ReBels Music is designed to give young people access to role models and industry experts who would otherwise not come to Plymouth to run masterclasses, workshop and labs.
Funded funded by Youth Music, ReBels Music will support the growth of musical talent in the city. Not only those who want to perform, but those who want to record, produce, market and design tours that promote their work.
Meet our ReBels Music team
This being Joanna’s debut working in the education sector of the music world field she’s excited to bring her knowledge and insight of the music industry as a ‘full time’ music artist herself.
Dorset born Joanna grew up in a strict but passionately artistic family, where her father’s blues records were the soundtrack to her upbringing. She had a restless desire for music, teaching herself the piano on a keyboard she found in a skip and writing songs that moved her school teachers to tears. Following school, Joanna completed a degree in Music at Plymouth and has been based in Devon ever since. Her early music work included singing in a function band and a duo plus the creation of a very successful vocal sample pack for dance music producers.
Joanna’s vocal samples have been used around the world on some very successful tracks and she continues to co- write and sing on releases with international producers.
Eager to pursue a full time career as a music artist, Joanna took the plunge to devote all her energies to her chosen field in 2014. Since then her career has continued to build and Joanna’s self sufficiency, drive and talent now see her performing with big name artists and playing her own solo shows. These successes range from festival main stage appearances, supporting Paloma Faith and Rag’n’Bone Man and shows with quality artists like Jo Harman, Beth Rowley and Martin Harley.
Alongside a busy live schedule, Joanna has enjoyed widespread radio airplay, live studio and phone-in sessions. She is known for having a voice rich in soul & the songs to match. Motown legend Martha Reeves described her as “the baby girl singing the blues” and BBC Introducing as “This is how it’s done…soulful and epic, Joanna Cooke is bursting with raw talent!” Joanna’s previous 3 EPs and a single releases of her own material all drew positive reviews and were followed by 2 more notable self-composed singles in 2021. “No Stranger To The Blues” and “Give It Up” were recorded with Redtenbachers Funkestra as part of the Masterlink sessions in Surrey. Both recordings were done entirely live in the studio, with no fixes – just Joanna and the musicians, whose credits include (amongst others) Elton John, David Bowie, Tom Jones and Van Morrison. There’s more new music coming from Joanna in 2022. Finishing touches are now being made to plans for the release of singles Joanna has worked on with producer Mark Edwards in Sussex, with a full new EP to follow.
Joanna says – ‘Sharing my experiencehttps://joannacooke.co.uk/ and helping mentor the next generation alongside my own journey has always been a dream of mine! I’m really excited to work with Rose and all of the young adults attending the ReBels sessions.’
Jon Fazal is a musician and singer-songwriter who has released a number of singles and EPs across a variety of different projects and bands. As well as frequently collaborating with other musicians and producers, Jon self-produces his own music across a range of styles and instruments, but mainly guitar, piano and harmonica. He has had his music played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and performed at festivals and venues across the country.
Jon has released several EPs over the past few years including his latest work, Cormoran in 2021. He regularly performs at The B-Bar and other venues across the region.
Originally from Cornwall, Rose started recording her own music in 2002. In 2015 she released her first solo EP with an accompanying homecoming tour of Cornwall. 2018 saw the release of the new sounding, highly acclaimed self titled album, this time with a UK tour including a packed out album launch show at the popular venue: The Boileroom in Guildford.
Rose has had great success through BBC introducing with countless air play, interviews and live studio performances as well as BBC festival stages. She was also selected as ‘Artist of the Week’ for the Georgey Spanswick show, reaching over a million listeners. She signed a song-assignment publishing agreement with Integrity Publishing in 2017 and more recently began working as a ‘topliner’ for other writers and producers.
Additionally Rose is a successful session singer with international touring experience, working alongside some big industry names. With a reputation for her bluesy tone and style, Rose has also sang for the critically acclaimed Nat Martin Band; being featured on their EP ‘Time is a Healer’ along with several live shows. Plusshe was complemented in a Blues Matters Magazine reviewas having ‘strong and soaring’ vocals.
At 21 Rose started out her career working at the Academy of Contemporary Music in 2007 and has since worked for such establishments as Central School of Ballet and The Music Works, which has given Rose a great deal of arts education experience. Rose undertook a specialist singing teacher training course in 2012 and has been teaching singing alongside her performing work ever since. Additionally Rose has done a variety of other teaching jobs and projects including dance, live band workshops, songwriting and other music masterclasses in both private and school settings. She also recently co-founded a new music education hub called The Music Box. Rose holds a CTLLS teaching qualification.
