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KGRL's Top 10 Artists To Watch Out For In 2008
Earlier this week, KGRL, "...a [Southern California-based] non-profit non-commercial internet radio station that plays the freshest and the best ALL QUALITY female artist / fronted acts in a wide variety of genres," presented their List of Influential CDs of 2007, which included local residents Inara George (The Bird and the Bee), Charlotte Martin (MySpace), Sara Bareilles (MySpace), and Carina Round (MySpace).
Their list of Top 10 Artists To Watch Out For In 2007 featured, in reverse order, Emi Meyer (MySpace), Schuyler Fisk (MySpace), Susan Cagle (MySpace), Bravestate (MySpace), Betty Curse (MySpace), the aforementioned Sara Bareilles, Courtney Jaye (MySpace), Lucy Woodward (MySpace), the aforementioned The Bird And The Bee (MySpace), and Nerina Pallot (MySpace).
So who's on KGRL's lookout list for 2008? As compiled by the station's manager, Mysty, it continues the tradition of including at least one artist from Southern California:
KGRL's Top 10 Artists To Watch Out For In 2008: 10. Bree Sharp (http://www.myspace.com/breesharp)
With two critically acclaimed releases under her belt, alternative/pop-rock singer/songwriter Bree Sharp isn't a new comer in the music scene. Fans however, are longing for new materials. After a seemingly endless barrage of troubles, Bree is finally releasing the long-awaited new record, Robots In Love... Or is she? It was slated to be out in 2007 but being independent relies heavily on proper timing. Our guess is that 2008 will finally see the release of the record... we're crossing our fingers for you Bree.
9. Oh Darling (http://www.myspace.com/ohdarlingmusic) The Jasmine Ash-fronted band recently released their amazing self-titled 5-track EP and they're giving it away for free as an mp3 download in their website. You gotta love bands who take such risks. If you're into indie rock, try them out - they're fabulous! We look forward to more of the Darlings in 2008.
8. Molly Jenson (http://www.myspace.com/mollyjenson)
Alternative/folk-rock singer/songwriter Molly Jenson is finally back in the studio with her favorite musical writing partner, Greg Laswell and that means we are to expect a new record soon! Molly's debut, Maybe Tomorrow, came out in July 2005 to high critical acclaim. She can be seen playing in venues all over Southern California, but mostly in and around of San Diego and Los Angeles. Maybe Tomorrow's infectiously catchy tracks left us salivating for more.
7. Sunshine State (http://www.myspace.com/wearesunshinestate)
The Toronto-based acoustic power-pop band, Sunshine State hits a home run with the release of their self-titled debut. The band started out more like a therapy session between the band's core members: James Bryan and Aleza Coldevin. Their album is set to be released in Japan in February 2008. The band, on the other hand, will do frequent visits to Los Angeles in 2008 - unto which you should all be on the lookout! Their performances are enigmatically engaging, you won't regret ever coming to their show. They are KGRL's Flower-Powered Artist of the Month this January 2008. You can check out their feature page @ http://www.kgrl.fm/fpa/sunshinestate.php for more information and streaming videos.
6. Uh Huh Her (http://www.myspace.com/uhhuhhermusic)
No, I'm not listing PJ Harvey's album but rather, the musical collaboration between Leisha Hailey (of The Murmurs) and Camila Grey (of Mellowdrone). Their music, if I may say so, can best be described as electro-pop/rock. The two started writing the materials for their EP (I See Red) at the beginning of 2007 and was recorded at Camila's residence in LA, particularly in the bedroom and the bathroom. A full-length is in the works and is expected to be released next spring.
5. Gemma Hayes (http://www.myspace.com/gemmahayes)
The new album from the beautiful and very talented Irish indie pop/rock singer/songwriter, Gemma Hayes, is expected to be released sometime in 2008... That is if she finds the right channel to release it with. The songs sound truly magnificent based from what we heard in the demos she posted in her MySpace page. If these songs are an indication, we're looking forward to another huge hit from Gemma.
4. Elizabeth & The Catapult (http://www.myspace.com/elizabethandthecatapult)
Elizabeth Ziman and the rest of her band dubbed, The Catapult (Dan Molad, Pete Lalish, and Matt Wigton) are constantly writing and recording demos to share with their fans. Their music borders on jazzy and alternative folk. Elizabeth's voice is often compared to Norah Jones but with a bit more edge. It is not sure yet if they'll have their full-length this year, but here's to hoping they would.
3. Terami Hirsch (http://www.myspace.com/teramihirsch)
LA-based singer/songwriter Terami Hirsch is set to release a new CD sometime soon. Details are a bit scarce at the moment but judging by her previous releases, it is sure to be a winner. Terami's music is firmly rooted in the obscure - anything but conventional. Even the method of recording and producing the record is unconventional. Meditative and deeply cerebral are probably the words that can best describe her music.
2. Lovers Electric (http://www.myspace.com/loverselectric)
The duo of Eden Boucher and David Turley brings nothing but pure pop brilliance in their self-titled debut. Eden is the sister of Los Angeles based Australian singer/songwriter Butterfly Boucher. While they share a common genre in music, Lovers Electric is a bit more raw-sounding mostly due to them independently recording their album on a strict budget. The band is set to release their new record, Whatever You Want, early in 2008. You can view their KGRL Flower-Powered Artist of the Month page at http://www.kgrl.fm/fpa/loverselectric.php for more information and streaming videos.
1. Hazel Mills (http://www.myspace.com/hazelmills)
Bristol-based siren, Hazel Mills is set to be one of the biggest artists to look forward to in 2008. Hazel's Butterfly EP, released in 2007, is nothing short of phenomenal. The EP is filled to the brim with excellent tracks that can best be described as a lush and vibrant musical landscape wrapped in progressive pendulous beats and rhythm. Hazel is set to release a new EP, and perhaps a full-length to follow, sometime in 2008.