Amy and Nick are Karmin, an incredibly lovable, genre-bending pop duo with remarkably memorable high-energy live performances. Their sound is a wholly original, infectious blend of hip-hop, pop and rock, which is complimented by their signature monochromatic visual style. Karmin is the first fan-discovered group to translate from "viral sensation" to "headline tour status" with over half a billion YouTube views and double platinum sales; since their launch into the mainstream, they've blitzed the world with their perpetual touring schedule and debut TV performance on SNL leading into major appearances across radio, print, TV and film.
It's been said that the perfect recording artist has a solid grasp of vocals and lyrics, and in Lyrica Anderson's case, she seamlessly has both. The Los Angeles native cut her teeth in songwriting for other artists, including The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Young Jeezy, Hillary Duff, Jennifer Hudson, and Filipina singer Charice, which earned her a Number 1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Billboard Charts. She notably collaborated with Timbaland on his Shock Value 2.
Since 2012, Anderson has been busy developing a promising solo career, releasing her debut album King Me, and following it up this year, with the highly anticipated King Me 2, featuring key collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, and DJ Mustard. As Lyrica begins her King Me 2 movement, her songwriting career continues to flourish. She is nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album, as a songwriter on Frankie J's Faith, Hope Y Amor. She's also continuing her songwriting and has upcoming releases with Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, Machine Gun Kelly, and Young Jeezy. One way or another, Lyrica Anderson will be a household name. "Timbaland always told me: 'Make yourself hot,' and that's what I'm here to do," Lyrica says. "I've finally come to the point where my music sounds how I want it to. It all fits perfectly now."
Catey Shaw is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter based in New York City whose wide range of influences and unique story contribute to an original, ukulele-based sound. She counts Billie Holiday, Bob Marley, and an ongoing love of visual art among her influences. She was discovered by manager/songwriter Jay Levine (Lefthook Entertainment, LLC) in a New York City subway station, strumming her ukulele and singing for commuters as a Lovebird sat on her shoulder. Catey has one, independently released EP entitled, "Clouds" and a new single, entitled "Run, Run, Run."
Catey considers herself a true artist and speaks the languages of both music and visual art. Many of her songs have been crafted around her own sketches and paintings. Catey's music speaks to the new and ever-changing patchwork of the American story. Her thoughtfully playful yet empowering lyrics imbue a sense of patriotism yet carry a subtly sarcastic, compassionate criticism of a flawed 'system.' Her passion for music and message is reminiscent of the musings of such iconic musical legends as Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and Bob Dylan.
Catey is currently in the studio working on her debut album, which is slated for release in the spring of 2014.
PAZ is a musician, street artist, and a social media magnet from LA, known as much for his subversive street art (he once snuck photos of himself into the Grammy museum and stole Paris Hilton's birthday cake, giving it to the homeless), as his pioneering work in electronic music.
Acting as a writer, producer and instrumentalist, he immediately incorporated musicality into his works and began rewriting & remixing major artists' tracks, thus turning them into completely new works. Big producers, including Diplo and UZ, took notice and PAZ landed on the recent MAD Decent album with Baauer & Trinidad James. With over 1 million download of his past two albums and gigs opening for Girl Talk, Big Sean and Knife Party, mainstream awareness is at a fever pitch and PAZ is ready to take over the world!
This year, in an effort to draw attention to the difficulty independent artists have getting their music into retail stores, PAZ replaced every copy of Justin Bieber's Believe in Los Angeles with a copy of his new mixtape From the Bottom of My Heart to the Top of Your Lungs. Over 5,000 shrink-wrapped and bar-coded CDs were smuggled into hundreds of big box stores in the LA area including Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble.
From the Bottom of My Heart to the Top of Your Lungs is an independent release featuring collaborations with some of EDM's biggest rising stars such as Dillon Francis, Crywolf, Porter Robinson, Kill the Noise, Bassnectar, and Syn Cole. PAZ's first single from the mixtape, "The Silence", was released on March 5, 2014 to rave reviews from several electronic music blogs, including EDM Sauce, Superbangers, Hype Hits, and Knack for Tracks.
PAZ also has 3 new tracks coming out on MAD Decent with UZ, on Skrillex's label OWSLA, and on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak with Dirty Audio.
Vocalist/performer Bryce Vine encapsulates the best of both coasts. Born and raised in a humble apartment in NYC he moved to LA before high school allowing him to fully absorb the "Cali" lifestyle. Bryce has developed a sound that is a keen blend of sing-able radio-friendly pop and laid back, in-the-cut hip-hop; A California brand of positivity mixed with the mantra, "You only live once."
