Watch List Select: Elli Ingram, Kimberly Anne, Jem Cooke, Common Thread

At TheNext2Shine we are passionate about discovering new artists to share with our readers, and we are always looking and listening out for emerging artists that bring their own authenticity, originality and talent to the music scene. Here in our 'Watch List Select' feature we provide for your listening pleasure a selection of artists that have caught our attention with their own unique musical offerings.




Coming off of sold out shows in London and Brighton and having recently shared the stage with Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullum, U.K. singer Elli Ingram releases the track 'C'Dawha' from her soon to be released mini-album, 'The Doghouse', the subdued swirl and hiss of the Felix Joseph and Aston Rudi produced soundscape a mash of background vocal distortions, siren motifs and a punctuated low-end pulse as Ingram's voice channels a sultry menace, 'call you up when the sun is down, only let him kiss me when no one is around, he brings me roses, I paint them black'. 




Following up on the 130,000 plus views of her recent BBC 1 Zane Lowe selected 'Next Hype' track, 'Hard As Hello', and its Bastille Remix, U.K. singer/songwriter Kimberly Anne will be taking her emotionally literate lyrics and the gentle, warming soul of her voice on tour in the U.K. from March 19th with Saint Raymond on the Young Blood Tour, and to whet the appetite she has just had a charmingly engaging acoustic version of the second track, 'Start Over', from her upcoming 'Hard As Hello' EP, premiered by




U.K. singer Jem Cooke's talent saw her walk through the door when a musical opportunity knocked - a serendipitous meeting at one of her gigs with the proprietor of London's famous F-Block studios (Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande), Hank 'Old Boy' Hughes, saw her invited into the lab where she created her 'Cookie Jam' mixtape, which went on to receive support from BBC 1 and BBC 1Xtra, and as she looks forward to releasing her album she wrote with Naughty Boy she stopped by LinkUp TV to perform an acoustic version of her song 'Home'.




We recently featured the all-female musical collective made up of Berklee students, Common Thread, founded in 2013 by bassist Alissia Benveniste, guitarist Maddie Rice, and drummer Amber Baker, when they featured with fellow Berklee student Gabrielle Walter-Clay on her song 'That Groove', and now Walter-Clay returns the favor by providing some jazzy vocal riffs as the band showcase their supremely cohesive and skillful musicianship and 'passion for good that makes you move' with 'For The One Time'.

Written by Mark J - [ @solitarym ]

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