**Artists to Watch in 2014**

Here’s my prediction for 2014…take a look at 5 different artists/bands that I believe will be successful in the next year.  Feel free to take a peep to see if you agree and to discover some new music to add to your ever-growing collection..Enjoy!

1.  Snarky Puppy
Snarky Puppy

  • The band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as “The Fam” on their recordings and tours.
  •  Snarky Puppy was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best R&B Performance” category, with their cover of Lalah Hathaway’s song “Somethin”

Watch the video for “Somethin” below..

2.  Hiatus Kaiyote
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  • From Melbourne, Australia
  • Nice blend of soul music with Jazz vocals
  • Currently nominated for a grammy for their song “Nakamarra”–listen to it below

3.  Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

I absolutely love this artist! Her first album was amazing and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2014.

  • Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? was awarded the title of iTunes Album of The Year 2012.
  • She was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll
  • Listen to “Elusive” below (one of my favorite records from her debut album)–the video was released this year

4.  Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr.

  • Influences:  Blues, jazz, soul, country, hip hop
  •  Clark’s musical trademarks are his extremely fuzzy guitar sound and smooth vocal style.
  • Currently nominated for a Grammy for “Please Come Home”

Listen to his live performance of “Please Come Home”

5.  Lorde

Lorde

Lorde is only 17 years old and her debut album, Pure Heroine has received worldwide critical acclaim…

  • Lorde is nominated for a total of four Grammys, which include ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ for “Royals” and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Pure Heroine.
  • Her musical debut was an EP entitled, whicThe Love Clubh was released in November 2012
  • Her first single, “Royals”, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song in the United States.

Lorde’s video “Royals”

Music Video of The Week – Lianne La Havas – Elusive

Music:

This week’s pick is a British artist named Lianne La Havas. Originating from London, her sound has everything British about it, from her accent to the melodies and arrangement, it is all-round quality. Her music reminds me of the time I spent living in the U.K., which might mean I’m partial to her sound… The authenticity that comes with this kind of music has no equal and is bound to move even the coldest-hearted individual.
Our Marketing Professor, David Loscos, played this video during class to highlight the importance of conveying emotions when marketing a product and to be entirely honest, I don’t think he could have picked any better.
Her songwriting skills are quite impressive, I’m particularly moved by the lyrical work. She builds hooks that are personal enough that you can relate to them, without getting too specific, which kind of allows to get lost in your own interpretation of what she has to say. And this oh-so-sensual tone she sings in just confuses the life out of me, in the best way possible. It’s like listening to someone you’ve always been emotionally attached to for the first time – confusing, I know.

Video:

This video depicts a confusing emotional encounter between two individuals, Lianne and this ‘Elusive’ man. There’s a sensual dimension to the whole picture that is emphasised by the expressive dancing, the physical contact between characters and the close-up shot of Lianne singing with someone’s hands cupping her face. There’s also something about her whole physical presence that is just so delicate, fragile and enticing. Some of the shots reveal the subtlest lisp that is barely audible when she sings but adds yet another element of sensuality to the Lianne character. I think I’m in love. And with over 800,000 views, I doubt I’m the only one.

Lianne La Havas Cover Picture

*NEW* Artist of the Week: LIANNE LA HAVAS

The purpose of this blog is to showcase upcoming artists who have either signed with a label or chosen to build their career through a Direct2Fan method.

ARTIST/GROUP: Lianne La Havas
BIRTH NAME: Lianne Charlotte Barnes

AGE: 23
ORIGEN: London, England

GENRE: Folk and Soul
LABEL: Warner Bros. Records
WEBSITE: http://www.liannelahavas.com/

FANBASE
TWITTER: 48,262 followers | https://twitter.com/liannelahavas
YOUTUBE: 5,447,073 video views | http://www.youtube.com/user/liannelahavas
FACEBOOK: 99,951 likes | http://www.facebook.com/LianneLaHavas?ref=ts&fref=ts
SOUNDCLOUD: 58,582 followers | https://soundcloud.com/liannelahavas
LAST.FM: 1,162,709 scrobbles | http://www.last.fm/music/Lianne+La+Havas

WHY LIANNE LA HAVAS?

I discovered Lianne La Havas in one of my classes here at Berklee Valencia–International Music Business Seminar. Professor Graham Ball presented several artists to the class for us to propose and assume their success rate based on selected videos. Here’s the video he showed us:

This performance launched La Havas into stardom. She had already signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2010, and she had already released two EP’s “Lost & Found” and “Forget.” Therefore, after her debut on Later… with Jools Holland (an influential British music show) in October 2011, her career began to climb with astounding turn outs at her proceeding shows that were previously booked for showcasing her EP’s and promoting her anticipated album release.

I’ll be honest. At first, I wasn’t really paying attention in class because my phone was distracting me. However, the mere sound of Lianne La Havas’ voice immediately captured my attention with exquisite tone and intriguing lyrics.

La Havas was raised with Jazz and R&B influences from her Greek father and Jamaican mother who favored artists such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blidge. Erykah Badu is one of her all time favorite artists. Interestingly, La Havas was studying art in college. She did not intend on making a career out of music until a friend from The BRIT School invited her to accompany them at a gig. There, she was introduced to Paloma Faith, and she eventually quit art school to pursue a music career. Then, she toured as a background singer for Faith, performed with other bands, put her music up on MySpace, and eventually found a management team that led her to producer Brit Matt Hales (Aqualung) who co-wrote several of her songs and produced her album Is Your Love Big Enough?.

Here are my favorite songs from her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?:

Lianne La Havas “Forget”:

Lianne La Havas “Is Your Love Big Enough”:

Lianne La Havas “Gone”:

According to the Billboard charts, La Havas’ album ranked #23 for Adult R&B Airplay, #7 for Folk Albums, #1 for Heatseekers Albums, and #4 in the U.K. She recently began her tour in the UK, and she’ll be touring in the USA as well in March and April! I’m bummed that I won’t be able to see her live on April 13th in Atlanta, but hopefully she’ll return again with an even bigger fanbase and more tunes!

Check out her Interview with I Like It A Lot discussing her collaboration with Willy Mason and how she plans to incorporate her visual art talents with her albums:

Here she talks about her encounter with Prince and acquired fan Stevie Wonder!

Lianne La Havas has definitely gained me as a fan. Every time I hear her voice, I am captivated by its mesmerizing tone and quality. Even before I was familiar with her tunes, her melodies attracted my interest like magnets, pressing me to repetitively ask my friends who they were listening to. Each time, they answered: Lianne La Havas. I have never been so excited to buy someone’s album. I am certain her album sales are going to skyrocket once she’s completed her tour, and I’ll be able to say amongst my friends “I bought her album months ago!” Stay tuned!

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Sources:

“Artists: Lianne La Havas.” BillboardBiz. Billboard. Web. 27 Feb 2013. http://www.billboard.com/artist/307149/lianne-la-havas

“Lianne La Havas (Bio).” Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records. Web. 27 Feb 2013. http://press.wbr.com/liannelahavas