Jamie Lee Harrison Delivers Powerful Pop Ballad, ‘Say It Out Loud’

Following last summer’s ‘Scars At Night’ collaboration with Swiss producer Nicolas Haelg, which amassed over a million streams on Spotify alone, and on the back of opening for Ronan Keating in concert, British singing sensation JAMIE LEE HARRISON is back with a brand new single titled ‘Say It Out Loud’.

Produced by Lewis Gardiner, who has previously worked with Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas and Chvrches, among others, and written by Jamie along with Gardiner and Nick Bradley, ‘Say It Out Loud’ is a glorious pop ballad for the ages, which captures Jamie at his very best, with his amazing voice, vibrant lyricism and relatable songwriting taking centre stage.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Say It Out Loud’ and how the track came together, Jamie Lee Harrison says, “The song was written in lockdown. All of my writing sessions were cancelled when the world came to a halt, so the songwriting world turned to Zoom and it kinda worked! It’s weird trying to write a song over the internet, but it has become the new norm and allowed me to collaborate with some incredible producers. The song speaks to that bond you have with someone special, when you know what you’re both feeling, but you don’t want to ruin it by saying anything. The production on this track is also a little different for me, which I like”.

Newcastle-born Jamie Lee Harrison is one of the most promising music prospects coming out of the North East, and has grown to become a real staple of the region’s music ecosystem. Having spent years developing his melodic sound and purposeful songwriting, he has steadily grown a tribe of people passionate for the genuine music from the heart that he offers. He captured the nation’s hearts on BGT in 2017, before releasing his first series of singles and collaboration to rave reviews, selling out his nationwide tour, and headlining the prestigious Newcastle Cathedral,
garnering support from CelebMix, Affinity Magazine and The Chronicle, along the way.

Having spent the first half of the year collaborating on new music, with writers and producers that have worked alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Ne-Yo and Celine Dion, Jamie Lee Harrison is poised for a breakout summer of 2021, led by his brand new single ‘Say It Out Loud’, which will be followed by a string of further singles and live shows over the summer, leading up to his debut EP, which arrives via Humble Angel Records next year.

For now, have a listen to ‘Say It Out Loud below…

OUT TODAY: Listen To AKS’ single, ‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’

It’s been a long 4-year stint since South London Hip-Hop artist, AKS, released his sophomore EP, ‘Train of Thought’, seeing the likes of BBC 1Xtra, Earmilk, HipHopDX, DJ Booth and the MOBO Awards among the tastemakers who added their plaudits for the seminal record. The offering went on to earn the rapper two nominations at the inaugural Unsigned Music Awards (Best Record, Best Urban Act) as well as giving him viral moments with his Chas Appeti directed visual efforts for singles ‘Stay with Me’ featuring Sincerely Wilson, and title track ‘Train of Thought’, both being picked up by UNILAD.

Now with the close of 2020 fast approaching and against the backdrop of the current world climate the “three-letter man” returns with his new soul infused single ‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’, an aspirational offering appealing to each of our underlying ambitions.

Merging unconventional organ phrases with lush and vibrant guitar licks throughout, the track plays as an ode to the jazz greats of yesteryear; fusing traditional musicianship with the off kilter syncopated bounce of contemporary hip-hop and neo-soul. Continuing his previous form as a genuine lyricist, AKS weaves together thought rich rhyme schemes whilst delivering a soulfully melodic vocal in a way that is easily becoming the calling card of the South London native.

Exploring themes of dogged determination and new found responsibility, the passion driven track displays AKS’ lyrical ability as he pens painfully frank verses professing his recent frustrations, the pressures of becoming a new father and questions surrounding legacy.

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Speaking further about the inspiration behind ‘Up And Up (Heavens Above)’, AKS says, “Following the birth of my son, having taken some time away from music in the lead up to his arrival and in the time since, I found myself questioning my existence and contributions both from a parental and an artistic perspective. This song was born out of a desire to do better for my son’s sake and ascend irrespective of the obstacles I may face or how low I’ve felt at times. It’s my reminder to myself of my hopes and dreams, that my contributions are long lasting and impactful, at the very least, on my son”.

