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Craig DeMelo

Winner of Limelight Magazine’s male vocalist of the year award, Craig DeMelo has made a name for himself in New England and beyond as a versatile, passionate, and eclectic singer/songwriter, who can spin a ballad, paint a picture, blast out a rock song, or even freestyle.
The thirty year old has been playing stages from coast-to-coast since 2002. He's been to every major club in New England and opened for various National Acts. He's also had two successful tours in California in 2007 and 2008. Along the way he's written over 80 songs.
Craig has played showcases for Atlantic Records, John Mayer's manager, and Dave Matthews' manager but just hasn't found the right fit to get to the next level yet.
Fans will tell you that every Craig DeMelo show is different. On any given night, Craig is liable to break into an impromptu song in whichever genre he is the mood to play. His ability to mix music together and create off the top of his head has become a staple in his live show. His lyrical spontaneity (and his love of Jack Daniel's) caused one fan to dub him "The Whiskey Poet."
Today, Craig is continuing to play extensively to support his debut, solo album and he has been back in the studio working on his next album which will drop on 6/14/13!

Listen to Craig on his website at: http://www.CraigDeMelo.com

Vaclav Polansky is a songwriter, singer, multiinstrumentalist and producer from Europe, Czech republic.

Listen to Vaclav on UTube

Davide Pannozzo
& Loud Stuff

Davide Pannozzo is an undisputed talent of blues guitar. He was imposed on national and international blues scene after having sailed for many years, very young, the stages of the biggest blues festivals in Italy and abroad (Bass Player - Los Angeles, International Blues Challenge - Memphis, London, Paris, Bucharest, Frankfurt, etc.). Graduated in Classical Guitar at the Conservatory "Santa Cecilia" of Rome and respected musician by insiders, David is now a "voice" of all recognizable phrasing, melodies, in its striking, contemporary sound. Great teacher, is also the author of a teaching method, GUITARLab, distributed as an ebook, in Italian and English, the best store multimedia. Famous collaborations with Maestro Pippo Caruso on the occasion of the TV show "Domenica IN", with the Oscar-winning Maestro Luis Bacalov for the work Mediterranean Harbor produced by Walt Disney, with the masters Franco Piersanti and Nicola Piovani at the show made Auditorium in Rome in 2011 to pay homage to the long film by Nanni Moretti. Equally famous tour made in the same year with David Garfield, producer and arranger George Benson, with whom Davide plays during the TV show of Pippo Baudo.

Listen to Davide on UTube

Peter Galperin

With a Russian classical violinist father and a Canadian cellist mother, Peter was surrounded by music and studied violin and piano from an early age. He became active in the Seattle rock scene during college, and moved to New York City in the late 1980's where he was soon signed to a songwriting development deal. A singer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, piano, mandolin, bass), Peter has collaborated on projects with producer/saxophonist Robert Aaron (who has worked with David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Laurie Anderson), Wayne Kramer (MC5), and has composed music for a variety of dance performances and independent film soundtracks.
Since the mid-1990s Peter has immersed himself in South American and West African music. His unique hybrid musical style fuses Afro/Latin rhythms with rock melodies and a witty, dry sense of humor. Peter writes songs that reveal his loves, fears, anxieties, and hopes in an honest and straight-forward style that has received tremendous response from listeners of all ages. Larry Oakes, booking manager for New York's Bitter End Club has called Peter "a gifted, absolutely unique songwriter".
Listen to Peter at his website.

Manuel K

Manuel K is a independent rock singer, guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter from Switzerland. Manuel K was formerly known as lead singer and guitarist of the rock bands Nextmile and Rockcousins which are on longtime hiatus. That’s why Manuel K started his solo project in 2013. His first single "Back to Guitars" (Demo) was released digitally on January 31, 2013 worldwide. "Back to Guitars" is a guitar-driven blues-rock song. The second single "Tonight" is an emotional love-song and was released on June 22, 2013 as digital download worldwide too.
The second Single “Tonight” of Manuel K is available as digital download worldwide now.
Listen to Manuel at his website.

