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Kelly Moneymaker’s double Christmas treat: ‘Jingle Bells’ & ‘Home for the Holidays’

With the lords-a-leaping and the bells-a-ringing, everyone seems to be in full Christmas swing. The oddly mild weather in the UK seems to have delayed the Christmas spirit this year, but now it’s here and joined in timely fashion by two fun new singles from US songwriter Kelly Moneymaker.

‘Home For the Holidays’ (above) is an original single recalling some of Moneymaker’s favourite Christmas memories, while ‘Jingle Bells’ needs no introduction….

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Jess Thristan records live version of ‘Little Bird’ for Ont’ Sofa

One of the UK’s hottest new singer/songwriters 19 year old Jess Thristan has recorded a breath taking live version of her upcoming new single ‘Little Bird’. The stripped back version of the wonderfully melodic and catchy tune is a masterly piece of music that fuses classic singer/songwriting with contemporary pop sensitivities.

The new single, which is released October 20th, is a follow up to April’s ‘Side By Side’ EP which gained major national radio play and reached number 8 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

‘Little Bird’ shows a progression in the development of Jess as an extremely credible writer and performer. Also recorded at the Ont’ Sofa sessions was Jess’ interpretation of the classic Beatles track ‘From Me To You’. To view ‘From Me To You’ visit the link below.

With ‘Little Bird’ already achieving national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and with a live performance already booked on Clare Balding’s radio show, the single looks certain to further Jess Thristan’s reputation.

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BigDee looks to revolutionise music industry with innovative subscription model

Ambitious Italian rock musician BigDee is the unique project of an innovative songwriter, creating a rule bending blend of classic rock and roll and a new model for the music industry.

 

Influenced by timeless rock music from the USA and the UK, BigDee produces top quality original rock and roll music made in Italy. For just a small taste of his classy, and classic, style, check out his track ‘Susan’:

Full of thumping rhythms and crunching guitars, his is the sound of a rock musician working to create truly inspiring new music that is built to be pulled apart and enjoyed time and again. Challenging himself to consistently write new songs that stand the test of time and quality, BigDee is an artist who is always pushing boundaries.

 

And it’s not just his music that sets him apart.

 

BigDee’s innovative distribution model sees him refuse to conform to the release of ‘singles’ and ‘albums’. Instead, fans of his music can subscribe to receive his new music directly with new, original rock songs available every 6-8 weeks. With a one-off subscription of €10, rock music fans can enjoy a lifetime subscription to new music from BigDee. You can subscribe here:

 

http://www.bigdeerock.com/2/shop_559551.html?cat=3753

 

Finding no use for the traditional (read: old) forms of promotion, BigDee instead relies on word of mouth to bring people to his web pages, and encourages people to simply enjoy the music before subscribing forever with a one-off fee.

 

It’s an approach that is definitely working. With support from radio in Italy and the US, BigDee is now looking to bring his industry expanding ideas to the UK. Check out the websites below, and subscribe to BigDee now – your reward will be regular doses of old fashioned rock and roll.

 

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Official site: www.bigdeerock.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bigdeerockandroll?ref=hl

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bigdee

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-big-dee-1

Open Mic UK 2014 – Singing competition audition dates announced

Singing competition audition dates have been announced for Open Mic UK 2014 – the nationwide singing competition searching for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists!

 

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’sLucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the singing competition audition dates for 2014 have just been announced!

 

Singing competition audition dates announced – Open Mic UK 2014

 

We’ll be holding singing competition auditions at the following regions for Open Mic UK 2014! Book your singing competition audition now to secure your place!

 

Saturday 23rd August at Concourse Suites 29-30, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham,B40 1NT.

 

Sunday 24th August at The Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA.

 

Sunday 31st August at Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

 

Sunday 31st August atDingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

 

Saturday 6th September atStudio 1, City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ.

 

Sunday 7th September atBritannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

 

Sunday 7th September at Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road,  Southville,  Bristol, BS3 1TF.

 

Sunday 14th September at Palace Theatre, London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA.

 

Sunday 14th September at The Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

 

Sunday 14th September at Ferneham Hall, Fareham (near Southampton/Portsmouth), PO16 7DB.

 

Saturday 20th September atMilton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

 

Saturday 20th September atCommittee Room 1, Hove Centre, Hove, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH.

 

Sunday 21st September atSub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

 

Sunday 21st September atBoardroom, Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3 2UE.

 

Sunday 21st September atBritannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.

 

Saturday 27th September at Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW.

 

Saturday 27th September at Kings Hall, Balmoral, Belfast, BT9 6GW.

 

The Open Mic UK singing competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your singing competition audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

 

Get your singing competition audition booked here.