Youth sensation Shannon K returns with best single yet – ‘Just Another Boy’

Daughter of award winning Bollywood vocalist finds her ideal sound with new single, out March 30th

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With a string of singles already under her belt, Shannon K is becoming something of a prolific artist when it comes to new releases. With three songs already unleashed in the past year, her fourth demonstrates a young pop artist who has really started to find her style.

Her best song yet, ‘Just Another Boy’ is a straight-forward, immediately accessible pop hit in the contemporary ‘girl power’ mould of Taylor Swift. Boasting genuine pop impact in the distorted vocals and the stilted but relentless rhythms, the track truly comes alive on the speedily delivered chorus.

But, just when you think you’ve got the track figured out, it takes a left turn in the shape of an airy, languid middle eight, which kicks back in once more with that superb chorus. The gradual build from there to the multi-layered ending is brilliantly produced and it’s a track to be proud of with its honest, confident and powerful lyrics:

Hear the track for yourself: https://soundcloud.com/galaxy-of-stars/just-another-boy

Following on from anti-drugs single ‘Just Say No’ and festive track ‘Christmas Song’, this track marks a watershed move from Shannon K, moving on from the themed ideals of the previous releases and into serious pop territory.

No doubt it makes her father, Kumar Sanu, very proud – and he knows what it takes to make it in the music industry. A glittering career as a vocalist in Bollywood has seen him win a total of 69 awards including 64 in his native India (from Filmfare, Zee Cine, Kishore Kumarand more) plus 5 internationally (from Sunrise Radio-London, West Indian Academy, Grammy-West Indies, Bollywood Music-U.S.A. and Radio Lotus-South Africa).

With that kind of support behind her, and quality singles like ‘Just Another Boy’ now in the works, it won’t be long before Shannon K is up for her own awards.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ShannonKSinger

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_A._Williams

NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS – TEENSTAR ANNOUNCE SECOND LONDON DATE

TeenstarNational singing competition for teenagers TeenStar have announced that due to massive demand for auditions in London, they have had to add an addition London date. The additional London date will take place on Saturday 8th March at Dingwalls in Camden.

 

TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music.

 

A national singing competition for teenagers, TeenStar is a one-of-a-kind singing contest looking to find the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the UK’s Best TeenStar! With the addition of an extra London date due to popular demand, the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is already anticipated to attract over 10,000 entrants and with auditions taking place across the UK, now is the time to enter.

 

NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS – TEENSTAR

 

TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music. Contestants in the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar also have the chance to win prizes along the entire course of the contest, such as recording studio time with some of the country’s top producers.

 

The contest is open to all with the auditions split into three age categories. There will be the late-teens, mid-teens and then a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow, the pre-teens.

 

TeenStar takes place at some of the best venues in the UK such as the Birmingham NEC and Sheffield City Hall and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including judges who work for BBC Radio, Kiss FM and Choice FM, regional press and record labels, with the judges getting more prestigious as the singing contest progress. The Grand Final of the national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is the climax of the whole contest and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the UK – with last year’s Grand Final being held at The O2 in London!

 

The competition champion will be crowned winner in front of a capacity crowd, including industry insiders, celebrity guests, national press, A&R from record labels, industry and media representatives who have the capacity to change the winner’s music career forever!

 

NATIONAL SINGING COMPETITION FOR TEENAGERS TEENSTAR – Enter Now!

 

Whether it’s a pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

 

The national singing competition for teenagers TeenStar is open to anyone aged 19 and under. Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, enter TeenStar now!

Teenstar winner & X-Factor finalist Luke Friend getting ready for The X Factor tour

Luke FriendSinging contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend had a great 2013, topping his Teenstar victory by making The X Factor Final! The TeenStar winner battled his way through eight live shows and the Semi-Finals, competing against eventual winner Sam Bailey and Nicholas McDonald in The X Factor Final!

 

Luke Friend is now set to embark on a UK wide tour with The X Factor, which starts on February 15th in Dublin with 30 dates at prestigious venues from Wembley Arena to The O2 in London.

 

Reaching The X Factor Final wasn’t the first time West Country boy Luke Friend has had music competition success, after being crowned winner of TeenStar, the nationwide competition for teens and pre-teens, in July 2013.

