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  • Fernando Triff

Rising Star #4

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Prepare to be captivated as we unveil a fresh lineup of 10 up-and-coming recording artists who are ready to make their mark on the music world.

With a diverse range of musical genres, spanning indie rock, hip-hop, singer-songwriters, and electronic producers, "Rising Star" is your ultimate destination for uncovering the most innovative sounds in today's music scene.

Our team of music experts has tirelessly scoured the globe, handpicking the most promising new talents, and we're delighted to present them to you exclusively in this blog series.

Each artist will be showcased in meticulous detail, providing you with a comprehensive glimpse into their background, musical style, and what sets them apart from the rest.

Get ready for exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and, of course, an abundance of their extraordinary music for your listening pleasure.

Whether you're a devoted music aficionado or simply seeking to brighten your day with new tunes, "Rising Star" has something special in store for you.

So, embark on this thrilling expedition through the dynamic and ever-evolving realm of music, and discover the next generation of trailblazers who are making waves in the industry.

We're eager to share their exceptional music with you!


In the world of social media, stories unfold rapidly and capture our attention like never before. LA-based model Sumner Stroh recently experienced this firsthand when her viral TikTok outing of an affair with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine garnered over 26 million views.

Now, in a surprising twist, Sumner Stroh has announced her new career path as a singer-songwriter, using her music as a platform to address the criticism she faced and empower others. Let's delve into her journey and the powerful message behind her debut single, "Love to Hate."

Co-written by GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Rachel West, "Love to Hate" is an outspoken, infectious Alternative Pop anthem that refuses to be silenced. With poignant lyrics like "You want to hate me, just cuz it's in fashion" and "You can't make me hate me too," Sumner Stroh fearlessly addresses the online bullying she endured.

The song begins with an emotional introduction, building up to a powerful Pop chorus that embodies feminism and celebrates self-love, and captures the essence of the baddie era, providing listeners with a sense of empowerment and the belief that no one can hold them back.

Through her debut single, "Love to Hate," she confronts online bullying and challenges societal norms. Sumner Stroh's unapologetic self-love and empowering message have the potential to inspire others to embrace their strength and rise above the noise.

JEN LUSH - Lovers Parting, Dawn

Adelaide singer-songwriter Jen Lush is an artist who effortlessly blends the realms of poetry, art, and experimental folk-rock soundscapes. With her spacious and emotive vocals, she creates captivating performances that delve into the depths of human experiences.

In anticipation of her forthcoming album 'Hum Of The Mettle,' Jen Lush has released the mesmerizing single "Lovers Parting, Dawn." This enchanting track merges poetic storytelling with dynamic musical landscapes, offering listeners an ethereal and evocative journey.

"Lovers Parting, Dawn" draws its inspiration from a poem by Australian poet Kevin Brophy. Originally written in Paris in 2019, the poem was a response to the traditional German form of the Tagelied or 'Dawn Song.'

Jen Lush's musical vision is brought to life by her talented band, consisting of Sam Cagney on acoustic guitar, Mark Seddon on bass guitar, Paul Angas on drums, percussion, and keys, and James Brown on electric guitar. Together, they create a captivating soundscape that perfectly complements Jen Lush's evocative vocals and storytelling.

Her emotionally charged performances, combined with her introspective storytelling, create a profound and enchanting experience. As Jen Lush shares her musical journey, she invites listeners to explore the depths of human emotions and immerse themselves in the captivating landscapes of her artistry.

JOHN MCDONOUGH - We'll Answer The Call

John McDonough, a singer/songwriter from Chicago, is a musical prodigy whose performances cross generations. John's acoustic guitar playing, impassioned voice, and intimate lyrics produce a contemporary sound that is both distinctive and affecting, with a repertoire that spans six decades of hits mixed with emotional originals.

With a career that has taken him from the lively crowds of Austin, Texas to the vibrant music scene of Chicago, John McDonough has established himself as a seasoned performer with an undeniable passion for his craft.

John's vocal abilities have drawn comparisons to legendary artists such as Elton John, Harry Chapin, and Van Morrison, while his emotionally rich storytelling has been likened to the songwriting styles of Damien Rice and James Blunt. Excitement surrounds the release of his new concept EP, 'We'll Answer The Call,' on June 17th, 2022.

This EP chronicles the inspiring story of Joe Rantz and the Washington Husky rowing team's pursuit of Olympic gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Additionally, John is eager to hit the road once again, touring the United States in his trusty RV named Roxie.

Overall, "We'll Answer The Call" is a folk track that captivates from start to finish. John McDonough's exceptional vocal melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and skillful instrumentation create a musical journey that is both introspective and emotionally resonant. This song showcases John's ability to blend his storytelling prowess with his captivating folk sound, resulting in a track that leaves a lasting impact on listeners.


