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On The Rise: Leland

11th August 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Leland

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

SPRING. BLOW-UP. PILLOW-TOP. (drop top). MEMORY FOAM.

These are all types of mattresses. But no matter how good a night’s sleep your Duluxe may give you, none of them are as good as the new song, ‘Mattress’.

Introducing: Leland


Brett McLaughlin (who will now forever be known as Leland - because we don’t know him personally) is behind some of the greatest modern pop songs. Where do we start?

Like ‘Fetish’ by Selena Gomez? He wrote that. Wondering who’s behind the grammatically incorrect ‘Why’ by Sabrina Carpenter? Yep, he’s the reason there’s no “?” in that title when it’s blatantly a question.

That’s not even to mention…

Hide Away’ by Daya, pretty much every good song on Troye Sivan’s ‘Blue Neighbourhood’*, ‘More Than You Know’ by Troye Troye and Martin Garrix… to name a few.

*every song on that album is good, so that was an incorrect statement. In particular, Leland is credited for: Talk Me Down, Youth, Suburbia, Lost Boy and ‘for him.’


Leland has released some original music in the past (2015’s ‘Full Time’ and ‘Aware’) but none quite like ‘Mattress’.

The all-out pop banger is well over 1M streams on Spotify is about letting yourself let that person you love go… losing your chances. As Brett SORRY Leland sings, ‘Why do I always do this to myself, I let you go with someone else, When all I want’s my body on your

(wait for it)

Interview with Ellen Thweatt

4th August 2017 | Music

Earlier this Summer, W!ZARD Radio Station worked with ReverbNation to uncover some of the most exciting new acts bubbling around the internet. Here’s one of the winners…

Moving to Nashville (the home of song writing) is a dream for many aspiring artists, but very few are actually able to make the move. For some though, it’s just the thing they were meant to do.

Ellen Thweatt (who, you guessed it, now lives in Nashville) is originally from Tennessee and she has a bug for song writing. She’s what most people wold call ‘prolific’, having released her debut EP, ‘Halfway in the Clouds’ last year and a more pop-folk track ‘Your Cinderella’ before then, she also gigs as often as she can.


It’s difficult to not be excited about Ellen’s future – the songwriting talent is amazing, and you can hear her passion in every word she says.
James Gilmore interviewed Ellen Thweatt about moving to Nashville, her song writing and original music.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Ellen Thweatt

James Gilmore interviews Americana-folk artist Ellen Thweatt about moving to Nashville, her song writing and original music. (4 minutes)

Interview with Sara Phillips

4th August 2017 | Music

Earlier this Summer, W!ZARD Radio Station worked with ReverbNation to uncover some of the most exciting new acts bubbling around the internet. Here’s one of the winners…

Originally from Canada, now based in LA, Sara Phillips is perhaps best known for her unique cover videos which have clocked up tens of thousands of views.


Covers of tracks such as Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ and The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ show just how Phillips is able to stand out from the crowd, truly making chart-topping tracks her own. But, it’s in her original music that she wants to become known.

With influences including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Amy Winehouse, Sara writes about her real life – with honesty. Her biggest single to date, ‘Boy Who Let Me Down’ is about exactly what you think it’s about, and was produced by Grammy-nominated Mike Daley and Mitchell Owens.


James Gilmore interviewed Sara Phillips about her videos, her fans and what’s coming next.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Sara Phillips

James Gilmore interviews Sara Phillips about her videos, her fans and what's coming up next. (5 minutes)