 

The TeenStar singing competition’s Grand Final took place within The O2 in London and gave acts, including singing contest winner Luke Friend, the chance to play in front of a sold-out crowd and music industry judging panel.

 

Head of Future Music  Chris Grayston remembers Luke from the TeenStar singing competition, saying “It’s great to watch Luke’s development over the years and now he’s found his own image, sound and confidence there’s nothing stopping him!”

 

Singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend now on The X Factor tour!

 

To follow in singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend’s footsteps, get your audition for TeenStar booked here now! For more information on the X Factor tour click here.

 

Check out singing contest TeenStar winner Luke Friend’s winning TeenStar performance here:

 

Budding young vocalists – TeenStar singing audition dates now released

TeenStar singing audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only singing competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers, have now released their TeenStar singing audition dates for their next singing competition starting in January 2014.

The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers consists of a UK-wide search for the finest young talent the UK has to offer, with TeenStar singing audition dates being held across the country. The competition culminates in a spectacular National Grand Final, with last year’s event being held within The O2 in London. The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers attracted over 9,000 entrants to apply for the 2013 TeenStar singing audition dates in its first year, but it was the uniquely talented Luke Friend who was crowned the winner in an impressive showcase of the nation’s future stars.

Watch Luke Friend’s winning performance on the Teenstar YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TeenStarComp?feature=watch

TeenStar singing audition dates are now released.

The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music, and Luke Friend who’s currently storming his way through The X Factor!

The TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music as well as a chance to feature in top teen magazine Shout Mag. Contestants of the TeenStar singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers also have the chance to win prizes throughout the competition, such as recording studio time with some of the UK’s top producers, singing lessons and extensive promotion on YouTube.

The TeenStar singing auditions dates and competition events take place at some of the best venues in the UK including Birmingham’s NEC, Sheffield City Hall and Camden’s Dingwalls and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including DJs who work for radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Kiss FM, Choice FM, plus national and regional press, local studios and record labels. The National Grand Final is the climax of the whole competition and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the country, with last year’s event held within The O2 in London!

The TeenStar singing auditions dates and competition events are split into three age categories – the ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), the ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow; the Pre-Teens! Whether it’s pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, the singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers TeenStar singing auditions dates have been released to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. The singing competition for pre-teens and teenagers TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

TeenStar singing auditions dates are available across the UK, so if you’re a pre-teen or teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, for more information and to enter go to: www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk

Luke Friend: X Factor 2013 hopeful & TeenStar 2013 Winner admits “I just don’t use shampoo”

 

17 year old teen star Luke Friend has hit the headlines again – in ITV’s The X Factor! The X Factor judging panel praised the star, including Sharon Osbourne saying “Luke I am crazy about you! You are quite fabulous.”

LUKE FRIEND – WINNER OF TEENSTAR

West Country boy Luke Friend has just come off the back of being crowned the winner of the singing competition TeenStar, the nationwide competition for teens and pre-teens. The TeenStar singing competition’s Grand Final took place within The O2 in London and gave acts the chance to play in front of a massive crowd and music industry judging panel. Here, Luke tells us about himself in his own words….

 

To kick things off, can you give us a funny fact about Luke Friend?

I’m an unintentional comedian and I haven’t washed my hair for quite a long time (I just don’t use shampoo, because I don’t feel the need to)

 

Describe yourself in three words?

Crazy, laidback, hippie kid

 

You look very different to when you entered Open Mic UK, do you think image plays an important role for any musician?

I think image plays a very important role, it expresses what you like and what you’re like! It sounds odd I know but it shows your attitude whether your wild or calm

 

So, what’s life been like for you since winning TeenStar?

It’s been awesome, I’ve had so many people congratulating me which is really lovely and everything’s now on a whole new level and I’ve got loads of new gigs to play

 

Do you think TeenStar has helped you gain confidence as an artist?

Teenstar does so many things for an artist, helps you gain confidence, connect with an audience, build up your emotive process in a song. Yes, definitely

 

Did you think you had a good chance of winning?

Never ever! It was an amazing feeling, at the time I was just enjoying the whole amazing experience and meeting some great musicians! Winning it was a massive bonus

 

Were you nervous?

A bit, everyone was, but at the same time it was such an exciting feeling

 

You entered Open Mic UK in previous years, do you think that has really helped develop you as artist?

