Fresh from his recent tour of the United States performing at iconic venues such at The Bitter End in New York City and The Troubadour in Los Angeles, Connell Cruise has returned to South Africa to promote the release of his latest studio album “Barely Breathing.”
His debut hit “Not Just Friends” took South African radio stations by storm and garnered him three SAMA nominations. He has since topped the charts throughout the country with 12 hit radio singles. The release of his highly anticipated EP “Into the Wild” introduced him to the international music scene and created a worldwide social media buzz.
Connell’s unique sound and established success – coupled with his determination and relentless work ethic – grabbed the attention of none other than music industry titan, L.A. Reid. Connell’s deal with Epic Records and Island Records in 2015 is considered the largest and most significant record deal in South African music history.
Connell has toured across the United States with the fan-favorite band SafetySuit, has performed to thousands from the stages of festivals such as Bonnaroo and Firefly, and has shared the stage with a vast array of musical legends, such as Harry Bellefonte, Adam Lambert, the Fray, and the American Authors.
Connell’s skill as a songwriter has earned him the opportunity to collaborate with a long list of international hit-makers; Ido Zmishlany, Scott Harris, Daniel Kyriakides, John Ryan, and Teddy Geiger to name but a few. Connell has enjoyed tremendous success as a songwriter; with his prolific body of work spanning three albums, two EPs and a roll call of co-written singles released by fellow artists. American audiences will have heard Connell’s latest US release “Endless Possibilities” in the recent Quaker Oats commercials airing across the nation in 2017 just as South African fans embraced the release of Connell Cruise’s sophomore solo release, “Barely Breathing,” sending it straight to No. 1 on the iTunes album charts with his lead single “All Day” rising through radio charts across the country.
Currently based in New York City, Connell continues to proudly introduce his South Africa sound to the world.
Michael Lowman. Durban born. Jozi raised. L.A made. Cape Town based.
Michael is far from your regular, run-of-the-mill, schooled and bread musician. His story is different. Something penned straight out of the Hollywood-Underdog playbook. At the not-so-tender age of 17, Michael picked up a guitar for the first time. Songwriting came naturally for this John Mayer inspired guitarist and he soon found himself in Los Angeles, heart firmly pinned and exposed.
Since signing with the Major Label, Michael has exploded onto the South African music scene. He has played nearly every major festival and venue in the country and has had numerous hit singles. He has been nominated for a number of awards, including a SAMA (South African Music Award), an MK Award and an MTV Music Award.
Michael released his debut album, Crayon Boxes, through Universal Music (as a result of the merger with EMI Music) in September of 2013 – the response has been unforgettable. Just like in the US, the single Crayon Boxes was also soon snatched up by Property 24 in South Africa for a campaign, and Michael Lowman soon became a household name.
Not only has he since performed for and supported international stars like Tori Amos and UB40, but he has also shared the stage with African Mega Stars Mafikizolo, when he was asked to open up the 2014 MTV African Music Awards ceremony.
Staying true to his talent and perfectionism, it comes as no surprise that the follow up to Crayon Boxes took Michael no less than 3 years to prepare and release to the world. He is excited to finally set it free, and it is set for release in March 2017, with quite a few surprises in store.
Fans got a sneak peak into the new album, entitled PopRadio, when Michael released the first single from the album in October 2016. The single, called Mixtape and featuring renowned South African singer Karlien van Jaarsveld, was play listed on more than 25 stations nationwide, including charting on the JacarandaFM Top 20.
There is no denying that Lowman is one of South Africa’s most prized musical talents. It’s only a matter of time before the world starts making their claim.
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