Artist Bios Reviewed
Pop of Colour presents: a music industry late night show. This week's topic: Artist Bios Reviewed. In other news: Apple Music For Artists launches beta sign-up, Apple launches a Music Publishing Division, Spotify backs down from hate speech censorship, and we take a look at how Spotify's killing Jazz, Soul, and Classical Music.
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Posted by Pop of Colour – Music Marketing on Monday, June 4, 2018
Bios Below…
Groovy grunge rockers JOSEPHINE LEΦNE have been tearing up the stages of their Ottawa hometown since 2015. They have since performed at venues and festivals across Ontario and Quebec. This summer they will have the pleasure of sharing the stage with Canadian rock icons Trooper, Bif Naked, Kim Mitchell and Loverboy.
Pulling influences from bands like Sublime, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers, JOSEPHINE LEΦNE’s sound is best described as Scrunge Rock. Gritty soulful vocals, swampy funk grooves and heavy fuzz riffs – Scruuunge!
Their first release, a self-titled EP produced and recorded entirely by the band members, came out in 2016. The JOSEPHINE LEΦNE EP earned plays on Live 88.5 FM as well as rotation on campus stations CKCU & CHUO with their singles Wash My Blues, Give It All and Got A Demon.
The band’s latest single, a live off the floor recording of “Never Satisfied” accompanied by a self-produced video, is a first taste of their highly anticipated upcoming full length set to release in the fall of 2018.
Nikola Moisan – Lead Guitar/Backups
Peter Crawley – Drums/Percs/Backups
Michael Bercier – Bass/Backups
Valerie Josephine – Vocals/Guitar
Kimberly Sunstrum
Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum’s sound is a reflection of her culturally diverse family background and musical upbringing. 
She grew up listening to old-time country music, South African pop hits, American folk and classic R&B. Blending powerful vocal ability, heart-felt lyricism and skillful instrumental 
compositions, Sunstrum’s performances are energetic and accessible while still conveying an intimate and soulful connection to the listener.
Infused with soul and smothered in sass, leMeow has wasted no time in making their mark on Ottawa’s indie music scene since their 2015 debut. Radio broadcaster Alan Cross coined their first single Evening Blues as “sultry coolness.” A year later, leMeow released their debut studio album. In its first week York St charted on college radio and landed the band showcases at some of Ontario’s premier music festivals. The quartet’s hook-filled melodies entertained an enthusiastic crowd at the 2016 Ottawa Bluesfest with The Revue adding that their performance “immensely impressed”.
Their up-tempo, passion fueled jam That’s My Man recently earned them a trip to Tokyo to represent Canada at the Yamaha Music 2016 Asian Beat competition. The band was thrilled to be awarded second prize for their performance by the award-winning bassist and composer Nathan East.
Lead singer Gin Bourgeois is described as having the perfect combination of smoothness and grit to her voice which is superbly complemented by the funky bass grooves of James Rooke. The common-law couple co-wrote the music for their FACTOR funded album and recorded it at Johnny Hall Productions with producer Eric Eggleston.
Lighting Matches
Lighting Matches is a folk-rock band based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fronted by duo Rachel White and Matt Plessner, they are well-known for their skilled songwriting and combustive harmonies, which add a very engaging and captivating element to their music. Both released solo albums in 2016 (Rachel’s debut EP “Destination Sunday” and Matt’s 5th album “Forest Blue”) and both were nominated for multiple 2017 Jammie Awards. Backed by Eric Locke on drums and Adam Parada on keyboards and bass, they plan to release an album as Lighting Matches in 2018!
Spencer Scharf
“You know the Blues; it makes me feel alright,” sing the rich and smooth tenor vocals of Ottawa-based Spencer Scharf.
His versatile Folk and Blues sound can be heard on a variety of musical instruments: 6-string, 8-string and 12-string guitars, a resonator, cigar box, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, piano/keyboards and hard driving harmonica.
Spencer’s ability to read the crowd gets him invited back to many venues and private events, as he chooses melodic and intricate instrumentals, belting Blues, or anything in between. His combination of technical skill and onstage charisma has led to him being called a “prodigy” and “an absolute genius” by AJ Sauvé, RBC Bluesfest’s Director of Media Relations.
While the Folk and Blues multi-instrumentalist has more than 400 cover songs in his repertoire, it was his 3rd album, I Can’t Hide (2014), that began Spencer’s road as a songwriter.
Currently in the studio recording material for his 4th album to be released in Spring 2017, he regularly performs at a variety of events and venues, including festivals, pubs, children’s events, art shows, community and private events, such as Ottawa Bluesfest, CityFolk (FolkFest), and many City of Ottawa events. He’s the organist for the Carleton University Ravens Men’s hockey team, and has been featured on CTV Morning Live, Rogers Daytime TV, CBC & CKCU radio.
“One of the most gifted, young musicians in Ottawa is Spencer Scharf. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who dabbles in blues, folk, folk-rock and indie-rock. He’s also a rarity – a finger-plucker on the guitar…let Scharf teach you a lesson on fine music.” – Ben Yung, The Revue.
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