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Rising Star #36

Updated: May 21

Welcome back to the enchanting world of "Rising Star," where we invite you to embark on an exhilarating journey of musical discovery and innovation.


With relentless passion and a commitment to redefining musical boundaries, we proudly present "Rising Star 36." This is more than a blog post – it's a vibrant symphony of creativity and artistry, crafted to elevate your listening experience to new and thrilling heights.


Imagine a stunning mosaic of fresh talents from around the world, each artist wielding their unique sound to create a masterpiece of melodies that echo the very core of human experience. From powerful stories of triumph and resilience to delicate expressions of love and tenderness, prepare for a journey through a diverse landscape of emotions.


In this remarkable showcase, artists go beyond performance to become storytellers, weaving intricate narratives that draw you into their imaginative worlds. Through the universal language of music, they invite you to embark on a transcendent adventure, where each note unlocks a door to limitless creativity.


"Rising Star 36" shatters genre boundaries, embracing diversity as its guiding star. Here, innovation takes the spotlight, and unity weaves a common thread through the fabric of our collective musical journey. Be ready to be captivated as each artist reveals their unique perspective, enriching our shared sonic tapestry.


Are you ready to dive into this extraordinary expedition? 🌟🎵


Join us as we explore uncharted musical realms, where talent knows no borders and creativity flows freely. The stage is set, the artists are ready, and the symphony is about to begin.


Get ready for another magical experience – "Rising Star 36" awaits your curious ears and open hearts!


Alessia De Gasperis: Embracing Freedom with "Evil Eye"



Alessia De Gasperis, formerly known as Kai, has re-emerged with a powerful alternative-pop gem titled "Evil Eye." This track marks her long-awaited solo debut under her given name, taking listeners on a melodic journey of liberation from the bindings of toxic love. With her unmistakable voice and compelling production, De Gasperis delivers a song that is both laid back and heavy, capturing the essence of freedom and personal growth.


Toronto-born and Los Angeles-based, Alessia De Gasperis has already made a significant mark on the music industry. As Kai, she lent her crystalline vocals to major hits such as Flume’s multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated “Never Be Like You,” Jack U’s “Mind,” and Childish Gambino's “Crawl.” In 2021, she decided to reintroduce herself under her real name, bringing a new level of authenticity and personal expression to her music.


"Evil Eye" represents a fresh chapter in De Gasperis's career. Co-produced with the talented Isaac Valenzuela and featuring Matt Parad on bass and guitar, the track is a sonic masterpiece that blends alternative-pop sensibilities with a groove that is simultaneously relaxed and intense. The song’s intricate production and haunting melody create a captivating backdrop for De Gasperis's emotive lyrics and powerful vocal delivery.


At its core, "Evil Eye" is a song about breaking free from the chains of toxic love. De Gasperis's lyrics explore themes of empowerment and self-discovery, resonating with anyone who has ever felt trapped in a damaging relationship. The groove of the song mirrors this journey, starting laid back before building into a more assertive and heavy sound, symbolizing the transition from entrapment to liberation.


De Gasperis's voice, known for its crystalline elegance, is the driving force behind "Evil Eye." Her vocal performance on this track showcases the same allure that captivated listeners on hits like “Never Be Like You” and “Mind,” but with a deeper sense of personal investment and artistic freedom. This solo endeavor allows her to fully express her musical identity and connect with her audience on a more intimate level.


"Evil Eye" is just the beginning of Alessia De Gasperis's solo journey. As she continues to explore and develop her sound, fans can expect more music that delves into personal themes and showcases her unique blend of alternative pop. With her proven track record and newfound sense of freedom, De Gasperis is poised to make a significant impact on the music scene.


Alessia De Gasperis's "Evil Eye" is a stunning debut that highlights her evolution as an artist. The track's blend of alternative pop with a laid-back yet heavy groove, combined with her evocative lyrics and enchanting voice, makes it a standout piece in her discography. As she embarks on this new chapter, De Gasperis invites listeners to join her on a journey of freedom, empowerment, and musical exploration. Keep an eye on Alessia De Gasperis—this is just the beginning of an exciting new era.



