Four albums and nine years into a 29 million records-selling career, Irish pop band The Script decided to change things up a bit. For the band’s fifth album, Danny O’Donoghue (vocals, piano), Mark Sheehan (vocals, guitar) and Glen Power (drums, vocals) are very much in the real world, presenting a collection of urgent, timely, future-facing anthems that speak of both real-life events and real-time sonic adventurism. Freedom Child is The Script standing up and standing strong, its title a reflection of the “whole new world we’re in” and its songs demonstrating an energetic embrace of modern pop production.
Manchester, England-based singer-songwriter Tom Walker creates contemporary music that incorporates hip-hop beats, samples and traditional songcrafting. His 2016 song, "Sun Goes Down," which incorporated the 1930s work song "I'll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down" and featured poet/musician Kojey Radical, earned positive notices and airplay on BBC Radio 1, leading to Walker signing to Relentless Records. His official debut single, "Fly Away with Me," arrived later that year, followed by The Blessings EP in April 2017. Walker's newest single, "Heartland," was released in August.