Song of the Day: Stay Focused – BLKGLD

Hailing from Croydon and of Jamaican descent, identical twins Shereen and Sophia aka BLKGLD enchant us with their beautiful and buttery vocals through their debut single, ‘Stay Focused’ out now on all major download/streaming platforms.

The single innately evokes a nostalgic feeling that transports back to the 90s with their effortless fusion of R&B and Dancehall. This irresistible number has slow wine written all over it, and the meandering baseline is mixed in with a tropical xylophone vibe.

With a musical encyclopedia that is rich with the heart and soul of R&B, the girls site Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, TLC,  Boyz 2 Men and Usher  amongst some of their biggest inspirations and influences and their sound marries this together with a contemporary twist. Crediting their seasoned soulful voices to their dad who also sang and often was likened to Nat King Cole himself, it’s no coincidence to why BLKGLD are slaying it.

Cementing their rightful place within the UK music scene and beyond, they have already received co-signs from notable names in dancehall, including Beanie Man and The Fanatix. Their soulful renditions of many classic and future hits have already gained some exciting traction, amassing millions of views across all social media platforms, leading to the duo performing alongside Migos and the late Juice Wrld last summer.

Keeping 100% focused, BLKGLD are ones to watch for 2020…check out the video for their debut below…

Upcoming Release: Hiding Away – Stephanie Sounds (ft. Rick Leon James)

East London songbird STEPHANIE SOUNDS gets geared up for the release of her forthcoming single, ‘Hiding Away’, the second offering from her well-received debut album, ‘Much Better’, released last October.

Showcasing on-point harmonies, blissfully backed by delicate guitar plucks, which gives off a rich folklore/worldly affair, ‘Hiding Away’ is definitely an anthem for anyone who’s been hurt and betrayed by close friends – but through the journey of self-healing – the experience will make you a stronger person. Bass player Rick Leon James – who has worked with musical heavyweights such as Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32 – injects a real gutsy funk to the bass line.

As well as a vocal phenomenon on stage, Stephanie is also an up and coming fashion designer

As well as providing backing vocals for some of the world’s leading artists, including Celine Dion, Will Young, Jessie J, Blur, Florence and The Machine, Kasabian, Daniel Bedingfield, Natasha Bedingfield, Lemar, Jamelia, Westlife and McFly, STEPHANIE SOUNDS is also a promising designer who has launched her label, So London Boutique 

The clothing line is gaining attention from people across the globe through blogs, social media and big stages at festivals. Her edgy and trendy designs, brought to life by African prints, are frequently requested by other artists and creatives for their events and performances.

‘Hiding Away’ will be available on all major digital/download sites from 17th August. Check it out below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/STEPHANIESOUNDS/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanieSounds
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephaniesoundsofficial/
Website: https://stephaniesounds.com/

The Funnies: Famous Singers: Embarrassing / Funny Moments (On Stage) PT1

celine Delon does Michael Jackson

I know, know: this blog is meant to be  for unsigned artists, but it’s nice to see what mainstream singers are up to from time to time.

Check out some of their embarrassing moments on stage: clips include: Ashlee Simpson getting booed off stage, Jennifer Lopez falls over in concert and Celine Dion impersonates Michael Jackson (cringe!)

Star Song: Whatever- Keeping The Faith Ft Ilia Darlin

Keeping the Faith -whatever

Today’s song is Whatever by KEEPING THE FAITH featuring ILIA DARLIN.

I featured the man behind KEEPING THE FAITH dubstep connoisseur Ian Halsall a few months back with club -filler Feel It . This time he teamed up with Greek-born singer ILIA DARIN for an in-your-face, bass-bursting production, topped off by the singer’s melodic vocals –another one that’s strictly for the dance floor. Go on, have a listen!

Like her collaborator of this single, ILIA DARLIN no stranger to the music scene. Starting out in an underground electro punk band called Stiletto Scag, she went on to become one of the biggest stars in her hometown and has been hailed ‘the next biggest thing’ and the ‘Greek renaissance.’

ILIA took her career to the next level and moved to London, where she performed at numerous of venues including MTV and London Fashion Week in 2011. She was also involved in a project with Konvict Muzik record label (co-owned by AKON) and collaborated with producer and songwriter Billy Mann, who produced hits for artists including PINK, KELLY ROWLAND and CELINE DION.

Now based in LA, ILIA DARLIN is currently working on new material. If you want to keep up to date with the talented singer, please visit her website, ILIA’S BEDROOM, where you can check her much-talked-about hits.

If you’re really feeling Whatever, you can check out more of KEEPING THE FAITH tracks on SoundCloud.