Singer songwriters of the likes of Zen Thomas, are truly a gift. Zen is currently residing in and performing all over Los Angeles. He began his live performance career in Los Angeles as a street performer on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Now he is performing in local coffee shops, bars and even hosts performances in his own home. Recently he put on a benefit concert at his house with his roommates to raise money for recent devastations that have occurred specifically in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. If you have a chance to hear him, DON’T WASTE A MOMENT … DO IT. He seems to never hit a wrong note which is especially impressive considering the number of his vocal runs, a signature of his style. Zen’s main influences are John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind and Fire, and Daft Punk. Knowing of his influences, you can understand how he found his excellent blues/funk/pop inspired sound. His voice possesses a shining quality and his guitar stylings perfectly complements his vocals. His video series called Superhero Sessions consist of Zen covering various artists, his rendition of Allen Stone’s “Bed I Made”, from the series, is especially fabulous! Zen’s goal is to put smiles on peoples faces and let them enjoy what they hear, which he certainly has and continues to accomplish. Truly ya’ll, you need to check this guy out.
Twenty-one year old Los Angeles native Maxwell Joseph is an alternative indie musician. His music is an outward expression of his experiences and how he has dealt with them, making his music raw and authentic. Some of his main influences include Bon Iver, Jack Johnson, Ben Howard and The Lumineers. His most recent single titled “The Future” is an apparent departure from the alternative feel, panning an electronic beat at the front of the song and re-introducing it during the chorus. Maxwell Joseph’s music has slow and melodic guitar and piano lines that accompany his vocals perfectly. He often applies reverb on his voice so it feels like it is surrounding you especially in his song “Partner and Crime.” Now we must sit and wait for his next single, and hopefully for a tour to come!
Introducing another L.A. based artist, Nieman. His style of music is rooted in R&B with flairs of ambient electronic music. In addition to composing his music, he is also the lyricist, when listening to them you can hear how deeply personal they are. His latest single is called “Why Him?” featuring his friend Moira Dela Torre and is produced by Jedi Jordan. This Chapman University graduate created a hallmark summer anthem with this single. The chorus is catchy and has a drop that would have everyone dancing at a party. Recently he was featured in The Orange Coast magazine featured as the “Personal Interest” in their September Issue. His last album, Palette, was released in 2016 and has created a current twist on the R&B slow jams of the early 2000’s. He is definitely an artist from the LA area to watch.
If you enjoy the indie-folk sounds of Bon Iver, Birdy, and Ingrid Michaelson, then Bella Porter is an artist you must make a priority to listen to. Her beautiful vocals, combined with her luscious melodic lines, gorgeously slow riffs on the electric guitar, and accompanying harmonies are sure to make your heart strings join in the music. Bella Porter is back in the Los Angeles area after recently touring in Seattle, Washington. Her song “Far Gone” is something that will pull you in and make you realize that you need much much more of her music. The album Luck of the Draw contains 15 flawless songs that was released very recently, in June, 2017. Hopefully she will begin touring again in Los Angeles soon so the entire VOVE A&R team can enjoy her new album live.