Contemporary Music Musician Profiles

There are quite a few contemporary musicians producing inspirational music, we have profiled the 5 we believe to be the most popular in the 21st century: Maroon 5, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, One Republic and Hozier.

Maroon 5

Maroon 5

Maroon 5, a pop/rock group from Los Angeles, is known as one of the most popular music bands of the current millennium, with songs like 'She Will Be Loved', 'This Love', and 'Makes Me Wonder', that have all topped the charts all over the world. In the mid 90's, band members Adam Levine, the Lead Vocalist, Jesse Carmichael, Keyboard Player, Mickey Madden, Bass, and Drummer, Ryan Dusick, played for Kara's Flowers. They even managed to release a debut album with Reprise Records at a young age whilst studying at high school. This album wasn't so successful, nonetheless, and Kara's Flowers ended up being dropped by Reprise Roster.

The band members ended up regrouping after going to college for a short time as Marron 5, including James Valentine, a previous Guitarist for Square and welcoming a much more R&B inspired sound to their music. A few years later, particularly in 2002, they officially rose to the front of the pop music world with their song 'About Jane' and 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long', both songs received a multi-platinum and became a hit worldwide.

Maroon 5 has progressed more and more since with Adam Levine, the Lead Vocalist, known to possess the most identifiable voice in contemporary music, plus his singing manner allows each new song to be equally as good as the previous one.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

In 2010, Ellie Goulding, a British Vocalist, caught the attention of the public with two wonderful singles: 'Starry Eyed' and 'Guns & Horses'. She climbed to the top of the charts very quickly with her incredibly contagious electronic pop sounds. Even though she began her music career writing folk style songs, she ultimately progressed into a creative artist influenced by electronics adding some ambient synth pop and dance music to her songs. Like her forerunners: Imogen Heap and Kate Bush, Goulding stands at the front-line of the contemporary music industry with her individualised soprano sing outs and her natural flair for writing emotionally captivating deep solos.

Goulding was born in Hereford in England, and acquired a passion for music as a young teenager. She moved to the east coast to study Drama at Kent University where she was exposed to electronics. 2 years later, she took a study break and moved to London to pursue a career as an alternative Singer and Songwriter and assisted producers Frankmusik and Starsmith, who both gave her songs with an electropop twist added to them.

Goulding started to build an audience through the internet in 2009, which is where her earlier songs such as 'Starry Eyed' and 'Black & Gold', Sam Sparro's cover, were posted on MP3 blogs like Discodust. She graduated from the blog sphere very quickly and went to print media to gain a lot of compliments from the mainstream world getting herself some deals with certain record labels. She eventually signed a label with the company Polydor Records and started working on her first album. For the time being, she composed song lyrics for Gabriella Climi, Diana Vickers and a few others.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

His first soul-influenced single was issued in 2013, although it was his elevated vocalised contribution to Disclosure's garage track, 'Latch', that gave him the most attention from the public. Smith balanced studying along with music, steeping in an authentic and impassioned approach to his performances characterised by the artists he favoured the most to include Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin. 'Latch', ended up towards the top-end of the singles chart in the UK when Sam Smith was only 21, surprising many when his solo track went down a more hardened path. 'Lay Me Down', produced in February 2013, recollected materials that had been stripped-back proven to be successful for Adele in the previous years.

Afterwards, Shahid Khan, also known as Naughty Boy, made a decision to follow Emeli Sande's top UK hit, 'Wonder' with his catchy Bollywood piece, 'La La La', which became an instant hit in the UK in 2013 thanks to Smith's strong leading vocals following his tour in spring in support of Sandé. That autumn, he issued his Nirvana EP including an auditory reading of 'Latch', and he ended up in the UK's singles chart again in February 2014 with his song 'Money on My Mind', an irresistible tune marrying his calm vocals with some frantic beats. Smith's full-length debut, 'In the Lonely Hour', was released in the UK in the same year and arrived in the US a month later.

One Republic

One Republic

OneRepublic, a rock band from America, was formed in 2002 by Zach Filkins and Ryan Tedder. There are five band members: Ryan Tedder, the lead Vocalist, Guitarist and Pianist, Zach Filkins, the Guitarist & Backing Vocalist, Drew Brown, the Guitarist, Brent Kutzle, the Bass & Cello player and the Drummer, Eddie Fisher.

The band triumphed on MySpace and became the most conspicuous non-signed act on the site. In 2006, OneRepublic signed up with the Mosley Music Group and released 'Dreaming Out, their first album, a year later. They made history on radio with their first solo, 'Apologize' receiving the highest amount of airplay time in the history of radio with around 10,331 plays in a week, a record that has only been broken one other time by Bleeding Love.

OneRepublic's remixed edition, appeared in Timbaland's album, 'Shock Value'; it was a worldwide smash hit and reached to number one in 16 countries, gained ten million downloads and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The band achieved global success with 'Stop and Stare', their second solo. Their album, 'Dreaming out Loud', was certified as a gold in Canada, Australia, US and Austria.

'Waking Up', OneRepublic's second album, was released in November 2009 with the leading single, 'All the Right Moves', charting in the top 10 in Switzerland, New Zealand and Ireland and got into the top 20 on Billboards' Hot 100 list.

Hozier

Hozier

A distinctive and intellectual Singer, Songwriter and Instrumentalist (multi) who quotes John Lee Hooker, Leonard Cohen, James Joyce's 'Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man', in addition to community led choral harmonic singing amongst his inspirations, Hozier was born as Andrew Hozier-Byrne on St. Patrick's Day - 17th March 1990 in Bray, Ireland.

As the son of a resident Blues musician, he grew up with this genre of music being played around him all the time. At 15 years of age, he joined a band and gravitated towards Gospel, RnB, and Soul and, obviously, Blues. Hozier studied a music degree at Trinity College based in Dublin, where he participated in the Trinity Orchestra, but left in his first year to do record demos for one of the largest music co-operations in the world, Universal Music.

Between 2009 to 2012, he sang and toured around the world with an Irish vocal group, AnĂșna. His solo EP, 'Take Me to Church', was released in 2013, and when the title track's contentious video addressing Russia's gay discrimination went on Redditt and YouTube virally, Hozier landed himself a global audience. In 2004, 'From Eden', his second EP, appeared followed by an eponymous entrance album release that reached the Top 10 charts in at least 11 different countries and certified as gold in Great Britain and Canada.