Livi Jacobs, a remarkable singer/songwriter from Vienna, Austria, has been pursuing her ambition of earning a profession as a musician since she was twelve years old.

Her relentless drive and enthusiasm have brought her from Nashville to Los Angeles and back to Florida, where she has developed her art and absorbed as much musical information as possible. Throughout her childhood, Livi took advantage of every chance to perform and gain vital experience.

Livi's musical style is an enticing combination of folk, pop, country, and rock influences. Growing up with a guitar in hand from the age of six, she rapidly began producing her songs, easily merging meaningful words with soulful vocals and appealing melodies.

Livi's music has received great appreciation for her genuineness and relatability, which resonates emotionally with audiences who value her true talent. Livi has spent a significant amount of time in the studio over the last two years, immersing herself in the process of creating, practicing, and developing her distinct voice.

With the release of her debut single, "Goodbye," Livi Jacobs is set to leave an unforgettable imprint on the music landscape. The song, which was produced by her husband, Steven James, is a fascinating ballad that highlights Livi's natural ability and emotional depth. Livi infuses each note with honesty, allowing listeners into her realm of passionate storytelling, drawing on her personal experiences.

LUMP200 - Isles Of You

Lump200, a Berlin-based cross-act, just released their eagerly anticipated fifth album, "Isles of You," through an original partnership with a cutting-edge social-audio online platform. This intriguing electro-acoustic combination is ready to provide listeners with a genuinely engrossing and engaging experience.

By incorporating a range of musical influences and adopting an experimental approach, Lump200 continues to push the boundaries of artistic expression and creates immersive audio experiences that captivate and amaze listeners.

With "Isles of You," the group further establishes its position as forerunners of the modern music scene by inviting listeners on a sound journey that defies genre norms and encourages participation. Be prepared for a unique musical encounter that breaks down conventional barriers and opens up a brand-new world of aural discovery.

Lump200 is leading an inclusive and open project platform called islesofyou in association with partner gravity&storm. Users may actively engage in the creative process thanks to this innovative project. Each project starts with a time-based matrix of visuals and sounds, enabling people to easily record and upload their audio contributions, whether it be their voices, music, or any other sounds.

By encouraging everyone to actively participate in their creative process, Lump200 continues to change the interaction between artists and audiences. Their most recent attempts have really started to question the traditional division between the stage and the dance floor.

EIDE OLSEN - Anchored

Norwegian singer-songwriter Eide Olsen is making a remarkable return to the music scene after taking a break from music for several years, Olsen is back with a focus track that promises to captivate listeners. "Anchored," tells a harrowing and deeply emotive story, exploring the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Eide Olsen's single "Anchored" is a testament to the power of music in capturing the human experience at its most vulnerable. The hauntingly beautiful track, featured on Olsen's album "My Dear," takes listeners on an emotional journey through themes of defeat, resilience, and the choices we face in the face of adversity.

Eide Olsen's soulful vocals and delicate acoustic guitar work provide the foundation, while Helene Mork's vocals complement and enhance the storytelling. Thommas Schønberg's electric guitars offer a touch of nostalgia, adding texture and atmosphere to the composition.

The mastering work on "Anchored" by Ryan Smith, known for his work with acclaimed artists such as Adele, Beyoncé, and Coldplay, ensures a polished and immersive listening experience. Smith's expertise adds a professional touch, enhancing the nuances of the song and elevating its overall impact.

With its simple yet powerful instrumentation, poignant lyrics, and exceptional vocal performances, "Anchored" showcases Eide Olsen's artistry and ability to evoke deep emotions in his audience. The collaboration with talented musicians, including Helene Mork, Irek Wojtczak, Thommas Schønberg, and Eirik Grønner, adds layers of richness and complexity to the composition.

THE CONNECTING DOTS - In The Arms Of A Stranger

Swedish-based alternative pop/rock band, The Connecting Dots, captivates listeners with their melodious and song-oriented approach to music. Led by the mesmerizing vocals of Helena Sundstrom and the musical talents of Johan Borg on guitars, the band's diverse influences guide their creative direction.

With a sound reminiscent of iconic artists like Blondie, Beach House, and David Bowie, The Connecting Dots explores various genres and musical eras, creating a unique sonic landscape. Here, we delve into their journey, their debut album "Oblivious Beat," and their latest sultry stand-alone single, "In The Arms Of A Stranger," which keeps the flame of passion alive for lonely lovers on hot summer nights.

The Connecting Dots burst onto the music scene with their debut album, "Oblivious Beat," released in February 2021. Writing and recording the ten songs in just a few weeks, the band aimed to maintain spontaneity and avoid overthinking. This approach allowed them to craft a cohesive album where each song fits seamlessly together, creating a captivating musical journey.

