James, Ben and Arno
James Walsh is a singer songwriter and the front man of the band Starsailor (www.starsailor.net)
Hailing from Wigan, Starsailor have sold over three million albums globally and are one of the few British bands to have made it to the fourth album of their deal. Indeed, the second of those – 2004’s ‘Silence Is Easy’ – saw them become the last band to record with production genius. Starsailor have just returned from a sell-out UK tour supporting British rock band James and you’ll be able to catch them at a festival near you next Summer.
James’ debut solo album ‘Turning Point’ was released this Summer and saw him collaborate with other talented writers such as Ricky Ross, Sasha Scarbeck and Suzanne Vega to name a few.
Undoubtedly one of the most talented singer song writer’s in the UK at present and since he burst onto the scene in late 2010 with his debut single “Can’t Hold Me Down” he has rarely left the airwaves.
Playlisted for 5 weeks “Can‘t Hold Me Down” was an incredible achievement for a first release; and his follow-up second single “Haunted” went even further, beating off the label backed competition to make the coveted BBC Radio 2 Record of The Week slot; and all of this without commercial backing.
His first full length album “Overcome” received high praise from radio stations up and down the Country and “Broken” his third single from the album, which similarly topped the Radio 2 – A List for 6 weeks, went further than these shores by going on to be the winners single in the Singapore version of the global “Idol” phenomenon.
He has had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones and REM.
Arno Carstens 5th solo album, ‘Lightning Prevails’, was released in 2014.
“The album is almost entirely made up of new songs, and completely inspired by my musical history, past and present” says Carstens. “We decided to keep my recording of Springbok Nude Girls’ Bubblegum on my Boots on the album, the version we recorded worked very well with the new songs and I added two covers, which are so vastly different from the originals. ACDC’s Highway to Hell was such a big part of my musical