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English-born, Scottish-raised singer songwriter James Gillespie emerges as one of the most quietly explosive artists in recent memory.
Evoking the kinds of sounds that earned artists like James Blake and Hozier instant kudos, the artist making music between the spaces has stolen the attention of his ever increasing audience of fans through composing heartfelt stories about missing home and missing loves left behind; the new seductions of the city and the darkness within it. The innate feeling, gravel pounded vocal and technical ability make up a uniquely engaging artist.
James co-produces all his own music, working alongside Andy Hall Hall (Jack Garrett, Rag n Bone Man). James’ debut release "What You Do" is from a young man bringing a sorely-missed, natural enigma with only his voice and his stories.
In less than a month after the release of his debut track, James has attracted global attention that saw "What You Do" hit number 7 on the UK Viral Spotify charts and amassing over 500,000 monthly streams.
His debut album Safe., released in the latter half of 2019, surpassed 54 million streams, featuring recognisable singles such as "Beyond Today" amongst new hits in "ICFTI" and "Someday Sunday".
James continues to write and produce, following a trajectory that has already gained him acclaim amongst the biggest tastemakers and artists alike.
Gabriel Royal got his start as a busker on the New York City subway, but the Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based musician has emerged as trailblazing talent with inimitable style and enviable range. He’s performed at NYC’s top music venues, including Poisson Rouge and Blue Note Jazz Club; played to sold-out crowds in countries around the world; and collaborated with some of the industry’s most in-demand names, including the Beyoncé-endorsed music video director Blake Farber. Known for his soaring vocals, hum-along melodies, and lush arrangements, Royal, a classically trained musician, is among a select number of artists combining cello and voice.
“The cello is the most human of instruments,” says Royal. “And my music combines the expressive power of classical music with the lyricism of pop and singer-songwriter genres.”
In 2016, Royal released his first album, a self-titled project that he mostly wrote while performing underground. And despite the album’s humble beginnings, it established Royal as a singer-songwriter with extraordinary sensitivity and creative intuition. Contemplating themes of love and loss, triumph and failure, and the ups and downs of relationships, the album speaks to Royal’s emotional range—and his penchant for romance.
The theme of romantic love is also the backbone of Royal’s sophomore effort, Miss Once in a Blue Moon, which is scheduled for national release on September 7, 2018.
“I’m always thinking about love— what happened to me last year and what could happen to me tonight,” says Royal. “And my music has always been a vehicle for emotional discovery.”
But for all its tenderness, Miss Once in A Blue Moon is also a bold coming-out from an artist the Huffington Post once dubbed “Brooklyn’s best busker.” There are sweeping melodies, soulful ballads, and layered harmonies— plus, plenty of bright, toe-tapping numbers that you can’t help but sing along to.
$12 - $15