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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:23

Malta: JJoy and Kelly Stelfox Lead Top Ten on 89.7 Bay

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It has been a while since we promoted the acts that are successfully managing to interact with the people through the medium of music. There is a quintessential line-up of stars, all vying for that elite number 1 position but nevertheless, some people have to settle for the other positions in the top ten. Bay radio has aided in promoting local talent to a larger extent by virtue of taking on tracks which they deem fit to be played on the station. The chart show hosted every Saturday by Nathan D at 13:30CET has once more been through another edition. Below you will hear the tracks of the top ten along with biographical information about each respective act. Well done to all of the acts! 
This week’s number 10 is the pop/clubish song Cry for you from Adie, which went down from position number 7, a peak achieved last week. In recent months, the local performer has gone on from strength to strength mostly due to her song Reaction which won the top video in the Mużika Mod Ieħor Podcast Poll as organized by local critic Toni Sant who is now based in the United Kingdom. It is important to note that it has received an incredible amount of airplay during the timespace it was out including 30 weeks on XFM Malta 100.2 FM and also other local stations. Recently, Adie was  the support act singer for famous duo 'The Cheeky Girls' who have sold some 1.2 million copies of their music worldwide. A collaboration with none other than DJ Toby has also been recorded in the past couple of weeks so stay tuned.
Dry Connections go down to position number 9 this week, with their song, Right from the Start. I really like it, a different feel that characterizes this band from others. Dry Connections was formed in February 2009, by Bruce, Franklin and Mark. After a while Fredu joined the Group and the name Dry Connections was chosen in Conjunction with “Dry Joints”, since they had a lot of equipment fault! Then Steve Joined (speaking of Faulty equipment) , then he left, then he rejoined and all was well. Dry Connections have taken part in fund raising events for children, as they believe that music is the key to the hearts of people.
Position number 5 is proudly owned by Bridget Bone’s very good rock song, Gregory Jackson. Having broken into the local scene only a couple of months ago, Bridget Bone is a relatively young, 4 peice band. The idea to form the band came back in 2007 when Julian Borg (Drums) and Karl Gauci (Vocals & Guitars) came up with the idea to form an alternative rock band. The idea came during an open air gig at Ta’ Qali. Neither of them played instruments and after 3 months Karl had started to play the guitar and a year after Julian had started the drums. After some time they contacted Keith Sammut and he decided to join them as a guitarist. Their search for a fourth member inevitably led them to long time close friend, Bertram, who joined the band as bassist. In 2008 Bridget Bone then got their hands on a decent place to jam and from there onwards new ideas and grungy riffs started to form Bridget Bone. After a year Keith Sammut (Guitars) left the band due to his intense studies and although this was a very hard decision, he still manages to come and jam with the band as old habits die hard. He was replaced by the newest member of the band Andrew Francica (Guitars). Bridget Bone are now working on some new songs as well as setting up gigs for the near future.
Runaway from Lyndsay is one of the new comers this week, and obtains position number 8. Lyndsay has had several top 10 hits in Malta including System Overload, Zip It Up and Going Under.  She has been a resident singer on several prime time entertainment shows in Malta and was also part of an all girl band called Vieve.
This week’s second newcomer is the new single of Christabelle entitled Say. It has a very particular feel, very ‘international sound’, very different style from her. She is one of Malta’s most prominent young singers that has busted the music scene, scooping up Music Awards and shooting to number 1 on the radio charts with every single release! She is currently studying and living in Malta but co-works and writes her music with a London producer and every couple of months she is in London recording her songs in studios the likes of Metropolis. She has been in the music scene from age 4. By 12 she had already participated and placed in numerous local festivals and gone on to participate in international ones. In 2003 she was invited by Joanna Franchi to take part in the Golden Magnolia held in Louisiana Baton Rouge New Orleans America. There she won the F.I.D.O.F. award for the best most outstanding young performer. This set her off to further ventures and training including memorable ones under Seth Riggs whom she met at an Speech Level Singing Camp in Los Angeles in 2006. Performing in front of a small crowd isn't what one would consider to be as the most memorable performance in their life but for Christabelle it happened that summer when she was asked to perform in front of some decision making people in the US music industry.  She was asked to fly back to Los Angeles the following year and recorded her first 3 songs abroad and for her that was it. As she builds her repertoire of new releases, develops her talent for song writing and co-producing and turns into an artist, Christabelle is currently working on her 1st album and is ready to be launched. Christabelle is enjoying position number 8!
