BMI London, along with the U.K.’s Hit Sheet magazine editor Paul Kramer, presented the first in a new monthly series of showcases on March 26 at the Cobden Club in West London. The series, designed to give the finest unsigned, breaking and established singer/songwriters the opportunity to perform for key industry executives, featured Peter Conway, Rosabella Gregory, The Heart Strings, and headliner Doug Walker (Warner Music) in its initial installment.
Peter Conway hit the stage first, displaying his unique mix of soul, gospel, reggae and blues and swapping his regular band for a horn section for most of his eclectic and soulful set.
Next was Rosabella Gregory, whose distinctive standard of songwriting has won her international accolades; her song “Better Love” was awarded the International Prize at New York’s Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest. Her presence and atmospheric piano accompaniment are comparable to that of Kate Bush and Tori Amos, among others
The Heart Strings, who bring together the worlds of classical and pop, performed an animated and vibrant set displaying their abundant creativity.
Headliner Doug Walker, who recently signed to Warner Music, demonstrated a lyrical prowess with catchy rock-leaning pop choruses that will certainly captivate an international audience.
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