We're absolutely over the moon to announce that we'll be releasing Simple Sessions' next cover track to the world on Friday June 4th! This time the band have chosen a track in more of a jazz style and are covering the song 'Inevitable', by US sax player Marcus Strickland and his band/project Twi-Life, from their 2016 album "Nihil Novi" - the original version features the singer Jean Baylor who also hails from the States.
Simple Sessions also have a singer from across the water for this release, having invited Brooklyn-based singer Hattie Simon into the fold. Hattie is a fabulous vocalist from New York, singing in various styles/genres, from neo-soul to jazz and pop - we hope you'll agree she's done an amazing job on the track!
Inevitable will be out on all the major platforms on Friday June 4th - in order to pre-save the track to be first to hear about it when it comes out, follow the link below:
We've recently uploaded the first few videos for our music theory lessons to our YouTube channel Barehand Digital and the corresponding PDFs are now downloadable from our Tutorials page. The content is intended to teach music theory from beginners upwards in a simple and bitesized manner, meaning you can take your time and learn at your own speed, moving onto each next step once you're ready.
Even better, you can download the first PDF - Note Lengths & Basic Time Signatures - for free!
If you'd like to learn music theory with us you can start right now by clicking here! More videos and PDFs coming soon :)
We were delighted to release Simple Sessions' latest cover 'Sometimes' by H.E.R. on Friday December 11th. The track features London-based session vocalist Dafne Otte alongside some of the usual guys, including Alex Hogg (guitar), Rich Hammond (bass), Steve Hanley (drums) and a guest appearance from Martin Chung (guitar), who also features with the amazing guitar solo. The track was produced, mixed and mastered by bandleader Jon Melville, who played piano and programmed the strings and synths on there. We're really enjoying listening to it - go check it out on Spotify now by clicking here!
We're delighted that this morning we released a Simple Sessions cover of Grover Washington Jr and Bill Withers soul classic "Just the Two of Us" on Barehand Digital! The cover was recorded by all the individuals in the band (during covid lockdown number 1!) and was mixed and mastered by Jon Melville, who also arranged the track and played sax/sung BVs. This cover features Anna Hattam on vocals, accompanied by Alex Hogg (guitar), Jon Chamberlain (keys), Richard Hammond (bass), Steve Hanley (drums), Ali Mac (percussion), Jon Melville (sax/BVs) and Jenny Smith (BVs). Click the image below to take a listen to the track on Spotify - we hope you enjoy it!
Simple Sessions have their 8th cover release coming out, which we will be putting out for them on digital platforms a week this Friday on October 16th! The track will be a cover of Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers' classic "Just the Two of Us" and will feature Anna Hattam on vocals, backed by a really top Simple Sessions band which was put together during lockdown by Jon Melville - all the guys recorded themselves at home due to the Covid situation, and the track was mixed and mastered by sax player Jon. You can pre-save it here now!
We are delighted to announce that Barehand Digital will be releasing Jon Melville's original piano composition 'Upon Reflection' on Tuesday September 29th! This is a piece we recently uploaded the sheet music for (available to buy in our SHOP), you can pre-save the piece now in order to be the first to hear it when it's released here - https://ffm.to/m0mygyo
Barehand have now uploaded sheet music for 'Upon Reflection' by Jon Melville to the shop - if you are interested in purchasing the score (you can also listen to the piece in full) then you can do so here. This piece was notated by Jon himself and is roughly around Grade 6 standard.
Barehand Digital will be releasing Simple Sessions' latest song on Friday August 28th, 2020, this time a cover of Jaime Woods' beautiful song 'Home' from her 2015 album 'Troy'. This track will be the first live Simple Sessions release (recorded during the gig at Open Source Arts in Leeds on Thursday January 23rd) and features Anna Hattam (vocals), Alex Hogg (guitar), Jon Melville (keys), Richard Hammond (bass) and Steve Hanley (drums). The song capped off a lovely gig performed to a highly appreciative audience, who particularly enjoyed listening to this song to finish the gig!
You can listen to Simple Sessions other releases on Spotify here - also watch and follow the band on YouTube and Instagram.
Check out Jaime Woods over on YouTube too!
Simple Sessions' most recent release was a cover of Sinead Harnett's wonderful acoustic version of her song "Lessons" from her 2019 album "Lessons in Love". This version features vocals from Anna Hattam backed by Alex Hogg on acoustic guitar. The track was released on July 10th 2020 on Barehand Digital and was produced and mixed by Simple Sessions leader Jon Melville.
Click here to take a listen to the track on the Simple Sessions Spotify channel!
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