With so many artists doing covers these days it has become increasingly challenging to find fresh ways to stand out from the rest, but Ezra Charles Jordan has done just that. Watch as Ezra serenades his fellow commuters with a cover of Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One.
Led by GRAMMY Award winning songwriter and producer Nasri, Magic! the LA based group (originally from Toronto) offers up RUDE a summery Caribbean flavored pop song sure to do damage on the radio. Speaking of radio, whether you are aware of it or not you definitely know Nasri’s work. As one half of The Messengers, Nasri has penned music for everybody from Justin Bieber, Pitbull to Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera. He garnered a GRAMMY Award in the category of “Best R&B Album” for Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. in 2012 and one of his most recent productions is “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera. Needless to say Nasri knows what he’s doing and Magic! is a sure thing.
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
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!!
Bahamas is the stage name for Toronto-based musician Afie Jurvanen. who’s played many shows with the likes of fellow Canadians Feist and Jason Colett. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform recently in Toronto opening up for Michael Kiwanuka and although I hadn’t heard of him before then, I can say he gained a fan that night. Bahamas recently released a video for his single I Got You Babe, in support of his second album Barchords, directed by Scott Cudmore and shot in Cuba. Check it out below!
Born in Mogadishu and raised in Toronto, sisters Siham and Iman Hashi a.k.a Faarrow (a combination of their names’ meanings translated from the Arabic: “faith” and “arrow”.) are definitely two to look out for. I don’t have much information on them at this point but after finding out they’re currently working on new music with producer extraordinaire No I.D and are about to release an EP, I cannot wait!
In the meantime, check out this extremely creative mashup of Katy Perry’s Wide Awake and and the Kanye West, Jay-Z and Frank Ocean track ‘No Church In The Wild’.