Wednesday 3 September 2014

#MCXLiveSpotlight Artist: Sulpacio Jones


Southern California is quietly becoming a breeding ground for some of today’s most soulful acts. Ready to emerge is Los Angeles based Singer and Songwriter, Sulpacio Jones—a true California girl, born in San Diego and raised in the Bay Area’s Berkeley.
Combining Funk, Soul, and smooth R&B, Jones’ individual sound and authenticity captures the essence of real life experience. Utilizing her melodic tone and passionate lyrics, her debut album is a sultry and soulful exploration of the heart, a direct reflection of the tribulations and growth of womanhood.
Throughout her work, Sulpacio Jones aims to produce music that is authentically hers. Working with producers Michaelangelo (Faith Evans), and up-and comers like Jeff Jeudy and Sky Bermudas, she has forged a distinct sound, fusing bold Hip-Hop influences with ‘70s and 80’s golden age R&B. She cites soul queen Chaka Khan and artists such as Rick James, Earth Wind & Fire and Prince among her favorites, influences that echo throughout her stunning material.

Jones is an artist who works on instinct, choosing to only work with sounds and lyrics that truly touch her. You can be assured, it is this approach that makes her every bit as authentic as she sounds. So look out world, Supacio Jones is here and she’s out to impress.

See her live with MusicConnex this month in Paris, Liverpool, London and Birmingham.
Tickets available here.

Get to know here some more. Read her recent interview with

Wednesday 20 August 2014

#MCXLiveArtistSpotlight: Gwendolyn Collins

Gwendolyn Collins

A native of New Jersey, Gwendolyn Collins was blessed with the gift of song. Her distinctive style moves effortlessly  between  genres whilst always staying true to her trademark soulful flavour.

From  performing  as  lead  songstress  for  large national  and international bands, to accompanying intimate Jazz trios, Gwendolyn has cultivated her talent through heartfelt lyrics and smooth vocals.

Her  hard  work  and  experience  during  her formative  years  can  be heard  throughout her lush  debut  offering,  ‘Storytelling  Side  I’.  This
musical  storytelling  album  treats  listeners  to  a compilation  of  soul stories, infused with her individual style of rich vocals, and melodic harmonies, developed through sophisticated sultry Jazzy Soul. 

The album’s lead single, ‘The Simple Things’ hit the top 5 in both the UK and Nigerian charts proving that Collins’ singular vision can also achieve notable  commercial  success.  ‘Storytelling Side  I’ showcases Gwendolyn’s  considerable  song-writing  and  production  talents  and sets  the  stage for  the first  act  in  a  career  that will  demand many encores. 

Check out the her out on YouTube and see her live in London, Paris, Liverpool and Birmingham with MusicConnex.

#MCXLiveArtistSpotlight: Dolla Lova

Dolla Lova


Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, there is an infectious groove in Dolla Lova’s music that is inescapable. Influenced in equal parts by Hip-hop and pure organic Soul, the trio presents a sound that is both fresh and nostalgic. This distinctive style – affectionately dubbed Soul-Hop by the band – comes from years of hard work, playing as a backing band for various established Finish artists and Dolla Lova’s careful study of their chosen genres.


Their debut album “Fall For You”, released in 2013 showed that the band’s hard work and dedication paid off in spectacular fashion. Praised as one of the best new modern soul albums to come out of Scandinavia in recent years (, “Fall For You” is Dolla Lova’s statement of excellence; soulful and engaging throughout.


Thanks the mass of well deserved blog hype that followed the album’s release, “Fall For You” the group has been eager to present their unique and modern soul sound outside of Scandinavia. Performing in the UK for the first time for MusicConnex Live, it won’t be long before you’re in love with DollaLova!


Tuesday 5 August 2014

MusicConnex Live - 'The Soul Exchange'

MusicConnex Live From Paris, France

Friday 26th September at Bizz'Art

With performances from
Algebra Blessett and special guests -  Gwendolyn Collins and Sulpacio Jones


MusicConnex Live From London

Sunday 28th September at The Jazz Café


With live performances from;
Algebra Blessett,  USA
Sulpacio Jones, USA
Dolla Lova, Finland
Imaani , UK
Gwendolyn Collins, USA

@JMSoul Friday's 9pm

Mr Undercover

Stanley T (Atra)

Doors: 7:00pm

Tickets available here!

