Spotlight Sounds record launch
On Friday 13thApril Spotlight hosted the Spotlight Sounds Season 2 Launch Night. A total of 16 acts performed, all aged 11-19. The group performed an eclectic mix of genres, from alternative rock, to grime, R&B, and spoken word. The night was hosted by Rellik Tha Don, radio host and DJ for Reprezent Radio, London’s most popular youth-led radio station.
Speaking of the event, Rellik said:
“This was probably one of my favourite nights in my career. It was awe-inspiring to see how much talent these kids had. The diversity was amazing. Organizations like Spotlight are so important to communities. Nurturing talent and helping young people do something constructive with their time in a safe, friendly environment. We need more companies like Spotlight!”
The evening was full of thoughtful and political performances from young people. ALifted, a young Christian sibling duo, sang about being a young person today, advising the audience to: ‘Say no to guns and gangs. Say no to drugs and knives. Young people, let’s do positive things with our lives.’
Another standout moment was a rap battle between two young female rap and grime artists. 18 year old LT performed opposite 12 year old Diamond in a face off that took place between two opposing stages.
The atmosphere on the night was festive, audience members dancing and singing along to the tracks that they knew. Audience were instructed to click along to the spoken word artists rather than clap, and at particularly powerful moments you could hear a roomful of people clicking in unison.
On the night two performers, Archna and Jasmine2Safi, announced the release of their new singles and EPs. These can now be found on all major online music distribution platforms, including but not limited to Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. You can listen to Archna here, and Jasmine here.
Archna has said that: ‘Spotlight has been a place where I’ve been able to progress as an artist and be myself with my music. They’ve given me the opportunity to focus on releasing music and on the professional side of being an artist. They gave me a direction.’
Jasmine has also said: ‘Spotlight have helped me by simply giving me the opportunity to access a studio, and I’m really grateful that I have somewhere to go and make music. Being surrounded by like-minded individual builds a sense of encouragement within me when I’m making music.’