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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… Amber-Simone

John Legend Specifically Requested Newcomer Open On His Tour

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In an era of autotune and factory-produced Pop stars, it’s becoming the tallest of tasks standing out amongst the pack.

Yet, for newcomer Amber-Simone it’s a hurdle she’s cleared with ease.

Aged just 19, the rising star has been receiving praise from the most potent of corners. And with resonating reason.

Boasting a vocal that is deliciously androgynous, her appeal is immediately magnified beyond the confines of gender lines.

Lyrically, her youth doesn’t dilute her pen game either. Signed by Universal Music Publishing as a songwriter, Amber is gifted in the art of storytelling. Even with songs centered on well-treaded topics – case in point her sensual new single ‘Body Talk.’

Speaking on the cut, the songbird says:

“‘Body Talk’ is all about embracing control and sexuality. It is my take on the sonics of temptation and this is why the visual element for the track was so imperative. The artwork reflects the story of Adam and Eve, tying into ‘Body Talk’ through the constant themes of lust and temptation.”

Amber’s unique sound and point of difference enchanted John Legend, who enlisted her to act as opener on his multi-city UK tour.

Wonder what he and so many are buzzing about? Hit ‘PLAY’ above! Then, as ever, let us know…

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… MAAD

“Dynamite” is what many have deemed newcomer MAAD. Could she be next to blow?

We, here at That Grape Juice, wholly feel so.

In a sea of sameness, the New York bred beauty stands out from the pack. Powerfully.

It’s not just her statuesque aesthetic, but her narrative too.

Her ascend began in the world of modelling and to-date she has featured in publications such as ELLE and NYLON, while also fronting campaigns for the likes of Seventeen and Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Music, however, has always been the budding diva’s divine calling.

Indeed, when not spinning hits as one of NYC’s most sought-after DJ’s, the rising star logs in studio time with the likes of Claude Kelly, Jonas Jeberg, and The Vamp – the latter of who produced her infectious new single ‘Black Ice.’

The deliciously seductive cut has been garnering plenty of play around TGJ HQ over the last few weeks, but it’s its video that has our jaws ajar.

Directed by Creative Destruction, the visual sees MAAD sassily state her claim for superstardom…with an exclamation mark.

She slips, slides, and grinds with seasoned precision and pulls from her modelling skill set to ensure almost every frame is an editorial in itself.

With too many artists chasing the minimalist trend, this young lady re-affirms the importance of performance art. And we’re oh so sold on what she’s selling – as there’s not enough of it permeating the music landscape.

Both retro and refreshing.

MAAD’s EP ‘‘Lé Funk’ lands in September.

Until then, hit PLAY on ‘Black Ice’ above…

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… Jodie Abacus

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Here at That Grape Juice, we’re enamored with the talent of today, but also the rising stars of tomorrow.

Enter Jodie Abacus.

Reared in South-London, the Pop-Funk singer/songwriter has been attracting the attention of music lovers – thanks largely to recent EP ‘For Real Life And Not Pretend.’  

Tracks such as ‘I’ll Be That Friend’ have garnered praise for cutting deep in the most resonating of ways. The Soul-soaked song recalls a time when in the singer’s life all went south and he didn’t have a friend to turn to. Veering away from the “same ol,” lyrically ‘I’ll Be’ sees the rising star swear to be that confidant to someone else when in need.

Also in his repertoire is Coca-Cola endorsement of ‘Hot Kitchen,’ which has been play-listed by the BBC and current single, ‘She’s In Love With The Weekend’ – available to listen to below…

With in album in the works, Jodie is cooking up jams with the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr and Duke Durmont.

We’re buzzed for what’s to come. Take a listen above and let us know if you are too!

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…Jordan Fisher

22-Year Old Star Dazzles In Electrifying Debut

In recent times, there has been a shocking shortage of male performers in the Pop landscape.

Indeed, with trend chasers embracing the minimalist mantra that seems to be all the rage these days, choreographed acts have been on the wane.

