Lyia Meta

Singer, songwriter and visual artist with a penchant for speaking through song and turn of phrase, where freedom is found through voice that’s “big, bold and beautiful”.

This Malaysian born spent her childhood in a small town in the state of Malacca where her music and art were the mainstay of her everyday life.

Her debut EP ‘This is Lyia’ which garnered 6 nominations from Voice Independent Music Awards (VIMA) in May of 2016 saw her win the award for BEST OVERALL FEMALE ACT.

The debut offering which is described as “raw”, “organic” and “bold” is a reflection of her roots in rock, blues and pop.

She was nominated top 5 for Anugerah Industri Awards (A.I.M) for Best New Artist in 2016


Won Gold (Award of Excellence) for Best Rock Ballad from Global Music Awards, California in 2017 and has had her music played on independent music stations from United Kingdom (Radio Wigwam), Canada (The Rocker Chick Show -Progcore radio), California (Woman of Substance Radio) and a few selected stations in Europe.

In August of 2017, Lyia Meta won the award for Best Female Artist from Radio Wigwam (UK).

A visual artist, she spent her early childhood admiring her father’s paint brush fly across huge expanses of canvas. Each stroke left her in awe and wonder at the magic he wove. As a singer and songwriter with a penchant for speaking through song and turn of phrase, her freedom is found through voice that’s “big, bold and beautiful”.



Born in Malacca, West Malaysia to a Malaccan Portuguese father and a Sinhalese-Chinese mother, she doodled, sketched and painted from as far back as she could remember. After school she pursued distance studies in Interior Design, got married, had a kid and fell in love with the stage. Making music her life, she sang in various parts of the peninsula but always kept her art close to her heart. Fast forward and she is still singing but her art has become more and more a channel for which she can express herself.

She paints what she feels, how she sees life and when she needs to. Her relationship with her art is as fiery as the artist herself.

She loves every moment spent in front of the canvas and the peace it brings when it nears completion.


“I am a self confessed romantic. I paint on influences and emotions that hold sway over me. It is a journey within a journey that opens strange doors. Often the path leads me to places I would have never dreamt of seeing or discovering.” says Lyia

“Lyia is a true Artist in every sense of the word. She not only has a beautiful voice which resonates through her music, but she is also a very passionate Artist that paints on Canvas, and other forms work media. I am excited to feature this amazing lady in the magazine because she brings it all to the table and I know she is very proud to have won awards for her music and will definitely get my vote next time she is nominated” ~Randy Lockhart – Editor In Chief



Doctor Paul

Doctor Paul, as he’s known to his fans, is a troubadour in every sense of the word. After appearing on NBC’s The Voice in Season 9, the Doctor has been traveling on his “I Ain”t Done Yet” tour, bringing his music to as many new fans and friends as possible.

From the Gulf coast of Florida, to Music City and all points in between, fans of his acoustic solo performances have fallen in love with his utterly original interpretations of the work of songwriters great and small.

In his deft hands familiar songs are rendered fresh, as though being heard for the first time, and lesser-known songs are thoroughly owned and yet oddly familiar.

The Doctor has collaborated with some of the great names in the business, and has recorded with some of Nashville’s top session players, but it is in his live shows that you’ll experience him as nature intended: Unadorned, accompanied by only his acoustic guitar, his unique, powerful voice carried by a flurry of finger-picked notes that pass like mile markers on a very heady trip.

So here is an invitation to join him as he takes you somewhere new yet familiar, and anyone who has experienced one of his intimate performances knows one thing for certain: You will both treasure the company.

Doctor Paul’s latest release, “The Old Home Place”, and others, are available at his web store at

The Doctor grew up in New Jersey. An avid electronics experimenter, Doctor Paul’s first introduction to musical performance was building a custom amplifier for a friend who owned an electric guitar. Acquiring his first guitar in his early teens, Doctor Paul performed for friends at parties and barbecues.

Early musical influences included country & western, doo wop, R&B, soul, jazz, folk, and of course rock & roll. After a tour in the United States Army, Doctor Paul returned to New Jersey in 1971 and joined a group of friends in his first band as the lead singer and bass player.

Musical performance became more than a hobby, leading to a career in music playing acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and electric bass in both solo and group settings.

Touring the United States throughout most of the 70’s and early 80’s, Doctor Paul met his wife, Dawn, in Tampa, Florida.

