Live Playlist Unsigned Sessions

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Every week in selected PizzaExpress restaurants, for the past two years, our Live Playlist musicians have been entertaining guests up and down the country. Unsigned Sessions takes this to the next level, giving four different acts a chance to showcase their own material in front of industry and audiences in London. Come to see tomorrow’s biggest stars as they begin their journey to fame! February show with Si Holmes feat. Kate Somerset How, Tom Heath and Steve Morano


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26th March

Dana Ali Band + Planet Maja + Matthew Shepherd + Fidel

Dana Ali Band
Dana Ali is an American Neo Soul artist, singer songwriter from Atlanta, GA USA. She has crossed the waters to the United Kingdom with her bass player Dave Hewitt (Babe Ruth fame). Together they have co-written songs which have been recorded, in Nashville, USA and in the U.K. Ali and Hewitt formed the Dana Ali band, taking elements of Soul, Jazz, Blues and R&B with Latin and Funk Rhythms to create a fresh and distinctive sound.

Planet Maja
Maja Bloom is a multilingual singer, songwriter, actress, presenter and travelling tea lover based in London, UK. She has recently finished work on the part two of The Fantastic Beasts movie series, and is currently recording a debut EP of her original songs thanks to a pledgemusic campaign. She is honoured to count a few celebrities as fans of her music, and once had an Oscar winner pop in unannounced to one of her shows. She also performs jazz and pop repertoire with her jazz trio all around the UK, and had Prince Harry and Prince of Jaipur attend some of her jazz performances. Described as "silky & seductive voice - just like liquid caramel & hibiscus with a subtle citrus zing", she hopes to touch you with her mini music stories and observations of life in the big city.

Matthew Shepherd
Matthew Shepherd is a 23 year-old singer-songwriter who has been delighting audiences in London, Essex and beyond with his collection of self penned songs with his warm, intimate and delicate style. His debut studio album ‘Top of the tree’ was released in June 2015 and only took a day for the album to break into the iTunes Top 100 Singer/Songwriter Album Chart. In 2016, Matthew released an Acoustic EP entitled ‘The Sea’, which reached the Acoustic Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Music of September 2016. Matthew also embarked on an extensive national tour which included dates on the Isle of Wight. With club and concert performances plus 2 European tours under his belt, Matthew is currently recording his second full-length Album, due for release in Spring 2018, and will be previewing new material on Tour this year.

Fidel is a singer/songwriter whose unique acoustic style blends soul with jazz and a 'hint of reggae'. His music touches on everyday life and he performed at the hugely successful Russell Simmons hip-hop summit in Los Angeles. Fidel has also supported reggae legends Buju Banton & Burning Spear and also legendary U.K soul artists Don -e and Jazz band Incognito. He also toured with UK soulstress Hil st Soul & wrote 4 tracks for her smash hit album 'Black Rose'(released in the U.S- including the underground anthem 'Smile' and 'Don't forget the ghetto ') & her previous album 'Soulidified'. He recently wrote & performed the lead track "Soldiers don't cry" which featured in the film 'AWOL'(Absent without Love) by award winning film director/Producer Fredi 'Kruga' Nwaka which was viewed at the Cannes film festival. Fidel has also recently found his natural acting ability already having starred in 2 short films 'AWOL'  alongside award-winning British actor  Charles Venn (Batman, Casualty) & 'The Diary'(also by Fredi Nwaka) alongside  UK singer/actress Jahmelia.. As his Star steadily begins to rise, his calm & easy going nature is contrasted sharply by his intense focus on making good music & he says "I smile everyday because I know it's only a matter of time before I get to share this music with the rest of the world.

30th April

Paradise London Live partner with PizzaExpress Live to present some of the most exciting new music London has to offer. Discover three truly exceptional live artists with us tonight:

Si Connelly + Ruth Royall + Natalie Good

Si Connelly
Since the 2016 release of his debut Album Youth/War/Joy by Grammy award winning producers Chris Potter (The Verve, Blur) and Dom Morley (Amy Winehouse, Adele) with tracks achieving lead sync rotation and over three million listens worldwide, Si has been non-stop creatively. 2017 saw Si undertake a 30 date UK tour for his follow up 24 track album “Eject” to rave live reviews. He is currently producing his third studio album due for release this summer.