Nichole Mann

Nichole Mann has been writing and recording on her own for many years. She has always done all the work herself from tracking her instruments to production until recently when she began collaborating with her fiancé, Todd Fredrickson of group Smalltown Rival.
Nichole Mann has released her single "Let Go" from her upcoming CD "Bitter Truth" (no official release date at this time) which has received great reviews. This song is about knowing when to stop and 'let it go'. Nichole has always been hesitant to call a song 'finished' but has learned when it is time. The theme however, is about letting go of the past to live in the moment, being in the now. This action is a universal issue and audiences relate to it. "Everyone has something they need to move past", states Nichole.
"Let Go" has a nice up tempo with a non traditional melodic structure that gives it an edge over others in this category. It has catchy riffs and a lot of instrumental freedom which again lends itself to a unique category. Pop music never sounded so delicious and Nichole Mann brings it home each and every time.
Periodically Nichole will release a sampling of her upcoming CD to refresh the pallets of audiences everywhere always keeping her in the forefront of their minds.
This past year Nichole submitted a song for the Radiostar National Songwriting Contest and made the top 50 – a proud position to be in. She is currently playing local shows and hoping to put a tour together for Spring or Summer.
You can listen to and/or purchase her music by logging onto her website.
Nichole Mann is currently working with A & R Select in Sherman Oaks, Ca., for licensing, publishing, a record deal and/or placement opportunities., they can be reached at:

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Alicia Mills

2012 Songwriter semi finalist award : http://songwriter.songoftheyear.com/songwriting-contest/aliciamills.htm, New South Wales, Aus 2011 Songwriter Artist Placement Award : http://www.songoftheyear.com/2011results/aliciamills.html, New South Wales, Aus Gina Jeffreys
workshop : Songwriting,singing,performance, New South Wales, Aus 2010 Magesongs : Song writing workshops, New South Wales, Aus

Listen to Alicia on Jango


"Light funky rhythms, gorgeous melodies and introspective lyrics make this singer songwriter a winner."-Duke Eatmon, CBC Montreal
Annette's sparkling songwriting puts this effort alongside the best of contemporary performers like Shawn Colvin. The hook-filled "Let You Go" is one of the catchiest songs this year.-Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio
Folk rock singer songwriter Annette Campagne has been writing and performing for over 25 years. Singing in both English and French, her work with the group Hart Rouge boasts an impressive list of accomplishments: seven albums and several commercial radio hits and tours across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. This paved the way for her solo career, where she released another three albums.
Annette proves she is the quintessential Canadian artist; the straight-shooting poet of a prairie girl who has seen the world but who revels in her prairie roots. She's the hip, urban musician standing in a field of wheat singing about heartbreak and the thrill of new beginnings; about the refusal to compromise; about fury and forgiveness.
Her most recent album, "You gotta laugh", is full of rough guitars, beautiful vocals, strong melodies and powerful lyrics. It is smooth and soulful with a hit of big sky country, the work of an artist whose mettle has been tested.
She strives to create a 'comfortable connectedness' and a 'feel good' atmosphere with her songwriting. Her songs are positive, not in a 'fleur bleu/everything is wonderful" way, but one based in a faith-infused reality and self- empowering optimism.
Listen to Annette at her website.

