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 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…
The Dependant Team are delighted to see LAWSON beginning to make their mark on the scene. LAWSON first came to our attention when their then management company Simon Fuller’s XiX Entertainment (previously 19 Entertainment) asked Dependant songwriter Emma Pears to work with frontman Andy Brown on some new material.
We were blown away by Andy’s voice and ability to write hit songs and were delighted to see the band signed to Polydor Records and head off on tour with The Wanted and platinum selling artist, Will Young.
Their debut EP ‘When She Was Mine’ has just been released. We would highly recommend checking them out on YouTube, Facebook etc and getting to see them live.
Dependant Artist / Songwriter Emma Pears has been writing with a hot new talent – SPARK
Some of you may have seen SPARK on the road with Marina and the Diamonds, Diana Vickers, at The Shepherds Bush Empire with Janelle Monae or heard her ‘in session’ with BBC Radio 1’s Rob DaBank. If you haven’t yet seen or heard Spark, no doubt you will soon!
Signed to 679 Recordings (Warner) home of The Streets, Little Boots et al, Spark is definitely one to watch.
If you were fortunate to get to see Brit Award winning Ellie Goulding on her sell out tour of the UK and Ireland, or indeed were among the privileged few to be invited to Buckingham Palace for the evening wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton, then you will have had the privilege of hearing the dulcet tones of KATE WESTALL.
Kate is a fantastic singer, great performer and as a firm favourite of the Dependant Sessions team, we were not surprised when she was picked up to join Ellie’s band on backing vocals.
Kate is currently working on material for her own solo release. We’ll keep you posted!