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Danish singer/songwriter Annekei kicked off BMI's CMJ events on Nov. 1, offering an eclectic mix of soulful vocals, catchy hooks and seductive grooves. The 24-year-old has just released her self-titled debut on Japanese label Being Records. Raised in Denmark in a family of seven musicians, Annekei had her first major break in 2005 when her U.K.-released single, "More of Your Love,' worked its way into a major club hit.
The next day, Philadelphia's Eric James and his band the New Century dropped by BMI's New York office to show off their brand of arty pop. While an element of heart-on-his-sleeve honesty is a fundamental part of his music, James explores deeply resonating subjects from an artful but non-posturing attitude. Eric's latest recordings feature the talented production skills of Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith (Blind Melon, Anna Nalick) and drummer Pete McNeil (Cake).
Lunch on Nov. 3 featured the angelic vocals and acoustic guitar of Toronto transplant Justin Nozuka. With recent opening slots for Ziggy Marley, Sam Roberts and the Philosopher Kings, this talented singer/songwriter was also a featured artist on BMI's See It Hear First podcast #12. Just 18, Nozuka is impressing listeners with his engaging personality, gripping lyrics and rugged, soulful voice.
BMI also served up a "Not So Acoustic Brunch" on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Living Room, with performances by four of the most-buzzed about indie acts of the year, including the Broken West, Bound Stems, Oh No! Oh My! and the Rosewood Thieves. The noon-time showcase and breakfast-sandwich wraps were co-sponsored by Pump Audio.