A musical hiatus followed for the next 25 years while they raised a family of five daughters.

Moving to the mountains of North Carolina in 2005 allowed Doctor Paul to reconnect with his musical past.




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Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band

Hailing from Minnesota, Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band originated in 2012 as a solo project by Mr. Stone himself.

Since then, it has evolved into a full unit, comprised of Mark Stone (Guitar/Vocals), Todd Jameson (Bass), and Johnny Strutt (Drums).

Mark Stone on the first 2 EPs wrote and played primarily all the instruments himself (with some help from some other fellow musicians), which received some critical acclaim.


The song “Drink the Pain Away” was nominated for “Best Country Song” by I Love Music Awards.

The success of the song took the band down to Austin, TX to record the album, “The Sequel” at Music Lane Studios.

The band has been gigging regularly, putting out new music, and has performed at many notable venues and events across the country, such as SXSW (twice), The Red Fly (before their doors closed), Moondance Jamming Country Fest, amongst many others.

The band was also chosen as 1 out of 8 bands (from over 1,000 entries) for the Hard Rock Rising Midwest Regional Battle of the Bands.

With the band fully lined up and ready to take the country by storm, Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band are currently continuing their winning streak and have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon, or at all!

The band released there newest EP “Trifecta” on April 1st, 2017.

They are currently working on a new release “For Stories” to be released Spring of 2018.






Lady Kash

Born as Kalaivani Nagaraj, it is fitting that Lady Kash has kept her love for “Kalai” (Tamil for Arts) etched in her heartstrings when it comes to pursuing her dreams. She is from Singapore; a global sovereign city-state that is a melting pot of cultures.

Being an Aries, she is born to lead and strives to participate passionately in all that she does, whether it is songwriting, travel, fitness, reading books on quantum physics, collaborating with fellow creators or making a difference in society through various initiatives.

An example of such is Project One, a non-profit organisation created in 2011 that aims to transform our society into a more environmentally sustainable, eco-conscious and fulfilling one through uplifting and empowering projects, such as the release of the charity single “One”, which involved the collaboration of the global associations 4 Years. Go. and Pachamama Alliance.

In 2012, Project One was bestowed the Awakening Award at the Voice International Music Awards (VIMA) to honor the hard work expressed by the initiative.


Armed with a stylish and sleek demeanor, Lady Kash is undoubtedly a youth icon when it comes to trendsetting by simply being herself and creating waves in the industry.

Despite having no musical background, she did not turn away from seeking her true callings.

She wrote and practiced poetry at the tender age of 9, produced rap demos at 14 and went on to set the globe ablaze by collaborating with Oscar and Grammy-Winning composer A. R. Rahman for her debut in the industry at 19.

Whether it is recording in the studio or rocking it on stage at events such as A. R. Rahman’s Infinite Love and Nenje Ezhu series of concerts, Yuvan Shankar Raja’s KLIMF and Anirudh Live shows,

Lady Kash is an insuppressible feminine force. Her commitment towards putting her 100% into every project is one of the reasons why she never fails to stand out in style.

With interests embedded in not only arts but also mysticism, spirituality, sports, activism and entrepreneurship, she inspires both the young and old alike with her global approach while continuing to remain firmly grounded.

To this determined dreamer and achiever, boundaries mean nothing but the next challenge.

“I’m kinda like a nomadic paradox that loves and chooses to believe in the world while dwelling on just about anything of interest without conforming. Viewing my mistakes as lessons, I continue to grow and have learned to go with my vibes entirely. It is important to let go of the things that we cannot change and rather focus on doing the best
that we possibly can, in this present moment, while also keeping our priorities in mind.”



Believing firmly that with constant effort and unshakable affirmation, the Universe will transform her dreams into reality,

Lady Kash aspires to extend AKASHIK into the ground-breaking empire that she envisions it to become. Join her in her endeavors and stay connected to be the first to learn of new happenings and much more.

“This is just the beginning. The adventure continues.”


Peter Nigido

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Australian musical artist ‘Peter Nigido,’ welcomes the release of his ambitious new single titled ‘Turn A Page’.

It comes alongside the release of his debut EP ‘The Art Of Turning A Page’.