Courier: A Sonic Journey with "TYPE CAST"



Dynamic Los Angeles-based artist Courier has long captivated audiences with his introspective lyrics and deep, evocative vocals. His latest album, "TYPE CAST," marks a significant milestone in his career, showcasing the evolution of his sound over six transformative years. This record, blending elements of Hip Hop, R&B, and Alternative music, is a testament to Courier's dedication to pushing musical boundaries and creating something profoundly unique.


"TYPE CAST" is the fruit of years of labor between full project releases, demonstrating just how much can change in six years. This album reflects Courier's diverse range of influences, crafting a sound that is both familiar and refreshingly new. While the sonic feel of the album was a top priority, it is the lyrical content that remains the backbone of Courier's music. His lyrics transport listeners into a world of emotions and connections, drawing them into his introspective storytelling.


The album's latest single, "Work (I'm Gitnit)," is a standout track that encapsulates Courier's talent for blending genres such as hip-hop, R&B, soul, alternative, and blues. The song showcases his infectious energy and raw determination, resonating through a driving beat and powerful lyrics. "Work (I'm Gitnit)" is an anthem of perseverance and self-affirmation, perfectly suited for those who seek to conquer their dreams with unwavering resolve.


"TYPE CAST" is more than just an album; it is a journey through Courier's musical evolution. Each track reflects his experiences, growth, and the diverse influences that have shaped his sound. From the introspective and soulful melodies to the energetic and rhythmic beats, Courier crafts a narrative that is deeply personal yet universally relatable.


The album's depth and complexity are evident in its seamless blend of genres, creating a unique sound that defies categorization. Courier's ability to infuse his music with emotion and authenticity makes "TYPE CAST" a compelling addition to any music lover's collection.


Courier's "TYPE CAST" is a testament to his growth as an artist and his commitment to pushing musical boundaries. With its blend of Hip Hop, R&B, and Alternative music, the album showcases Courier's unique sound and lyrical prowess. The single "Work (I'm Gitnit)" exemplifies his talent for creating music that is both deeply personal and widely resonant.


As Courier continues to evolve and innovate, he remains an essential figure in the musical landscape, captivating audiences with his introspective lyrics and dynamic sound. "TYPE CAST" is a must-listen, offering a rich and rewarding experience that reflects the artist's journey over the past six years.



Venice Revive: Transforming Grief into Art with "Evolution"



Venice Revive, the formidable band emerging from the heart of the local metal scene, has channeled their collective experiences and influences into their latest release, "Evolution." This record is not just a collection of songs, but a powerful narrative of resilience and growth, dedicated to a deeply personal story within the band.


Venice Revive is composed of five talented musicians who have long been friends and allies in the local metal scene. The lineup includes Itay Shabat of Neophobia on vocals, Omer Cohen and Bar Lilos on guitars, Daniel Vegh on bass, and Ofek Cohen on drums. Their bond and shared history are evident in the cohesive and dynamic sound they produce together.


"Evolution" is a testament to the band's ability to blend melody with intensity. The song begins gently, drawing listeners in with soft vocals before gradually building up to an energetic crescendo. The catchy chorus is a highlight, leading into a truly "evil" bridge that contrasts sharply with the overall melodic tone of the track. This progression not only showcases the band's technical skills but also their knack for emotional storytelling through music.


Venice Revive draws inspiration from metal heavyweights such as Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Kingdom of Giants, and Bury Tomorrow. These influences are woven into the fabric of "Evolution," creating a sound that is both familiar and innovative. The band's dedication to their craft is evident in every note, from the intricate guitar work to the driving rhythm section.


One of the standout tracks, "Evolution," encapsulates this dual narrative. While it speaks broadly about humanity's resilience, it also serves as a metaphor for Omer's father's journey. The powerful combination of personal and universal themes makes this record deeply relatable and emotionally impactful.