And after several weeks in the top 3, Miss You by the group, Wintermoods has gone down to position number 7, after last week’s position number 4. It’s like the ‘odd-one-out’ of the chart, since firstly, it is a ballad, and secondly, its lyrics are so deep. Nonetheless, Wintermoods was, is and will remain the most loved Maltese band, no matter what position their songs are in the charts. inter Moods was formed in mid-eighties. Two young musicians, including bassist Joseph Rizzo were in a band in search for a vocalist. They took on a friend still in his teens, Ivan Grech. They preferred music over everything else in life. They met frequently in a garage in Senglea on cold grey days to put together their own original songs. Thus the mood, thus the name of the band – Winter Moods. The early years were all about playing in front of a crowd. The local music scene was ripe with activity. Bands came and went, some making more noise than others. Only one band stood the test of time, evolving and adapting itself to the changes in the music scene. Etienne Robinich joined on keyboards. During the nineties the emergence of new radio stations put an emphasis on airplay. Winter Moods released their first single ‘Sarah’, which was an instant hit with listeners. This song remains one of the band’s most popular tracks to this day. Sarah was included in the band’s first CD album released in 1996. Self-titled Winter Moods, the album was reminiscent of the members’ original influences. Guitarist Melvin Caruana was the last member to join the band in 1997. Shortly after, in 2000, the band went on to launch their next CD album, Morning Ale which produced hit songs Jamaica, Ride and Everyday Song – awarded the best song of all time. Winter Moods’ third CD album, ‘Butterfly House’ was released in April 2003. It featured the top hit Come To You, and following on its predecessor’s success, this album reached the top of the local charts within days of its release. Winter Moods’ fourth album Ordinary Men combines the band’s musical expertise with new styles. ‘Ordinary Men’ became the band’s best selling album to date, and includes the band’s most famous song Marigold. Over the years Winter Moods garnered several awards. The band was voted as the Best Band at six editions of the Malta Music Awards (1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010). Winter Moods also received the Best Song award for their timeless hit ‘Marigold’ (2007) and ‘My Neverland’ (2010), and the Best Song Writer award for Ivan Grech in 2007 and 2010. In 2008 the band was awarded the Legends Award – the first time such an award was handed out. During the Bay Music Awards 2004 Winter Moods were awarded the Icon Award for their on going contribution to the Maltese music scene and for the success their countless singles have had on 89.7 Bay. During the Bay Music Awards 2005 the band won best single of the year award for ‘Closer’ and the best single of all time award for ‘Everyday Song’. In 2007 the band garnered a further three BMAs this time for Best Band, Best Song (Marigold) and the Viewers’ Choice.
One of my favourite Maltese bands, Red Electrick have entered the chart with their new single, Paul. They will soon be launching their new project in the local cinemas, after filming their ‘un-plugged’ sessions of their songs, and this single is one of them. I’m talking about Red Electrick, who have proven to be an excellent band with great potential. Their new single has gone up to position number 4; a very simple song, with a superb male vocal and really smooth instruments (piano and guitar mainly). What makes the band work so well is most likely to do with the artistic diversity of its individual members. Not only do they bring a variety of musical influences to the table, they’re all pretty different characters too, which usually comes in handy when it comes to igniting their creative spark. The band’s debut album, Vine Lady is a fine example of just how different, yet consistently effervescent Red Electrick can be; small wonder then that it has been critically acclaimed as a firm stepping stone for this band that is simply brimming with energy and enthusiasm.
For Strings Inn, with the song Julie July find themselves in position number 3. For Strings Inn is a four-piece band which was founded in Malta in 2008 when the owners ran into each other after their long separate journeys up and down the hills of music. Feeling stronger and full of energy they decided to fuse 'For Strings Inn' through their common influences in style. Having already formed part of other legendary underground local bands, the individuals forming this band need no introduction with the Maltese music lovers. So For Strings Inn welcomes you to their inn, in which the music here is still fresh and nothing like anything ever heard before. In 2009 'For Strings Inn' entered Temple studios Malta to record their first Extended Play. The EP, …with Strings attached, was launched in December 2010. From this EP the band released their first two singles, 'Beyond Infinity' and 'Strada Bar'. These two tracks entered the Maltese top ten charts, and also got great response from their respective fans. Apart from numerous promotional local gigs in 2010, together with other local and foreign bands, the band also performed 7 shows during two mini tours in Denmark and France. DJ Ruby feat. Laura Jee, with the song Defenseless, whilst position number 1 is proudly owned for the second week in a row by JJoy Feat. Kelly Stelfox with the club song ‘ Love Hangover’. Both Dj’s are renowed in our islands and they seem that they will be battling next week’s position number 1. Who knows?! Stay tuned to to know each week the latest updates in the Maltese charts.
Last modified on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:35