Sam Gilbert – Founder
Sam founded MC in 2010, creating the brand name and concept slogan ‘Real People, Real Music, Real Talent‘. The original focus was on original material and in a competition format for UK & Ireland residents. Soon Sam realised that the online reach was far greater and engagement far healthier when submissions were opened to the entire world and cover material was accepted. “Covers breed familiarity and are a means to an end. Once you have won over a new fan, you can present your original material”. Sam’s uncle Jim was a songwriter and once collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney and Buddy Holly’s band ‘The Crickets’ after winning a songwriting competition. As far as musical talent goes he claims he cannot even play the triangle but claims to know every Music Crowns artist inside out from hometown to shoe size!
Ade Smith – Founder
Ade Founded the concept in 2010, borne out of a love and passion for music and an understanding of the digital space. Ade used to sing when he was young, and learned to play the piano, as well as the drums to a good level.
Growing up surrounded by various musical influences from Gospel, 60s & 70s Soul & Disco, Country, Reggae, & Rock, Ade developed an appreciation for all types of music and has a real eclectic taste. Ade is the company CEO with his commercial forward thinking, he has been instrumental in securing a number of opportunities for the business to include sponsorship, partnerships, & investments.
Ruth Hockman – Business Development
Ruth has dipped in and out of the music biz her whole career. From working with Cutting Edge Group, BBC and Damien Hirst she has certainly lived and breathed the rock’n’roll backstage lifestyle. Ruth brings a wealth of experience, professionalism, knowledge and fun to the MC team as our Business Development Manager. In her spare time – you will probably find her on a spin bike in a loud, sweaty, dark studio in Swiss Cottage.
Maya Rose Radcliffe – Editor
Editor of Music Crowns, Maya, has been working in music since the age of sixteen. She’s written for a series of different publications both in print and online including Clash, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Spindle, New York-based Impose Magazine and The Playground, which she also used to edit. Twitter: @mayarrad.
Alfie Palmer – Artist Management
Alfie has sung since he was a young boy and in 2012 got to sing with Michael Bublé. He joined a group called Jack Pack in 2013 and appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, making it to the final. Jack Pack were signed by Simon Cowell and released a top 10 selling debut album. Alfie is incredibly passionate about music, and is always looking for that spark in someone and to make a difference with the experience that he has gained over the years.
Lee Hart – Artist Consultant
Lee is on the frontline for Music Crowns – dealing with artist enquiries on a daily basis, providing a consultancy against their budget. Lee comes from a recruitment background and has perfected the art of tailor-made packages for artists based on their social platforms, genre and experience. Lee’s partner owns 2 bars in London and once gave Sam Smith a job!
James Cooke – Editorial & Marketing Assistant
James has worked on the production side of the music industry for many years, garnering releases on a number of record labels around the globe. Alongside James’ personal music projects he has trained as an illustrator, designer and a creative marketer. Taking on the role of editorial/marketing assistant at Music Crowns, James spends his days covering new and underground music and creating thoughtful content for our ever-growing audience.