December 4th 2014
We support music artists to help show young people and music lovers a more realistic view on the ground as an alternative to both the monopolisation and representation of music ‘artists’ and ‘acts’ as shown by mainstream media such as The X factor and The Voice. We want to show the world the value of the musician/songwriter, their time, their artistry, their stories and the obstacles they face.
Following our re-launch of Music Earth Rise in Putney (headed by Tom Hingley ‘Glory Days’ singer of Inspiral Carpets) on the 20th January, we introduce the first of our performance workshops which is sponsored by the luxury Birmingham hotel Staying Cool and a new music hub born out of Birmingham called Songwall.
We are combining an artist from Birmingham and an artist from London to take part in a performance, conversation and Q&A session where attendees can gain a unique insight into the artist, their performance and life today as a musician trying to break into the industry against the odds of the music industry itself and the music ‘fan’ perception of free music.
London artist: AYANNA WITTER JOHNSON
Last year, Ayanna was invited to join Anoushka Shankar’s band for the worldwide tour of her latest album release ‘Traces of You’ feat. Norah Jones and continues to do so. This year she culminated a residency as composer on the first LSO Soundhub scheme and has recently released her second EP Black Panther to rave reviews from The Independent, The Huffington Post, Mtv and SoulBounce amongst others.
Ayanna is also a mentor for both the Amos Bursary and Kuumba Youth Music Girls’ School and gives motivational talks to young people in various colleges and schools across London.
“Cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson has to be heard to be believed. Her self-assured style blends a honey-sweet vocal delivery with bewitching cello-playing” – TIME OUT
The SONGWALL competition to perform with Ayanna was won by ELLA JOY
Birmingham Artist: ELLA JOY
Ella Joy’s interest in creating and performing music was sparked at the age of 5 when she first began musical instrument lessons at school. Though she continued to play instruments in and out of school, it wasn’t until she was 14 that her parents became aware of their daughters vocal abilities. Upon this revelation Ella’s dad, himself a musician, immediately swept his daughter into the studio recording a live version of Adele’s ‘Daydreamer’.
Ella’s musical career and ability has gone from strength to strength. She possesses a rich and evocative voice and an extraordinarily sensitive and mature musical ability. Ella Joy has performed her own compositions and covers live in various venues and is currently writing her first album, which will be recorded throughout 2015.
Advance tickets @ £10.00 - PURCHASE HERE
Discounted student seats available @ £5.00 - PURCHASE HERE
Doors open 7.00pm
Perfomances start 7.30pm
Event finishes at 10.30pm