The first Spaniard to release an English R&B album worldwide!
My name is James Parkin. I’m a singer/songwriter/guitarist aged 42, originally from Southampton.

Its a cold Thursday evening but life is good...1 year ago I was lying in Intensive Care, with leeches on my face.

I've come a long way in 1 year.

2 weeks ago I was interviewed by the BBC about my work with Cancer Research UK. Today I hit 43,000 followers on Facebook. This coming weekend I'm being filmed by ITV at the Facial Palsy UK Charity AGM talking about my experience with Cancer, Facial Palsy and performing songs about that experience from my debut Album of original songs called 'My Cure'.

I’ve been singing since I was 8 and playing guitar since I was 15. I released two albums of cover versions in 2011 and 2015 respectively and in January 2016 I promised myself I would write one song per month and make my first original album by the end of the year. However two weeks later I was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive cancer of the parotid gland.

Unfortunately, the tumour had wrapped itself around my nerves, so when the surgeons removed the tumour, they also had to sever my facial nerves on the right side of my face leaving me paralysed on that side of my face.

Next came radiotherapy, which caused a complete loss of taste buds, not to mention wearing a horrible mask that pinned me to the table whilst they blasted me with radiation for 10 minutes a day for a couple of months.

I couldn’t smile. I missed not being able to smile more than anything. People smile at me all the time – I just grimace back at them. I wanted to be able to smile at my daughter on the outside, not just on the inside. They took a nerve from my thigh and put it into my face, complete with its own blood supply from my groin. That operation took 14 hours. It didn’t work first time round and I haemorrhaged, so the nurses applied leeches to my face to try and control the blood flow for a couple of days. That didn’t work so they re-did the operation which was also not without its complications meaning I was then in intensive care for about a week - much of that time 'asleep'.

As if things couldn't get any worse, when I woke up Donald Trump was President!

After about 10 days I was able to go home. I had a massive lump of fat on the side of my face keeping the nerve warm. I looked like the elephant man. I cried when I saw it. Cried harder than I’ve ever cried. I then had a platinum chain put into my eyelid to help me close it and a sling put under my eye to help keep it the same height as my other eye. I’ve had quite a bit of Botox. But so far, nothing has made much difference (except I have lots of scars). Still no movement. Still no smile.

Throughout this time I kept writing songs. Some of the songs came to me in my dreams. I’d wake up at stupid o clock in the morning with a melody and/or some lyrics in my head. I’d be convinced for a few minutes the song was already invented, but they never were – so I would record the melody or lyrics on my phone and then head back to sleep. Some songs were directly about what I was going through with the operation (a song called ‘My Cure’). This song is being used by Cancer Research UK as part of their upcoming 'Stand Up to Cancer'campaign. 

Another song was about psychological depression (‘A later not to miss’) but taking note from the Beatles 'Help', I recorded it as an uptempo number to hide the misery that lay within. I was in a relationship which was rocky prior to and during the above, so quite a few love stories about falling in love, being in love, breaking up.

I also wrote a lullaby for my young daughter (named 'Lullabye'). Three of the songs were co-written at a song writing retreat with Scandinavian girls. They are very pretty (the songs and the girls). With their involvement, it made sense to record the album in Ascot and Malmo in Sweden in June, July of 2017.

I released the album in August 2017. For me, Cancer and facial palsy was not the end of a dream – My songs start in my dreams and I think my musical dream is nearer its beginning than its end. That journey continues and I'm playing live at least once a week and starting to write more songs.

'My Cure' may not have actually been My Cure, but it was damn good therapy and it helped me vocalise the positive spirit and mindfullness that helped me get out of that hospital bed, hold my head up high, stand on my own two feet and sing louder and with more heart than I'd ever sung before.
Jeff Hayman
Website for the Dutch based, Australian singer/songwriter "Jeff Hayman". Music, photos, updates and more!
Johnno Casson
Johnno Casson makes warm ,heartfelt, & poetic music.

With songs taken from a life of experience & sounds drawn from an acoustic heart with a restless other worldly spirit, Johnno makes unique music that's hard to put in a box & even harder to forget.

Based in Colchester,Essex Johnno may be also known to you as the establish artist Snippet, the funky folky wonky pop multi instrumentalist, who has delivered an extremely well received range of vibrant releases in the last few years in the shape of 4 e.p's and the debut album ‘Slowly slowly catchee monkey’. In the process Snippet became the most played artist in the history of BBC Introducing and was described by Q Magazine as “reminiscent of early Beck”.

Whilst preparing for a run of Snippet live shows, Johnno found time to write an album's worth of new songs with a new acoustically minded sound and decided to release this under his real name of Johnno Casson.

Johnno's songwriting ability just seems to go from strength to strength with an innate ability to deliver powerful, intelligent and infectious songs and he has a a rich and expressive voice to deliver his songs.

"An album of stripped down,laid-back songs of heartfelt intensity-Iconic" Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

"There's something about this album-it's a real treasure"

Sue Marchant BBC Cambridge

Whilst he's probably still better known for his Snippet persona, that could all be about to change for Colchester based singer-songwriter, Johnno Casson on the back of his debut album, "Window Shopping" is like this and there's real poetry on those journeys" Fatea

"Stand by: the improbable satisfaction that comes from little victories fills Johnno Casson’s delicate, quirky album, Window Shopping.As honest a collection of songs as you’ll ever find, and forged with a lot of love, Window Shopping represents another decent effort from a genuinely entertaining artist" Silent Radio

"A rich tapestry,An East End Brian Wilson on a budget, full of orchestral touches and multiple melodies and harmonies" Americana UK

“Like a grown up, mature, new narrative of Squeeze’s ‘Up the Junction’ set in East London and Colchester” Duckie
JoosTVD is a grooving funky, but also romantic soul. Selfmade, one-man's band, I've composed about 1000 songs so far..and counting. Used to play and record everything myself, but with modern technology that all changed and now I use real live played loops and combine that with jazzy playing, a touch of improvisation and bluesy rasp blue-eyed soul singing.

