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! 

April Show includes - Honey Mooncie – Sammy Leighton Clay – Jana & The Lanterns – ILONA



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22nd April 2019

Honey Mooncie

17-year-old Honey Mooncie began writing songs at just 11-years-old, influenced by jazz greats such as Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Chet Baker. Her vocal has been likened to Billie Holiday, Minnie Riperton and Lily Allen to name a few. Honey is currently busy in the recording studio and will be performing songs from her debut material. Having played a successful debut show at The Troubadour in January this event marks her first performance in Central London. Honey will be accompanied by jazz guitarist Dan Rogerson.

Sammy Leighton Clay  

Sammy is a Singer / Songwriter from Brighton. 

Influenced by soulful voices such as Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and more modern artists like James Arthur, his vocal power, impressive range and emotive tones make him one of the best vocalists right now in any genre, pop or otherwise.

Sammy’s voice is undeniably beautiful and switches seamlessly between genres from rousing pop numbers to heart wrenching ballads.  

After recently touring with world renowned Broadway and West End Superstar RAMIN KARIMLOO on his UK Tour, Sammy has been back on the road most recently selling out shows in Brighton , London and Birmingham playing to his very loyal fan base. 

His new single “These Walls” a soul searching , powerful love song is due for release on all platforms this May. 


Jana & The Lanterns.

Jana’s voice is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and her carefully crafted songs blend folk with genres as eclectic as jazz and indie, surprising and delighting your senses with her personal take on songwriting. ‘Jana & The Lanterns’ music draws from many influences – Sting, 70’s folk-rock greats, country and classical… Catchy choruses mix with unexpected harmonies. Just when you think you know where the song will take you, Jana suddenly changes course.

Recently released debut single, 'Birdhouse', accompanied by music video with a hint of 70’s nostalgia got support of music blogs like 'Music Musings and Such, Art Will Fall, Zap! Bang! Magazine...
Recorded by Luke Oldfield at Tilehouse Studios, originally built for Mike Oldfield, Jana teamed up with top musicians on London jazz scene. Their versatile musicianship and exceptional craft brought special flavour to the music. Jana & The Lanterns arranged and produced 5 songs for an EP that will be released this year.

'Both the refined and sophisticated musicianship and gorgeous vocals vie for attention on 'Birdhouse' (...), the band go from low key jazz funk through to indie rock, or pop, (...) and yet it's coherent, catchy and above all high class.'   - Beehive Candy 



Originally from Bulgaria, but based in the UK for the past 15 years, ILONA has had a life that makes her unlike many others. With a rich blend of influences to draw on, combined with her passion for music and the ability to speak 4 languages, she is truly a unique and original performer. ILONA has gone from performing her first ever solo gig of "1 song" to headlining festival stages and touring the UK and US, as well as reaching number 2 on the iTunes pop charts with ''Back to You'' her first proper single release.

She's played critically acclaimed shows as part of the C2C (country2country) festival at the legendary O2 in London as well as 3 stages at The Isle Of Wight Festival, Cornbury Festival, and BST Hyde Park . She’s regularly worked in Nashville writing with Jodi Marr (Paloma Faith and Mika), Johnny Reid, Michael Logen (Kelly Clarkson) and Brent Maher ( Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers), and was invited to headline a sold-out Artist Spotlight Sunday at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. Following these successful dates ILONA was invited to join the SESAC family and is now represented by them as a songwriter in the US.



27th May 2019 Line-Up

Alice Auer 

Though descriptive and emotive melodies, Alice Auer uses her music to take audiences on a journey. Being influenced by artists such as Jordan Rakei and Norah Jones, Alice combines light melodies with groove driven accompaniments. She has recently released her debut EP 'Close To You' and is excited to be performing some of the songs for it tonight.

Francesca Louise 

Francesca Louise is a London based 24 year old singer-songwriter originally from the North West of England, who recently played support for Juanita Stein at The Slaughtered Lamb London, with Live Nation. With radio plays on BBC Introducing and a recent television interview with London Live, Francesca Louise is making her way up the musical ladder and is showcasing her capabilities across the capital city.

