Emma Pears has recently been writing with the talented L.E.O.N Else. Signed with Universal / TurnFirst and with a bunch of co-writes racked up with legendary songwriters Diane Warren, Linda Perry and The Invisible Men under his belt, his album (when it arrives) will certainly be worth a listen.
Here is Leon’s cover of the David Guetta hit, Titanium.
MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Dependant Session vocalist KIRSTEN JOY who was one of the acts featured on the hit BBC show, THE VOICE. Kirsten landed herself a place on Jessie J’s team and whilst she wasn’t successful in making it through the ‘Battle Rounds’ she showed the nation what an incredible talent she is.
Kirsten has performed with acts such as Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue and for her blind audition on the new BBC series, she sang ‘Heaven’ by Emeli Sande.
“You know what I love about your voice? I can hear so much that we can do with it. Because you’re on my team girl!” Jessie J
Kirsten is a phenomenal singer has plenty of industry experience. She is one of the lead vocalists in the acclaimed ACM Gospel Choir, who reached the semi-finals of the BBC Last Choir Standing in 2008.
Kirsten has also spent a lot of time working as a backing singer singing for Kylie Minogue, performing as a warm-up act for Girls Aloud and Lemar. More recently, she has performed as one of the cast members of THE GO!GO!GO! SHOW, a family pop musical featuring five stars of stage, screen and pop. The touring show is produced by Mike Stock (of Stock, Aiken and Waterman fame) and all the dance routines are choreographed by Paul Domaine, choreographer for The Saturdays, Sugababes, Dannii Minogue and lots of BBC shows.
Kirsten’s other TV credits include ITV’s “Britain Sings Christmas”, GMTV (singing with David & Carrie Grant and other celebrities), ITV’s ‘Ultimate Movie Toons’ (backing Michael Ball) 2010 and the Eurovision song contest 2010, where she sang backing vocals in Oslo.
Kirsten is hugely experienced studio singer and has sung on countless albums and works regularly with Grammy Award winning music producer Trevor Horn (Robbie Williams, Buggles, Seal, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones) amongst others.
Dependant were delighted to once more be involved with Norwegian music festival – THIS IS GOSPEL 2012.
The event, based in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway once again featured some of the biggest names in Gospel Music from across the globe.
Acts included multi-Grammy Award winning artist DONALD LAWRENCE, JUDITH MCCALLISTER, CINQUE CULLAR and LIGHT OF LOVE from the USA as well as SAMUEL LJUNGBLAHD (Sweden), AUDREY MBUYAZI (South Africa) and local talent, the STAVANGER GOSPEL COMPANY.
Dependant were pleased to have Emma Pears leading songwriting workshops throughout the weekend alongside Donald Lawrence and Light of Love and also to have Nik Pears hosting both the musicians workshop and saturday night concert.
Some of the world’s greatest gospel musicians also graced the stage:
Calvin Rodgers (drums) Lawrence Jones (guitar), Rodney East (keys) Sharay Reed (bass) Michael Taylor (keys) Robert Holmes (keys)
Between them they have worked with artists such as: Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, R. Kelly, Chaka Khan, Boys II Men and many, many more…