After fearing she may never sing again, Grammy nominated neo soul star SZA has revealed her voice is on the mend. SZA (pronounced “Sizzah”) was forced last month to cancel a series of gigs and take an immediate, and indefinite, career break after 11 months of touring took its toll. “I’ve been troubleshooting for a […]
Madness is the latest big-name act to back the campaign to stop the closure of grassroots music venues across the country. The band is supporting the Music Venue Trust (MVT), a charity fighting to protect performance spaces that nurture emerging music talent. Grassroots music venues play a pivotal role in the creative development of singers […]
Few songwriters have been as prolific or consistent as hitmaker Cathy Dennis, who was last week rightfully awarded an Ivor Novello for Best Song Collection. Dennis has been a dominant, but low key, force in the music industry for more than 20 years, penning number ones for Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and S-Club […]
For the best part of a century Soho was London’s louchest district, home to the sex, film and music industries and glamorous and grubby in equal measures. It may have cleaned up its act in recent years, but Soho is still a major draw for singers and musicians, many of whom will perform during Soho […]
Budding performers have just a few more weeks to enter Gigs10, the Mayor of London’s high profile busking competition that has kickstarted the careers of many singers. There are many reasons to sign up for Gigs10: it’s great performance training; you get to play at some of London’s busiest and most iconic locations; and, if […]
Next generation jazzers joined legends of the scene at this year’s Jazz FM Awards, where rising star Zara McFarlane won Vocalist of the Year and the supreme jazz vocalist, Dame Cleo Laine, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place, aptly, on International Jazz Day in East London, the centre of London’s thriving, thrilling […]
The shortlist for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards has been announced and UK rappers Stormzy and Dave are going head to head. In something of a breakthrough for rap, the pair have been recognised for their deep and influential hits, Stormzy’s Don’t Cry for Me and Dave’s Question Time. Stormzy is also nominated in the […]
Country legend Kenny Rogers’ wish to bow out of his performing career on a high – and on his own terms – has been thwarted. Ill-health has forced Rogers, 79, to pull out of the final dates of his farewell concert tour including a planned gig at the Livewire Festival in Blackpool. Rogers began his […]
This Friday and Saturday iSing Magazine will be hanging out in the home of The Beatles, Liverpool. We will be watching some great original music and presenting a workshop at the annual Threshold Festival. Threshold Festival of Music & Arts has its roots in the creative industries of Liverpool and the North West. For 6 […]
Voice geeks across the globe will join forces later this month for World Voice Day (WVD), an event to improve awareness of this most sophisticated and vital communication tool. Despite the crucial role the voice plays in almost every facet our lives – allowing us to articulate everything from our most basic needs to our […]
Choir With No name is a charity that encourages people affected by homelessness to discover the joys of singing, the choir is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Ten years ago choir director Marie Benton placed a series of posters in London homeless shelters inviting rough sleepers to join a new singing group. A strong […]
It’s been six months since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, lifting the lid on sexism, bullying and exploitation in the film world. Why hasn’t the music industry faced a similar mea culpa? The music industry prides itself on being at the cutting edge of cultural revolution; gospel, jazz, folk and rock all have their roots […]
The nominations for this year’s Jazz FM Awards have been announced revealing an all-female line up in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year category.
It was the defining image of this year’s London Fashion Week: Her Majesty, the Queen, perched on the frow alongside fashion queen Anna Wintour. But who was the designer who enticed the British Monarch to LFW?
The UK music industry’s biggest stars will gather tomorrow night for the Brit Awards, where newcomers Loyle Carner, Mabel and Dua Lipa will battle it out against established names, such as Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher.
Folk music fans are in for a treat next week when stars from across the globe descend on Cambridge for the City Roots Festival. iSing reports on this fortnight-long celebration of folk and roots music.
Jamie Cullum, Nadine Shah, hip hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Portishead’s Adrian Utley are this week flying the flag for indie venues. They’re urging music fans to support this at-risk sector of the music industry by catching a gig in their local town or city. More than 160 shows are taking place across the […]
Following a blistering, emotional performance from Kesha at the Grammys this year questions need to be asked about how much the industry is doing to address inequality, given male artists are still dominating these awards. It was without doubt the performance of the night: Kesha’s thundering delivery of Praying, her first solo single since 2013, and after years […]