Blues / Rock / Singer-Songwriter
Jamie N Commons grew up in both Chciago and London, drawing inspiration from artists like The White Stripes and British folk artists Nick Drake. He put together a band that quickly landed gigs at local dive bars. Thanks in part to the band’s rigorous gigging schedule and steadily growing following, Commons scored a publishing deal and, in fall 2011, had his debut with The Baron (an EP nominated for the BBC Sound Poll of 2012). At the end of 2011, music made its way to Alex Da Kid (best known for his work with hip-hop game-changers like Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Nicki Minaj) who signed him to his KIDinaKORNER label. The two soon began working together, a collaboration that yielded Rumble And Sway in early 2013. Later that year, Commons joined forces with labelmates X Ambassadors for “Jungle,” a track that would go on to become the 2014 World Cup’s unofficial anthem and inspire the two acts to team up for the “Into the Jungle” tour in 2014. On the heels of “Jungle”—whose remixes include a mid-2014 release featuring Jay Z—Commons delivered the darkly charged, gospel-infused “Karma (Hardline)” in late 2014 and the stomping yet seductive “Marathon” in summer 2015.
Now with his latest output, the 27-year-old songwriter builds off the swampy, smoldering sound of 2013’s acclaimed Rumble and Sway with an even more fiery and volatile take on blues-spiked rock-and-roll. Largely self-produced in his home studio in London, Commons’s forthcoming self-titled EP unleashes a sublimely frenetic energy that makes his gritty songwriting and soulful vocal performance all the more powerful. In bringing Jamie N Commons EP to life, Commons tapped into the spirit of the late ’60s proto-punk/garage rock that inspired his earliest attempts at making music.
Genre: Bluegrass / Blues / Country / Folk
From: Lyttelton, New Zealand
Related Artists: Blake Mills, Tobias Jesso Jr., Father John Misty
Genre: R&B / Singer-Songwriter / Soul
From: Walsall, UK
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Genre: Indie-Pop / Pop / Singer-Songwriter
From: Long Island, NY
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