He is releasing his new Single Turn a Page from his new EP The Art of Turning a Page after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Peter’s electronic and acoustic instrumental style challenges the minds of its listeners and moves to feed their soul.

The music is a combination between the organic and the rhythmic synthesized world.



Dynamically created, with lyrics set to explore themes of relationships, challenge and personal growth, he drives an awakening of hope and optimism.

The focus of ‘Turn A Page’ is about self reflection, and becoming emotionally stronger.

He challenges the listener to become kinder and to think before acting on emotion.

Demanding attention, Peter’s music is melodically composed expressing symbolic imagery. Its metaphoric charisma will surprise all.

‘The Art Of Turning A Page’ pulls no punches. A Provocation of strength and boundless creativity signifies the passion Peter displays in his writing and performance.

Peter’s journey is one of truth, depth and emotional maturity.

For the first time Peter places himself in the vocal front line, exploring warm breathy sounds that are unconventionally structured and provoking.


Gentle guitar chord progressions, resonant bass lines and pulsating keys, makes his music surprising and un-restraining in every way.

Peter leaves no stone unturned in his search for musical nirvana. T

here is a conscious musical effort to set one self free. A chemistry of illusions will endeavour to help one search for that freedom and aid to bring back the beauty of honesty and love.

He is releasing his new Single Turn a Page from his new EP The Art of Turning a Page after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Peter Nigido is definitely one of Australia’s upcoming musical artists which will challenge the attitudes of many. He is something not to be missed.


He is releasing his new single after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Youtube Video Peter Nigido ‘Holding Hands with the Sun’

The Ohio Weather Band

The Ohio Weather Band formed in a small town in Ohio­ before the members even realized it. Corey King (guitar/vocals), Derek Strata (bass/vocals) and Ray Lumpp (percussion/vocals) were friends long before bandmates.

Corey had written songs for a solo EP (“Ohio Weather”) and asked his friends Derek and Ray to perform on the record as bass player and drummer, respectively.

At that point, the band was established. In 2014, The Ohio Weather Band released their self­-titled, debut album.



Most of the album was recorded by the group, though they managed to salvage a few guitar and drum tracks from previous recording sessions. The album was produced, mixed and packaged solely by the band.

This served as a local and regional launching pad for OWB: local magazines and newspapers supported the album and honored it as one of the best area albums in Cleveland, OH and Canton, OH. Shortly afterwards, The Ohio Weather Band went on a self-­booked three week tour around the Midwest and Eastern US.

“Crooked Light” is the sophomore release by The Ohio Weather Band.

The album was, again, self­-recorded in various locations including a garage loft and the basement of a house in Akron, Ohio, in which the members currently live.

Unlike the group’s last, self-­titled album, “Crooked Light” was not completely an in-­house project. Spencer Martin joined the team to co-­produce and co­-mix the album.

The result is an album with a fresh sonic perspective and evolved songwriting. Lyrically, the album projects the thoughts and experiences from skewed perspectives.

Regarding the songs, Corey says, “It seems like there are simple, obvious meanings to the songs, but there’s something bigger behind it.”

The Ohio Weather Band is excited that their new  “Don’t Try” EP is set to release in spring 2018.


Brenda Burch

I have been following Brenda for quite sometime now through social media. She has an amazing voice that not only captured my attention but also made me want to listen to more of her music and I realized then that it was only fitting that I take a closer look at what she had to offer as an Indie Artist.  I read the post in facebook that said she had received the   for her work as an and I knew at that moment she is going to be featured in the magazine. Brenda has so much to offer and I can only hope and pray that people reading this article will feel the same as I do because we need more people like Brenda in our lives.

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Described throughout her career as the little girl with a big voice, Brenda Burch has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia with her energetic performances, rich Country vocal style and ability to connect with a crowd through the emotive story of a song. Sharing the stage with Darius Rucker, David Archuleta, Neal McCoy, Diamond Rio and Collin Raye, among many others, has given her the chance to convey tales of love, life, loss and strength in her music to thousands of concert-goers.

Her newest EP, Sparks Will Fly, not only sparked attention in the USA, but it caught fire in Europe resulting in a big win for Brenda at the Hotdisc Country Music Awards. The only artist to take home 2 awards, she was the winning recipient of the New Horizon Award for Most Successful International Newcomer and Best International Single for her title track, Sparks Will Fly. “I was blown away to win both awards,” said Brenda. “Overwhelmed is an understatement. I’m so grateful for my family, friends, fans and all the wonderful DJs playing my music!” To hear Brenda’s full acceptance speech, click here.