With its seamless blending of a relaxed verse, a strong chorus, a compelling middle eight, an enthralling guitar solo, and a memorable outro, "In The Arms Of A Stranger" epitomizes what real pop songwriting is all about. It contains every essential component of a timeless song.

The latest single from The Connecting Dots, "In The Arms Of A Stranger," is an enchanting musical masterpiece that resonates with those longing for someone to ignite their world, even if only for a fleeting moment. By inviting listeners to immerse themselves in its sensuality, The Connecting Dots aims to remind everyone that they are never truly alone.

WOTTS - Blue

Wotts is an Ottawa-based indie pop duo comprised of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jayem and bassist/guitarist Ricky 100. Having graced the stages of renowned music festivals like RBC Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, and Junofest, Wotts has gained recognition for its distinctive sound.

Wotts, a Canadian indie pop duo, has returned with a piece of exciting news for its devoted fans. Following the success of their last release, "wheel," the team is now ready to unleash their next song, "blue."

They are known for their 80s-inspired aesthetics and have surprised their fans by venturing into uncharted musical territory. While they still embrace elements of nostalgia in their music, the duo believes in exploring various sub-genres of pop to keep their creative process exciting.

They are not afraid to take risks, even if it means potentially upsetting some fans. Wotts' bassist and guitarist, Ricky 100, firmly believes that prioritizing their artistic vision is the key to producing authentic music. Their work has received accolades from various outlets, establishing them as a noteworthy presence in the Canadian indie pop scene.

"Blue" conjures up a light and airy sensation that is ideal for the season by merging dreamy emotions reminiscent of fellow Canadians Men I Trust. The tune is elevated with the inclusion of shimmering pianos and dramatic orchestral strings, which creates a compelling mood.

RAYGUN CARVER - Everywhere You Go Is Where You'll Be

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, just west of Seattle, Washington, Raygun Carver emerges as a distinctive singer/songwriter captivating audiences with his unique musical style. His debut record, "Moon Fields Yawning," earned accolades as "urban American noir" from Queen City Sound & Art, while his latest release, 'Bad Thing,' has been praised as "ravishing," "gorgeous," and "intoxicating" by critics.

Raygun Carver's music transcends traditional boundaries, blending elements of Americana, noir, and urban influences. Each song tells a unique story, capturing the listener's imagination and emotions. From the haunting melodies to the thought-provoking lyrics, Raygun Carver crafts an immersive experience that evokes a bygone era while maintaining contemporary relevance.

Raygun Carver's upcoming record, titled "Devil in the Details," draws inspiration from blues and gypsy jazz at the turn of the 19th century. The single from the album, cleverly titled "Wherever You Go, There You Are," offers a modern interpretation of the adage. Infused with the spirit of '30s "rubber hose" cartoons and the captivating Klezmer sound, the song creates a captivating atmosphere that merges nostalgia and contemporary artistry.

The album's production was handled by Robert Wollam, while the talents of Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris band) on keys and Jamie Wollam (Tears for Fears) on drums grace several tracks. Influenced by an eclectic mix of artists such as the Beatles, Radiohead, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits, Raygun Carver's music transcends genres, creating a distinct sonic landscape.

Raygun Carver's musical journey takes listeners on an exploration of urban Americana noir. Through his evocative lyrics, distinctive melodies, and genre-blending approach, he creates a sonic landscape that captures the essence of a bygone era while offering a contemporary twist.

VERMILION - Point Of Return

Get ready to immerse yourself in the energetic and passionate sound of Vermilion, a band that defies classification with its unique blend of Metalcore and Alternative Rock. Comprising members Kevin, Sebby, Konsti, Chris, and Asker, Vermilion is known for their captivating performances that leave audiences enthralled.

While their music is difficult to categorize, it combines the raw power of Metalcore with the melodic elements of Alternative Rock. With a growing fanbase not only in their regional scene but also across Germany and Austria, Vermilion is set to embark on a new era with the release of their latest single, "Point Of Return."

Their music is driven by the intense energy of guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, ensuring an immersive experience for listeners. By blending the heaviness and aggression of Metalcore with the melodic sensibilities of Alternative Rock, Vermilion crafts a unique sonic landscape that resonates with a wide range of music enthusiasts.

Vermilion is set to enter a new chapter in their musical journey with the release of their latest single, "Point Of Return." This track serves as a milestone for the band, marking the beginning of an exciting phase in their career.

As they continue to evolve and refine their sound, "Point Of Return" encapsulates the growth and progression of Vermilion. Fans can expect a powerful and immersive listening experience that showcases the band's dynamic musicianship and ability to captivate audiences.


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