"Evolution" by Venice Revive is more than just a metal record; it is a journey through grief, resilience, and triumph. The band's ability to translate personal pain into a compelling musical narrative sets them apart in the metal scene. As they continue to evolve and push the boundaries of their sound, Venice Revive proves that even in the face of adversity, there is always room for growth and transformation.


This record is a must-listen for fans of metal and anyone who appreciates music that resonates on a deeply emotional level. Venice Revive has crafted a masterpiece with "Evolution," a fitting tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of music.



Jeff Vidov: Bringing the Neorock Movement to Life with "Oh mi da dey di"



Canadian-born composer and pianist Jeff Vidov is a dynamic force in the music world, and his latest release, “Oh mi da dey di,” is a testament to his innovative spirit. This single is part of an ambitious two-CD rock/pop album set to release in 2024, a project that has been years in the making. Vidov’s new single follows the success of his previous tracks, “Baby can u dig your man?” and “A Little Less Love,” all recorded at his studio in Toronto with a talented ensemble of Canadian musicians.


Inspired by his extensive experience as a choir pianist and conductor, “Oh mi da dey di” is infused with Jeff Vidov’s positive energy and a sense of community. The song is part of the emerging Neorock movement in Toronto, which combines thought-provoking lyrics, high-energy performances, and significant orchestral contributions. In “Oh mi da dey di,” the orchestra is not just an accompaniment but an equal partner, adding depth and richness to the track.


Jeff Vidov’s influences range from classical to contemporary, drawing inspiration from a wide array of artists and genres. His previous single, “Baby can u dig your man?”, is an upbeat pop/rock track that pays homage to a fictional song from Stephen King’s novel “The Stand.” “I found it intriguing that in the novel, the ‘made-up’ song is the last hit single before the world is wiped out by a virus,” Jeff shares. “So I wrote my own lyrics as an ‘ode’ to the book.”


This blend of literary inspiration and musical innovation has garnered hundreds of positive reviews and global radio play, further establishing Jeff’s reputation as a versatile and imaginative composer.


In addition to his pop and rock endeavors, Jeff Vidov is a prolific classical pianist and choir conductor. He has performed and recorded a wide repertoire, including orchestral film scores, jazz, and classical works. His contributions to the music scene in Toronto are extensive, from directing choirs and musical theater productions to performing with the Corktown Orchestra and as a church organist.


With his upcoming album and the release of “Oh mi da dey di,” Jeff Vidov continues to push the boundaries of the Neorock movement, blending classical orchestration with modern rock and pop elements. His dedication to creating music that inspires hope and community is evident in every note.


Stay tuned for more releases from Jeff Vidov and experience the vibrant energy and heartfelt messages in his music. Whether through the pulsating beats of his pop singles or the intricate harmonies of his orchestral pieces, Vidov invites listeners to join him on a musical journey that transcends genres and touches the soul.



Chapel of Roses: Rediscovering Hope with "Cast out to Sea"



The Nashville-based post-punk band Chapel of Roses is making a powerful return with their latest single, "Cast out to Sea." This track, infused with themes of rebirth and resilience, captures the band's journey over the past four decades, navigating personal and professional tumult to reunite and create music once more.


Chapel of Roses emerged from the vibrant alternative scene of Nashville in the mid-80s. The original lineup—Chris E. Kelley (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Houston Greer (guitar), Preach Rutherford (bass), and Colin Parker (drums)—started their musical journey at a skate-punk house party. Their energetic performances soon landed them gigs at Cantrell's, Nashville's hub for alternative music. Their debut single garnered significant college radio airplay, catching the attention of Television's former tour manager, and leading to tours across the US Southeast.


In 2011, Kelley reconnected with his old bandmates to record new material, laying the groundwork for his 2016 Lost American record. After returning to Nashville just before the pandemic, Kelley and the reunited Chapel of Roses, now including Jim T. Graham, began creating music together once again. Their latest effort, "Cast out to Sea," emerged from this renewed collaboration.