The Love Machine Project

Candice Anitra & Mustafa Effortless are The Love Machine Project. Equal parts left-of-soul songstress and consciousness-raising emcee, this dynamic duo bridged the east and west coasts to birth their brand of ephemeral Tina-Turner-meets-Guru-mannered alien pop. Musical planetary alignment is rare but with technology on their side the two volleyed new material back and forth across country non-stop for weeks in the fall of 2012. Upon composing each of the love letters to love featured on their debut Love Machine EP in her Brooklyn love nest, singer-songwriter-producer-alchemist Candice Anitra knew they were incomplete without the touch of Los Angeles-based, Uptown-raised, actor, musician, director, poet and fellow warrior of light Mustafa Shakir (aka Mustafa Effortless, or M*E), whom she had known for more than a decade after performing together in Kamal Sinclair's Off-Broadway The Beat, called "Hip-Hop's theatrical revolution." After adding his deep and witty verses to Anitra's tracks, Candice and Mustafa teamed with super producer-engineer Joel Hamilton (Pretty Lights, Black Keys, Matisyahu, Dub Trio), bassist Brady Watt (Talib Kweli, Res, Curren$y), guitarist Wes Mingus (Wu-Tang Clan, The Revelations), and drummer Jason Mills (Stomp, Beetroot) to fill out the recordings' sound at Studio G in Brooklyn. The songs in this collection embrace, honor, and extol the full spectrum of what it means to be human, embrace the alien, and spread love along the way.... and for the duo this is only the beginning!
Listen to The Love Machine Project at their website.

Burning Condors

Fresh on the Net described Burning Condors' debut single 'Honey Trap' as "...dirty in a good way..."whilst God is in the TV hailed "...a howling haunted victim of love no more". Joyzine was equally impressed, describing Burning Condors' sound as using "...a modern art punk filter to come up with something fresh and new. Imagine Nick Cave sipping whiskey with John Spencer in a Hoxton dive bar."
The "Condors" are a Four piece British band once described ever so eloquently by one muso journo as "…what Blur would have sounded like if they grew up listening to Carl Perkins". London four piece Burning Condors took flight when Marcus Thompson left his roots of Bradford and moved south to the capital to find acting work and met band mates Matthew Edun and the boy Churchy.
With Marcus influenced by British acts like Joy Division and Bowie and Matthew an old school blues nut, the pair introduced each other to their record collections to create a noise which led one reviewer to gush - 'Burning Condors have distilled the essence of the blues, added a dash of rockabilly swagger and forced it through a modern art punk filter to come up with something fresh and new'.
After cutting their teeth on the London gigging scene, they earned a break with a run of support slots for Punk Blues favourites Legendary Shack Shakers. After seeing Burning Condors strut live, Shack Shakers' double bassist and Producer Mark Robertson invited the boys out to his studio in Nashville, Tennessee to cut their debut album. The record also features the talents of Col JD Wilkes (Dirt Daubers) and Dave Roe (Johnny Cash's band 'Tennesse Three') and is released at the end of 2013.
Although our sound naturally draws comparisons to bands from the other side of the Atlantic, we are most definitely a product of our environment and wear our London roots loudly and proudly on our sleeves.
No fake tales of San Francisco. Burning Condors are the real deal.
Debut album 'Round Our Way' is due for release September 2013.

Listen to some of their songs:
Last Train Home
Twisted Kind of Bliss
Bringing Back the Blues

Shawn Kingsberry

Music is life, learning, and experiences. My music is my story. I combine live musical instrumentation, electronic sounds, with meaningful lyrics. Music is a language, a protocol used to communicate to all ages and races. My goal is to touch you and make you think. My brother Michael Kingsberry and I have been writing and producing music for years. We capture various genres combining these elements to create a fresh sound.
Chill & Lounge Vibrations - Just Relax is Chill-out music at its best. This single provides a variety of electronic music and acoustic instrumentation delivered in a mellow style. Just Relax will make you chill and appreciate the moment you are in.
Listen to Shawn at his website.

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Joy Mover

The journey from a deeply held dream to its realization is never easy, seldom rapid. After many years of writing, producing and recording the music that is so very much a part of her DNA, singer /songwriter Joy Mover is taking her first giant step toward actualizing her lifelong vision with the 2012 release of her self-titled debut, Joy Mover.
To say that Joy's roots are steeped in music is an understatement. Beginning with her great- grandfather, through her maternal and paternal grandparents and uncles, followed by her parents, brother and cousin, Joy's family has long been populated with professional musicians and singers. Her father, Jimmy, like his father before him, is a trumpeter. He played with several big band greats of his era including Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Spivak, Horace Heidt, Ina Ray Hutton and Jerry Wald and has appeared on a number of national television shows playing his theremin, including "The Tonight Show," "Ernie Kovaks Show" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He also played the theremin background music for the horror classic "Lights Out" radio show hosted by Robert Stack. Joy's mother, Barbara, a vocalist and actress in NYC at the time, was singing with Al Donahue's big band when her parents first met.
Listen to Joy on ReverbNation


