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Rising Star - Music That Matters

142 EpisodesProduced by Kelly HughesWebsite

Today's most intriguing singers and songwriters talk about their new releases.

142 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Deige - Letter To My Past

August 16th, 2022


New Jersey rapper Deige talks about his latest single Letters To My Past, and much more.

Sicily Jordan - You Got Me

August 12th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Sicily Jordan talks about her latest single You Got Me, her ep Between Us, and much more.

Kjersti Long - Boys in Jersey

August 11th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Kjersti Long talks about her latest release Boys in Jersey, and much more.

Sean Della Croce - Rebecca Henry

August 11th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Sean Della Croce talks about her new music video Rebecca Henry, her album Illuminations, and much more.

Maffmatix - Wake Up

August 11th, 2022


Maffmatix talks about his latest music video Wake Up, his just-released album Metanoia Seven, and much more.

Hannah Gold - You Did This

August 10th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Hannah Gold talks about her latest single You Did This, and much more.

Christina Morgan-Diaz - You Are

August 10th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Christina Morgan-Diaz talks about her latest single You Are, and much more.

Waterofelegance - My First Love

August 5th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Waterofelegance talks about My First Love, the latest single from her album Love, and much more.

WHOAA - Saturday Fun

August 3rd, 2022


Ring and Dolla from WHOAA talk about Saturday Fun, the single and music video from their upcoming album The Day It All …

Love Crushed Velvet - The Future

August 2nd, 2022


A.L.X. of Love Crushed Velvet talks about their new single The Future, and much more.

Sp8ce Owl - Digital Breathing

August 1st, 2022


Transcendental EDM artist Sp8ce Owl talks about Digital Breathing, the new single and music video from his ep Falling From Infinity, and much more.

Blind Difference - Alive

July 29th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Blind Difference talks about her latest single Alive, and much more.

Alpha Hugo - Go Crazy

July 28th, 2022


Hip-hop artist Alpha Hugo talks about his latest singles Go Crazy and Cancer Symptoms, and much more.

Samantha Gibb - Good Lovin'

July 22nd, 2022


Singer-songwriter Samantha Gibb talks about her latest single Good Lovin', and much more.

Pep Rally - South Street

July 19th, 2022


Tommy Joyner of Pep Rally talks about their latest single South Street, and much more.

Albert Artis - I Feel Your Love

July 18th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Albert Artis talks about his gospel-inspired song I Feel Your Love, and much more.

Pistols At Dawn - Ascension

July 15th, 2022


Adam Jaffe, drummer for Pistols At Dawn, talks about The Truth and Fly, the first two releases from the band's …

Salgorhythm - He So Euro

July 14th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Salgorhythm talks about his latest single He So Euro, and much more.

Christian Parker - Diamond Sailor

July 6th, 2022


Singer-songwriter-guitarist Christian Parker talks about his latest single Diamond Sailor, his two new albums Every Passing Mile and Best Kept Secret, plus much more.

Ricci Bamboo - Papa

July 1st, 2022


Ricci Bamboo talks about his latest single Papa, and much more.

IZ.M.B - Recover

June 24th, 2022


Singer-songwriter IZ.M.B talks about Recover, the new single from her album Nowhere Town, and much more.

NYA - Closer Than Close

June 23rd, 2022


Singer-songwriter NYA talks about her latest single Closer Than Close, and much more.

Neil Nathan - The Folly of War

June 19th, 2022


Singer-songwriter Neil Nathan talks about his latest video The Folly of War plus his upcoming release Be Still My Ever …

Pesh Milli - V Roy

June 17th, 2022


Brooklyn rapper-producer-vocalist Pesh Milli talks about his latest release V Roy, a tribute to Chicago drill legend King Von, and much more.

I Am Legend - Top of the World

June 17th, 2022


R&B, pop and hip-hop artist I Am Legend talks about his latest single Top of the World, and much more.

Dude Reppin Knowhere - Airplane Mode

June 17th, 2022


Singer-rapper-songwriter Dude Reppin Knowhere talks about his latest single Airplane Mode, and much more.

Denise Marsa - Float

June 14th, 2022


Singer-songwriter-producer Denise Marsa talks about her new release Float, and much more.

Mandi Macias - Ghost

June 10th, 2022

39:11   Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Mandi Macias talks about her latest single Ghost, and much more.

guUs - Moonhangin' Man

June 10th, 2022


Dutch singer-songwriter guUs talks about his latest singles Moonhangin' Man and Baron Saturday, and much more.