Reflecting on the song, Kelley shares, "This song is about rebirth. After the band jammed on an early version of this song, I was thinking about the journey through time and place our separate lives have taken us to come to this point. It's been forty years! Some of us have had children, divorces, heartbreak, and loss. All of us have lived through time, a relentless beast, a waterfall that can crush us. At times we may have felt cast out to sea, but we've somehow managed to reach the lifeboat of friends, family, and some reckoning with fate."


"Cast out to Sea" was recorded in Kelley's basement, with production handled by the band and mixed by Daniel Knowles, known for his work with Sharon Van Etten. The collaboration brought a fresh yet nostalgic feel to the track, seamlessly blending their post-punk roots with contemporary production techniques.


Released on May 10, 2024, "Cast out to Sea" is available on all digital platforms, marking a new chapter in Chapel of Roses' storied career. The song stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the band, their resilience in the face of life's challenges, and their unwavering commitment to their music and each other.


Chapel of Roses' "Cast out to Sea" is more than just a song—it's a celebration of life, friendship, and the enduring power of music. As they continue to navigate the ever-changing tides of life, Chapel of Roses remains a beacon of hope, proving that even after being cast out to sea, it's possible to find your way back to the shore.



MonkeyRat's "Niels Uni Dam": A Funky Ode to a Quick Fixer



MonkeyRat has kicked off 2024 with a bang, releasing their funk/pop banger, "Niels Uni Dam." This energetic track is a testament to the creative synergy between composer and award-winning bass virtuoso Arnold Ludvig and songwriter, vocalist, dancer, and leader of MonkeyRat, Anna Iachino. With the Hentze Horns arranged by Ludvig to match Anna's vision, the song delivers a fun-filled, funky number that's sure to get listeners dancing and smiling at the humor embedded in its lyrics.


The story behind "Niels Uni Dam" begins in 2014, when Anna Iachino and Arnold Ludvig were awarded an artist residency in New York City. Performing at several open mics in the heart of Manhattan, they were captivated by the city's fast pace and the inclusivity of its performance spaces, which featured not just music, but poetry, storytelling, comedy, and improv. This vibrant artistic environment was a stark contrast to the laid-back and serene Faroe Islands, where they returned full of inspiration.


One of the steadfast supporters of the open mic events was Niels Uni Dam, whose dedication and efficiency left a lasting impression on Anna. As the person responsible for submitting texts and photos of special guests, Anna often found herself needing quick corrections or additions. Each time she reached out to Niels Uni Dam, he responded promptly, fixing any issues almost instantaneously. His quick responses became so notable that Anna repeatedly found herself exclaiming, "Damn, he's so quick to fix!"


This recurring interaction sparked an idea. Anna realized that Niels' impressive efficiency, coupled with his last name, "Dam," was the perfect inspiration for a song. Thus, "Niels Uni Dam" was born—a funky tribute to a reliable friend who was always ready to help.


Arnold Ludvig’s arrangement of the Hentze Horns adds a rich, vibrant layer to the track, perfectly complementing Anna's playful and humorous lyrics. The song not only captures the essence of funk and pop but also reflects the joy and camaraderie that Anna and Arnold have cultivated through their artistic endeavors.


"Niels Uni Dam" is more than just a song; it's a celebration of community, creativity, and the quirky inspirations that can come from everyday interactions. As MonkeyRat continues to release new music in 2024, fans can look forward to more tracks that blend catchy rhythms with meaningful stories.


Stay tuned to MonkeyRat’s journey as they bring their unique blend of funk and pop to the world, one quick fix at a time. Listen to "Niels Uni Dam" and feel the infectious energy that makes MonkeyRat a standout in the music scene.



The Hill: An Unlikely Journey to "Get In Line"



The journey to "Get In Line," the debut album from Americana and modern folk project The Hill, is as unexpected as it is inspiring. This collection of songs, now available digitally and on vinyl from Forty4 Music, is the product of Jon Kowit—a former record store employee, indie label owner, and lifelong behind-the-scenes music enthusiast.


