Hot Mic Artist Trending Report Vol. 96

Neon Entertainment offers the top talent in the entertainment industry. Each week our Artist Trending Report brings you the top musicians and comedians that you can bring to your campus for your next big Spring Fest event.

Offering services like event preparation and on-site consultation for your larger events, Neon Entertainment has been one of the leading entertainment booking agencies for the past 23 years. If you need to hire a comedian or need a musician for your college event let one of our entertainment booking agents help you with your next event.

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1. The Head and The Heart

Formed in Seattle by a group of northwestern transplants, the Head and the Heart is an indie folk band whose influences include Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque pop. The lineup came together in 2009, when songwriters Jonathan Russell and Josiah Johnson met at an open-mike event at Seattle’s Conor Byrne Pub. Pianist Kenny Hensley, bassist Chris Zasche, violinist Charity Rose Thielen, and former Prabir & the Substitutes drummer Tyler Williams rounded out the roster, and the Head and the Heart spent the first half of 2010 touring the Pacific Northwest before self-releasing their eponymous debut in June. By the end of the summer, they’d created enough buzz in the Pacific Northwest to entertain offers from several record labels, eventually signing with Sub Pop that fall and reissuing their album — this time with remastered tracks and one new song — in early 2011.

Let’s Be Still The Head and the Heart spent much of their time on tour during 2012 and subsequently began the writing process for their second album while they were on the road. The bandmembers eventually returned to Seattle to record their sophomore release, 2013’s Let’s Be Still. Enjoying continued success, they moved from Sub Pop to Warner Bros. and, after taking a break to recharge their creative batteries, returned to the studio and recorded their third full-length album (and first major-label release), Signs of Light. The album was released on September 9, 2016 with Stinson Beach Sessions, a collection of unreleased demos from the making of Signs of Light, arriving the following year.

 

2. Brynn Elliott

At age 14, Brynn Elliott was determined she’d become the first member of her family to apply to college. And not just any college: Harvard. She buried herself in schoolwork and extracurricular, building up resume for an application, and in the midst of it all Brynn began to teach herself guitar chords using YouTube videos.

In the past few years, Brynn has gone from writing songs on the bathroom floor to playing over 200 shows and signing with Atlantic Records. The musician, who first discovered songwriting as a teenager when she came across her dad’s old guitar in the basement, recently graduated from Harvard University with a mission to share her experiences and philosophical studies through the lens of pop music.

Brynn’s music, is about embracing who you are and feeling inspired to act. Brynn says. “Philosophy and music are two sides of the same coin for me. Pop music looks for what is universal in the world, providing that place for people to come and relate about the things we all feel, which is what philosophy does as well. My passion for those ideas isn’t going to go away after college – they might just look and sound different.”

 

3. Malcolm Hatchett

Malcolm most recently wrote for Justin Roiland’s (the Rick and Morty creator) Virtual Reality video game, Trevor Saves the Universe, that Roiland’s Squanch Games is currently developing. He also had a supporting role in the independent feature, 5 YEARS APART, starring Chloe Bennet and Ally Maki. He regularly performs stand-up at the world famous Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and the Hollywood Improv as well as many other comedy clubs around LA. He’s recently toured with Theo Von and Erik Griffin, and is starting to book his own dates around the country.

Malcolm Hatchett is an extraordinary 24 year old talent from Winstem Salem, NC, who moved out to Los Angeles 9 months ago with a dream to be a comedian, and has quickly gained insane momentum within the LA stand-up community.