Michael Dean Hall - It Really Sucks Getting Old

June 9th, 2022


Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Michael Dean Hall talks about his latest single It Really Sucks Getting Old, and much more.

Sonic Rebel - We Made This With Our Hands

June 9th, 2022


Atlanta-based drummer Tammy Hurt of Sonic Rebel talks about This Vibe, the latest single off her ep We Made This With Our Hands, and much more. 

Vanity Wyze - Stayed Down

June 8th, 2022


North Carolina-based hip hop artist Vanity Wyze talks about his latest single Stayed Down feat. Sonny King from his …

Madeleine & Salomon - Eastern Spring

June 7th, 2022


Paris-based multidisciplinary creator Clotilde of Madeleine & Salomon talks about the new album …

Michelle A. Jones - Two Dogs and a Rat

June 6th, 2022


Lyricist Michelle A. Jones talks about her latest song and video Two Dogs and a Rat and much more.

Seal Party - Maison

June 6th, 2022


Kevin Seal and Chris McGrew of the San Francisco-based band Seal Party talk about their latest single Maison, their upcoming tour, and much more.

Chris McCarthy - Pieces of a Song

June 4th, 2022


NYC-based pianist Chris McCarthy talks about Pieces of a Song, a musical collaboration with French singer …

Mighty Koba - 2 Many

June 2nd, 2022


Singer/dancer Mighty Koba talks about his latest single 2 Many feat. Jaey London and much more.

Star2 - Real Life

June 1st, 2022


Rapper Star2 talks about his latest ep Real Life and much more.

King Riley - Clout

May 27th, 2022


Nigerian recording artist King Riley talks about his latest single Clout feat. Salt and much more.

Najjah Calibur - I'm Good

May 26th, 2022


Toronto-based singer-songwriter Najjah Calibur talks about his latest single I'm Good and much more.

B. West - The Narrative

May 25th, 2022


Philadelphia-based rap artist B. West talks about his latest single The Narrative and much more.

RM47 - Strangers

May 24th, 2022


Raleigh and MAAD of RM47 talk about their latest single Strangers and much more.

Veve C - Breeze

May 21st, 2022


Veve C talks about Breeze, the latest single off her album Veveology, and much more.

Major Spark - Beautiful Noise

May 21st, 2022


Mark Goodman of Major Spark talks about their latest album Beautiful Noise and much more.

Hitpapa - I'll Be There

May 19th, 2022


Hitpapa talks about his latest single I'll Be There feat. Emtee and much more.

Greg Hoy & The Boys - Jet Black, Get Back!

May 12th, 2022


Singer/songwriter/producer Greg Hoy talks about his latest release Jet Black, Get Back! and much more.

The Roughhousers - Princess Mike/Azucar

May 12th, 2022


Grey DeLisle and Eddie Clendening of The Roughhousers talk about their latest singles Princess Mike and Azucar, plus much more.

De Royce - NRG

May 11th, 2022


Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter De Royce talks about his latest single NRG (a collaboration with T.O.K.'s …

LA - Kissing Boys

May 9th, 2022


Brussels-born singer LA talks about her latest single Kissing Boys and much more.

Glenn Valles - Urban Cowboy

May 7th, 2022


Mumbai-based songwriter Glenn Valles talks about his latest song Urban Cowboy, and much more.

Clotilde - Pieces of a Song

April 20th, 2022


Multidisciplinary artist Clotilde Rullaud talks about her upcoming tour with pianist and composer Chris McCarthy and much more.

Dici - Do What I Can

April 19th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Dici talks about his latest single Do What I Can.

Belle Vex - Mirror

April 15th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Belle Vex talks about his latest single and music video Mirror and much more.

Chaz Kiss - Goliath

April 14th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Chaz Kiss talks about her latest single Goliath and much more.

Baker Grace - Shake The Earth

April 13th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Baker Grace talks about her latest single Shake The Earth and much more.

Goldthread - Tiffany Skylight

April 12th, 2022


Kaylene and Lauren of Goldthread talk about their latest single and video Tiffany Skylight and much more.

Trisha & Thara - Too Late Again

April 11th, 2022


Singer/songwriter duo Trish & Thara talk about their latest single Too Late Again and much more.

AztroGrizz - Man in Black

April 8th, 2022


Lewis I Am and Grizzly John of AztroGrizz talk about their latest single Man in Black and much more.

Ready, Steady, Die! - Kiss It

April 7th, 2022


Morgan Visconti and Sam K of Ready, Steady, Die! talk about their latest release Kiss It and much more.

