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Jo's Picks Of The Month: March 2024




This article is a regular monthly contribution, published exclusively in the Sound Café magazine with the intention of providing you with information on artists that you might not have heard of, but I think are truly worth exploring further.



SAM FISCHER



Sam Fischer is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician.  Fischer was born outside Sydney and grew up on a farm. He played the violin at a young age. At the age of 7 his family moved to Sydney, and at the age of 10 he took up the saxophone. By age 12 he was writing songs. In 2010 he was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston. He resided there to study music.  


Fischer moved to Los Angeles in 2014 after graduating Berklee. In 2019 Fischer toured with Lewis Capaldi and later signed with RCA Records who re-released "This City" and Not a Hobby EP in 2020. Not a Hobby peaked to number 15 on the Australian Artist Singles Chart.   


Fischer has worked with a variety of Producers of the likes Elle King, Keith Urban, Max, Andy Grammar and Jessie. In 2021 Fischer released "What other people Say" a collaboration with American singer, Demi Lovato, it peaked with the top 100 in multiple regions, including the United Kingdom and Australia and within the top 20 in Scotland. In 2022 Fischer returned to Australia, the first time back since the pandemic. He opened for British singer Mimi Webb on her tour of the country and New Zealand. 


Fischer released his debut album, I Love You, Please Don't Hate Me, in December 2023.   


Check out one of my favs by Sam Fischer "This City"




DERMOTT KENNEDY



Dermott Joseph Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter. Kennedy is an avid football fan and player. He officially began his career busking at 17, After 10 years and in his mid twenties he was able to develop his sound, travelling to multiple major cities such as Dublin, Ireland and Boston to perform. In 2015 Kennedy's song "An Evening I Will Not Forget" started streaming on Spotify. 


In 2018 and 19, he did the festival scene with the likes of Lollapalooza. After releasing singles and EPs, Kennedy released his first complete album in late 2019, titled Without Fear.  Kennedy was nominated male solo artist at the 2020 Brit Awards. In 2021  "Better Days" won the Irish song of the year for the RTE Choice Music Prize. 


Amidst the pandemic Kennedy participated in Billboards Live AT-home concert, he helped raise money for the non-profit Housing Works, by organizing a short virtual concert. He then organized his own concert, Sound Waves, in 2020 in support of WHO's Solidarity Response Fund. He also raised funds for the Soccer Aid charity match. When Kennedy released Sonder, his 2nd studio album, in 2022.  He describes the album title as "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own."   


Hope you like Power Over Me.






"My collection of K-TELS playing on my portable candle record player is where my relationship with and love for music of all genres began. It continued throughout my life, from going to concerts through to my more recent luck in being involved in an album production, from studio recording to mastering. WOW! What an experience, and from it I've gained an even greater respect and appreciation for what it takes to make great music!


Couple that with my air guitar acumen, and that of course makes me a consummate professional in bringing 'Jo's Picks Of The Month' to you.


All kidding aside my repertoire of songs is vast and what an honour it is to share my picks with the readers of The Sound Cafe Magazine!" - Jo.





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