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A new wave of music stars with sights set on success

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 - 01:48

In the competitive world of music, who has the ''right stuff''? At a showcase hosted by Columbia Records, industry pundits had a glimpse at four potential new stars. Rollo Ross reports.

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At the Hospital Club in London recently, Columbia Records unveiled the four faces they believe will be the next big acts to top the international charts - starting with George Ezra, who suddenly found himself thrust into the spotlight. SOUNDBITE singer/songwriter George Ezra, saying (English): "Well I got signed off very little really, I think I had like one or two songs on the internet but then since then I've just been writing and just getting everything ready for take off." With a much more urban sound, Raleigh Ritchie hopes to emulate his success as an actor under his real name Jacob Anderson. SOUNDBITE singer/songwriter Raleigh Ritchie, saying (English): "When I'm writing music like that's the most me that I'll ever be, that anybody will ever know me so actually Raleigh Ritchie is more me than Jacob is." And in case Raleigh Ritchie or rather Jacob Anderson looks familiar, that's because he's also Grey Worm in the hit series Game of Thrones. Next up, Chloe Howl is a 19-year-old pop singer who originally wanted to be an author until music got in the way. SOUNDBITE, singer/songwriter Chloe Howl, saying (English) "When I got to about 13, I was like oh, I can merge the two together and like you know, storytell through songs and then I can sing and write." The final of the four is American Mikky Ekko who has already achieved fame by performing with Rhianna at the Grammy's with the song 'Stay' which he co-wrote. SOUNDBITE, singer/songwriter Mikky Ekko, saying (English): "As far as fame goes I don't really think about it too much, honestly. I've been so focused on the record, it's just been madness trying to get everything done." Only time will tell if any or all of these acts will gain the traction they crave in the notoriously difficult music industry.

A new wave of music stars with sights set on success

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 - 01:48

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