Ólöf Arnalds was born in 1980. In 2006 she graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts with a B.A. degree in composition and new media. She's múm's collaborator for the past years, and has also played with many other Icelandic bands and musicians, such as Slowblow or Stórsveit Nix Noltes. One of Ólöf´s most recent collaborations was her part on Skúli Sverrisson's critically acclaimed album Sería where she plays guitar, charanga, viola and sings her own lyrics. Ólöf´s debut solo album Við Og Við was released in 2007 on 12 Tónar. Produced by Sigur Rós' Kjartan Sveinsson.
There are at least two bands called Epica: 1. Epica is a symphonic metal band from The Netherlands, founded in 2003 by guitarist and vocalist <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Mark+Jansen" class="bbcode_artist">Mark Jansen</a> after his departure from <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/After+Forever" class="bbcode_artist">After Forever</a>. The band currently consists of <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Simone+Simons" class="bbcode_artist">Simone Simons</a> (vocals), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Mark+Jansen" class="bbcode_artist">Mark Jansen</a> (guitars, vocals), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Isaac+Delahaye" class="bbcode_artist">Isaac Delahaye</a> (guitar), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Rob+van+der+Loo" class="bbcode_artist">Rob van der Loo</a> (bass), <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Coen+Janssen" class="bbcode_artist">Coen Janssen</a> (keyboards, synthesiser), and <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Ari%C3%ABn+van+Weesenbeek" class="bbcode_artist">Ariën van Weesenbeek</a> (drums). They perform symphonic metal, with influences from death, progressive and gothic metal.
The Pretty Reckless is a New York based alternative rock band fronted by American actress and model Taylor Momsen. Other members include Ben Phillips, Mark Damon and Jamie Perkins. On December 30, 2009, the band released a promo song entitled Make Me Wanna Die which was later launched on the soundtrack to the 2010 film Kick-Ass. The first EP for their album was released on June 22, 2010 and the full record "Light Me Up" was released August 27, 2010 in the UK and on February 8, 2011 in the USA.
Cher Lloyd, 17, is a student from Malvern, Worcestershire, United Kingdom. She is of Romany ancestry through her mother. She studied performing arts at Dyson Perrins CE Sports College in 2009. She auditioned for The X Factor twice before (when the minimum age was lower) singing ballads but it was only after reinventing herself in 2010 that she got through to see the judges. Lloyd has previously performed at holiday camps and said she gets a mixed reaction to her music. She auditioned singing the Keri Hilson version of Turn My Swag On.
The Jezabels are a band from Sydney, New South Wales that formed in 2007. We are a thing that came out of a few chance meetings at Sydney University. You see, Heather and Hayley had been playing music together for a while. Inevitably came the journey south from Byron - being their place of youth - to Sydney for a foray into higher education. Nik and Sam were studying at Sydney University also. And you know, for some reason you just meet people...
"Foxes" is the name used by two artists: 1. An electronica artist from London, UK
2. A five-piece melodic hardcore/screamo band from Perth, Western Australia 1. Word of our latest Neon Golden girl has been spreading like wildfire of late, so it's high time we introduce you to Louisa Rose Allen, set to join our family tree with the release of her debut single in 2012. Known as Foxes on the streets, this 22-year old superstar in waiting writes leftfield pop anthems with the kind of infectious ambition that has desk-strapped A&Rs foaming at the checkbook.
Mary Gauthier (born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1962) is an American folk singer/songwriter. Given up at birth by a mother she never knew, Mary was adopted. At age 15, she ran away from home and stole her parents' car, and spent the next several years in detox, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in jail. These experiences provided fodder for her songwriting later on (particularly her song "Drag Queens in Limousines").
Wynter Gordon (born Diana Gordon; August 25, 1985) is an American singer and songwriter. Wynter was born in New York and was brought up in a poverty stricken neighborhood in Queens. As the middle child of seven living in a two bedroom house with an abusive and largely absent father, her childhood was difficult. Wynter discovered her talent for singing and dance at an early age. As a teenager, she was accepted to the famous LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. There, she was nurtured in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment.
Joanna Newsom (born January 18, 1982) started taking piano lessons at a very early age and played for a couple of years, but switched to the harp at seven. Her approach to the harp, from the percussive aspects of her playing to her chord changes, was also influenced by West African and Venezuelan harp music, which she began studying at a folk music camp she attended in her early teens. At the same time, she also listened to more vocal-based folk, punk, and jazz like Karen Dalton, Texas Gladden, Patti Smith, and Billie Holiday.