Since releasing the addictive single “Fix,” Chris Lane has become one of country music’s fastest rising newcomers. The record-breaking, Top 25-and-climbing hit “Fix” ac- cumulated the most first week single adds from a debut male artist in Country Aircheck history and has notched well over 5,408,227 plus streams on Spotify. Racking up shout-outs from celebrities such as Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, and more, he landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart the day of release, making the irresistible song one of the most shared tracks on Twitter in the U.S. from an up-and-coming artist.
“Fix” sets the tone for his newly released EP (Big Loud Records) of the same name, produced by the award-winning Joey Moi. Media have applauded his bold, fresh sound and standout falsetto; with early raves including ROLLING STONE’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” YOUNG HOLLY- WOOD’s “Artist To Watch” list, HELLO! Magazine’s “People You Will Be Talking About” and GLAMOUR’s “Music We Love.”
Lane was also chosen for the select CMT 2016 LISTEN UP campaign. The talented singer/songwriter started his career selling out club shows in his hometown of Kernersville, NC. Previously touring with heavy-hitters Florida Georgia Line, Nelly and Lee Brice, he recently wrapped his run on Dustin Lynch’s largely pre-sold out HELL OF A NIGHT Tour and will join Rascal Flatts’ RHYTHM & ROOTS Tour this summer.
Jodie Abacus is a little bit of everything, citing Billy Joel, Hall & Oates, Earth, Wind & Fire as musical influences. With that diverse musical palette, Abacus crafted the infectious single, “I’ll Be That Friend”, which is retro but modern, with Stevie Wonder’s soul, ELO’s strings and a message of hope.
The irresistible single and EP, For Real Life & Not Pretend came out of what Abacus describes as “the worst, mental, f**k-with-my-head year,” that included a break-up with his girlfriend of five years and an almost fatal bout of pneumonia. The music that was his therapy is soon to become everyone else’s happy pill. “I must be able to take s**t and grow flowers,” he says. “That’s my motto.” With that being said, you can count on Jodie Abacus to make 2016 a fantastic year with his unique brand of soulful pop.
“A pop singer primed for stardom” as dubbed by Nylon, LA-based songwriter turned indie-pop artist Phoebe Ryan wrote her highly addictive single “Chronic” about “romance that is everlasting & won’t go away.” Phoebe’s textured songcraft never relies on filler. Seductive exclamations mirror-fog into weary wisps of hope and defiance that draw you even closer, all purled into a powerfully evocative vo- cal style.
Her debut EP Mine, including the title track and her debut single “Mine” as well as her ingenious hybrid-cover of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” and Miguel’s “Do You,” caught the attention of musical stars and tastemakers like Taylor Swift, Tove Lo, and Chloe Grace Moretz. Along with songwriting credits including Bea Miller and Oh Honey and supporting the tours of Charlie Puth and Smallpools, Phoebe is just getting started making her mark as an indie-pop superstar.
Boasting a pastel-haired innocence, a danceable sound and a hint of underlying angst, That Poppy seems to transcend classification. The doe-eyed singer-songwriter is quirky and unconventional, with a style to match. It’s this entirely unique quality that attracted the attention of Island Records, to which she is now signed. “I’m so excited to do this,” she says of working with the iconic label.
That Poppy grew up in Nashville, surrounded by music. Her father was a drummer in a punk band and her brother followed suit, drumming for multiple groups at once. Despite her percussive roots, That Poppy had a different passion: “I was a dancer first, that was my first love” That Poppy’s world is a colorful one, filled with roller-skating, hair dye and the latest documentaries. She loves purple and Pop Rocks and often draws on J-Pop.
Her music exhibits a kind of dichotomy. Reggae-inspired beats, punky rock riffs and a candy-sweet pop sensibility infuse each of her tracks, co-existing in a wholly enigmatic manner. Her songs are irresistibly catchy, but cheeky lyrics add a depth and complexity rarely found in traditional pop songs. Lowlife showcases her dynamic vocal talent and offers mischievous lyrics like “you’re the highlight of my lowlife.” It’s both playful and powerful. Everybody Wants To Be Poppy, her self-proclaimed “theme song,” shows a clever sense of humor. “I’m just a princess with a pistol,” she sings, and it definitely rings true.
Poppy is a girly girl who packs a punch. Pastel-colored dresses, bright lipstick and bows feature prominently in her Internet posts, but so does her eccentric sense of humor. That Poppy is all about self-expression. “I write songs because I have a lot of things to say,” she states, gushing about the opportunity to continue making music and share it with people. Her aesthetic definitely says a lot. She’s undeniably adorable, with anime eyes and pale hair, but her Instagram posts and YouTube videos also showcase an affinity for the uncanny and bizarre. She is an enigma, endlessly mysterious and fascinating. In fact, when asked to describe herself, That Poppy says she’s “made of diamonds.” Whether or not it’s true, she certainly shines.
Andrew Grant is an emerging artist born and raised in Los Angeles. His style is a fusion of multiple genres wrapped into one, giving him a unique sound he describes as “H.I.R.D Music” – hiphop, indie, rock and dance. Prior to producing, Andrew had massive ratings as a radio DJ, and was also one of America’s most successful and in-demand live DJ’s, playing upwards of 300 shows a year; everything from Grammy and Oscar parties, to the who’s who and what’s what of high end nightlife and private events.
In the midst of his thriving DJ career, Andrew was inspired to energize a movement in popular music, to create a feeling and vibe that he felt was missing. At the height of his popularity, he immediately refocused his thriv- ing DJ career and set his sights on creating a unique sound, The Andrew Grant project.
Residing in LA, 21 year-old Berlin-born, singer-songwriter of Haitian and Moroccan descent, has become one of the most sought after songwriters in the industry. Selected for TIDAL Rising 2016 and writer of Rihanna’s hit record “Bitch Better Have My Money” (BBHM), Bibi has worked with artists such as Usher, Nas and Kanye West. Bibi emerged as a solo artist with the track “Ego,” which charted globally at #4 on the Spotify Viral 50.