The award-winning EP is compiled of six compelling songs that range from a tongue-in-cheek spin on dating life (“Sparks Will Fly”) to following your heart (“No Better Time”) and having the courage to love what matters most (“Take Me Back”). Her first single, “Sparks Will Fly,” released to radio debuting at #1 in Europe and staying at #1 for 6 weeks straight. Her second single, “No Better Time,” quickly became a fan favorite, claiming the #1 spot on a Country music chart voted on by the fans. Brenda exclaimed, “I’m thrilled with the positive response and am humbled both singles have been so well-received by DJs and listeners around the world. Thank you!”

After a successful Kickstarter campaign where Brenda surpassed her initial goal at 125%, she joined forces with a talented production team in Nashville to co-write and produce a record that showcases her warm, powerful Country sound backed by rockin’ Country rhythms and relatable stories.

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Ian Roland & Simon Yapp

I have been listening to tracks from Ian Roland and Simon and found the music to be very upbeat and easy listening. You owe it to yourself to check them out, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Read more about Ian Roland & Simon Yapp below.

Ian Roland & Simon Yapp are a Roots, Folk duo of 12 string guitar and fiddle, from Brighton, UK, with:

“…more hooks than a long line fishing vessel.” Charlie Elland, FolkWords

“…cracking songs, entertaining and varied…packed with memorable tunes, upbeat, positive lyrics and fab playing…” Phil Widdows, FolkCast

Since 2015, when they started performing live as a duo, they have played 100 + gigs in Folk Clubs, Acoustic Nights and Pubs in Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, London, Sussex and Kent.

Under the direction of producer, Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, The Waterboys, Joan Baez, Martha Wainwright, Fairport Convention et al), the ‘Day Became You’ EP is Roland & Yapp’s latest release.


Day Became You (Jan 2017) available from Bandcamp.
“Take time to absorb the highly infectious music. Hear once and this will remain fixed in your head for days.”, Tim Carroll, Folkwords.



Suitcase – a live collection (July 2016) available from Bandcamp
“A great collection of songs full of heart”, Baylen Leonard, Amazing Radio.



How That Dust Jumps (April 2015) available from Bandcamp
Included in Americana UK’s ‘Writers Best Of 2015’. “… songs that define the word earworm…” R. Scutt, FATEA.



Helicopter (Jan 2014) available from Bandcamp
“a delightful gem to be sought out and listened to…” Keith Hargreaves, Americana UK.

Ian & Simon are currently working on a new EP, with cellist and vocalist
Brione Jackson, due for completion early 2018.


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Kellie-Anne Poirier

Canadian born in 2003, Kellie-Anne has been living in Dubai for 8 years and just moved to Weehawken, NJ, right in front of Manhattan.

She was a candidate on the Voice Kids Montreal Canada in 2016 and she recently started to write her own music.

“I am inspired by Ed Sheeran, Sia and Birdy. I play the acoustic guitar. I performed in several competitions, music festivals, bars, events and restaurants.” says Kellie-Anne.

She is ready for the big apple and happy to meet any fellow artist who would be willing to collaborate and perform with her.

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Thank you to @JenniferMlott for introducing Kellie-Anne to me “Editor-in-Chief “as a credit to this article – Jennifer

Austin Strange

Austin Strange is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Orangeville, Ontario.
Austin found his love for music at a young age, singing for anyone who would listen. This hobby became more serious with the creation of Andrew and Austin, an acoustic pop duo formed with Orangeville musician Andrew McArthur in early 2006. Andrew and Austin’s only published EP, “Can’t You See?” was released in June of 2008.
Austin spent the next two years studying music and refining his skills, all leading up to the 2010 release of his first single: “Broken”. The track was well received, achieving 10’000 views on YouTube.
After this release, there was a period of little musical productivity. This ends with Austin’s world debut of DRUNK in February of 2015, followed by his release of the June 2016 Album “Small Talk”.
Now, Austin Strange has released his EP “Thanks” on October 1st, 2016 after having finally found his true musical essence, but it doesn’t stop there. Watch for Austin’s newest and best work ever.

New EP ” BROKEN ” Officially OUT NOW

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