Bryce's debut album, Lazy Fair dropped on April 22nd and features the nostalgic summer anthem, "Sour Patch Kids". Watch the video here. The Lazy Fair EP has already seen the success of two other music videos: last summer's debut, "Take Me Home" which featured a live mural painting from renowned street artist RISK (RyanSeacrest, ANDPOP, StupidDope) and Bryce's much darker, "Where The Wild Things Are" (Vibe, Earbuddy, Artist Direct) which was chosen to be the official theme song to X-Games in 2014.
Bryce just got back from being on the road with Karmin, joining them as the main support on the Pulses Tour. Bryce brings an infectious vibe to the stage, easily getting even the most timid concertgoers to forget their inhibitions and join the party.
Elise LeGrow is a 26-year-old Canadian recording artist and songwriter based in Toronto. She is influenced by everything from Paula Abdul and Whitney Houston to '60s and '70s classic rock, and currently jazz, early soul, and R&B. She honed her talents singing in clubs in and around her home city. These years of experience culminated in her growth as an artist and her signing with Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada. Soon after, she collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Jon Levine (Serena Ryder, Nelly Furtado), Stefan Skarbek (Amy Winehouse), Victoria Horn, and Thomas Salter (Josh Groban, LIGHTS) to write and produce her first EP.
The first single, "No Good Woman" was the most added single at Adult Contemporary radio in Canada the week of April 7, 2012. The single peaked at #6 on the Nielsen BDS Adult Contemporary chart, and remained in the Top 10 for 13 weeks. "No Good Woman" was nominated for Mainstream AC Song of The Year at the 2013 Canadian Radio Music Awards. Her latest single, "OK Cupid" has been released and is currently available on iTunes as well as (with a video accompaniment) on YouTube.
Elise has since been fine tuning her song writing abilities and spent the last year in the studio writing and recording in both Los Angeles and Toronto. Working alongside the likes of Michael T. Fox (Justin Timberlake) and Juno-nominee Steve Fernandez (Metric, Beyonce), LeGrow has discovered a refreshingly stripped-down bluesy sound, as demonstrated by her most recent release, "Drinking in the Day".
Elise's new Acoustic EP, Negative Space, is set for release in mid 2014 and Elise is writing for her full-length album coming early next year.
Melanie Fontana is a triple-platinum songwriter/vocalist signed to David Foster & Rondor/Universal Music Publishing. Originally from Connecticut by way of NYC, she currently resides in Los Angeles. She's written songs for Justin Bieber, The Band Perry, Girls Generation, F(x) & co-written with Karmin, The Veronicas, Nick Carter, TLC, Jake Miller, Christina Millian, & Jordan Knight, to name a few.
She was the songwriter/writing consultant for Norwegian Idol in Oslo, Norway in 2013, as well as wrote the song "Hit Me Up" for their 2014 Eurovision finalist, Charlie. Melanie's writing/vocals are featured on her 1st radio/Billboard-charting release, "Nothing Really Matters" by Australia's DJ Tydi. Melanie's voice is also featured on "Fireflies" by DJ John Dahlback, which she wrote as well.
She's performed at world-famous venues such as B.B Kings, The Apollo, CBGB's & The Bitter End in NYC as well as L.A.'s House of Blues. She plans to continue to write & entertain audiences for years to come.
The Elev3n is a music production team based out of NYC with members James G. Morales, Matt Morales, and Dave Rodriguez. Their artist releases include: Karmin, Sean Kingston, Jesse McCartney, Cher Lloyd, Beatrice Miller, My Crazy Girlfriend. They are also developing up and coming recording artists: Los 5 (Virgin Records), Rosso Sisters (Virgin Records), and Tyler Rhodes
A Los Angeles area native, Andrew Maltese studied Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2008, he began working as a recording and mixing engineer with RAWsession, a viral music video production company that would eventually pave the road towards the founding of Speakeasy Sound Recording Studio in Burbank, CA. In the Fall of 2010, Andrew partnered with composer, musician, & long-time friend, Jeff Carmi, to formulate plans for opening a studio. Working together with the Artist Management/Development firm, The Complex Group, their plans materialized into reality, and in February 2011, Speakeasy Sound opened its doors.
Andrew has since acted as the facility's Chief Recording & Mixing Engineer, working frequently with songwriters, artists, & producers, including: Mike Posner, Rob Knox, David Ryan Harris, Lady Antebellum, Daniel Bedingfield, Tori Kelly, AJ Raphel, Lifted, Hot Chelle Rae, Karmin, Jonas Jeberg, JonJon Traxx, The Elev3n, Anna Nalick, Rachel Taylor, Stevie Scott, Cris Caab, Nolan Lambroza (The Messengers), Catey Shaw, Bryce Vine, Elise LeGrow, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Kevin Olusola (Pentatonix), Sam Tsui, and Katie O (The Winner Is, NBC).