Urban Development is proud to be curating a showcase on Thursday 21st March at Kings Place. For the last twenty years Urban Development has been a pillar of the underground Urban music scene nurturing and providing platforms for artists early in their careers. These include Labrinth, Devlin, Wretch 32, Skepta and Maverick Sabre, whilst young people we have supported now work at a institutions including Island Records, Warner ADA, Apple/Beats by Dr Dre, Live Nation, Outlook Festival and MTV.
We’re proud to present a showcase of some the best talent that has come through our doors in the last two years. We’re also pleased to announce rising stars Miraa May and Amaria will take to the stage with our very own Urban Flames vocal collective!
Meet the Urban Development alumni here now:
Urban Flames, 2016-Present
Urban Flames is our very own vocal collective. All between the ages of 14-20 Urban Flames were formed in 2016 by six singer-songwriters. all of whom showed great promise during Urban Development School Holiday Writing Camps. Now they are a 22 member vocal collective that have played at Hackney Empire, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
Estee Blu, Urban Artist School Aluma 2015-16
London born Neo-Soul, RnB and Jazz influenced artist Estée Blu has been compared to the likes of SZA and Solange by NME. Since Estée’s time with Urban Artist School, she has gone on to support modern country duo Ward Thomas, as well as Sengalese dance-band Orchestra Baobab in sold out shows in London.Estée is now recording, co-producing and readying her first EP project.
Camper Caine, Urban Artist School Alumnus 2016-17
Hailing from the depths of South London, Camper Caine is a storyteller who draws from his everyday life experiences. Since Camper Caine graduated from the Urban Artist School in 2017, he has been nominated for a GRM Daily/ KA Get Rated Award. He is currently writing and producing new material, a skill he developed during his year at the Urban Artist School.
Amahla, Urban Artist School Alumna 2017-18
After releasing her debut single 'Old Soul' Amahla was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize for outstanding female songwriters. She also rounded off 2018 as a recipient of the second ever MOBO Help Musicians fund for her exceptional voice. Amahla began 2019 with the release of her debut EP 'Consider This' and playing sets at The Jazz Cafe, Royal Albert Hall and her sold out show at the Roundhouse. 'Consider This' has since received support from Complex, Earmilk, BBC Radio London and BBC 1Xtra. Unafraid to explore themes of race, gender and class,
Miss Jacqui, Urban Artist School Alumna 2017-18
Spoken word artist and songwriter Miss Jacqui was thrust into the spotlight after a performance at the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony. As a wheelchair user, her music gives listeners a glimpse into what it means to be a black woman with a disability on a quest to be free from the perception of others. Attending Urban Artist School in 2017-18 provided an entry point for Miss Jacqui to explore her place and voice within the music industry. During that year Miss Jacqui wrote and recorded her debut EP ‘Perception’ - a cutting take on what it means to be one voice that stands out among many.
Tai, Urban Artist School Student 2018-19
Tai is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Stevenage. In 2016 she was nominated for a Youth Music Award at the Unsigned Music Awards and was a top 10 finalist at the Young Songwriters Academy in 2016 and 2017. Since being a student at Urban Artist School, Tai has gained the tools to discover her brand and network within the industry effectively. Tai has recently collaborated on a track with an American Grammy nominated producer which will be included on her album due for release later this year.
Digital Mozart, Urban Artist School Student 2018-19
Digital Mozart is a Producer, DJ & Graphic Designer based in East London. The self proclaimed Grime, R&B and Cyberpunk enthusiast has built himself a reputation for uniquely blending the sounds of electronic, slow-wave, R&B, UK Bass Music and intricate vocal chops to compile a sound of the future. “Urban Artist School has really changed how I perceive my brand and made me be more diligent as well as more creative in the way I present it, this has lead to me even being acknowledged on BBC 1Xtra, Beats 1 and even stations in Japan”
Urban Development Presents
Thursday 21st March