LNDN - Life Like That

April 6th, 2022


Twitter @the_LNDN and Instagram @lndn_music 

Singer/songwriter LNDN talks about his latest single Life Like That and much more.

AJ Smith - Nobody

April 5th, 2022


Singer/songwriter AJ Smith talks about his latest single Nobody and much more.

Womankind - Free Woman

April 4th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Sylvie Burger of Womankind talks about the band's latest single Free Woman and much more.

Antagonista - Indigenous Geometry

April 1st, 2022


Sean Davenport of Brooklyn-based band Antagonista talks about their latest single Indigenous Geometry and much more.

Matt B - Gimme Love

March 30th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Matt B talks about his latest single Gimme Love and much more.

Inanna - Collapse of an Empire

March 29th, 2022


Singer/dancer Inanna talks about her latest single Collapse of an Empire and much more.

Estani - Droughts in the Ocean

March 28th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Estani talks about her new album Droughts in the Ocean.

Nomae - La Niebla

March 16th, 2022


SInger/songwriter Nomae talks about her upcoming single La Niebla and much more.

Elio Quest - Harlem, CA

March 14th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Elio Quest talks about his latest single "Go To" and his upcoming album Harlem, CA.

Miss Storm - Quicksand

March 8th, 2022


Award-winning songwriter, hip hop soul artist, actress, publisher, and entrepreneur MISS STORM talks about her …

Stacy Gabel - Sunny Days

March 7th, 2022


Stacy Gabel talks about her latest single "Sunny Days" and much more.

Kate Lynne Logan - Americana in the Emerald City

March 2nd, 2022


Singer-songwriter Kate Lynne Logan talks her music, including the most recent albums Sleeping Giants and Northern Sky.

Alli Starr - More

February 18th, 2022


Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Alli Starr talks about her latest single More and her upcoming ep Situationship.

Kulikovsky - Burning Up

February 17th, 2022


Belarusian singer/songwriter/DJ Kulikovsky talks about his latest single "Burning Up" and …

The Ki Ki Experience - We The People

February 15th, 2022


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Ki Ki Hawkins of The Ki Ki Experience talks about her upcoming concerts, her upcoming single "We The People" and much …

Mark Winters - Boundary Layer

February 3rd, 2022


Texas-based singer-songwriter Mark Winters talks about his upcoming album Boundary Layer. 


JidScan - On Fire Tonight

January 2nd, 2022


New Jersey recording artist/songwriter JidScan talks about his latest single On Fire Tonight off his ep Life Comes in Threes II.

Alicia G - You're My Favorite Holiday

December 16th, 2021


Alicia G talks about her latest single You're My Favorite Holiday and much more.

Makes My Blood Dance - Smash Sound Stage

December 15th, 2021


Evan Russell Saffer of Makes My Blood Dance talks about their latest ep and much more.

Joey Stuckey - The Renaissance Man of Macon, GA

December 6th, 2021


Joey Stuckey talks about a life and career covering all corners of the music industry.

Tarah Who? - Supposedly, A Man

December 3rd, 2021


Tarah Carpenter of L.A. band Tarah Who? talks about their latest single "Supposedly, A Man" and the current state of women in rock.

Mary Knoblock - Produced by a Girl

December 1st, 2021


Mary Knoblock is both a musical artist and the creator of Produced by a Girl. PBG is a movement, a platform and a gateway for female producers, dj's and artists to major record labels. …

Jayime Jean

November 29th, 2021


Abstract artist Jayime Jean talks about her upcoming show in California and the healing power of art.

Elsewhere - Call You Out

November 23rd, 2021


Boston band Elsewhere talks about their new single Call You Out.

Virginia Sweet - The Revival

November 5th, 2021


Jason Dove, Jason Sweet, and Ricky Parker of Virginia Sweet talk about their ep The Revival and much more.

Mark & The Tiger

November 4th, 2021


Mark & The Tiger talks about upcoming music for 2022 and much more.

Blooming Fire - Dunia

November 2nd, 2021



Sierra from Blooming Fire talks about the band's upcoming visual ep Dunia, a short film consisting of 4 music videos through 1 wild and psychedelic coming of age story...and much …

Rich Chambers - High School Can't Last Forever

October 25th, 2021


Vancouver singer/songwriter Rich Chambers talks about his latest single High School Can't Last Forever.

Liv Byrne - Mad At You

September 24th, 2021


Singer/songwriter/actress Liv Byrne talks about her upcoming single Mad At You and much more.

Harper Starling - No More What If

September 22nd, 2021


Singer/songwriter Harper Starling talks about her new single No More What If.

