Starting off the summer in style, Atlantic Records presented a showcase of their up and coming artists: Brynn Elliot, Sara Kays, Catie Turner, JAX, and MAY-A. Each presented their own unique style and sense of sound. The event was held online at 2pm PDT | 5pm EDT on Wednesday, June 2nd, where fans could tune in and discover the artists rising on the radar.
Starting the performance, Catie Turner introduced us to the show with a soothing tone to her voice. “When I get heartbroken, I milk it…by writing songs.” Brynn Elliot joined the stage with her electric guitar and welcomed the audience with an alluring sweet punk pop style. Can I be real EP July 9th, filled with warm summer boys. MAY-A joined the stage from Australia with their girl band. “I wish I could be with all of you in LA right now,” they said. The chill bops filled the ears and made you want to dance along. Sara Kays slowed the pace with ballads that soothed the soul. JAX concluded the performance with her bubbly charm and fun personality. Depicting her year in just a few words, she shared the therapy she found in humor and her lighthearted music.
Overall, the performance was filled with soothing early summer beats and meaningful mental health positive messages, warm and bright with hope and life to kick off a season anew and conquer the next chapter in humanity.
Stay tuned for more updates about these artists!
ABOUT BRYNN ELLIOTT
Singer-songwriter Brynn Elliott is fresh off the release of her new songs “Letter To A Girl” and “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” which is now receiving radio play across the country. Co-written with songwriter Michelle Buzz (Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue), “Tell Me I’m Pretty” is joined by an official music video directed by Lauren Dunn (The Weeknd, G-Eazy) streaming now HERE. The song & her forthcoming EP infuse vibrant pop with a focus on identity, self-image and finding one’s place in the world. “Tell Me I’m Pretty” and “Letter To A Girl” herald Brynn’s breathtaking new EP, CAN I BE REAL?, due to arrive later this year. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced in large part by songwriting/production duo The Monarch (Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj), CAN I BE REAL? sees Brynn expanding on the thoughtful yet emotionally potent lyricism of her 2018 debut EP, TIME OF OUR LIVES. TIME OF OUR LIVES proved a breakthrough debut for the Atlanta-born, Los Angeles-based Elliott upon its 2018 release, highlighted by the top 15 Hot AC single, “Might Not Like Me,” – which has earned over 43 million global streams thus far. Brynn was named among YouTube’s influential “Artists On The Rise” program, and made a series of national TV appearances on the TODAY show, Live with Kelly and Ryan and toured extensively with the likes of Why Don’t We AJ Mitchell, and James Arthur. Her debut EP was fueled in large part by her philosophy studies at Harvard University. Along with releasing music, Brynn has played over 250 shows both on her own and as special guest to such artists as Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter, Alanis Morissette, and Why Don’t We.
ABOUT CATIE TURNER
Beloved for her potent, personal lyricism and soulful vocals, Catie Turner is a uniquely gifted singer and writer whose offbeat charm and tongue-in-cheek songcraft has now drawn over 70 million global streams and counting. Catie first began writing songs and playing guitar in her hometown of Langhorne, PA, providing her a means to cope with the myriad pressures placed upon young women. 2019 brought her remarkable solo debut EP, THE SAD VEGAN, highlighted by the moving pop anthem “Prom Queen” which exploded across all platforms, was named one ofTIME’s“5 Songs You Need To Listen To This Week,” and landed Catie a spot on Idolator’s “On The Verge: 40 Artists To Watch In 2020.” Recently, Catie has released an impressive string of singles including the experimental pop earworm, “Hide & Seek,” the anthemic “Play God,” the beautiful, down-to-earth “One Day,” and the touching ode to her mother, “Mama.” Receiving acclaim from Billboard, Euphoria, American Songwriter, Hollywood Life and more Catie is showing no signs of slowing down. TIME may have said it best; “There is a universal message that resonates well into adulthood in Catie Turner’s aching, existential honesty…[that] suggests wisdom beyond her years.” The multi-talented Turner recently relocated to Los Angeles where she is hard at work creating more new music, with her Atlantic Records debut project slated for later this year. Stay tuned for more from this rising star!
Raised in New Jersey by way of New York, Jax got her start by performing a wide variety of genres and in bands growing up. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, she turned to TikTok, posting a hilarious response to the pop gem “Stacy’s Mom” from “Stacy’s Mom’s Perspective” which exploded with nearly 9 million views in just a few months and “Update from Avril Lavigne & Sk8er Boi 18 years later” which became her most successful parody to date with over 14.5 million views. She continued to go viral a dozen or more times over, now having amassed over 2.5 million followers on the platform and 40 million “likes.” With a massive online audience under her belt, Jax began sharing her own original music in late 2020 to an overwhelmingly positive response – including her Atlantic Records-debut single “Ring Pop” which yielded high-profile appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Access Hollywood & more. Meanwhile, her follow-up single “90s Kids” brings the ultimate nostalgia and has amassed over 8 million global streams since release.
Rising 19-year-old pop wunderkind, MAY-A broke onto the scene with her singles “Apricots” and “Time I Love To Waste” late last year, chronicling the story of a blossoming relationship with the catchiest pop hooks, intoxicating lyrics and showing MAY-A wholeheartedly embracing her sexuality whilst falling deeper and deeper in love for the first time. MAY-A has been quickly growing a loyal fanbase both at home in Australia and abroad, amassing over 250K YouTube subscribers, tens of millions of streams, a support slot for Wafia, and the #1 played track from Australia’s tastemaker radio station triple j, as well as early champions at Variety, NME, Billboard, Ones To Watch, American Songwriter, Alt Press and more.Having written music since the age of 12, MAY-Ahas honed a brand of songwriting that marries the classic pop structures and storytelling of favorites that permeated her childhood home with the post-genre sensibilities of Billie Eilish, the nonchalant Gen Z cool of Clairo, and the suburban poetry of Lorde. With her poignant, elliptical storytelling, clear-eyed observational lyricism, and songwriting full of musical left-turns, MAY-A interrogates the realities of youth with clarity and maturity beyond her 19 years. With more new music slated for this year, MAY-A has proved to be a surefire popstar on the rise!
ABOUT SARA KAYS
As if setting her diary to music, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter, talented guitarist, and ukulele player, Sara Kays, creates refreshingly honest alternative pop with her relatable storytelling. Kays’ poetic brand of pop which she writes and records all on her own, has earned her more than 1.6M TikTok followers, a growing audience that feels more like a supportive community. Celebrating the breakout success of her viral anthem, “Remember That Night?” which is currently impacting Top 40 radio with over 150M global streams, Kays recently made her U.S. television debut with a performance of the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Sara first teased the track, which recently rose 12-9 at Triple A radio becoming Sara’s first Top 10 single on any Billboard chart, on TikTok and the clip now has over 14M views and 3M likes while the official music video has earned over 6M views on YouTube. Recent press highlights include Billboard’s Emerging Artists Spotlight, rising to #4 on Rolling Stone’s “Breakthrough 25”Chart, praise from Entertainment Weekly, SPIN, American Songwriter, Alternative Press, Flaunt, FLOOD, HUFFPOST, and more.