“Insane Talent” - BBC Introducing

Ruth Royall
Bristol Singer Songwriter Ruth Royall’s nu soul jazz sound is layered with electronic influences.

"Ruth, your voice physically bounced me out of my chair. What a night! Thanks!” - Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

Natalie Good
Natalie is a young London based soul pop singer songwriter with a fresh and unique edge.

“Exceptional writing promise and vocal ability.” - IndieWorld


28th May

Jules Rendell + Graham J.

Jules Rendell
Soul-pop artist Jules Rendell showcases her new material from forthcoming album, ‘Imagine’ in May’s Live Playlist Sessions. Making music “that pours with instrumentality, and melds well with her tender, almost airy voice,” ( she has allowed her soul, jazz and gospel roots to be further influenced by an electronic edge, creating city-life soundscapes that reflect life in the capital. Rendell made London her home a decade ago, where she has been honing her craft as a singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and backing vocalist (JP Cooper, Lizzie Deane, X Factor, Gorillaz to name a few). Her live performances include a sell out show at the London Hippodrome, the Pheasantry, O2 Islington, Manchester Academy and on Robert Elms BBC London show. TV credits include London Live, OH TV, Songs of Praise, BBC 1Xtra live session (with vocal group Get Gospel) and a placement on US feature film, ‘The Father’s Love’ for her song ‘Thank You’.

“Certainly a very soulful sound with an ethereal edge.”
- Robert Elms, BBC London

“Very soulful. Nice job!”
- Candi Staton

''Her debut EP, The Lotus Bloom, is out and shows she's an intelligent, diverse artist who has something to say.'’

'‘If you like something more refined, more soulful and day I say it poetic Jules Rendell has released just the EP for you, The Lotus Bloom is a subtle yet enchanting EP by a performer who oozes soul and sophistication.'’
- Rhythm and Booze

“Jules’ five-track EP, The Lotus Bloom, puts her somewhere near Minnie Riperton in style: not for her the belt-it-out and snarl approach, more the exquisitely measured, deftly placed emotional squeeze of someone who’s interested in delivering you the message in the song.”
- Echoes magazine

Graham J.
Graham is a Dubliner with a unique vocal talent. He played on Sue Marchant’s BBC Cambridge show earlier in the year and has also appeared live on BBC Coventry this year as well as numerous Irish Radio stations. Blues Matters said about one of his 2017 singles “…the vocals and musicianship are outstanding and the whole things engulfs you at times”, while Paul Coia at BBC Berkshire said “Graham was an absolute joy and is clearly a massive talent”. On his debut album Wild Is... Graham explores elements of jazz, blues, classical and alternative contemporary. The avant-garde, almost vaudevillian, presentation underlies themes of evolution and transformation which define the work. The strictures of Graham's extensive operatic career as a rarely found tenore contraltino, though strongly acknowledged, are overthrown by his love of a broader breadth of influences including Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey and Karen Carpenter. A sense of mourning, loss and ultimately resolution permeate Graham's choice of repertoire echoing the work of truly indefinable characters like Rufus Wainright, Antony and the Johnsons, Bjork.

“…wouldn’t be out of place in a Lloyd-Webber blockbuster musical”
- Maverick Magazine

“Numbers like ‘Summertime’ found Norton riffing and flouting vocal feathers over swanky jazz arrangements”
- The Thin Air


30th July

Steve Marano + Elliot Porter + Evert Outen

Steve Marano Country/Folk & Blues Influenced artist - writes heartfelt soulful catchy sing along songs that stick in your mind. Performances include a tour of Nashville, Tennessee and west coast USA a 5 year stint of the main stages at Guilfest Music Festival. A tour of Australia with a self-funded recording project with band Hank.

Independent releases include Jacksons Corner & Devil is a bullet. Currently working on a new recording project with top producer Mick Boggis who has  worked on many blockbuster hit films and with all the greats. Entitled "BrickLane" the intent is for a non digital Vinyl only release. 11 new tracks which cover the normal romantic topics but also address current political problems we face. Hopefully this album will help break down recent barriers that are being built and help change peoples perception  for the better of  what's really happening in the world today.