Singer/songwriter/model Candice Pillay has been generating quite the buzz in the UK and abroad and is now hoping to sting across the pond in the United States. The 29-year-old South African beauty was recently signed to Bangladesh Records – headed by famed R&B/hip hop producer Bangladesh. Though her sound has delved in R&B, soul, acoustic guitar and piano, and Europop, the songstress is no stranger to Urban pop.
Check out her take on the 2010 Bangladesh-produced Kelly Rowland banger ‘Smooches’ after the jump:
Last month, Bay Area rapper Kreayshawn set the blogosphere ablaze with the release of her music video “Gucci Gucci”. A few weeks later, she had the internet talking again. That time, about the one million dollar record deal she’d just signed.
After a bidding war of sorts, Columbia Records, part of Sony Music Entertainment got Kreayshawn to sign on the dotted lines. Along with directing/editing videos for herself, fellow West Coast rapper Lil’ B, and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the female emcee has drawn comparisons to Lady GaGa, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, and Lil’ B’s “swag movement”. Her polarizing presence has been the subject of intense debate, especially between hip-hop enthusiasts. This recent signing, is sure to be the proverbial fan to this fiery discussion. Yet, in the modern pop landscape, who are you if you don’t have people talking, right?
Kreayshawn scored a local hit with her song ‘Bumpin Bumpin’ last year, now the rapper is in the studio prepping her major label debut.
As you know, we here at That Grape Juice are ever on the lookout for tomorrow’s biggest stars. Enter Encore…
The London based trio – consisting of Pierre (left), Cairo (centre), and Mark (right) – have been generating quite the industry buzz, and look set to make quite the splash with their as-yet-untitled Universal Music debut later this year. It appears the likes of Tinie Tempah and fellow chart-topper Jessie J agree. Indeed, the ‘Price Tag’ singer was so impressed with the guys that she requested they join her as special guest performers on her forthcoming UK tour.
Ahead of the national trek, the boys (who also write their material, we must add) have released a buzz single to give folk a taste of the Encore flavour. Check them out below..
While we’re liking the potential the group possess (think a talented JLS), we’re (as ever) keen to see what you think. For, what you see on your favourite and mine is directly impacted by your response. So with that…
Ever keen to spotlight fresh new talent, That Grape Juice introduces you to Gail Scott.
Signed in a joint venture between Universal Motown and Jeep Boys Ent, the 19 year old Bronx native is making quite the buzz behind the scenes. Indeed, one look and listen makes the reasoning for such attention immediately apparent. For, not only is the singer-songwriter stunning, she – most importantly – is immensely talented. A fact folk get a taste of on her sassy new teaser single ‘Jack N Jill’.
The hotter than hot cut was produced by Soundz (Rihanna, Ciara, Kelly Rowland) and is but a sample of what to expect from her debut album. Tentatively titled ‘Tuff’ (Scott’s nickname), the set is expected to arrive in stores later this year and boasts production from the likes of Tricky Stewart, Infinity, Soundz, Drumma Boy, among others. Put simply Ms. Scott is poised to make a splash. A big one at that.
Take a listen to ‘Jack N Jill’ below and let us know what you think…
For more on Gail Scott, check out her OfficialYoutube page. And be sure to follow her on Twitter
Yes, we know. We’re a little late with this one. Yet as the age old adage goes; better late than never. A saying which rings truer than ever when it comes to introducing Amy Winehouse’s God-daughter Dionne Bromfield.
The 15 year old, whose voice is well beyond her humble age, releases ‘Yeah Right’ as her latest single. Featuring 2011 XXL Freshman Diggy Simmons, it’s the first single to be lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Good For The Soul’ – and is available on iTunes now.
We’ve had this little gem in steady rotation here at That Grape Juice HQ. However, as ever, we’re keen to hear your thoughts. Check out the song’s accompanying video below and let us know if it’s a Hit or Miss. (As you know, we’re a site who value the input of our readers; hence your response has a direct correlation on what you see on your favourite site and mine!)
Ever keen to spotlight, fresh new talent, That Grape Juice introduces to you Blaze Blackheart.
The Zambian-born / London-bred rapper is the subject of mounting buzz within the British industry. For, with his uniquely quirky sound, Blaze serves as one of the most refreshing UK Hip-Pop acts to emerge in some time..
He admits to drawing creatively from an interesting array of artists; asserting “Shakespeare taught me how to rap… how to put words together”, while 2Pac provided my musical inspiration”.
