iluvlive Industry Special

Selected from over 250 acts, here’s our top 5 from the last 12 months

Deliah | Hari Priya | Tobi Sunmola | Moya | Laura Roy | Jords


Moya, a singer/songwriter from London who has racked up over 2million views online with two powerful self releases. Since then she’s been in the studio recording new material as she works on her new album. Influenced by the likes of Nina Simone, James Blake & Sia, Moya has been described as the female Bruno Mars by Perez Hilton. @thisismoya.


Coming from a musical family, Hari Priya grew up learning from her Father who was in a Jazz band. She began taking an interest in music after buying her first album at the age of 9, “The diary of Alicia Keys”. She was selected from thousands to star in the west end musical “The Lion King” as young Nala. A year later she got her first big break featuring on her fathers album. Hari Priya is currently working on her debut EP (due later this year) and has been in the studio with Futurecutes, Tristan Longworth, Jonathon Allen, Jack Gourlay and Wayne Hector. @HpSings.


Toronto based Canadian R&B/pop artist Laura Roy is a captivating songwriter, vocalist and college music graduate. Despite studying Jazz, Blues & Classical music, Laura’s music is known for her unique, smooth and sultry R&B vocals combined with infectiously catchy pop hooks. An avid songwriter, Laura is a four-year attendee of the prestigious Gordie Sampson Songcamp, put on by the Grammy-winning writer and has also been actively involved with The Songwriter's Association of Canada traveling and writing across the country. Although Laura is well known for her often unplugged, acoustic performances her latest EP contains 6 songs infused with slick, synth-pop production, 90's R&B flare, soulful melodies and anthemic hooks. @LauraRoyMusic.


The captivating story-teller Tobi Sunmola drops a track a month from his new EP  ‘Never Forget We’re Here/Tales From The East IV’, from Sept to Dec 17. This is the latest instalment in a series of conceptual releases documenting life in Manchester.
Having moved from Nigeria to Manchester at the age of ten, Sunmola developed a passion for music at his local youth centre studio. Owing much of his early success to the tight-knit Manchester music community, regional support from the Metro and Manchester Evening News helped identify his potential. Named as Mobo’s ‘One to Watch’, the emerging talent has since been championed by Huw Stephens and Mistajam on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, whilst Complex, Flavour Magazine and Lost Culture have been writing about his ‘stunning versatility’ online. Capping these successes with a performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2016, the up-and-comer is now hitting the studio with Joe Hertz, Bipolar Sunshine, Wretch 32 and Jacob Banks. @TobiSunmola.


Jords, a rapper/songwriter from South London, Croydon has earned his stripes by being an effortless talent; combining clever lyrics with raw emotion and thought provoking concepts. Jords released his debut album “Means To An Ends” in September 2016 to high praise from media and supporters alike. His album led him to be invited to play sessions For Sofar Sounds and The Mahogany Sessions, as well as performing at St. Paul’s Cathedral and a sold out headline show at Camden Assembly in early 2017. His next EP comes courtesy of iluvlive records on 6th October with two single release prior.  @JordsOnline.


Hailing from Liverpool, DELIAH is fronted by lead singer Michelle Harris and instrumentalist Alex Dopierala. Having been premiered by Fortitude Magazine and GigSlutz, and being featured on The Only Way Is Essex, their latest single, Better The Devil, took them on a tour of the UK. Supporting the likes of GoGo Penguin and Ady Suleiman and, most impressively, Maverick Sabre on his Unplugged Tour.