At just 25 years-old Norwegian Ina Wroldsen (P&P Songs) has become one of the hottest songwriters in Europe and North America. Ina started her musical journey writing songs for herself as an artist.
In 2006 after numerous showcases Ina signed a record deal with TVT Records and began finishing her album, but due to unforeseen circumstances TVT folded and Ina was left without a label. She went back to Norway to reflect, rethink and reload for what was in store for her next. In the summer of 2007 Ina started her first co-writes, writing for artists other than herself. It soon became apparent that this was to be her future.
"Selby earned his moment in the spotlight with his excellent debut...No need for bells and whistles here -- the music does the talking."
“As a singer/songwriter, Mark Selby’s in the same league as Bruce Springsteen, with meaty words, a compelling voice, and tracks that have more groove than a vintage vinyl record."
"Mark Selby makes some of the most soulful noise coming out of Nashville."
A gifted musical artist and hit songwriter, Mark Selby's career is one of unusual depth and diversity. Selby has written career-defining songs for artists in multiple genres and frequently contributes signature guitar work to 'Music City' recording sessions. As a solo artist he's earned critical acclaim and a devoted international following, carving out an earthy, gritty sound steeped in blues and rootsy rock.
“I feel like it would be my most personal work to date,” he ventures on the topic of Broken Brights, the forthcoming solo release from Angus Stone. “I think I’m constantly introverting to that place, to that pocket I’ve always wanted to live inside amongst the songs & the tales that I’ve written.”
That search has taken the enigmatic Angus to the far-sailed corners of the globe. He’s recorded in a rustic dwelling nestled in the Swiss Alps, beneath Australia’s bright-lit cherry blue skies along the coastline, to a ramshackle log cabin with a view over the lush Indian countryside.
UK-born, adopted Australian son Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) releases his latest, already critically-lauded album, All The Little Lights. Recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney (Empire of the Sun and Josh Pyke), All The Little Lights is the most accomplished Passenger record to date. “It’s very different to [the last album] Flight Of The Crow,” says Rosenberg. “This one is a bigger production and a bit more modern sounding.” Sydney’s Sunday Herald Sun agrees, calling the album “a revelation” and adding, “Passenger has impressively travelled in a bolder direction to achieve a mature new album. (4/5 stars)”
Nicholas Krgovich is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with No Kids, Gigi, P:ano, and Mount Eerie. He has been releasing records under various monikers since P:ano’s acclaimed chamber pop debut, When It’ s Dark And It’ s Summer, which has led to his work with the girl group inspired Gigi, the icy displacement of the R&B informed No Kids, and most recently the singular pop dreams released under his own name. Even though the material is often wildly diverse, there is an unmistakable sense of Nick’s deep commitment to exploring the endless possibilities of pop, a discerning ear for sonic detail, and an ambition that willfully borders on the absurd.
Stephen Allen Davis (Revelry) grew up outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan on February 9, 1964, would forever change what he wanted to do with his life. From age 14, he organized his own bands and performed his own songs on stage.
In the summer of 1967, Davis began playing bass in a band that worked in the infamous “Printer’s Alley” and later became the house band in Indianapolis at the Sugar Shack. A few months later, Davis was in his first publisher meeting with Al Gallico Music when he decided to play a brand new song he had written only months prior. The song, “Take Time To Know Her” would become a huge hit for Percy Sledge and at 19 years old, he signed his first publishing deal and a recording contract with RCA Records.
Channelling an eclectic body of influences, The Colurs combine contemporary pop production with the songwriting aesthetics of Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, and The Beatles, and lush orchestral arrangements reminiscent of scores by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (from Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, Bambi, etc.), to create a fresh new sound.
Max Townsley and Drew Erickson joined forces in 2011 and converted an old house in Denton, Texas into a full recording studio, where they completed their unreleased debut EP. Both multi-instrumentalists, the two played all primary parts on the record and composed an accompanying orchestral score, commissioning musicians from the metroplex to form The Colurs Orchestra, a crew of young, talented string and horn players. The Colurs write, produce, arrange, and mix all of their music.
To say that Family of the Year has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time would be an understatement. Since the release of Loma Vista, FOTY has been included in Entertainment Weekly’s “15 New Stars We Love,” Paste Magazine/SonicBids “Emerging artists of 2013,” Billboard Magazine’s “Bubbling Under,” KCRW’S “Local Bands We Love” and featured as Interview Magazine’s “Discovery” band. With standout track “Hero,” FOTY has made a run of late-night TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CONAN and two episodes of Late Night With Carson Daly. Four weeks since their Billboard radio chart debut, "Hero" cracks Top 5 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart and Top 20 at Alternative Radio (amongst the 5 most added at the format).