MCXLive Spotlight: Imaani

Imaani is one of the UK’s most established soul vocalists. Never failing to charm with her resonant, versatile vocals, her solo career has been extensive with numerous releases both in the Soul and Dance music genres.  Imaani has provided hits for acts like the Reel People, Down to the Bone, Copyright and The Layabouts with tracks like Amazing’ ‘Wiseman’ and the gorgeous ‘Found my light’. And her emotive lead vocals grace no less than nine of the celebrated jazz funk band Incognito albums. 
Imaani even has Pop Music kudos for coming 2nd as the UK entrant in the Eurovision song contest (a placing that has yet to be beaten!)
All of this experience has proven that the Nottingham born singer is hot property, and rightly so. With every note, Imaani breathes pure feeling into any project that she graces. In testament to this talent, her current dance single ‘Live Without Love’ found her once again at the No 1 slot in the Traxsource download charts.


See Imaani live at #MCXLive September 28th at London's Jazz Café. Tickets available here!

Tuesday 4 March 2014

RADAR returns!

MusicConnex, ILUVLIVE and Music Week present:


7pm Wednesday 5th March 2014 at Under the Bridge

Rascals / Ghetts / Joel Baker / The Lottery Winners / Ayanna Witter-Johnson / Glass City Vice

On Wednesday 5th March, industry showcase RADAR returns to Under the Bridge, London with performances from Grime MC, Ghetts, and award winning cellist, Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

Born from a collaboration between Music Week, ILUVLIVE and MusicConnex and backed by new event partner, BIMM, RADAR gives the best unsigned and newly signed UK music acts an opportunity to perform in front of key music industry influencers.

Alongside the hotly tipped acts, the second instalment will include new slot, ‘BIMM Breaking’, an exclusive opportunity for BIMM Group’s industry ready students and alumni perform at the multi-million pound Chelsea venue.

Hosted by Music Week editor, Tim Ingham, RADAR once again aims to present some of the country’s brightest and freshest artists to a diverse and influential industry crowd.
Vaseema Hamilton, Principal of BIMM Brighton, Bristol and Manchester said, “At BIMM, we provide a range of music courses across production, management, business and performance but our mission is not just to educate; we aim to give our students the platform they need to launch long term careers in the industry.
Partnerships like this are another key component in enabling our students to make real industry contacts and showcase their talent to the industry and beyond.”

Jon Mansfield, CEO of MusicConnex commented: “After a very successful first event in November of last year, MusicConnex, ILUVLIVE and Music Week return with another exciting line up bringing with it the same level of entertainment and quality.

RADAR is designed to support artists who have already done an impressive amount of ground work and events such as this one hopes to propel the artists we the organisers believe will breakthrough in the coming months.”

Rachel Bee, MD of ILuvLive also commented: “There is such a need for industry platforms of this kind as demonstrated by almost ten years of ILUVLIVE and it's fantastic to be working with both MusicConnex and Music Week and creating a new platform that offers exposure both at the event and in Music Week itself.”

Are you on the RADAR? For more information about MusicConnex, RADAR and to purchase tickets, visit:
* Missed the first RADAR? Watch the highlights here:
* For more information about ILUVLIVE visit:



* Members of the press and photographers are invited to attend. Please email with your name, publication you represent and a contact number.
MusicConnex provides a platform to network, develop skills, showcase and inspire. Its aim is to support and encourage artists and creative business minds to best position, manage and monetise their music career.

BIMM Group offers its students a broad range of course levels, from diplomas through to BA (Hons) degrees across all five colleges.  With over 3500 students courses include guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, live sound and tour management, music business, music production and event management.  Delivered by over 100 trained active professional tutors, all of whom have touring, performing and session experience and a background in the professional music industry. 

* Music Week has combined with ILUVLIVE and MusicConnex to launch a night showcasing the best unsigned and just-signed talent to the UK music industry. The aim is to make the night the go-to industry showcase, with Music Week not only publicising the event, but also providing extra exposure for artists.

* The Acts
Renowned British MC Ghetts is set to release new album ‘Rebel With a Cause’ in March 2014, following the unveiling of lead track ‘Rebel’. RWAC’s identity is born straight from Ghetts’ journey. A rebellious streak as a young man – which Ghetts describes as vibrant, energetic, and live or die – is tempered by his new Cause, a maturity that comes with age, hindsight, and his daughter’s birth: “It took a fair bit of me growing up; a fair bit of living to get here.”
Hailing from a religious, musical family, Ghetts was exposed to gospel music and jazz long before he tapped into the underground garage scene infiltrating East London’s airwaves and backstreets. At just 12, Ghetts locked in to jungle and garage, breathing in PAYG Cartel, Heartless Crew, and the raw mixes of friends and peers destined for the A-list. Before a stint in jail, Ghetts admits his own music had little focus or direction, labelling his efforts “just messing around”. Locked up, Ghetts embarked on a music and drama course to hone his skills. Friends on the outside assured him there was a space for his music and, on release, he joined local N.A.S.T.Y Crew alongside Kano, Stormin and infrequent guests like Dizzee Rascal, Durrty Goodz, and Wiley.

Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found at the exact midpoint between the North West’s dual musical mecca’s of Manchester and Liverpool. The indie-jangle-pop quartet provides a melodramatic blend of momentous melodies coupled with wistful and insightful lyrics. Although the band have played extensively live, supporting the likes of The Futureheads, The Charlatans and The Enemy and building up a loyal family of fans in the process, they have only just chosen to release any music. On their limited edition debut EP, ‘Somebody Loved You’, you truly get the sense that every lyric and guitar hook has been crafted almost microscopically, with meaning and thought behind every single sound. Each one is a sing-along classic.

Josh Oliver, Edward Lytton Cobbold, Dudley Powell and Lawrie Miller make up Brighton four piece Glass Vice City have certainly made a name for themselves since bursting onto the music scene in 2011. With their critically acclaimed debut EP No Direction, their distinctive sound struck a chord with press and fans alike and led to them playing over 200 shows across the UK in their first year alone. Word spread, and their fan base expanded through multiple social media streams.

In the months that followed, the band released their second EP Limelight, which saw them gain an increasing amount of media attention and garnered further live shows supporting the likes of Xcerts and Rival Schools. The single In My Head was released along with a video shot by photographer/director Chris Stockings, their third EP, Waves followed to a rapturous reception.

Growing up in legendary Bow, east London’s musical melting pot and surrounded by grime luminaries such as Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep, Ghetts, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley – who’d regularly frequented the same circles, youth clubs and record shops – RASCALS have emerged from the underground in the only way they know how; shining like uncut diamonds in chasm of MCs.

RASCALS got their first slice of street success when they were just 12 and 13 with the debut smash New Era. Since then they’ve linked with fellow east London native Ryan De La Cruz to unleash the gritty Jay-Z sampling Re-Introduce, signed to EMI, the same label as Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Conor Maynard – who they supported on a sell-out UK tour. Key players of the music industry have also recognised their musical output too and their deep discography also includes features on some momentous tracks.

At the age of 21 Joel Baker left Nottingham with a degree in politics, a pleasant and humble personality and a guitar case full of covers. This was the beginning of a journey that Joel Baker did not even know he was on. Deciding on a career in politics Joel began his London life as an intern at Parliament, exercising his skill for writing by preparing speeches for the MP he shadowed. However by night Joel Baker attended regular live nights performing and fulfilling his hobby as a musician, a double life that was simply separated by his guitar. With a growing desire for music, Joel Baker compiled his covers and produced an EP project to give to the virtual world; ‘Between Kings Cross and Old Street’, including a rework of Kendrick Lamars ‘Bitch don’t kill my vibe’ which has attracted more than 190,000 YouTube views and an abundance of messages from admirers all over the world that eagerly awaited more. Together with long-time producers The Confectionary, Joel unveiled ‘Long Sleeves’, his first self-penned project which peaked in the top 10 of the singer-songwriter charts on iTunes. Joel, at only 22 years old, is well on his way to stardom.

An amazingly talented Singer, Songwriter and Cellist who is extraordinarily versatile having worked with the London and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Courtney Pine, Omar, Scored original music for Theatre productions in New York and has recently returned from a world tour with Anoushka Shankar. In 2010 she was the only non-American performer to win amateur night at the Legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Her first EP was produced by Marc Mac (4Hero) and her fans include Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum and Edith Bowman. With this incredibly strong foundation, she has recently released her second EP ‘Black Panther’.

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Why We Do What We Do: A statement from the CEO.

After a slew of successful showcases in 2013, MusicConnex returns to The Flyover for its first event of the year, bringing with it another line up of specially selected artists.

Artists Performing on February 15th: 
Giovanca - from Holland
Debra Debs – UK
Tony Momrelle – UK
Ayanna Witter-Johnson - UK
Al Castellana - from Italy

The purpose of MusicConnex is to facilitate and encourage artists to take control of their career and to help empower them to liberate their dreams. We aim to encourage the sharing of ideas, insight and experience to inspire each other by facilitating debate around the issues facing young and established artists alike.  The idea is to create conversation and show by example amongst industry professionals and artists, as well as artist to artist, in order to get people interacting, celebrating successes and looking positively at the opportunities this new world provides.
MusicConnex CEO and Founder, Jon Mansfield says: "MusicConnex Live aims to support independent artists. The focus of our events is on providing wider exposure through Marketing and PR support including interviews, airplay, social media, viral campaigns, radio advertising as well as services such as distribution if required. A new culture is emerging, full of self-motivated, enterprising, creative and innovative music professionals with incredible talent. MusicConnex wants to help facilitate, inspire and empower them to realise their ambitions and dreams”.

See you on the 15th!
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