Francesca Louise plays within London and the UK, developing her identity in the music industry. She collaborates with other musicians, both nationally and internationally, in writing and arranging original songs. With her first solo project set to be released on March 1st, Francesca Louise is one to watch. Folk/pop songwriting meets an intimate vocal that tells a thousand secrets.

“With little more than a piano, guitar and one hell of a voice, Francesca Louise’s brand of intimate songwriting is designed to connect with listeners.” — CULTURE JOURNAL (2017).

Ruta DI 

One of the best kept secrets in London, Ruta will be introducing her debut album ‘Hooligan’ that she has recorded with bassist Michele Tacchi (Maciek Pysz, Bruno Heinen, Gene Calderazzo, Stefano Bagnoli,) and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta (Kettles of Kites, Dugong, RCT).

A rich and inventive blend of neo-soul/urban and jazz music influences with heartfelt lyrics creates a very special sound that touches and moves. Ruta is gifted with an exceptional combination of qualities as a singer and guitar player, who also writes
her own songs.

Stone Jets

Take a pop sensibility; add a dash of classic rock influence, a bucket load of soul and a sprinkling of African rhythms and you’ll get Stone Jets — a two-piece whose music simply cannot be pigeonholed.

With their multi-cultural background, Given Nkanyane and Manfred Klose’s sound transcends boundaries. Their toe-tapping tunes cater to any taste while still staying true to their ethos. 

James Morrison called them “amazingly talented” while others have raved about their live performances. After conquering their home country, the duo is ready to share their magic with Europe. 


24th June 2019 Line-Up

Matthew Shepherd 

Matthew Shepherd is a 24 year-old singer-songwriter who has been delighting audiences in the UK and beyond with his collection of self penned songs. With concert and festival performances plus 2 European tours under his belt, Matthew released his second studio album 'Waiting Up At Night' in July 2018 - warm, gentle and affecting folk music from the heart.

“A rising Star…and a really lovely guy too! The crowd were mesmerised”   

– Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales

Adam Tuffrey

Frances Salter 'Good Canary' 

Good Canary sings gallows-humour lyrics over electro-pop riffs: she believes that, like a canary in a coalmine, a song can be an excellent warning. She writes about politics, mental health, faith and the purpose of pop. Her music has been featured by BBC Radio 6.

Good Canary makes electro / alt-pop and believes that, like a canary in a coalmine, a song can be an excellent warning. Having hosted DIY comedy/music gigs in Oxford since 2016, she released her first single, The Art of Losing, in April 2018, which was featured by BBC Radio 6. She's been compared to St Vincent, Victoria Wood, and "a woman about to go postal with the contents of the cutlery drawer", and will happily be described as anything other than 'quirky.' Her main instrument is the piano, but she uses Ableton and various tiny synths to create a weird sonic world.

She's been a keen advocate of shows which feature a decent percentage of women on the bill, and has previously collaborated with feminist activist group Hollaback. For her show at PizzaExpress live, you'll find her singing about politics, mental health, faith and the purpose of pop, and possibly drinking a beer on the stage (if the sound engineer will allow it.)


29th July 2019 Line-Up

Alex Parvenu

Known as the ‘Black Bohemian’, Alex Parvenu is an exciting contemporary soul artist from London. Born into a musical household, Parvenu’s influences include The Temptations, Donny Hathaway, Toots and the Maytals, Lauryn Hill, and Raphael Saadiq. Last year he supported British soul pioneer Hil St Soul in concert. He recorded his upcoming EP Blue Summer in New York and has been championed by industry leading producers such as Tom Elmhirst, Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, and Commissioner Gordon Williams. Parvenu's debut single 'It Wasn't Me' – a retro, Motown-flecked jam with a contemporary sheen – has seen rave reviews in the industry press. It was played in Jamaica by DJ Kurt Riley of the iconic Riley family of reggae producers. Expect timeless soul hooks, energetic stage presence, and slick vocals.

 “The track finds Parvenu lending his sweet tenor to a Motown-infused brassy and up-tempo cut” – SoulTracks