Local acts going places

Local acts going places

GENTLE BONES

Looking back...

Gentle Bones, also known as Joel Tan (below), scored a local iTunes No. 1 with his debut single Until We Die and released his self-titled EP in August, which also shot to the top of the local iTunes chart.

The 20-year-old held an EP launch party at live music venue TAB to a sold-out crowd of more than 650 people.

Tan, who is also the iTunes Singapore Best New Artist of 2014, opened for popular YouTube stars Alex Goot and Against The Current as well as Vine breakout stars Us The Duo.

"The EP launch was the most memorable for me. I honestly did not expect anything out of my musical journey. I'm really a 'low expectations' kind of guy," Tan told M.

Looking ahead...

"More music, hopefully. I'm hoping for a regional tour to push the EP and maybe a full-length album by mid-next year."

2015 goal

"To have more people listen to my music from anywhere in the world...and to be more disciplined!"

THE SAM WILLOWS

Looking back...

As a band, The Sam Willows (right) have performed on many big stages this year, including their second gig at the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

Its members, siblings Benjamin and Narelle Kheng, Sandra Tang and Jon Chua, have also been active in their individual pursuits.

While Chua, 24, devoted time to his music and events company Lezzgo, siblings Benjamin, 24, and Narelle, 21, acted in shows on okto and Channel 5.

Tang, 24, and Benjamin were also in Ah Boys To Men The Musical.

To sum it up, Benjamin said: "We took it down a notch on the music front to pursue our (other) creative interests. That gives us a good break before we dive into music again next year."

Looking ahead...

"A really good year," promised the pop-folk quartet. Apart from singles and an album, The Sam Willows will be organising their very own gig.

2015 goal

"To create good music and go bigger than we ever have," said Narelle.

Watch Gentles Bones and The Sam Willows

WHAT: Celebrate SG50

WHEN: Tonight, 7.30pm

WHERE: The Float at Marina Bay

TICKETS: $28, $68 and $128 from Sistic (www.sistic.com.sg or 6348-5555)

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