Karine Polwart (born 23 December 1970) is a Scottishsinger-songwriter. She writes and performs music with a strong folk and roots feel, her songs dealing with a variety of issues from alcoholism to genocide. She has been most recognised for her solo career, winning three awards at the BBC Folk Awards in 2005, and was previously a member of Malinky and Battlefield Band.
Florence and the Machine (styled as Florence + the Machine) are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists. The band’s music received praise across the media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success. Specifically, the BBC played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing.
Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass) and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Other musicians also regularly made appearances in concert and on the group’s albums. The new wave style of Talking Heads combined elements of punk, art rock, funk, avant-garde, dance, pop, and world music with the neurotic, whimsical stage persona of frontman and songwriter David Byrne. The band made use of various performance and multimedia projects throughout its career.
Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990), known as Hozier, is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter from Bray, County Wicklow. He released his debut EP, featuring the hit single “Take Me to Church“, in 2013 and his second EP, From Eden, in 2014. His debut studio album, Hozier, was released in Ireland in September 2014 and globally in October 2014.
Neon Trees is an Americanrock band from Provo, Utah. Known for their energetic live performances, the band received nationwide exposure in late 2008 when they opened several North American tour dates for the band The Killers. Not long after, the band was signed by Mercury Records and released their first album, Habits, in 2010. Their first single “Animal” climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Alternative Rock chart. Neon Trees’ songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.
Cherry was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of jazz artist Don Cherry and Swedish painter/textile artist Monika “Moki” Cherry (née Karlsson). He is half-brother of singer Neneh Cherry, his mother’s daughter, and is stepbrother to singer Titiyo. As children, Eagle-Eye and Neneh travelled a lot with their father. At the age of 12, Cherry was sent to school in New York City, where he stayed on to work as an actor and a drummer in various bands. In 1988, he was credited as “teenager” in the film Arthur 2: On the Rocks. In 1993 he starred on the short-lived NBC action/adventure television show South Beach.
His father died in 1995. In 1996 Cherry moved back to Stockholm to focus on his music over the acting career that had taken precedence in his professional life. He began writing and recording his debut album, Desireless, in his bedroom studio on an acoustic guitar. According to manager Tommy Manzi, Cherry’s perfectionism made him keep the recordings under wraps until the album was virtually complete. The album became a commercial success throughout the world during 1998 and 1999.Desireless sold four million copies worldwide and was certified platinum in the United States.
Wild Belle is an American band, composed of siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, who grew up in and around Chicago. They appeared on Conan on November 26, 2012. Their debut album, Isles, was released by Columbia Records on March 12, 2013. They have released three songs from the album: “Keep You” in February, “Backslider”, and “It’s Too Late”. Their song “Shine” was featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Way, Way Back and in Grey’s Anatomy season 9, episode 13. Their song “Keep You” was played in the movie “Pitch Perfect“.