Trevor Jackson

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Trevor Jackson is what the industry likes to call a triple threat. Under the wings of Aaron Bay-Schuck  (SVP of A&R at Atlantic Records) the 16-year-old triple threat releases visuals to his single “Like We Grown”. In his video the new signee to Atlantic Records shows off his singing skills as well as his dancing capabilities. To add on top of his quickly growing resume,  Trevor was recently cast as Kris McDuffy in the Disney Channel Original hit movie Let It Shine, which is currently the #1 movie for kinds from 6 – tweens. Needless to say, Trevor is one to keep an eye on.

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Justine Skye

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Today   Justine Skye a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Brooklyn that has built up a strong following online via her social networks, has signed a deal with Alpine Music Group / Atlantic Records. If you don’t know about Alpine Music Group yet, you should get familiar as it is also the home to August Rigo and Ginette Claudette  ( both who we previously featured HERE and HERE ). With over 2 million hits on her youtube page and the recent release of her mixtape Skye Highit was only a matter of time until the majors took notice.

Check out her song Everyday Living below!

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Interview: Zac Poor

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As some of our readers probably know, we recently featured singer / songwriter Zac Poor on our site. At the time of the post we mentioned that aside from the music we heard, we really didn’t know much about the man himself. Well, this brought us to the conclusion that we needed to start doing some interviews with artists and who better than Zac to be our first?!

Pop  Drop and Roll Interview Q’s and A’s

PDR:  First off, tell us a bit about yourself, how you got your start, where you live etc…

Zac: I grew up in Fairfield Montana. Moved to LA when I was 17 to pursue music. I went to school for a while, waited tables and did odds and ends jobs till I was discover by Adam Anders, the Executive Music Producer of “Glee”, after hearing one of my demo’s. I signed a development deal with him and we began working together. Been writing for other artists and working on my project over the past 4 years.

PDR:  Where does the name Zac Poor come from?

Zac: Haha! People always ask me that. I wish I could say I came up with it but it’s real. My Grandma gave me the name Zachary and Poor is my last name.

PDR:  Describe your style of music

Zac:  Pop. I enjoy me a good pop melody. Lyrically I’m influenced a lot by where I grew up. So it probably leans a little country at times. 

PDR:  Can you explain your songwriting process?

Zac:  It really all depends on whether I’m writing for myself or another artist. If I’m in with an artist I typically show up with an arsenal of concepts and melodies that I think might work for them. But if I’m writing for myself, I like to start from scratch. The melodies usually come first. And then the lyrics. Lyrics are a pain in my ass. haha! 

PDR:  What are your studio essentials?

Zac:  I have water with me at all times. I’m a big fan of Throat-Coat tea… which helps to combat the dehydration that my vocal chords experience due to my excessive consumption of coffee! I have also been known to polish of a bag of peanut M&M’s during recording sessions. The large bag.

PDR:    Are you working on a album right now? If so, Can you tell us a bit about it?

Zac:  I’m putting the finishing touches on an EP now. And planning on putting out a single digitally in April. I’m really excited to get new music out again and really proud of the direction it’s going. It feels very authentic. Very me. And my music has matured a lot since my 2010 release “Let’s Just Call It Heartbreak”.

PDR:   Who are you working with?

Zac:  I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people over the past 2 years. I did the majority of my EP with Mason “MdL” Levy (Justin Bieber, Maroon Five, Mike Posner). And I’m currently working with the Fliptones (Jason Derulo, FloRida), and Johnny Severin (RedOne, Lady Gaga, Enrigue Iglesias) on songs for my LP. 

PDR:   Dream collaborations?

Zac:  So many! I’m a massive fan of Max Martin. I think he writes timeless pop hooks. Jonas Quant, who did the “Hurts” record. His production is crazy. Artist wise, I would love to collaborate with Kanye West, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift… just to name a few. I could talk for hours about all the people I would love to work with. 

PDR:  Tell us something that people don’t know about you

Zac:  I do photography. It’s a great creative outlet when I get burnt out on music. 

PDR:  If you could have any famous actor in a video of yours, who would it be and why?

Zac:  Will Ferrell. He’s so funny. He doesn’t have to say a word and I still laugh. 

PDR:   If you weren’t a singer, what would you be doing?

Zac:  I have a passion for music. So I think I would still be involved in it some how. Maybe as a manager. Or A&R. 

PDR:   Anything else you’d like to add?

Zac:  Just thank you for reaching out and showing interest in my project. Appreciate your support!

PDR:  Let people know where to find you!!

All those swaggy social media outlets. 

www.zacpoor.com

www.facebook.com/zacpoorfans

www.twitter.com/zacpoor

www.youtube.com/zacpoor

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Baiyu

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Sara Baiyu Chen, known professionally as Baiyu, is a Chinese-American singer/songwriter. Born in Xiamen, China, she later moved to the United States and his been quite the busy lady since. Aside from recording music, she also graduated from Princeton University and was a host for  MTVu’s show “The Freshmen”.  She recently put out the mixtape Hunter, about the title she explains “I feel like we’re all Hunters in our own right, whether we’re looking for glory or acceptance; love or revenge; or even just the simple things in life that put a smile on our faces”. Baiyu is definitely a force to be reckoned with, also….not to hard on the eyes 🙂  Check out her video Make Believe below and look out for her new single Surface which drops this week! 

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Zac Poor

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Simply put, we don’t know anything about Zac Poor except that he’s working on his debut EP with new hit making producer MDL (MDL is singed to Mike Caren’s APG publishing and has produced hits for Justin Bieber, B.O.B, Chris Brown etc). Since we don’t have much info, we’ll let the music speak for itself. Take a listen to his cover of Demi Levato’s Skyscraper:

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Emerson Brooks

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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Emerson is a newly signed writer/producer to APG Publishing under Atlantic Records and is also currently working on his solo debut expected to be released sometime this year. His musical influences range from Joni Mitchell, D’angelo and Common all the way to  Blink 182.

Check out his new song Mayday below!

Bonus: Take a listen to his cover of Rihanna’s Stay

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August Rigo

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Toronto-bred Singer, songwriter, and producer August has had quite a successful passed few years penning such hit songs as “U Smile”,  “Stuck In A Moment” and “Kiss and Tell” for Justin Bieber and “Solo” for  Iyaz to name a few.  In 2010, August also linked up with Eric Nicks — former Senior VP of A&R at Universal Motown Records — in establishing production and publishing company Alpine Music Group.

On top of  songwriting and production August is also a recording artist himself recently signing with Def Jam.  Check out his latest video Satellites!!

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