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Abi Mia

Season 2021, Ep. 254

London based singer-songwriter Abi Mia brings her uplifting, empowering pop sound to modern music. With soaring vocals and powerhouse storytelling, her soulful voice goes beyond expression: deeply emotional and unapologetically hopeful, Abi Mia brings her most authentic self to her music.  Broadly pop-focused, blended with balladic and theatrical elements, Abi Mia’s debut single ‘Fly Your Way’ spreads a message of having the courage to chase your dreams, own your strengths, and carve your path. The single was inspired by the singer’s journey of rediscovering her passion for music: when the lockdown paused her fitness career, Abi Mia realised that making music was her true priority, which gave her the courage to follow her heart. Artistically influenced by contemporary powerhouse vocalists like Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Sara Bareilles and Alicia Keys, Abi Mia finds inspiration in the joy of creation, and in her ability to freely express who she is as an artist and a person through her music. “Music is such a powerful positive force in the world,” says the rising pop singer-songwriter. “Singing and songwriting give me intense happiness, and it’s a beautiful way to connect with people.” Since releasing her debut single, Abi Mia has had multiple successful releases and live gigs across London, garnering glowing reviews in the national press and receiving international radio coverage. Now, with a slate of exciting new singles coming up, the sky is the limit for Abi Mia.  

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Howard Jones

Season 2022, Ep. 225
Howard Jones Acoustic Trio embark on a 13-date UK tour at The Bath Forum on October 14, 2022. The tour will showcase an intimate stripped-down trip through Howard's colourful 30-year music career. A special guest on all dates is London-based singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion. The acoustic trio will feature Howard Jones on electric piano, guitarist Robin Boult (Roger Daltrey, Dave Stewart, Fish) and Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, Belinda Carlisle, John Paul Jones) on Chapman stick.Tickets are available from TheGigCartel.com and www.HowardJones.com. Ticket prices range from £27.50, £30.00, and £100 VIP.Become a VIP ticket holder and pick the best available seats in the theatre, along with a VIP meet and greet* before the performance with Howard and a signed souvenir package. There are a limited number of tickets allocated to each show, book early advised. *Subject to government guidance on social contact.Roxanne de Bastion Is a pioneering DIY singer-songwriter who was the first artist to virtually tour during the lockdown, To date, she has performed an incredible run of over 500 gigs, including two USA tours and a slot at Glastonbury; she has self-released a debut album ‘Heirlooms and Hearsay’ (2017); was invited to join the FAC’s (Featured Artist Coalition) Board of Directors (alongside members of the British music royalty Blur and Radiohead), and more recently procured Bernard Butler to produce her forthcoming album ‘You & Me, We Are The Same’, by emailing him a demo.The acoustic shows will highlight a fresh take on Howard’s best-known hits and will provide a rare and intimate opportunity for the audience to hear first-hand about the inspiration behind Howard’s beloved material, plus fascinating recollections from his international touring career.Hailed by many as an electronic music pioneer, Howard Jones has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past three decades, playing live in several configurations including intimate solo shows and dates with his full high-tech band set-up. His most recent album, the Top 40 album Transform, is his first new studio album in nearly a decade. Originally released in 2019 to critical acclaim, Transform features several collaborations with electronica luminary BT.“I am excited about the trio tour we have planned for 2022,” says Howard. “Nick and Robin are dear friends and world-class musicians and I love performing with them. After touring the trio in America, I thought the time was right for us to bring the fun of this acoustic show back home. I will play a range of songs from the Hojo canon including the hits old and new as well as some deep cuts and fan favourites.”Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums Human’s Lib and Dream into Action were worldwide hits. Human’s Lib #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits New Song, and What Is Love?In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, Dream into Action, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in North America. It featured the smash hit singles Things Can Only Get Better, Life In One Day, No One Is To Blame, and Like To Get To Know You Well. Howard Jones has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world. He recently performed on NBC’s top-rated morning and night-time television shows respectively, Today and The Tonight Show (the latter hosted by Jimmy Fallon).