Ms. Rince Calder is a New Yorker. She always had proclivities towards the 'Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Fashion, and Musik. She attended "The Art Student's League Of New York," where she studied oil painting, and clay clay sculpting. She as well attended "The Brooklyn Queens Conservatory Of Music," in Flushing, Queens, and studied piano, music theory, and voice. She studied Real Estate at 'REEDC", and freelances in rentals with "NYCHA."
Ms. Rince, graduated from "St. John's University," with a Bachelor of Arts, and then acquired her second undergraduate degree from "Touro College," in (DMX ) Digital Media Arts Program. Began and halted her graduate studies at "Pace University," where she pursued her M.S. in Publishing.
Currently, she is an Impressionist - Figurative Pop Artist, Painter, and Clay -Sculptress. Founded Calder Records, Inc. and is a singer - songwriter, and freelances as a Tv - producer.
Listen to Rince on: Airplay Direct

Alyssa Golden

At just 16 years old, Alyssa Golden has had a career most performers could only dream of. Originally hailing from Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, Alyssa has been singing since the age of 8. She began singing in the church choir as a little girl, which grew into auditioning for community theatres, and she hasn't stopped since! Last year after placing in the top three for the National Catholic Youth Conference-- performing in front of thousands at the Lucas Oil Stadium convention center in Indianapolis, she received a recording contract with Heartbeat records to record, "Ave Maria". Alyssa is also signed with Frontier Booking for commerical work and CESD Talent Group for legit work. Most recently, Alyssa has teamed up with Grammy-award nominated producer, Arty Skye to record a number of original songs. Alyssa Golden's latest single,"Girl For You" was released in May 2013 and you can find it and Alyssa's other singles on iTunes today.
Listen to Alyssa at her website.

Stevie Jewel

I attended a Theatre magnet school for high school. I took music theory and, although, I started writing songs when I was maybe seven years old, I credit this teacher for helping me jump-start into songwriting. I studied “Garage Band” and now use “Logic”. I have gathered a serious collection of recording gear and am always upgrading my equipment. Frankly, I've always heard the melodies in my head, sometimes the lyrics are there at the same time, but occasionally, the lyrics come in a little later. My best pieces are created in a fifteen minute window. The songs that I have to struggle with or suitcase for a while and revisit, never seem "finished". It seems that we have always had a piano in the house, so it's been a natural for me to sit and write at the piano. Lately, we have moved and I haven't had a piano around so, in conjunction with taking vocal lessons with Jan Smith, I asked her to show me some chords etc. on the guitar. It took me a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but I am a Type A and didn’t quit until I felt semi-comfortable on the guitar. I'm not ready to rock a show, but it helps me write. I wrote a song "One Last Kiss (Seal the Deal)" and in 2008, it rose to #24 on Billboard’s Dance Chart. I performed this at a variety of places around LA and Vegas. And have done performed this song for some charity work also. I didn't do a lot to promote the songs - I didn't tour - the rise on the Billboard Charts just happened. I have played a lot of the casinos in Vegas and a couple of sold out shows in LA, I've even sung at the White House....yep, that White House!
Listen to Stevie on UTube.

Andreas Svarc

Andreas Svarc, born Prague (CZ) living now in Bern (CH).
Already he is in demand for many years as a pianist who unites classical music, Jazz and Folk in his work.
His musical worlds invite to dreaming and relaxation as well as fusing together different cultures.
Andreas is a cosmopolitan who lives out his passion through Smooth Jazz.
Smooth Jazz, Piano Grooves, World Music, always Smooth & Fine!
Listen to Andreas at Myspace.

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