Wheeler del Torro - The Sun Will Shine Again

September 14th, 2021


Producer/musician Wheeler del Torro talks about his latest single The Sun Will Shine Again and his international pop-up events that feature thought-provoking music and great food.

Sa'ra Charismata

August 31st, 2021


Singer-songwriter Sa'ra Charismata talks about her new single "Life Is Not About Control".

Faith Richards - Same Language

July 30th, 2021


Singer-songwriter Faith Richards talks about her latest single "Same Language" and much more.

The Mood Kings - Dust and Bone

July 29th, 2021


North Carolina natives Mark Schwarze and Joey Townsend of The Mood Kings discuss their band's latest single "Dust and Bone" …

Aaron Kellim - Be Kind

July 22nd, 2021


Singer-songwriter Aaron Kellim talks about his latest single "State Lines" and much more.

Viviane Bonfim

July 20th, 2021


Viviane Bonfim talks about teaching in New York.

Stringz EMB - Lights On

July 15th, 2021


Singer-songwriter Stringz EMB talks about his latest single Lights Out.

Jay Denton - The Reckoning

July 8th, 2021


Singer/songwriter Jay Denton talks about his record label Endure Studios, his new single The Reckoning, recording music in Beirut, and much more.

Kjersti Long - Eleanor Rigby

July 7th, 2021


Singer/songwriter Kjersti Long talks about her latest single, a passionate remake of Eleanor Rigby, and much more.

Greye - So Far, So Good

July 6th, 2021


Jett Wolfe and Hannah Summer from the band Greye talk about their new album So Far, So Good and their latest single "Over …

T.A. Parker - Way Back Home

July 2nd, 2021


Singer-songwriter T.A. Parker talks about his upcoming EP Way Back Home, and much more.

Greg Hoy - Cacophony

July 1st, 2021


Singer/songwriter Greg Hoy talks about his recent album Cacophony and much more.

Last Giant - Let The End Begin

June 30th, 2021


Ryan Heise of Portland, OR band Last Giant talks about their album Let The End Begin.

Eddie Cohn - Dystopian Days

June 29th, 2021


L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddie Cohn talks about Animals, the new single from his upcoming album Dystopian Days, and much more.

Sharon Hendrix - Fortitude

June 25th, 2021


Sharon Hendrix talks about her new EP titled Fortitude, and shares stories from five decades in the entertainment industry working with musical legends such as Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Sammy …

Rob Murat - "Love Me Love"

June 7th, 2021


Singer and actor Rob Murat talks about his latest single "Love Me Love".

Eveline - Waiting For The Summer

June 3rd, 2021


Singer/songwriter Eveline talks about her feel-good summer hit "Waiting For The Summer".

GTB Nova - Pandemic

May 18th, 2021


Rap artist GTB Nova talks about his latest ep Pandemic.

Sam Green and the Time Machine

May 13th, 2021


Melbourne musician Sam Green talks about his life and career.

Dynamyte - "I Don't Like You"

April 28th, 2021


Singer-songwriter Dynamyte talks about her new single "I Don't Like You".

Kayo Hustle - "No Kap"

April 28th, 2021


Rap artist Kayo Hustle talks about his new single "No Kap".

Melanie Rogers - Fever

April 8th, 2021


Indie pop singer/songwriter Melanie Rogers talks about her new single Fever.

Leni Black - How I Feel

March 4th, 2021


Singer/songwriter Leni Black talks about her latest single How I Feel.

Jake Allen - Affirmation Day

March 2nd, 2021


Singer/guitarist Jake Allen talks about his career, his influences, and his latest album Affirmation Day.

Leo Sawikin - Row Me Away

February 25th, 2021


Singer/songwriter Leo Sawikin talks about his upcoming album Row Me Away.

Bruce Burgess - Drum Dynasty

February 21st, 2021


Seven Against Thebes drummer Bruce Burgess talks about his new Drum Dynasty album Time Machine.

DICI - Miami Tokyo Milan

February 8th, 2021


Italian-born and Miami-based rapper DICI talks about his new EP.

King Swigg - "New Dance"

December 7th, 2020


Rapper King Swigg talks about the funky new direction of his new single New Dance.

HEwas - "WHOLEthing"

November 19th, 2020


Singer/songwriter HEwas talks about his upcoming single, a collaboration with Afroman called WHOLEthing, plus his adventures …

B Fhukken Have - "Warriors & Revolutionist"

October 9th, 2020


Hip-hop artist B Fhukken Have talks about his latest track Warriors & Revolutionist and shares the inspiration …

Barbara Jo Kammer - "Big Blue Sky in the Morning"

September 11th, 2020


Barbara Jo Kammer talks about her new album Big Blue Sky in the Morning and shares her inspiring personal message.