Over the years I have developed my own style and image as a musician, these competitions certainly help recognize your own personality and skills that you’re good at and not so good at. Yes it’s helped so much

 

What other things have you done to develop your music career?

Songwriting is one of the main aspects of music I have really focused on and this has helped me to develop myself and my music career because, you never realize until you share a song with an audience that, the song relates so much to them too, creating the performance to be personal between you and the crowd

 

What’s been the single most important thing to date, musically?

Musically, has to be writing and recording my own songs to share with an audience! I love that.

 

As a result of winning TeenStar you’ve played and impressed at a few festivals this summer?

I adore playing at festivals, they’re always a great time, I was so happy that people enjoyed my own songs at the festivals as well as the covers I did, I can’t wait to play even more in the future!

 

Which festival was your favourite?

Loose Music Festival, I mean The Darkness and Reef are playing, that’s gonna be so rad! Including loads of other artists, as well as playing music I love watching, being inspired

 

Which would be your ultimate festival to play at?

Main Stage at Glastonbury or Leeds festival, I would love that so much, plus Leeds is my birth town so that would be a lovely feeling to play at such an awesome event there. Would mean so much to me personally

 

Do you feel being based in the south West has been a help or hindrance?

It’s hard to say because wherever a teenager lives, they always want to be somewhere else sometimes! But songwriting here is so great, as the scenery is just too great to miss for inspiration

 

How difficult is it to get your name known as an unsigned performer?

It is a really difficult thing to do but if you want it enough, work hard and passionate enough about playing to an audience and sharing music, you will succeed

 

What importance do you place on your social networks to increase your fan base?

High importance, social media in this day and age is really key to getting a positive and dedicated fan base from around the world!

 

What tips would you give to those who are trying to get their name out there?

Be yourself and make sure you talk with other musicians who have more experience than you to help you understand more about what to do, keep in touch with people who enjoy your music as much as you can

 

Who are Luke Friend’s favourite artists?

Pearl Jam is my main love, Bob Marley, Cyndi Lauper, Matt Corby, Ben Howard, loads of artists!! All music inspires me in some form

 

Describe your music in three words?

Personal, meaningful, happy

 

People you respect and admire?

Friends, family and fans!

 

If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?

Pearl Jam or Jeff Buckley

Check out Luke Friend’s winning TeenStar performance above

 

 

TEENSTAR COMPETITION WINNER LUKE FRIEND NOW HAS THE X FACTOR

17 year old teen star Luke Friend has hit the headlines again – this time making the judges houses in the tenth series of ITV’s The X Factor. The X Factor judging panel praising the star, including Sharon Osbourne who has returned from exile saying “Luke I am crazy about you! You are quite fabulous.” Luke Friend opened the show and was also the first to be invited to the live arena auditions.

West Country boy Luke Friend has just come off the back of being crowned the winner of the singing competition TeenStar in July, the nationwide competition for teens and pre-teens! The TeenStar singing competition’s Grand Final took place within The O2 in London and gave acts the chance to play in front of a massive crowd and music industry judging panel.

Other X Factor judges include former Pussy Cat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger who told 17-year-old Luke Friend that he’s a “little diamond of rough” as he took to the audition room with Ben E. King’s Stand By Me. Louis Walsh commented “You have your own style, your own finish, love your voice. You’re different.”

Four yes’s later and Luke Friend was on his way to the arena auditions to sing in front of the judges once more, as well as a live audience of 4,000 people.

Luke Friend has already impressed an impressive judging panel at TeenStar who crowned the star singing competition winner. The TeenStar judging panel included former Radio 1 DJ and Choice FM presenter Ras Kwame who first discovered Emeli Sande, four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, Choice FM presenter E Plus, Capital FM producer and celebrity journo Jon Hornbuckle, Editor of Shout Magazine Ali Henderson, Head of BGM Michael King and Head of Future Music Chris Grayston who first discovered Birdy through the Open Mic UK music competition, so Luke’s talent was in good hands to be judged.

Chris Grayston remembers Luke Friend from the Open Mic UK competition, saying “It’s great to watch Luke’s development over the years and now he’s found his own image, sound and confidence there’s nothing stopping him!”

Much talk was also of Luke’s hair which he revealed to the judge panel he hadn’t washed for 9 months. Perhaps it’s just as well they keep themselves behind a desk!