Break Through Artists

essenceSan Francisco singer-songwriter, essence, has released her much anticipated third album entitled "Feels Like the Future," independently, available now on iTunes, it's sound is a distinct hybrid of electronica and indie pop.

Deeply influenced by the sudden loss of her father in 2007, and inspired by the birth of her son, Rhys, only a few months later. "Feels Like the Future" is a collection of fourteen intimate and spirit lifting tracks that preserve Essence's trademark sound of blending sweeping vocals and honest lyrics.

"Feels Like The Future" is a collaboration among a handful of world class producers: Karl Derfler (No Doubt, Tom Waits, and countless film soundtracks), Count (Rolling Stones, Lyrics Bjorn, DJ Shadow), Garth May (producer of previous essence releases "Conception" & "Mariposa,") David Della Santa and Dan Wool. Each producer brought something unique to the mix, so there is dimension to the record as a whole, and yet unity is achieved by the common thread of essenceís songwriting and soaring vocals.

In her eleven year span as a recording artist, essence has earned a devoted following in San Francisco where she has sold thousands of CDs and headlined some of the city's most prestigious venues. She has also shared bills with Tom Petty, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco and Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes.

jay_jSince this Grammy® nominee burst onto the Dance Music scene, Jay-J’s been creating critically acclaimed songs for the industry’s top labels and Producers. Credited as the “Godfather of the SF sound”, Jay-J’s been shaping House Music with over 150 releases appearing on Ultra, Defected, OM, Naked Music and Moulton Studios. He’s also remixed artists from Jill Scott to Joss Stone and has collaborated with producers from Kaskade to Miguel Migs.

Jay-J’s unique productions have caught the attention of Coke®, Apple®, Garageband® and MTV®, resulting in his own Coke® bottle for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to DJ’ing the 2006 MTV AVMAs®
feat. Snoop Dogg. On his label, Shifted Music, you’ll find a collection of dancefloor hits, radio friendly house tunes and as well as the Re:Souled | Shifted Music Remix Collection comp series which features some of the best talent Jay-J’s discovered while touring the globe.

jay_j_lovealiveNot one to rest on his accomplishments, Jay-J spent the last two years crafting his debut artist album, LOVE ALIVE; a smooth collection of meaningful and positive songs about love and sensuality. More than just ‘dancefloor music’, Jay-J delivers the goods and raises the bar with this strong, lyrically driven,warm and uplifting album. Not bound by any particular genre, Love Alive touches upon a wide range of music ranging from soulful house to downtempo chill to R&B and Electro. Thoughtful lyrics and beautiful vocals are provided by Big “Brooklyn” Red, Michelle Shaprow, Charlene Moore, Brian “BAM” Morgan, Judy Albanese and Fabian Leo with lush sounds and edgy instrumentation performed by Scott Wozniak and Tim K.

Whisper features Michele Shaprow on vocals.

bluepilotsBlue Pilots Project is the alias of Thomas Kosidis.

Born in Thessaloníki in 1972 and grew up listening to world music, from classical to psychedelic music.

He went to a conservatoire for a short while but that all ended when he made his own studio which lies in the industrial part of the town in Athens Greece.  This is when he started exploring analog psychedelic sounds and has released his debut album called “Flight for everyone” on Klik Records in 2007.

dezarateDezarate hails from Spain and is making some amazing down tempo grooves Catalan style.  Getting his start back in 1997, Chema Dezarate of DeepClass Records worked hard in the Barcelona scene.  He would soon find himself playing throughout Europe and by 2002 he would land in the U.K. for events with Ministry of Sound and Bacardi B-Live.

In 2005, he moved to 'LLoret Del Mar' where he opened up a franchise for Plastic Records which offered a DJ Academy and Production courses.  His work here would not only grow his songwriting and production skills but also land his msuic into the hands of labels such as Ministry of Sound, Cafe Del Mar, Buddah Bar and Deep Class.

He now hails in the booming metropolis of Mexico City where he is remixing, writing and recording.  It isn't all about the down tempo beats, he also has worked with some of the biggest names in House (Danny Tenaglia, Jake Childs, Q-Burns, Inland Knights) and is set to work with the Tequila brand 'Jose Cuervo' for a Republic tour.

NeverToLate-WebXemplify’s debut album “Never Too Late” has tracks being showcased frequently on uk’s kiss fm chillout show “the rehab” and on jazz fm’s legendry “the late lounge”.  Xemplify’s sound is influenced by Air, Zero 7, Massive Attack and Drizabone to name a few, and brings differing musical backgrounds to deliver an original and diverse chillout sound.

Formed by David Ives who started out 15 years ago as a DJ and Producer of breakbeat and dance music. Whilst the scene he was involved in split, David decided to take a break but kept closely involved in the music business behind the scenes in various guises.

In 2008 his love of chillout led him to embark upon a new project. teaming up with Chris Sargent, a long time friend and the extremely talented vocalist rebecca hayes. the vision was to produce quality chillout music using talented and real musicians. this is best showcased on the tracks “changing” and “i’m tired” featuring a classically trained violinist and a rock guitarist.

Working with artists such as the Artful Dodger, Kelly Clarkson, Lee Ryan, The Freestylers, Baby D, and Judge Jules, Xemplify's sound is fresh and strands different musical genres all captivated in their unique chilled and soothing execution.

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