Jon Kowit’s path to creating "Get In Line" is unconventional. Despite a deep-rooted passion for music, Kowit has never been in a band, never played a live show, and is entirely self-taught. His experience in the music industry includes working at Main Street Music in Manayunk, Pennsylvania, and owning Ascend Records in Brooklyn, where he collaborated with artists such as James Maddock, Jason Karaban, and Grand. However, Kowit's own songwriting remained a private endeavor, shared only with his four-legged companions.


The catalyst for this project was a stroke of luck in 2023 that reconnected Kowit with Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, a renowned Philadelphian musician, composer, and producer known for his work with Jason Molina, Wild Pink, Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties, and Marah. Kowit initially approached Brenner with the hope of producing a single track, "Dent." This collaboration blossomed unexpectedly into a full album, with Brenner's influence and musicianship shaping the sound of all twelve tracks on "Get In Line."


Brenner’s multi-instrumental talents are evident throughout the album, as he weaves the sounds of pedal steel guitar, keys, and violin into Kowit's compositions. The result is a rich, folksy, and Americana vibe that complements Kowit's reflective and poetic lyrics, which delve into personal interpretations of life, relationships, and inner yearnings.


Kowit’s transition from behind-the-scenes to center stage is both remarkable and inspiring. His story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the unexpected paths life can take. As he steps into the spotlight with "Get In Line," Kowit embodies the spirit of the Americana and folk traditions he so deeply admires, drawing from influences like Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Jules Shear, Lucinda Williams, and Radney Foster.


"Get In Line" is more than just an album; it's the culmination of decades of quiet dedication to songwriting and a celebration of an improbable collaboration that brought these songs to life. For fans of heartfelt Americana and folk music, The Hill’s debut is a must-listen—an album crafted with love, luck, and the kind of musical alchemy that only true passion can produce.


Join Jon Kowit and Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner by exploring "Get In Line," and experience one of the most unlikely and beautiful albums to emerge in recent memory.



Don Bonya's "Unchangeable": A Genre-Blending Masterpiece



Don Bonya, a charismatic singer with a truly distinctive sound, has teamed up with Ball J and Lapricaty to create an electrifying new single titled "Unchangeable." This track is a perfect showcase of their collective talents, highlighting their ability to merge multiple musical influences into a cohesive and dynamic sound.


"Unchangeable" is a testament to the power of collaboration. Don Bonya, Ball J, and Lapricaty bring their unique strengths to the table, creating a song that seamlessly blends trap, Afrobeat, dancehall, and hip-hop. The result is a genre-defying track that captures the essence of each artist while forging a fresh, unified sound.


From the first beat, "Unchangeable" draws listeners in with its distinctive, modern hip-hop drum patterns. These beats lay a solid foundation, over which the artists layer melodies infused with Afro-inspired flavors. This combination creates a rich, textured sound that is both innovative and familiar.


The vocals are particularly noteworthy. Don Bonya's delivery is a masterclass in articulation, effortlessly switching between rap flow and melodic singing. This duality adds depth and character to the track, making it engaging and memorable. Ball J and Lapricaty also shine, contributing their unique styles and enhancing the track's overall variety.


For fans of trap, Afrobeat, dancehall, and hip-hop, "Unchangeable" is a must-listen. It showcases Don Bonya's exceptional ability to blend different vocal styles and genres, creating a track that is both charismatic and innovative. Ball J and Lapricaty's contributions add even more layers of complexity and excitement, making this collaboration a standout in today's music scene.


Don Bonya, along with Ball J and Lapricaty, has crafted a musical gem with "Unchangeable." This track is a celebration of artistic synergy and genre-blending creativity. Don't miss out on this captivating single—listen to "Unchangeable" and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Don Bonya's music.



Ephraim's "Double Hustle": A Masterclass in Modern Afrobeat



Ephraim, an Afrobeat artist renowned for his signature melodic style and captivating flow, is making waves with his latest single, "Double Hustle." This track, an exemplary blend of traditional Afrobeat grooves and modern sonic elements, showcases Ephraim's commitment to pushing the boundaries of music genres. His ability to infuse classic rhythms with innovative sounds has earned him a reputation as a trailblazer in the music industry.