Benny Lau Crispin is a Director of Milk Box Music Group Ltd.
Based at their recording studio ‘The Granary Studio’ in Callington Cornwall, the company has grown to offer a range of services from music engineering and recording, production tuition, record label management, distribution and promotion services aimed at up and coming musicians and producers from all over the South West.
He has toured Europe and many of the biggest festivals performing in acts such as Panda and Two Tribes and his music has been signed to some of the worlds leading dance music labels including Toolroom, Anjuna Deep and Love & Other.
AlexHart is a singer/songwriter from Ashill in Devon. She currently lives in Plymouth and has been a professional musician for 15 years. She has been lucky enough to play at some legendary venues around the UK, Europe and the USA either solo, with Martin Barre from Jethro Tull or more recently with Seth Lakeman.
When Alex was 18 she was signed to a small record label in the UK and the US and released her debut album ‘On This Day’ which had regular air play from Radio 2 and local BBC Radio stations. In the summer of 2013, Alex released a cover of Angie Stone’s ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’ which went to No.2 in the dance charts and was supported by Pete Tong on Radio 1.
After a few years of touring with Martin Barre, Alex decided to release an EP which she recorded in Plymouth with her band mates. It goes back to her folksy, country sound. The EP is called ‘For The Summer’ and is available on all streaming and download platforms including physical copies from her website.
Alex has been working and collaborating with lots of amazing songwriters and musicians including Terry Britten who wrote ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’ for Tina Turner. She appears on many other musicians’ albums too!
During lockdown, after losing 3 USA tours due to Covid 19, Alex has recorded a covers album (Under the Covers) from the comfort of her spare room. She has played every instrument herself and it features songs that have influenced her over the years. These include songs from The Eagles, Billy Joel, Nick Drake to name a few. You can buy this for digital download from her website.
Daisy is an experienced theatre-maker, composer, writer, voice artist and musician living in the South West. She identifies as a disabled artist and is passionate about inclusive arts practice.
Daisy trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, has an MA in Professional Voice Practice from the Birmingham School of Acting. She has taught voice at Bristol Old Vic and Plymouth Conservatoire, and regularly teaches theatre skills at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, as well as leading Far Flung Dance Theatre’s Coffee Cup Choir. Daisy also runs workshops in vocal improvisation. She is a graduate of TRP’s Lab Company Scheme, Graeae’s Write To Play and is currently a member of Extant Theatre’s Directing Pathways and TRP’s Eggbox Writer’s Development scheme.
As a composer, Daisy has written for the Narwhal Ensemble (Whey Down South and 2021: A Cornish Space Odyssey), Above Bound’s Theatre Collective (Atishoo Atishoo), Kick The Dirt Theatre (Bulls***), CEDA (Total Immersion), FarFlung (The Soul Bird, Tidal Surge) and for Emma Latham’s production of Lady of the English at Wilton’s Music Hall. She also wrote the vocal score for Welcome (Sent Forever) with artist Beth Maxwell-Pooley and the Hum Collective. She was Assistant Director on the Theatre Royal People’s Company Show, All Your Gold,written by Miriam Battye and directed by Nikolas Partridge. She also directed Milestones, a verbatim devised piece, for the People’s Company, in 2017. In 2019 Daisy produced her one-woman show, Grapho, with Dip the Nib Theatre, as part of the Theatre Royal’s Lab Season.
Jason Singh is a sound artist, producer, DJ, facilitator and performer.
He is a solo artist and collaborator whose creative output spans across a wide range of art forms, music genres and education practices.
His work includes: sound installations, nature soundscapes, radio shows, sound design and sound explorations using biodata, ceramics, textiles and museum objects.
Referred to as “the human sampler” by Cerys Matthews (Radio 6), Singh also vocally recreates birdsong and natural environments. His work has been called “beautiful, strange, calming music” by nature writer Robert Macfarlane and has also featured on the 2019 BBC Lost Words prom, BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Year, Springwatch and Countryfile.
Singh’s collaboration include a diverse range of organisations and artists including BBC, V&A Museum, Kew Gardens, Chester Zoo, BFI, Celtic Connections, RNLI, Music for Youth, National Trust, Tate Britain, Yazz Ahmed, Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Rokia Traore to name but a few.
Singh is Bristol Music Trust’s artist and educator in residence and visiting lecturer at Guildhall Hall School of Music and Drama. He was Artist in Residence at Hull City of Culture in 2017, and an awardee of the PRS New Music Biennial Award.