Thursday, 29 March 2012

SOULCASE LIVE-Launch Night-14th March 2012

With so much hot unsigned musical talent about it’s always good to see the arrival of a new night where these artists can be seen doing what they do best live on stage. SOULCASE is the brainchild of UYG, a collective of events management students who pulled together a great line up for this their debut show. The night was also in support of Youth Music, a charity working with young people in the UK to help them succeed through and with music.
The music of every act appearing at SOULCASE has their roots in an aspect of soul music,with a variety of styles from R&B to rap and even poetry. With warm up from DJ Danos from CGS & Dappa from Rinse FM it was time for our host Grime Daily’s Claira Hermet to introduce the first performer.
ELLA MARIE is a multi talented artist. Not only classically trained pianist & violinist but has a beautiful angelic voice that just has to be heard. Having recently been racking up multiple views for a range of unique covers on Youtube, it’s with a medley of two of these songs that she kicked off the performance. Drake’s Take Care & Lana Del Ray’s Born To Die both performed perfectly with just a piano to accompany her. This was followed up with one of her own compositions, the beautiful ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ proving that she has the talent to compete with the likes of the talent she has been covering.
Twitter: @ELLAMARIEmusic

Facebook: ellamariemusic

Youtube: Ella Marie
Next on stage was TANIA with some interesting spoken word/poetry for the SOULCASE crowd. Giving us two of her poems, the heartfelt 'Lonely Tonight’ and the entertaining 'I Ain't Even Mad' which had the audience calling back the title to her & was genuinely funny. It’s clear she has something to say and knows how to make people listen.
Twitter: @FattyTanTan 
Unfortunately for our next artist, illness had struck. SIAN THOMAS was due to perform 3 tracks but had to cut her set down to just one song after being hit with a bout of tonsillitis. Joined on stage by the house band she performed ‘I Don't Wanna Be Alone’ but sore throat or not she sounded amazing. I can only imagine how good she would be on full strength. Hopefully we will see her back on the SOULCASE stage again soon.
Twitter: @sianthomasmusic
Following Sian was the artist who had travelled furthest to be with us but Manchester’s LOIS DAVINA is no stranger to the London music scene, having appeared at several other venues throughout the capital. Once again the house band accompanied her on 3 of her self-penned tracks. With a powerful voice reminiscent of some the great soul divas of the late 70’s & early 80’s, Lois blew everyone away particularly on recent single ‘Centre Stage’ and certainly left a lasting impression with the audience.

Twitter: @LoisDavina

Facebook: Lois Davina

Youtube: Lois Davina
Just when it was starting to look like a female take over it was the job of IN’SIGHT to represent for the guys. With obvious influences from soul vocal groups from the past the duo launched into a unique covers medley which went from Queen to Rihanna, all in the space of 5 minutes! The boys then provided two further samples of their own material, bringing memories of the likes of Jodeci, Boyz II Men and some of the classic R&B of the 90’s right back. Their style and harmonies are not to be messed with.

Twitter: @insightofficial

Facebook: insight official
Youtube: insightmusic2
A lady who has been making some big moves in the industry while earning a few big name fans along the way is KYRA. Having recently been chosen to support Wretch 32 on his forthcoming tour, it’s easy to see why there has been so much interest. She was joined on stage by the newly christened ‘Kyrettes’, who all were styled in their white shirts and bow ties. Her first song ‘I Hate My Job’ was a brilliant way to start and had the whole crowd singing along to the ultra catchy chorus (If that isn’t a future hit single there is something wrong in the world). 3 more tracks followed including the emotional ‘Bandages’ written for a lost loved one which was beautifully performed. KYRA will be a household name before too long so watch this space.
Twitter: @Kyraofficial
Facebook: Kyraofficial
Youtube: kyravision
More from the guys next as we are treated to some smooth soul from the very dapper DEJA. The one time garage MC has certainly mellowed over the years as proved by his first song, the laid back groove of ‘Fall’. After this he was then joined on stage by rapper PEPSTAR for his track ‘Way You Walk’, something that seemed to go down well with the crowd. Having recently been collaborating with some of Ed Sheeran’s writing and production team, it certainly won’t be long til we hear more from this man.
Twitter: @Deja_Official
The last of the ladies to hit the stage is LILY MCKENZIE, a versatile singer/songwriter who can turn her hand to anything from acoustic pop to dance & grime. Lily treated us to 2 of the 4 songs from her newly released EP ‘Breathe’ (the rocking ‘Circles’ and the very radio friendly ‘Forget About Us’) as well as a live version of “For You” (the house cut she recorded with Funkystepz). With an energetic stage presence, it’s obvious why her music career is taking on to bigger and better things.
Twitter : @LilyMckenzie
Facebook: Lily McKenzie
Check out Lily’s EP on itunes here

Last but by no means least was South London rapper FEM FEL. One of the best know and most popular MCs on the London scene. Again someone who admitted to not feeling 100% on the night he still managed a storming set, joined on stage by the returning DEJA who provided the vocals on his 3 tracks (‘Christian Dior’, ‘Hero’ & the title track of his debut album ‘Eyes Closed’) and bringing to end in fine form what was an amazing evening for new talent.
  Twitter: @FEMFEL

Facebook: femfel

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