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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Artists we play: Phila. singer-songwriter Hemming

Along with the "stars" we play on Birch Street Radio -- from the 60s to today, Beatles to Black Keys, Dylan to Dawes - we like to mix in some of the many less-well-known artists that are out there inventing new music every day. On this blog we'll occasionally highlight bands and singer-songwriters that we think you oughta know.


This singer-songwriter from the Philadelphia area got invited to take part in producer Linda Perry's VH1 reality show, "Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project" - and won a recording contract with Perry's Custard Records. Her debut album, produced by Perry, was released last year, and soon she was traveling the country as the opening act for Chris Cornell's Acoustic Higher Truth tour. Hemming is the stage name of Candice Martello, who pours her heart into songs like "Hard On Myself" and "Vitamins" with raw, emotional vocals. She brings a much lighter touch to "Some Of My Friends," an ode to the importance of friendships, both lasting and fleeting, and the last line gets us every time: "Thank god they were there when I needed them." (See more at

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