Anyone lucky enough to live in Wales is likely to have heard the absolutely beautiful voice and life enriching songs of Danielle Lewis. Since releasing her debut EP in July 2013, Paper Hearts, Danielle has been a live guest on three of their S4C TV programmes with more in the pipeline, been playlisted on BBC Radio Cymru, featured as Artist of the Week on BBC Radio Wales and invited onto BBC Wales’ Emerging Talent Horizons Project for 2016. ‘Horizons/ Gorwelion is a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales. They have this to say about Danielle : ‘There is an invigorating, fresh purity to Danielle Lewis’ music. Her wonderfully clear voice sounds as effortless and uncontrived as Karen Carpenter’s sounds… her songs are timeless folk pop songs that have the potential to appeal across generations, with a similar melodic nouse to Taylor Swift or Lucy Rose’.
A choice selection of prime festival slots are offered with this opportunity including The Great Escape and Festival No. 6 as well as a coveted recording of two songs at Maida Vale in the Autumn. Two tracks from her bilingual second EP, Dreams Grow, which was self released June 2015, were used on a ‘Visit Wales’ online campaign.
BBC Radio 3’s The Verb broadcast two live performances from Hay Festival with tracks from her second EP on June 3rd 2016 and Ian McMillian was glowing in his praise, as he introduced Danielle at the opening and closing of the show.
”Bridging two languages with one voice.” – Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3
John’s album “The Pavement is my Stage” reached No.7 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts in 2014 and received a 5 star rating. His acoustic approach compliments his impressive vocal ability which is akin to Passenger with a hint of James Blunt. Radio play nationwide secured him a publishing deal with “Music Wales” who distributed his album to all major Tesco stores across Wales. More recently one of the tracks has been selected for a publishing deal in America.
John has been busking and gigging around the UK for the last 3 years, steadily gaining a dedicated fan base. He currently has 22,000 twitter followers, 17,000 Facebook fans and his YouTube Channel has received over 6 million views.
Through self management, and his pro-active nature, John has supported house hold names such as Olly Murs, Take That, JLS, Stooshe, Little Mix, Alexandra Burke, Union J, Katherine Jenkins, Razorlight, Status Quo, UB40, Lemar, Nizlopi, T’pau, Russel Kane and many more.
John has also picked up a few titles in his short time in the music industry. He came runner up in Open Mic Uk 2012, Won Gloucester Battle of the Bands despite the stripped back nature of his act and also won “Best Acoustic Act” in a UK search to perform at The Isle of Wight Festival.
John first came to many peoples attention when he appeared on The X Factor in 2011 as a Maths Teacher singing “Cannonball” by Damien Rice. He reached the last 12 boys and was widely credited for getting “cannonball” back into the charts. Making chart history as the first time a song has re-entered at a higher position than the original release.