PRIMA QUEEN, our featured artist of this week, is an energetic and quirky indie-rock band fronted by Louise Macphail (Bristol, England) and Kristin McFadden (Chicago, USA) whose influences range from performers as diverse as Rilo Kiley, The Killers, Fleet Foxes and Alanis Morissette.
Our second Artist of the Week is New York’s award-winning singer/songwriter Saniyé. She started writing songs and playing music at the age of 5, so it is no surprise that her emotionally driven and eclectic debut album “When I Don’t Sleep” made it’s rounds nationally and internationally with much success. Songs from the album played on Delta Airlines and are currently still playing in stores nationwide in the U.S. Most notably, Saniyé won her first major songwriting award with “Boom Sheke Nana,” a song that won the Grand Prize in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Both the song and the album were produced by Grammy-Award-winning producer, Henri Scars Struck.
Our very first Artist of the Week is Shenandoah and the Night. She offers a haunting, noir-ish sound counter-balanced by bursts of joy and infectious energy. Rootsy enough for folk enthusiasts without sacrificing its modernist edge, Shenandoah and the Night cast a wide net across the spectrums of taste and time, blending and blurring a diverse set of influences that range from the operatic anguish of Nina Simone and Kurt Weill, to the dusky psychedelic sturm und drang of the Doors and Janis Joplin.