In carving out his own lane, Blaze has shunned the staple topics of violence and hyper-masculinity often found in popular rap. Instead, the self-styled ‘Gentleman of Hip Hop’, talks only of what he knows: real life, real feelings and the moments and situations that capture his true emotions.
Discovered, and now managed by James Merritt of Kiss 100, Blaze is currently hitting the live circuit, playing his music to an ever-increasing number of new fans. You can catch the newcomer on 1st February at London’s Embassy Club.
In the meanwhile, take a listen to Blaze’s new single ‘I Feel Alright’ below – which gets the That Grape Juice stamp of approval.
Many of our UK readers will be familiar with newcomer Labrinth. Having taken the British charts by storm with his production efforts on Tinie Tempah‘s smashes ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Frisky’, the 21 year old East Londoner, real name Timothy McKenzie, is striking out on his own as an artist.
Having captured the attention of a certain Simon Cowell, Labrinth signed to the mogul’s Syco label (over at Sony Music) this summer. In the process the eclectic talent became not only the label’s first non-TV-show signing in six years, but also the first to be signed to a lucrative deal which will see him write, produce, and nurture other talent on the label too. Impressive!
Labrinth released his debut single ‘Let The Sun Shine’ today, which looks set to be a hit. Check out its accompanying video below and let us know what you think:
Hailed by industry heavyweights as ‘the next big thing’, 24 year old Brit Smith, more commonly known as Matisse, looks poised for a very successful 2010.
The latest addition to the Jive Records roster, Matisse is no stranger to the limelight. Indeed, she named herself after one of her favourite painters who refused to give up as a struggling artist. Some may remember the stunning starlet‘s first industry outing as one half of sisterly duo Brit & Alex back in 2008. While that project didn’t take off – resulting in the sisters disbanding, Matisse the solo star looks set for a much brighter future, if the phenomenal reception to her infectious debut single ‘Better Than Her’ is anything to go by.
So much so is the buzz surrounding the singer that many of music’s biggest hitmakers are queuing up to work on her debut LP. The following are but a few of them:
“Matisse is one of my favourite new artists. She brings a playful energy back to pop music reminiscent of early Madonna” – Kevin Rudolf
“She’s a natural superstar who’s a deadly combo of sexiness and class.…” – Dallas Austin
“Matisse is an artist with the goods! … Someone to keep an eye out for in 2010!” – Tricky Stewart
“Matisse is the complete artist. … [She] is the real deal!” – Harvey Mason Jr.
Though born in Connecticut, Matisse’s teenage years were spent here in London – an experience which no doubt influences the international sound her music boasts; an honest (non-cliché) fusion of Pop, Electronica, and R&B. A fusion, I found, greatly demonstrated on the Dallas Austin produced ‘Lullabies, Chocolates & Lies’ – which you can listen to below.
A breath of fresh air, Matisse will no doubt be a name on the lips of many very soon!
Check out ‘Better Than Her’ and ‘Lullabies, Chocolates & Lies’ below:
Since starting That Grape Juice, we’ve consistently received calls to shine light on up-and-coming talent. Hence, in listening to those calls, as well as continuing to build and expand our brand, we introduce our latest feature…‘Freshly Squeezed’. Set to be rolled out every other week, Freshly Squeezed will illuminate the freshest new talent – signed or unsigned.
Without further ado, then, this week’s featured artist is Grace Obika!
Hailing from North London, 24 year old Grace Obika has steadily been building a buzz since hitting the performing circuit three years ago. Indeed, the singer, who is being touted as the new face of commercial Indie-Soul, has performed at London’s famed Jazz Cafe, the African Music Awards, and was a finalist on MTV’s ‘Hugo Urban Rules’. Impressive on paper, yet even more so when considering she has achieved this all while studying for a degree in Biomedical Sciences (Hons), graduating in 2008.
Raised in a music-orientated family (her first cousin is R&B crooner Lemar), Grace began her musical journey in the church, singing in the choir. Since then, she’s not looked back, and has successfully carved out a niche for herself – drawing inspiration from the likes of Faith Evans, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse,Fantasia, and Brandy.
Set to release her debut LP independently this May, the record features writing credits from Obika herself, as well as US producers who have worked with the likes of EnVogue and Usher. This young talent will definitely be one to keep an eye out for!
Check out her track’s ‘So Right’ (a personal favourite) and ‘Rainbow’ below: