Jamie Kent: A fresh, young 25-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Jack Johnson and Jamie Cullum, as well as paying tribute to classic greats Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good. Since the release of his debut album “Neoteny,” the singer-songwriter is currently collaborating with his trio, Jamie Kent & The Options, to cultivate a sound with a strong folk and jazz influence. In the past year they have toured extensively across the US, playing over 200 shows throughout 40 states. Additionally, they have received national radio play on over 120 stations, and recently signed licensing agreements with MTV, VH1, Bravo, and The Discovery Network! As an independent musician Kent has also created a unique business model to support himself full time. “The Collective”, as it’s called, is a community of his Kent’s most loyal fans, friends, and advisors who support his career from day one, and reap the greatest returns from its growth. “Partners” in The Collective provide financial support and creative consultation in return for free access to exclusive cuts of his music, live performances, the coolest merchandise, and a voice in the major decisions he must make throughout his career. Already The Collective has fully funded Kent’s first year and was able to vote on and determine the album art and album order of his debut record. Reviews of Kent’s music have stated that he “possesses a great voice and a fearlessness to be admired as he drifts through glimpses of blues, jazz, and rock notes that suggest Steely Dan influences without being derivative.” He has been called a troubadour, entrepreneur, and vocal sensation. “With an authentic voice that often evokes the moaning grooveness of Chicago’s Bobby Lamm, he’s got tremendous range, a unique playfullness, and a certain fearlessness. This one has true promise."
Combine Gwen Stefani’s electro pop beats interwoven with Fiona Apple’s lyrical aptitude and Sara Bareilles’ piano styling, and you encapsulate the sound of Sonnet Simmons’ self-titled debut EP.
Sonnet, whose name is derived from the Italian word, “sonetto” signifying a “little song” or “little sound,” delivers a fresh perspective of pop, illuminated with pulsating electronic beats and themes that connect across emotional lines and frame her eight-song debut. This ascending singer-songwriter first captivated national audiences with her song, “You’re So Good for Me,” which was featured in a Coca Cola/Lagoon Park campaign, hitting the Top 100 downloads list for Amazon, appearing on i-Tunes, and garnering over 40K downloads in its first month. In August of 2012, Overstock.com debuted the first in a series of three commercials featuring Sonnet singing the Overstock.com song, “O is the One,” which she co-wrote.
Despite her melodic and piano prowess, Sonnet wasn’t born into the music business or plucked from a reality show competition. Her life experience is much more colorful than your typical pop star. Throughout her childhood, Sonnet lived a gypsy-like lifestyle with her mother and sister, travelling around Europe and Asia. Born in Greece, she eventually travelled from Switzerland to India with various stops in between, changing schools five times before the end of 6th grade.
During her nomadic adventures when she was constantly moving from one place to the next, music was her solace, her rhythmical soul mate. After attending Hamilton Music Academy of Music (a performing arts high school in LA), she received a Jazz Voice degree from UCLA. Following graduation, she subsequently moved to New York with her first love, in hopes of making her dreams as a musician come true, only to realize that she needed to find her own voice before further embarking on her musical journey. “I thought writing was out of my grasp,” she recalls, “but it was the missing link.”
On September 25th this multi-faceted songstress will release her new self-titled EP, which includes eight new tracks that blend energetic dance anthems and compelling vocals, while incorporating traces of some of her greatest inspirations—Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ani Difranco. For this pivotal project, she enlisted a preeminent team of producers, mixers and composers who have all worked with such musical megastars as Michael Jackson, Adele, Beyonce, and Josh Groban.
With her upcoming EP, Sonnet examines male and female dynamics and shares the lessons she’s learned about love, life, and relationships. Her creative doctrine, so poignantly articulated by 13-century poet, RUMI, is “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
MCE : Formed in Hollywood, CA in 2007 by Michael C. Ellenshaw, this diverse group of musicians come together to play a fun blend of rock, ska and reggae. MCE released it's first 4 song EP "Special Release" in 2009. Since then, it has been spreading around the LA area and garnering rave reviews. The band is focused on playing as many shows as possible to get the attention of new fans. facebook.com/mceband www.michaelellenshaw.com