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Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

October 14, 2016
Jocelyn and Chris Arndt

She’s been compared to Janis Joplin, Fiona Apple and Amy Winehouse. He’s been mentioned in the same sentence as Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Together, siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt form a powerful musical duo whose new album, Edges, is a dazzling collection of dynamic blues-rock songs that debuted at #17 on Jambands.com’s Top 30 (and currently sits at #14 after five consecutive months on the chart) and has cracked the FMQB Top 200 Albums and Singles List, bolstered by airplay across the United States. Featuring guest appearances by G. Love and Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis, the critically-acclaimed album is a raw, soulful throwback to the rock of the ’60s and ’70s.

Jocelyn and Chris have been featured in Paste Magazine, Relix, The 405 and Baeble Music, and the pair has performed across the country at venues and locales including the Sundance Film Festival, Mountain Jam Music Festival, SXSW, The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and Milwaukee Summerfest, where they were voted “Best Band” on the emerging artist stage.

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Olivia Penalva

October 13, 2016
Olivia Penalva

At the age of 11, Canadian singer/songwriter Olivia got her start with a captivating appearance on Our Kids Have Talent, which paved the way to writing and recording her debut album two years later. Since that time, her song “Christmas for Two” cracked the Top 30 on Canadian radio, she was a finalist in the International Song Writing Competition, and on her 2014 song “Ferris Wheel,” she worked with acclaimed producer Brian West, who has previously collaborated with artists such as Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5.

Still only 16 years of age, Olivia recently released a new EP, Weightless, a collection of songs about self-love and the power of positivity that allow the rising star’s sultry, soulful vocal stylings to shine.

To learn more about Olivia, visit oliviamusiclive.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Karen Dezelle

August 24, 2016
Karen Dezelle

On her first two albums, 2013’s Lost and Found and 2014’s Bloom, Unfold, Wither, singer-songwriter Karen Dezelle took listeners on a mesmerizing journey through her thoughts and emotions, bringing them to life by way of introspective lyrics layered atop beautiful melodic flourishes. In support of those albums, Dezelle performed her unique brand of acoustic folk at famed venues across the United States and the UK including the House of Blues, The Hotel Cafe, Hotel Utah, The Bitter End and at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Dezelle, who recently returned to Los Angeles after living in New York for several months, will soon be releasing her third album, Room for Two. On the first single, “Alchemy,” Dezelle sings of change and reflection, her voice softly dancing along a hypnotic beat and cascading instrumentals.

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Nick Valentini

May 26, 2016
Nick Valentini

Born in Los Angeles in the fall of 2015, The Nick Valentini Collective is a critically-acclaimed eight-piece musical collective that blends elements of indie rock, jazz and psychedelic soul into a captivating, multi-layered melange of rich melodies and soulful, cathartic vocals. Led by Nick Valentini (singer, keyboard), the group also features Erik Shibowski (bass), Hugo Shibowski (tenor sax), Nate Schwartz (guitar), Nicolo Scolieri (flute), Nick Velez (drums), Gabriel Wheaton (string orchestration) and Tyler Wennstrom (keyboard/percussion). On the strength of their dynamic live shows, the group has garnered a devoted following since their debut.

The group’s two singles, “Carousel” and “Mr. Mister,” will both be featured on their debut album, scheduled for release in late summer 2016. In the meantime, The Nick Valentini Collective will be touring extensively during the coming months.

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Billy Grima

February 17, 2016
Billy Grima

In October of 2015, at the 3rd Annual International Music and Entertainment Association Awards, Canadian singer/songwriter Billy Grima was the proud recipient of the Best Adult Contemporary Artist Award. For Grima, 2015 was a year of remarkable achievements, as his album Sugar & Cream received critical acclaim and radio airplay on more than 100 stations across North America and over 500 around the world.

Born in Australia, Grima started writing at a young age and was singing in the church choir by the age of eight, and when he was 15, Grima and his family moved to Toronto. His first album, I’m Just Standing, is a rock-pop blend influenced by the sounds of the 1980s. He followed this up with A Little Piece of Heaven, which was dedicated to the underprivileged, with all of the proceeds from the album’s sales going towards helping the homeless and children in need. In September of 2014, Grima released Sugar & Cream — produced and engineered by Pete Swann (Glass Tiger’s Alan Connely, Adrian and Justin Lifeson) — a collection of heartfelt songs about happiness, pain, and relationships both good and bad.

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