Louis Miller - "Drop On The Leaf"

September 3rd, 2020


Singer/songwriter/rapper Louis Miller talks about his new single Drop On The Leaf.

T. Sydir - "Freedom!"

September 2nd, 2020


Rapper/songwriter T. Sydir talks about his new single "Freedom!"

Adam Byrd - "Knock Knockin"

September 1st, 2020


Singer/songwriter Adam Byrd talks about his new single "Knock Knockin" as well as his careers in professional football, acting, and modeling.

Giadora - "One Last Thing"

August 28th, 2020


Singer/songwriter Giadora talks about her latest single "One Last Thing".

OG Cuicide - "Keep It G"

August 27th, 2020


Compton-based rapper OG Cuicide talks about his latest single "Keep It G" as well as the career and life experiences that inspired his upcoming documentary.

Casey Ahern - "Didn't Even Get A Goodbye"

August 19th, 2020


Singer/songwriter Casey Ahern talks about her new single "Didn't Even Get A Goodbye" and her upcoming EP Where I Run.

Lavendine - "Rapture"

August 12th, 2020


Singer/songwriters Jacy and Jana Ayers of Lavendine talk about their single "Rapture" from the album Feel My Way

Sane - "Average"

August 6th, 2020


Rockstar trapper Sane talks about his new single "Average" and shares his personal story.

Manny Cabo - "All Night Again"

July 7th, 2020


Singer/songwriter Manny Cabo wow'd audiences as part of Adam Levine's team on The Voice, then made a big impression on Telemundo's La Voz. Today, he is responding to the pandemic with a special …

Kendre Streeter - "A Change"

June 24th, 2020


Singer/songwriter Kendre Streeter talks about his new single "A Change" plus his experience opening for Morris Day and The Time, the enduring inspiration of classic R&B music, and …

8rooklyn 8atman - "Corona Killa"

June 18th, 2020


Hip Hop artist 8rooklyn 8atman talks about his single and music video "Corona Killa" off his ep Dark Avenger. He also shares his contribution to the current Covid-19 health crisis: tea …

Valerian Ruminski - "Songs From Inside"

June 2nd, 2020


Opera singer Valerian Ruminski talks about Songs From Inside, a pop-oriented album he wrote and recorded at home during the quarantine. In addition to singing on stages around the …

Randall Wheatley - "Marry Me Margaret"

May 19th, 2020


Randall Wheatley talks about his upcoming podcast "Marry Me Margaret" and the experiences that inspired it, including an immersion in the New York theatre scene as an actor, playwright, …

Ilyah - "Boy Band & Beyond"

May 8th, 2020


Singer ILYAH talks about his new single and video Habibi, and he shares tales of performing in the boy band tribute group Overnight.

David Ruffin Jr. - "Running Out of Time"

April 27th, 2020


Singer/songwriter David Ruffin Jr. (son of legendary Temptations singer David Ruffin) talks about his single Running Out of Time, and reminisces about the classic …

Lori Myren-Manbeck, CEO & Founder of Inclusivi-Tee

April 18th, 2020


Lori Myren-Manbeck's company Inclusivi-Tee is changing the world one t-shirt at a time. In this inspiring interview, Lori …

Ben Kopec and OnChain Music - The Future of Digital Streaming is Now

February 19th, 2020


Prolific musician and serial entrepreneur Ben Kopec talks about his new business OnChain Music, and how artists can get …

Mike Donello & The New Essentials - The Austin, TX Report

February 1st, 2020


Singer and songcrafter Mike Donello talks about his upcoming EP with The New Essentials, his podcast Chilling on the Southside, and about the lively independent music scene in Austin, TX.

Ronnue - "Introduction 2 Retro-Funk"

January 17th, 2020


Singer/songwriter Ronnue talks about his latest album Introduction 2 Retro-Funk (winner of Indieshark’s Album of the Year Award) and his singles 17 Days and Be Your Freak.

Joseph Seif - "Works for Solo Piano"

December 16th, 2019


Composer and pianist Joseph Seif talks about his new Works for Solo Piano, and how his other creative disciplines …

David Leask - "Six in 6/8"

December 6th, 2019


Rising Star host Kelly Hughes talks to Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter David Leask about his new album Six in 6/8.

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