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4 ARTISTS TO KNOW
Sophie Frances Cooke, better known as just Frances, is a singer/songwriter from Newbury, Berkshire, England. The 23-year-old studied music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, perfecting her violin and piano skills, and developing her melodic voice. She released her first EP in 2014 on the French label, Kitsuné. She released her EP, Grow, in July of 2015 on Communion Records, and then in September of 2015 she released her EP, Let It Out. In late 2015 she was Nominated for the 2016 BRIT Awards and BBC Sound of 2016.
Horse Thief, a five-piece band, hailing from Denton, TX, moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma where they recently graduated. Their debut album, Grow Deep, was released in early 2011, which caught the eye of British indie label, Bella Union. The band released their second album, Fear in Bliss, in 2014 and their new single “Drowsy” was released in April of this year. Frontman Cameron Neal says the overarching theme of Fear in Bliss is, “finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear.”
Hayden James is a singer/songwriter and producer from Sydney, Australia. He creates R&B-influenced downtempo electro pop music as well as more club-minded remixes. James’s debut single, “Permission to Love” was released in 2013 by Australian label, Future Classic, and became the song on the summer in Australia, and gained him worldwide attention. He went on a 60 date, 6-country tour, featuring his newest single, “Something About You” off of his new EP under the same name.
Sunflower Bean is an indie-pop trio out of Brooklyn, NY. The trio formed in 2013 when three teenagers, Nick Kivlen (Singer/guitarist), Julia Cumming (Singer/bassist) and Jacob Faber (drummer), decided to join forces. After their first EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets, was released in October of 2015, they were asked to open on tours for DIIV and the Vaccines. In early 2016, the band released their debut LP, Human Ceremony, on the label Fat Possum. Their alternately rock-edge and dreamy guitar tunes makes a sound that is unforgettable.
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THIS WEEK'S COVER
Song: “I’m Not the Only One”
Original / Sam Smith
Cover / Boyce Avenue
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