PRS for Music tips new talent

PRS for Music staff are at the coal face of the industry so we've tapped their insider knowledge to glean top music tips

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 9 Oct 2012
  • min read
The society’s 95,000-strong membership includes some of the world’s best loved pop and rock songwriters, classical composers, TV and film score composers, library music creators and music publishers. Over the past three years, it has seen its member base grow by more than 20,000.

So, with all that music knowledge around the company, M decided to ask PRS for Music employees to give us their top tip for up-and-coming songwriters to watch.

This is what they came up with…

I met Rich Thomas as a young musician five years ago, playing solo gigs around London and Surrey. His songs had always remained lyrically inspired, and coupled with what can only be described as a beautifully edgy vocal tone, had always been distinctive. Since then, Rich Thomas formed Brother and Bones, described by most as folk-rock, which has only added to the experience of Rich Thomas’ music.

With songs that build from vocals and acoustic guitar to full band including amazing bass grooves, electric guitar, and two percussionists, the sound hits you like you’re right in the front row every time. These guys have worked hard, touring festivals all over the country, and I always leave a gig amazed at the new material they produce.

By Laura Driffield, Marketing and Communications


Loud and heavy sludge mob from East London offer something different for most sludge fans in that they have more of a Neurosis vibe about them, and one of the greatest female drummers I have ever seen.

By Gareth Kelly, Public Performance Sales


To put it simply, Gaggle are a 21-strong, all-women alternative choir. To put it not so simply, Gaggle represent the all-powerful female, retaliating against male oppression, capitalist greed and social injustice with group vocals that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

There is something truly powerful about hearing that many voices sing at once about some of the worst problems this world faces, backed by African drums, crashing cymbals and distorted keys.

You may have heard some of their tracks during the Paralympic Games and not even known it, but The Power of Money, a track about corruption and greed, which closes with a famous sound bite from US news anchor Larry Kudlow, is a good place to start. Keep an ear out for these modern day Amazonian warriors.

By Shaun Mooney, Marketing and Communications


Hailing from West London, Cleo Sol is a rising star; her vocals featured on Tinie Tempah’s 2008 single Tears. Last year, Cleo signed with Island Records and recently released her debut single Never the Right Time, which has received heavy rotation on the radio and over 300,000 YouTube views. She is definitely one to watch. Her sensational voice and sultry vibe is intoxicating! Check out her sexy video for Never the Right Time.

By Magda Kiros, Marketing and Communications


A duo formed of American born session singer-songwriter Vula Malinga, and British musician Ben Jones. I was introduced to them when they first started out back in 2006, but only became an avid fan during the early part of this year! I enjoy their old school lyrical structure, and the clever way they incorporate both the old and modern elements of a catchy backing track.

Synths, electro-pop, soul-lathered vocals and smooth melodic transitions are what help this pair stand out among their musical peers. Their debut album He Said, She Said emphasises just how possible it is to stick to your original plan. Although they've evidently progressed as artists since they began, I still feel a sense of originality and loyalty to their starting style. Much obliged DivaGeek, much obliged.

By Karen-Grace Siriboe, Member Services