‘Up & Up (Heavens Above)’ is the first single taken from his forthcoming project ‘As Plane As Day: Departures & Arrivals’, which concludes the wordsmith’s three-part ‘Modes of Transport’ series, the record sees the rapper award himself production credits under the veiled moniker #3Letters, whilst enlisting the collaborative efforts of prominent musicians Adrian Remedy (Ed Sheeran) on guitars, Benjamin Muralt (Ledisi, Ill Camille, Pixie Lott) on bass, and AdeKeys (AfroB) on keyboards.

Check out the lyric video for the single below…

Louise Golbey Shares Sassy Single, ‘Scarlet Woman’

LOUISE GOLBEY does not do things by halves. Her first single from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘Renaissance’ comes straight out of the dirtiest funk and soul school around. Think Prince and D’Angelo on a hot summer’s night and you will begin to get the picture.

This London based artist might not look like she can tear the roof off a sweaty dancehall or jazz club but after touring and collaborating with countless superstars from London and across the Ocean; from Omar and Ed Sheeran to Roy Ayers, Roberta Flack, Eric Benet and En Vogue, Louise has kept them all enamoured, as she does her adoring fans and continues to establish herself as a respected ambassador of the UK’s soul scene. Just before 2020’s lockdown Louise reached one of her live ambitions with her own name on the line up at London’s 02 Arena alongside Level 42, Kool & The Gang and Brand New Heavies and now after some time on her hands to record for the new album she takes things up to another level.

Her brand new single, ‘Scarlet Woman’ harks back to a sassy TLC belter fused with a neo-soul style groove. It packs a sexy punch, but feels incredibly on point, as we strive further forward away from the old macho stereotypes and nearer a destination of R.E.S.P.E.C.T which is still an ongoing quest for all.

Check out the sassy joint below:

 

Jeffrey James Shares ‘Aftermath’ Video

Nashville-based musician JEFFREY JAMES unveils the official music video for his new single, ‘Aftermath’. Working within the creative confines of lockdown, Jeffrey pieced together home footage of himself and his wife in Trouville-sur-Mer in Normandy, France. A sweet, authentic glimpse into James’ own love story, the video brings the romance of the piano-driven ballad to new heights.

The new video comes on the heels of Jeffrey James’ appearance on NBC’s Songland, where Jeffrey worked with Ryan Tedder on an original track titled ‘We Could Be Heroes’ for Country legend Martina McBride.

Earlier this year, Jeffrey released his ‘East London’ EP. Recorded in London with engineer Geoff Swan (Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay) and producers Jackson Dimiglio-Wood (Shawn Mendes), Dan Weller (SikTh), and Dan McDougal (Liam Gallagher), the 5-track record beautifully fuses Jeffrey’s Nashville influences with the UK’s blue-eyed soul sounds.

Check it out below…

Song of the Day: Slow Right Down – Jeffery James

Taken from his new EP, ‘East London’, Nashville-based singer/songwriter JEFFREY JAMES’ single, ‘Slow Right Down,’ is a pensive ballad that highlights James’ confident and inviting vocals.

Speaking of the release, The Billboard-approved singer says: “I wrote ‘Slow Right Down’ in 2019 when everything in my life was racing forward and I didn’t have time to catch my breath,” James writes. “This song became my personal mantra — a meditation — reminding myself that it’s OK to step back, look up every now and then, and just take in the moment.”

The ‘East London’ EP, released 28th February, was birthed during a month-long songwriting trip to London in early 2019. James worked with legendary engineer Geoff Swan (Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay) and producers Jackson Dimiglio-Wood (Shawn Mendes), Dan Weller (SikTh), and Dan McDougal (Liam Gallagher) to create a uniquely cross-Atlantic record that draws on James’ Nashville influences and combines them with the blue-eyed soul sounds that have been dominating the UK charts.

Have a listen to ‘Slow Right Down’ audio below…