Adele knew she wanted to be a performer from the first time she held a mic at the age of 14. She didn't grow up in a musical family but remembers pretending to be the Spice Girls and putting on shows for her family. In order to gain the skills she'd need for a successful music career Adele attended The BRIT School, Britain's only free performing arts and technology school. It's alumni include Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash and Leona Lewis. During her time at school Adele created a three song demo. One of her friends posted it on a myspace page on the last day of 2004. By 2006 that very same demo got Adele signed to arecord label called XL, with whom she produced her debut album 19. This album went on to win her the first ever BRIT Awards Critics Choice Award and 2 Grammys. Adele is currently preparing to release her second album 21 on February 22nd.
Fun Fact: Adele names her albums after the age she was at the time she recorded them.
New Lodge Music: Skyfall
Official Site: www.adele.tv/
Blind Pilot is an American Indie Folk band based out of Portland, Oregon. They've toured in the US, Canada and Europe opening for artists such as The Counting Crows and The Decemberists. Most recently they performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park.
Fun Fact: In 2008 the band biked from Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California carrying their instruments on specialized trailers they made themselves. They made over two dozen stops on this musical biking tour!
New Lodge Music: Half Moon
Official Site: http://www.blindpilot.com/
Dawes is an American rock band from LA. Even more specifically, they are part of the Laurel Canyon sound that sites Crosby, Stills and Nash and Neil Young as influences. Dawes sound has been called "authentically vintage" by Rolling Stone magazine.
Fun Fact: The band appeared as themselves on an episode of NBC's Parenthood.
New Lodge Music: If I Wanted Someone
Official Site: http://dawestheband.com/
Gotye (Wouter De Backer) is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter whose music has been compared to that of Sting and Peter Gabriel. De Backer has independently released three solo studio albums, as well as three albums with the indie-pop group The Basics. Gotye's most recent album titled Making Mirrors and was released August 19th, 2011.
Fun Fact: The album title Making Mirrors was inspired by a piece of artwork that De Backer found in his families barn amongst old bills and newspapers. It was created by his father in the 1980's.
New Lodge Music: Somebody That I Used To Know
Official Site: http://gotye.com/
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
The Head and the Heart formed in Seattle and is made up of mostly transplants that had recently moved to the city and met at a series of open mic nights at Seattle's Conor Byrne Pub. They started by selling self burned albums in homemade denim sleeves at the local record stores. The albums became so popular that the stores couldn't keep them in stock. This caught the attention of agents and labels. The Head and the Heart signed with Sub Pop in November 2010.
Fun Fact: They've toured with everyone from Vampire Weekend to Dave Matthews.
New Lodge Music: Lost in My Mind
Official Site: http://www.theheadandtheheart.com/
Born to musical parents in West London, Ben Howard started writing songs at an early age. After a short stint studying journalism in college he committed to pursuing music full time. His reputation quickly grew and after a month of sold-out dates across Europe and the UK he was signed to Island Records.
Fun Fact: Ben Howard did a dark, moody cover of "Call Me Maybe" on the BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Listen to it here!
New Lodge Music: Only Love
Official Site: http://www.benhowardmusic.co.uk/
Jason Mraz has come a long way since his live gigs at Java Joe's in Southern California. He has released a handful of live albums, three studio albums and is currently working on his fourth. Recently releasing the album's first single, The World As I See It, we can expect it to be filled with Mraz's fun, uplifting sound.
Fun Fact: His surname is Czech for frost.
New Lodge Music: I Won't Give Up, 93 Million Miles
Official Site: jasonmraz.com/
Various Cruelties is a mod/goth/pop group that was formed in London by Liam O'Donnell in 2010. This four piece group has found a good amount of success with their recently released self titled debut album. Their music has already been featured in everything from a Zales jewelery ad to the trailer for the HBO series Banshee.
Fun Fact: If It Wasn't For You was the first thing O'Donnell recorded as Various Cruelties.
New Lodge Music: If It Wasn't For You
Official Site: http://www.variouscruelties.com/