22-year-old Jordan Fisher aims to turn the tide with his unique blend of the fresh and familiar.

A multi-dimensional talent, the Alabama native rose to prominence in Disney’s ‘Teen Beach’ movie series and, more recently ‘Grease: Live.’ Now, he aims to breakout as an adult star with his first ever single ‘All About Us.’

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The video for the dance-floor jam has been receiving booming buzz since its debut last month and with ripe reason.

Fisher juxtaposes 2016 simplicity with the same brand of dynamic that made the likes of Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Brown the phenomenons they are.

The clip’s choreography, courtesy of Wildabeast and Janelle Ginestra, evokes an effortlessly cool and serves as a powerful reminder that the art of performance can still resonate in today’s climate.

With a growing fanbase, is Fisher about to be the music’s next big thing? Watch the video above and let us know!

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…La Britney

Detroit’s Budding Diva Set To Bloom

In an ever-crowded music market, it’s often difficult to make ripples much less waves. However, for Detroit’s budding diva La Britney, it’s all about making a splash!

The rising star has conjured up a sizeable social media fanbase following the success of her LaMix’s, which see her cover songs as a one-woman group. 

With the New Year fully underway though, the magnetic maven is upping the levels with the release of hot material of her own. 

Having built buzz with introductory number ‘Franklins’ (a play on her surname), the stage blazing beauty has unleashed infectious new single ‘How We Do.’

Sonically, the track fits right in the thick of what’s been scorching at Urban radio over the last few years; hence it makes for more of a familiar listen than a groundbreaking one. Its video, however, is where the true “La Britney” U.S.P comes to life. 

High-octane choreography, captivating confidence and seasoned sass, the visual serves as quite the advertorial for what many R&B girls could and should be doing.  

In many ways, we’re hoping this functions as a warning shot of sorts. Because, should La Britney keep bringing the heat like this, it’s only a matter of time before the masses stop pining for comebacks from performers who should know better, and embrace the new-new.

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Look Out Nicki Minaj! UK Femcee Video Goes Viral

Lady Leshurr Lights Up The Internet With ‘Queen of the Scene’

Save for a ‘Fancy’ foe, Nicki Minaj has ultimately ruled the world of modern female Rap unchallenged.

Could that be set to change, though, with the mainstream arrival of UK femcee Lady Leshurr?

The lyricist has been steadily building buzz for years on the underground circuit and finally looks set to blow after her ‘Queen of the Scene’ series has gone viral.

Last night saw the latest instalment (‘Queen of the Scene 4’) unleashed and, thanks to a US share on Facebook, has been watched over 9 million times already.

We’ve had this on replay here at TGJ all day and for good reason. In a world that has become a global village by way of the internet, Leshurr smartly taps into Pop culture’s hottest topics in a manner that is digestable to all. Indeed, we weren’t expecting to hear the likes of Rachel Dolezal and Bruce Jenner, but their inclusion re-affirmed how spot-on this Birmingham bred beauty is with today’s audience.

Could major (label) success be on the cards? Based on the buzz and the talent generating it, we sure hope so!

Hit ‘PLAY’ above to find out what the hyper hype is about!

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…MIM’S

Unsigned Singer Hailed As Europe’s Answer To Tinashe

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Enter MIM‘s.

Fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic and French, MIM’s makes her way to Pop’s scene with the jam ‘Beach Party’, a reworked version of the Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea number ‘Pretty Girls.’

Hailed as France’s answer to Tinashe & Natalie La Rose, the 25-year-old performer first tasted success when her debut single ‘Gun Shot‘ topped France’s radio airplay chart for 17 weeks.

Now, after dominating Europe’s Urban music scene and citing Beyonce, Aaliyah,Ciara & Janet Jackson as her biggest idols the entertainer sets her sights on the USA after scoring interest from three major labels in the market.

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‘Beach Party’ and her cover of Rita Ora’s latest single ‘Poison’ below…

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