Have you heard the new and exciting sound of British Alternative/Soul duo, Graffiti6 yet? They have a cutting edge style and sound that is beginning to get a lot of attention here in the USA! Their debut album Colours was recently released by Capitol Records on January 24th , and they made their very first late night TV appearance on January 13th, performing their hit single,”Free” on ―The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. They made their national TV debut last month when they performed the single on ―The Rachael Ray Show.‖
“Free”, the first single from Colours is climbing its way to the top of the AAA radio airplay charts where it is currently #9 and will impact the Hot AC format next month. It was selected as “Pick Of The Week” by USA Today, praising the track’s “bassline and singer Jamie Scott’s exquisite falsetto breaks.” Marie Claire described the song as “Pop at its most glorious” and called Jamie Scott’s falsetto “swoon-worthy,‖ while Billboard said in their review of the track that Scott and producer TommyD “makes the art of crafting pop gems seem like the easiest task in the world.”
The video for “Free” is currently in rotation on MTVU and VH1. It was featured as a “One to Watch” on last week’s VH1 Top Twenty Countdown.
Graffiti6 is currently on a nationwide tour with Sony recording artist Augustana on January 17th in Anaheim, CA, running through Feb. 7th in Atlanta, GA (full schedule below). They wrapped a tour last month with Latin singer-songwriter Xemina. 2011also saw them play Austin City Limits and shows with artists such as Fitz And The Tantrums, Oh Land, Talib Kweli and more.
For those that do not already know, Graffiti6 is collaboration between singer/songwriter Jamie Scott and songwriter-producer TommyD. American Pop music fans will remember Jamie Scott as a featured artist on Jive Records’ 2006 soundtrack to Touchstone Pictures’ Step Up. Scott’s “Made” was featured on the soundtrack, and he played the role of “Colin” in the film. Jamie was originally signed as a solo artist to Jive’s parent company at that time, Sony BMG. But due to the corporate restructuring of Sony and BMG during their merger of 2004, his intended debut album, Soul Searching was never released. Scott also wrote and produced for other artists including Enrique Iglesias, JLS, One Direction, Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Kiwanuka
The other half of the duo is Writer/producer/DJ, TommyD, who has worked with, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue, KT Tunstall and others. The first song they wrote together was “Stare Into the Sun.” The track was chosen to soundtrack a TV ad campaign for The Sun newspaper.
After Sony/ATV Music Publishing submitted the song to The Sun newspaper, the exposure they got from the campaign encouraged Jamie and Tommy to write and record even more music. It would be the music that would become their debut album.
The band first decided to put out their music on their own label, N.W. Free Music. That music was then exclusively licensed to Capitol Records for further distribution.
That music was praised in a five-star review of from London newspaper The Independent raving that the album “a mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul.” It goes on to say that they have a soul that “sparkles with invention and throbs with emotion”. They are now beginning to finally ready to break state-side with the release of Colours. Graffiti6’s songs have been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, Covert Affairs, CSI: NY, One Tree Hill, Parenthood, Chelsea Settles, Basketball Wives and the MTV series Teen Wolf. MTV has also featured the group in its Freshmen 5, Artist to Watch, and Push campaigns.
N.W. Free Music/Capitol Records
“Stare Into The Sun”
“Annie You Save Me”
N.W. Free Music/Capitol Records
From Step Up Soundtrack
Summitt Entertainment/Touchstone Pictures/Offspring Entertainment/Jive Records/Zomb Label Group
Graffiti on tour with Augustana:
01/17 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
01/18 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
01/19 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
01/21 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
01/22 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
01/24 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
01/25 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
01/27 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
01/28 Chicago, IL Park West
01/30 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
01/31 Boston, MA Paradise
02/01 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
02/03 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
02/04 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
02/06 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
02/07 Atlanta, GA Vinyl