Kelly White is a soothing indie-folk artist based in Tampa, Florida. At the age of 10 she was writing lyrics and singing and by 12 she had already began playing acoustic guitar. During her college years she found a true love for performing live and this drove her to overcome her shyness and gave her the desire to pursue music as a solo artist. Though she was used to performing with a band, putting herself out there alone with an acoustic guitar is when she really found herself musically and stayed the course ever since.
Her full length debut album was recently released on March 8th (International Women’s Day) and it is an eloquent selection of songs. She says that the record explores pain, dreams, fear and faith with the desire to inspire vulnerability. Her songs are gentle and calming yet dramatic and engaging. There is a beautiful rawness to the acoustic aspect of her music complimented by her tranquil voice.
If you like relaxing indie-folk with meaningful, heartfelt lyrics then why not take a listen to Kelly White here:
Sam Gifford and the Innocent
Hailing from rural North Hertfordshire singer-songwriter Sam Gifford has played for several bands as a drummer and has performed at many gigs and festivals. But after moving to London in February, Sam brought together his band The Innocent and - like Dave Grohl - he went from the man behind the drums to the frontman of the band. This five piece including Sam consists of Jamie Steenbergen on the drums, Gio Metaxas and Hannes Potombka on the guitars with Stephen Clift on bass. The band are influenced by a variety of artists which can be heard in their music, the likes of John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen and Mumford and Sons are the most notable influences to their unique sound. They are creating stand-out, instantly recognisable tunes made for the radio. The songs are complete with catchy hooks. Their latest single 'Innocence' opens with a mouth-watering guitar solo, and moves into a deeper, rhythmic sound with a catchy chorus. The lyrics are deep and mature, they are delivered stylishly by Sam.
'Innocence' encapsulates everything that this five piece alternative rock band from London are all about and to top it off they have a great video to go with it. Check out their latest single here:
Black Bear Kiss
Black Bear Kiss are a five-piece indie/alternative rock band from the Midlands that formed in 2016. The band members include lead vocalist Chris Leach, Colin Haden on lead guitar complimented by Rob Jones on guitar, Rich Sach holding everything together on the bass, and Chris Bagnall rounding off the five-piece on the drums.
They have now released their debut EP with a mixture of new songs and a few singles previously released. Songs such as 'Hooks' open with a catchy drumbeat and a rhythmic riff. The EP reminds me of the likes of The Black Keys with the same toe-tapping, driving rhythm and sound. The band take many influences from the The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin as well as hints of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Check out their latest EP here: open.spotify.com/