Ephraim's music journey is rooted deeply in African culture, yet it transcends borders, offering a universal language of joy and celebration. Known for his work that bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary sounds, Ephraim has carved out a niche for himself in the Afrobeat scene. His previous collaborations and solo projects have consistently demonstrated his extraordinary musical abilities and his dedication to creating unique, genre-defying music.


"Double Hustle" is more than just a song; it is a masterfully crafted composition that unfolds in a lush and cinematic way. Co-produced by the talented Isaac Valenzuela and Ephraim himself, with Matt Parad on bass and guitar, the track is a testament to their combined musical prowess. The production quality is impeccable, with a mix that is clear, crisp, and organic, enhancing Ephraim's dynamic performance.


The track starts with infectious beats that honor the roots of Afrobeat, setting a rhythmic foundation that is impossible to resist. As the song progresses, modern sounds are seamlessly woven in, creating a fresh and exciting feel. This blend of old and new makes "Double Hustle" a captivating listening experience that appeals to a diverse audience.


At its core, "Double Hustle" is about perseverance and the relentless pursuit of one's goals, a theme that resonates with many. The lyrics, paired with Ephraim's emotive delivery, tell a story of determination and resilience. The melodies are soaring and the rhythms intricate, each element meticulously crafted to create a rich tapestry of sound.


Ephraim's "Double Hustle" is a shining example of how Afrobeat can evolve while staying true to its roots. The track's blend of traditional and modern elements creates a unique and captivating sound that is sure to resonate with listeners of all backgrounds. As Ephraim continues to push the creative envelope, he solidifies his place as a leading artist in the Afrobeat scene.


With "Double Hustle," Ephraim has delivered a masterpiece that is both intriguing and unique, showcasing his exceptional musical talent. The track's catchy beats, vibrant melodies, and soulful lyrics make it a must-listen for anyone who loves great music and good vibes. Dive into the world of Ephraim's music and experience the magic of "Double Hustle"—a song that celebrates the rich history of Afrobeat while embracing the exciting possibilities of the future.



Laura Lederer: A Fresh Voice in Pop with "All Your Heart"



Introducing Laura Lederer, a brand-new pop artist from New York who is making waves with her heartfelt and energetic music. Her second single, “All Your Heart,” is out now, and Laura is eager for listeners to join her on this emotional journey. With more singles on the way, Laura is poised to bring a fresh perspective to the pop genre, blending contemporary sounds with timeless themes of love, loss, and resilience.


Laura Lederer’s music is a true expression of her innermost feelings and experiences. She started writing songs in 2018 and began recording them in 2020, developing a unique style that infuses every note with genuine emotion. “I have a lot of stories to tell, and I love to express myself with my music,” Laura shares. “I try to create a memorable sonic landscape that resonates long after the music fades.”


Her newest song, "All Your Heart," is an up-tempo, energetic pop track that delves into the complexities of love. Laura explores the question, "How do you know when love is real?" with raw honesty and emotional depth. This song is designed to move listeners both physically and emotionally, inviting them to embrace vulnerability and reflect on their own experiences with love.


“All Your Heart” was recorded in Laura’s home studio, with additional production and mastering by an outside producer. The result is a polished and professional sound that highlights Laura’s talents as a vocalist and guitarist. “I poured everything I had into crafting this song,” Laura says. “I want it to resonate with people who have gone through similar experiences and have wondered whether the love they had for someone was truly mutual.”


Laura is excited to bring her music to live audiences and share her stories with even more people. “My songs are all about love, loss, and connection. I seek to evoke an emotional response from listeners. The aim of my music is to move you,” Laura explains.


With her second single “All Your Heart” now available and more music on the horizon, Laura Lederer is set to make a significant impact on the pop music scene. Her genuine emotion, compelling stories, and captivating sound promise to resonate with listeners long after the final note fades.


Join Laura Lederer on this exciting journey by streaming “All Your Heart” and staying tuned for more releases. Experience the emotional honesty and vibrant energy that define her music, and let Laura’s songs move you in both body and soul.




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