Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988 as a quintet, Boyz II Men found fame as a quartet, with members Wanya Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris, on Motown Records during the early 1990s. Based on sales, Boyz II Men is one of the most successful R&B groups of all time, having recorded five #1 pop hits between 1992 and 1997. They have since topped sales of 25 million records.
Pocket Promise are an exciting multi-instrumental four piece based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Pocket Promise use guitars, pianos, keyboards and beat machines to capture a natural sound with twisting melodies and changes of pace and dynamic. Their style ranges from string accompanied haunting arrangements with layered vocals through to riff driven songs with infectious, overpowering choruses. Lyrics bring to mind images of heartache and fragility with carefree consequence and melancholic metaphor in equal measure.
Shola Ama (born on March 18, 1979, in London) is an English singer who scored her biggest hit in 1997 with a cover of Randy Crawford's "You Might Need Somebody". She is half Caribbean (of Dominican & St. Lucian origin), quarter Irish and quarter Scottish. Much Loved
Shola Ama has blossomed into the UK’s premier Soul and RnB vocalist. Famed for her angelic, soulful voice and ability to fuse soul, RnB, 2-Step and UK garage music.
Hollie Smith (born 1983) is a female soul singer from New Zealand. In 1999, as a 16 year old, Smith recorded her album Light From a Distant Shore after winning Best Female Vocalist at the National Jazz Festival of New Zealand. The album of Celtic music was produced by her stepfather who was a well-known musician in New Zealand. In 2003, Smith moved to Wellington (New Zealand) singing with Trinityroots. She recorded an album Home, Land and Sea and toured with the band.
Andy Allo is simply a breath of fresh air. The Cameroonian-born and raised singer-songwriter is one of the music scene’s exciting new artists who is breaking musical boundaries by creating her own soulful path. In 2009 the independent artist debuted her first album UnFresh, a collection of 12 original songs about the whirlwind experience of being in love, losing it while in continuous pursuit of happiness. Her first single from the album is "dreamland" featuring Blu. She has currently finished touring with prince, who is one of her influences and co-writer on her upcoming album.
John Stephens (born December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio), better known as John Legend, is a Grammy award winning R&B singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and actor signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. Prior to the release of his debut album Get Lifted in 2004, Legend's career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. He released his second album, Once Again in 2006, and his latest release, 2008's Evolver showcased a more experimental and upbeat side of Legend.
The Weeknd is a Toronto-based R&B singer named Abel Tesfaye. Abel started uploading songs to YouTube in 2010 and in March of 2011 he dropped his first mixtape, House of Balloons. In August of 2011, he dropped his second mixtape, Thursday. His third mixtape, Echoes of Silence, was released on December 21 2011. The Weeknd takes his ambivalent emotional tenor and stretches it out, building a whole worldview from it. He has sampled artists such as Beach House and Siouxsie and the Banshees. http://the-weeknd.com/
Lina is a neo-soul recording artist who was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the Dallas area. Lina can sing in seven different languages. Lina released her debut album Stranger On Earth in 2001 on Atlantic Records. It received a strong critical response for its blend of R&B with swing and vocal jazz. The title track was a cover version of a Dinah Washington track. The track Playa No More became a minor hit while the album reached #89 on the Billboard R&B and hip-hop album chart. Nevertheless, she was dropped from Atlantic.
Mutya Keisha Siobhan are an English girl group based in London. Formed in 2011, the group consists of Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. They are the founding members of the Sugababes, although each of them departed individually in 2001, 2005 and 2009. Buena, Buchanan and Donaghy released their first group effort as the Sugababes in 2000 with the album One Touch. From November 2011, they began recording their debut album alongside the likes of Dev Hynes, Shaznay Lewis, Cameron McVey, Naughty Boy, Richard X, William Orbit and MNEK.