Pandora Submission Spotlight: Bess Rogers

Hello music fans!

For July’s Pandora Submission Spotlight, I’d like you to meet Brooklyn-based artist Bess Rogers, a self-made, eclectic singer-songwriter who submitted her first album to Pandora in 2009 and continues to be featured prominently on notable singer-songwriter stations as well as her own station.

michelles.JPGBess Rogers was raised in a musically diverse household and grew up listening to Talking Heads and Kate Bush while her mother played Baroque harpsichord. Upon earning her Masters degree in composition, she began recording and performing her own music in addition to performing as a back up singer and lead guitarist for Ingrid Michaelson.

In the course of five years, Bess has released two full-length albums, two EPs, several singles and four independently produced music videos all on her own. Her most recent album, Out Of The Ocean, was entirely funded by her fans via Kickstarter campaign. Her songs have been featured in television, film, and national commercials.

She is currently headlining shows in New York City, has opened for notable artists like Loudon Wainwright III, and continues to tour the U.S. and Europe performing with Ingrid Michaelson’s band.
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From the Curators: Reggae Stations

Summer is a great time for reggae music! So our curators have decided to add a variety of new and difficult-to-find reggae tracks to our collection. We’re also excited to debut a selection of new reggae genre stations for you to check out:

ReggaeRon.JPGFirst, we take you back to the origins of reggae music in late-1950s Jamaica with our Classic Ska station. You’ll hear the artists that paved the way for rocksteady and reggae music, including Jackie Mittoo, Laurel Aitken, The Skatalites and The Paragons. Or you can check out the Rocksteady station, which features music that originated in Jamaica around 1966. On this station, you’ll hear jams from Toots & The Maytals, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy and The Ethiopians. The rocksteady craze only lasted a couple of years but was a major influence on reggae music as a genre.
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Pandora Submission Spotlight: Bronze Radio Return

Hello listeners!

We are excited to launch a new monthly feature to the Pandora blog: The Pandora Submission Spotlight, where I’ll showcase independent artists of all backgrounds and styles who you might not have heard of and might want to hear more of in the future. Many of these bands are doing it all on their own, some are even on small independent labels. But the one thing they all have in common is that they submitted their music directly to Pandora, can be heard on their own Pandora station and countless others.
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From the Curators: 2012 Graduation Stations

Graduation.JPG Pandora congratulates the Class of 2012! You did it and we’re proud of you!

For all you high school graduates heading off to college, thanks for bringing Pandora with you. No matter where you go, we are your hometown station.

And for those of you graduating college, thanks for growing with Pandora! Hopefully the music helped you maintain focus while you studied for those finals and made all of those tough, important decisions like which roommates to live with, what subject to major in, and when to call home.

Best of luck landing your first job, continuing your education or even taking a “gap” year.

We’ve created a few stations for you to check out, featuring some of most thumbed up songs from the past 4 years across different genres of music. If we have missed one of your favorite styles, go ahead and create your own Class of 2012 artist station. And hey, be proud of yourself!
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