, who performs all the instruments except the lead guitar on her recordings. Next, Amy and Alex will be live at the Troubadour on 6 May 2015.
Amy’s real name is Valerie and she describes how she put together her artist name: “My first name is Valerie and my middle name is a Malagasy name which means lovely or sweet, which is Mamy. I took out the ‘M’ of Mamy and the ‘V’ and ‘a’ of Valerie and there it is: Amy Lerie.”
Amy is a big fan of country music and lists her influences as Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.
In 2009, a friend persuaded Amy to record her songs. Her first single Torn has a lively melody with ukulele and harmonica as well as a nod to country music with some slide guitar.
The brand new E.P. produced by Maxime Raguideau Obadia.is out on 25 May 2015 and features the catchy and melodic single “Torn”.
Sam Smith has cancelled his Australian tour.
The British singer was due to perform in Sydney on Tuesday, having taken to the stage in the city on Monday night. However, not long before he was due to entertain fans he confirmed he was unable to sing on doctors’ orders.
‘I am deeply, deeply saddened to tell my Australian fans, I have to cancel my Australian tour. I have been vocally exhausted for a while now however last night in Sydney I had a small haemorrhage on my vocal chords,” he said in a statement issued by Frontier Touring.
It means the 22-year-old star has no option but to rest or he could makes things worse. As well as missing shows, the star has been forced to pull out of the 57th TV Week Logie Awards too.
“The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal chords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge long-term issue. I am so sorry to all who have bought tickets, I truly am. This kills me,” he added.
The statement was posted on the Frontier Touring website, where it was also confirmed there are plans for Sam to complete tour dates in December.
People with tickets for the cancelled shows will be given first refusal if this goes ahead.
Up until now 2015 has been a great year for Sam. He took home four Grammys, including Record of the Year for Stay with Me, and two Brit Awards. He’s also up for a staggering 13 Billboard Awards and has received a nomination for a prestigious Ivor Novello Award.
The band was formed in 2005 in Zimbabwe but relocated to the United Kingdom where they were joined by bassist Simon Buckett in 2009.
The line up now consists of Simon Buckett (Bass/guitar), Wes Niemandt (Drums/vox) and Ryan Niemandt (Lead vox/guitar).
Kamikaze Test Pilots draw their influences from bands like System of A Down, Soundgarden, Clutch, The Melvins and Alice in Chains and have recently supported Nick Oliveri of Queens of the stone age.
The band’s sound is entertaining with a hard rock edge or, in their own words: “Kamikaze Test Pilots is, as the name suggests, a contradiction: a no-rules, non-conforming suicidal mesh of influences and a sound that reinvents itself with each new song”.
Kamikaze Test Pilots deliver a powerful rock sound with melodic vocals, chugging rhythm, guitars and searing solos that have already been played on BBC Introducing, Total Rock, Rock Radio Germany and Amazing Rock.
What the press say:
Metal Hammer – “A grooving and soulful approach to hard rock that’s aggressive and odd”.
Big Chees – “Totally bat shit crazy and I love it”
Rock City – “Different and worth checking out”.
Their self-titled album “Kamikaze Test Pilots” was produced by Bobby Bloomfield (50 Cent, Linkin Park, P Diddy ) and will be released on 11 May 2015 on Matchbox Recordings with distribution from Universal Music Operations.
Album tracks “Perseverance” and “Better Way” are destined for mainstream radio while the single “Dinosaur” is suited to alternative rock/specialist shows.
Blues rock, psychedelic fusion group The Freddy James Band formed in August 2013, fronted by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Freddy James. The band have gigged at London’s top venues and now release their first single She Don’t Like Rock n Roll.
The band contains Freddy James on vocals and guitar, Neil Cox on drums and Jim Harrison on bass.
Aged 5, inspired by his father’s music collection, Freddy James stood on some old boards in the garden pretending to be on stage and playing a guitar.
Surrounded by the music of Duane Eddy, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, Harvey Mandell and Jimi Hendrix, it was no surprise Freddy got into music, especially when his parents gave him a guitar for his eighth birthday.
Neil Cox started playing drums at 14 and took up lessons from Bob Armstrong, whose own drumming and tuition career make him one of the best.
Inspired by his favourites such as Weather Report, Parliament, The Police, Led Zepplin and Jamiroquai, Neil took up the drums after watching Stuart Copeland in The Police and drummer Buddy Rich, who toured with his orchestra in the 70s and 80s.
Jim Harrison started playing music at school when he took up the bass aged 13, which led onto learning electric guitar and drums. Also a fan of Led Zepplin, Jim’s Influences also include Jeff Buckley, The Beatles and many more.
The Freddy James Band’s single She don’t like Rock n Roll was mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios, London and will be released on
Produced by Alan Bleay – Arclite Productions, London
Release cover artwork by Robert Clarke at Tenfour Design
Band Photography by Mark Hallam at Big Sounds Photography
She Don’t Like Rock n Roll can be previewed on YouTube:
Texas USA has unleashed a new pop hopeful in the form of Candy, a singer-songwriter who crafts pop songs on acoustic guitar and piano, before readying them for the world of club and radio DJs with dance arrangements and remixes.
Candy developed her vocal performance as a studio and live backing singer for various established artists before reminding us of the delights of a pure pop tune with her first single “You Call This Love”.
“You Call This Love” is an upbeat pop dance record with a witty, narrative video. Candy combines her song writing and musicianship with her inspirations from within the dance music arena to create a winning sound.
“You Call This Love” is reproduced and remixed by three times Grammy Award winners Klubjumpers, who have worked with Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Madonna and many more.
Preview on Soundcloud:
An International Roster of Clubland Names Remix Annick’s Wonder.
Annick follows last summer’s dance-floor pumper “Give It To Me” with a new single “Wonder” remixed by clubland’s big names from Europe, America and Canada.
Ontario, Canada’s romping songstress Annick has taken a more commercial approach this year by getting her new single re-spun in a variety of styles such as EDM, disco, techno, NRG and house, so that no club-goers need miss out on Wonder.
We kick off the party with 3 times Grammy Award winners the Klubjumpers, known for mixes of Madonna, Maria Carey and Britney Spears, a video mix by Majik Boys (Whitney Houston and Rhianna) followed by React from Canada.
DJ-producers flocked from far and wide to put their take on “Wonder” with the United Kingdom well represented. From Britain came Bushboy, returning with their exciting, heated electro madness, and Danny Lee who works his distinctive brand of electronic magic.
Emerging talent was not overlooked with newcomers from Hungary Plasticboys Vs. Adriano with their “Hands Up” edit.
Next on the decks are Nivek Tek Vs. Dirty-Z, blending styles including pop dance, techno, house, bubblegum and Eurodance for their “Retro Rewind” mix and last but not least, disco house darlings Brick & Mortar.
Majik Brothers video mix:
Plastic Boys Vs. Adriano mix:
Nivek Tek Vs. Dirty-Z