At first I started out as a drummer and played with a lot of bands in Holland. I found out that I could write songs too and ended up as a singer and did a lot of crazy stuff on stage to wake up the crowd. Now I record and write a lot and sometimes I miss playing these songs with a grooving band [HINT?], but on the other hand I feel very comfortable doing it all by myself. Trying to make my own mark on music.

he describes himself as a "zelfbevlekkende, narcistische, selfkickende, obsessieve, uitknijpende liedjesmaker" which loosely translates (I think) as a "self-denigrating, narcissistic, self-flagellating squeezer-out of songs" as freely translated by Mr Freshnet Tom Robinson. His song Bomb Won´t Go Off featured on his BBC6 Radio show in november 2012. (and it fellt great). Stupid Song(s) landed on his Radio6 Mixtape in november of 2013.

Various songs are now reguarly played on Croydon radio. (London). After 5 raving albumreviews by Nathan Nörgel in his online german culture magazine Wasser-Prawda, Nathan played two songs on his Radio 98eins program.

So tell me what you think of the songs. Did I just see your feet move?

Albums: Now on CD (1998) Tarts (1999) Rub Your Face In It (1999) Big Shoes To Fill (2000) Thanks For Stopping By (2000) Colour Me Black Or White (2001) He's Your Buddy (2002) That's Me With The Ball (2004) Gift Shot (2005) Volumed 10 (2007) HéJosé [2008] You Know Your Dad [2009] When The Left Foot Fits The Right One [2009] The Vanished Dutchman [2010] Orson Nietes [2011] Art Decoy The Bluebeard Boy [2012] The Balloonuing Brouhaha [2013] I Mimic Me [2014] Lightning Dutchman [2015] Open Up My Parachute [2016]
Julie Lamb performs original songs with a 12 piece band, AWESOME!

We are called the Lambinators... cos we're stuck together!

It consists of the usual Drums, Bass, Guitar, and continues with the minimum essentials (!) of 3 Backing Vocalists, Keyboards, Cello, Saxophone, Trombone and Percussion.

So much FUN, and with the energy of a 747 taking off - but with more finesse!!

I hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Aroha, Julie
German born Jürgen Joherl (aka JJ) is a freelance bassist & lately also a composer of  Instrumentals from Amsterdam, NL.

He had been in the past also a semi-pro member/bassist with 4 bands in first South-Germany & now in The Netherlands. Most notable band involvement so far had been his gigging for a while with "The JJC Helder Band", a A'dam based group with a.o. guitarist Joop van Nimwegen (Ex-Q65/Livin' Blues) and drummer Pierre van der Linden (Ex-Brainbox/Focus) of Dutch Rock fame.

Since 2003 he now focuses on composing, arranging & finally also producing own Instrumentals with various Jazz-Funk-Latin-Pop-World Beat flavors. He self-released his (digital) debut album in 2005 and a EP/Preview with 4 tracks for his overdue up-following & new album "Moving On" in be continued!

Listen more & follow him at his various (social) websites...or also here:

Buy his music & get also FREE DOWNLOADS here:
The Official Website of Award-winning Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter Katey Laurel.
From the lower south side of Plymouth (accent optional) a duo called Kepler Junction emerge.

A Band of brothers... well, two actually, and not brothers either, they make a lot of noise... guitars (some meaningful solos) bass (hits the spot) drums (strong and steady) keys (haunting, yet emotional) and vocals (great vocals and harmonies well thought out lyrics). On the whole a full-powered unit capable for delivering catchy rock (dare I say pop) songs of the highest calibre.

They have a desire to make music.

After travelling to Kepler Junction, via Nepalese temples learning the ancient ways we decide to cooperate again, live in the Cave (head torches optional) work as if there’s no tomorrow and this is what happens...

Putting the tunes into the machine, producing a mixture of tones and tempo’s to provide the listener with songs full of hooks which draw you in and provide a soundtrack for wherever it fits.
Official Kontrust-Website
Bio:Lady Citizen

Straight out of the Kyoto dance scene emerges the much sought after talents of lady Citizen, AKA Jun Fukanaga.

At the age of 18 Jun received an acid house compilation CD, inspiring a love for club techno and sparking a talent for DJing around his local scene in Kyoto, Japan.

After getting ahold of some music making gadgets, Jun produced a number of tracks under several different guises and collaborations before moving to Australia in 2005.

After getting invloved in the electro scene in Melbourne, Australia, Lady Citizen was born as Jun’s DJing prowess became ever more popular around the local club scene playing a variety of club styles from Funky house to UK breaks. With this mish-mash of different techno styles Lady Citizen started to produce a truly unique sound, gathering elements from all styles of dance music.

Gaining remix projects far and wide from both sides of the atlantic for producers and artists such as Kap10kurt. Lady Citizen has become hot property both as a producer and DJ.
leaving richmond
leaving richmond is ambient, electronic, instrumental music project of Los Angeles based producer, Jordan Pier.

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