THE LEMON TWIGS

By Ariana Marsh

Eccentric, theatric, and utterly uncategorizable, The Lemon Twigs is one of the more curious bands to have emerged in 2016. Composed of two teen brothers Michael and Brian D’Addario, who are joined by keyboardist Danny Ayala and bassist Megan Zeanowski when performing live, the group’s sound can most closely be identified as psych rock, but with hints of retro funk, soul, and punk mixed in. Along with providing vocals, each brother is a multi-instrumentalist; both play the guitar, keyboard, and drums, while Brian is also proficient on horns and strings. Their debut album, Do Hollywood, which was released in October, is unique in that none of the songs on it were co-written by the brothers. Rather, each musician wrote his own songs, which alternate throughout the record, resulting a strange yet harmonious back-and-forth. If you can, we recommend you see them live. You’ll dig their throwback hairdos and Wes Anderson-esque wardrobes, which will make you feel like you’ve been transported back to an experimental, underground show during the golden ages of rock.

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JAHKOY

By Chris Mench, Eric Diep

Jahkoy has spent the last couple years reinventing himself. Trading in his MC ambitions, released under the name Raheem, for a more soulful sound, Jahkoy has been productive since transitioning to R&B and leaving his hometown of Toronto for L.A. He’s an advocate for love on warm tracks, especially on his last record, Foreign Waters, which features his love letter to Cali, “California Heaven” with ScHoolboy Q, and the tropical “1000 Times.” Now, the 22-year-old Def Jam artist has his debut album, Glory Child, on the way, which could very well cement his place as one of R&B’s new innovators. —Eric Diep

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LOVE & THE OUTCOME

 

By K Love

It was 2010 when Chris Rademaker and Jodi King followed a call God put on their hearts – selling their home, and lots of other stuff, as they headed out to pursue a musical adventure as the husband-wife duo Love & The Outcome.

“Life on the road was all we’d ever known,” says Jodi, who met her husband while touring with Canadian worship artist Jon Buller. “So when we hit the road, we just responded to what God challenged us to be.”

The song “King Of My Heart,” off their self-titled album (August 27, 2013), is a great reminder that God’s love is bigger than any of our trials. “Like David, we all face battles that threaten to overtake us,” explains Chris. “In the midst of selling everything we owned and setting out on the road, my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We decided to postpone all of our shows to go back to Canada to be with her. That whole year took us to our breaking point, but that’s right where our Savior met us.”

Jodi adds, “Paul encourages us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that in our weakness, God is strong. So when you’re up against your Goliath and when you feel yourself falling to pieces, just remember that the King of your heart is bigger than the battle you’re facing.”

King Of My Heart,” follows the single “He Is With Us.” “This is a song about trust. We can trust our God because he knows what he is doing,” says Chris. “That is not always an easy thing to do.”
According to Chris, the experience of traveling across the world, performing their songs, was a humbling one.

“We’ve traveled to Liberia, the Philippines and China in the last couple of years,” he says. “When you’re together and you’re worshiping, everyone is the same. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what you smell like: Everyone wants to welcome you into the family.”

Blending Chris’ love for rock music, and Jodi’s love for pop, Love & The Outcome, aims to inspire listeners to follow Christ with their catchy tunes. “We want to inspire people to follow Jesus,” Jodi says. “We want these songs to become a lifestyle, and hope that the truth of these songs goes beyond the thrill of the live show to plant a seed in people’s hearts: to go for the things that they might be afraid to go for and join this joyful revolution. That’s the whole point. A life that requires faith is worth living, and a life on the edge is one where you live hand-in-hand and arm-in-arm with God. That’s what we’re living for.

Jodi and Chris welcomed their son Milo Wolf to the family in February 2016 and Jodi credits becoming a new mom as the inpiration behind some of the lyrics in their single “The God I Know” (April 2016).
“There’s a line in it that says, ‘I throw my hands up and my worries down’ and I wrote that for myself. Being a new mom when life gets really challenging – and it’s a day by day journey – I get to throw my hands up and worries to the Lord and just remember that He’s got me.”
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HILLARY SCOTT

By K-Love

Growing up in a house filled with family, music and faith – singer/songwriter Hillary Scott comes by her musical gifts naturally. Her mom, Linda Davis, moved to Nashville in the 80’s to pursue a music career.  Linda met Lang Scott while working as a receptionist at a recording studio. They married in 1984 and Hillary was born April 1, 1986.

Initially home-schooled, Hillary began attending Donelson Christian Academy in elementary school and graduated from the high school in 2004. Because her parents toured a lot she lived with her grandparents much of the time. At sixteen Hillary performed with her mom and dad on the album Linda Davis Family Christmas.

Now thirty she is collaborating with family again as Hillary Scott & The Scott Family. This time the family album includes her younger sister, Rylee Jean. In 2016 they released their single “Thy Will” off the album Love Remains.

“The idea of this album was really when my dad had sat me down right at the beginning of last year to talk about something that he felt in his heart that he wanted to do – which was make a collection of songs to send out to some really dear friends and family…it was all around my grandfather’s diagnosis, battle, from cancer,” Hillary explains.

After taking time to pray and think and talk to her husband, Chris Tyrell, Hillary realized there was an opportunity to bring more depth and impact to the project so that it helped more people. So, they decided to expand her dad’s initial idea into an album for family, friends, and fans; old and new.

The faith based songs and hymns draw their inspiration from several sources, including the well of emotions that developed during her beloved grandfather’s battle with cancer. It is infused with songs that point people to Jesus Christ as their hope during the good and bad times of life.

“These are the songs that are talking about the source of where my peace comes from. So, whenever you listen to it I hope you hear the parts of my heart that are bursting with joy and thankfulness but also the pieces of my heart that are broken,” Hillary reflects.

Hillary, Chris and their daughter Eisele live in Brentwood, Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MIC LOWRY

By Ariana Marsh

If a band books the insanely coveted gig of serving as an opener for Justin Bieber, you know they’re going to be huge. Cue five-piece vocal harmony group Mic Lowry, who performed before the Biebs on 37 dates of his European Purpose tour, which took them to 22 cities and made them heard by over 500,000 fans. Delleile Ankrah, Akia Jones, Kaine Ofoeme, Ben Sharples, and Michael Welch grew up within a mile of one another in Liverpool, England before forming in 2011. In 2014, they booked a slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and released their debut EP, The Show, the following year. Along with opening for Justin Bieber, 2016 also saw the release of their single, “Oh Lord,” an R&B-inspired track that melds crisp vocals with moody electronic beats and samples Phil Collins’s “In The Air Tonight.” We hope a debut album is on the way because these guys can SING.

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