P A S T A R T I S T S
M a r s h a A m b r o s i u s
Marsha came to our attention as a young artist in 1997. At this time we ran and owned a nightclub that incorporated a community cohesion ethos with a commitment to support up and coming artists. Working alongside her management we both rehearsed Marsha, paid for her first video and allowed her to use our recording facilities. When it became obvious that Marsha would not be signed by any of the British labels, we encouraged her to take the momentous trip to seek her fortune in America. This was a pity for the UK because we knew she was destined to be super star. She is now a multi-Grammy nominated musician who knows a little something about writing great songs. Whether it’s as one half of Floetry, on her chart-topping solo debut Late Nights & Early Mornings or her career as an acclaimed songwriter /producer, her observations on love and life paired with her soulful and honest vocals flip the personal into a universal truth.
A v a L e i g h
We signed Ava aged 14 years and developed her until she was 16. Thereafter, she left to work with another manager and and when things didn’t work out, 3 years later aged 19, we signed once again signed her to a management contract. Because she had been presented to all the major record labels, we were forced to devise a new character to reinvent her as an artist. Drawing upon her early influence and love of reggae music, we arranged a musical collaboration in Jamaica with the legendary Sly and Robbie. Thereafter, we signed Ava Leigh to Virgin Records and sadly 6 months later her A&R boss was sacked and Ava was shelved.
J e s s i e J
Aged 15, we auditioned Jessie at the Brit School as part of a nationwide anti-gun and knife crime campaign. Initially, Jessie was unsuccessful at this audition primarily because this particular campaign required someone who had an urban vocal sound. After a brief discussion we called her back 2 weeks later as we felt her potential was such that we could develop her further. We put Jessie with some young urban producers and this synergy worked in a productive manner. She gradually began to develop an inbuilt swagger. Jessie featured in the campaign singing alongside legends should as Jocelyn Brown, Juliet Roberts, Hil St Soul. Thereafter, we took Jessie to the USA where she auditioned for: Clive Davis, La Reid subsequently signing to Universal Records.
Max grew up in Devon, England before moving to Stockholm, Sweden, where he formally studied songwriting. After this, he moved to London to hone his craft at the Institute of Contemporary Music. Recently he has worked with Sanctuary Music Vault’s Eric Appapoulay, David McEwan and Cassell the Beatmaker. Singer-songwriter Max is an artist whose unique vocals sound incredible with an acoustic guitar alone, and with the addition of a band, his music has taken a whole other dimension. Max has always been shy and in early 2015 he was approached by both The Voice and X Factor. He auditioned for both and got through each round until he had to chose which show to enter. The rest is history. Max chose X Factor and his voice was instantly recognisable. Max Stone made it all the way to the live shows and admits his and X Factor’s song choices did not best suit his voice. Max now wants to collaborate with other musicians having learnt a lot from X Factor and is now ready and focused to deliver his dream.
A l i e n U n c o v e r e d
Alien/Alien Uncovered are a group put together by 141a Management with the aim to develop a girl group with the same swagger as Jessie J. Working under the title CXV24, the group was put through singing and dance lessons and the management filmed a video diary of their development. The process took over 2 years in which various girls who couldn't cut the mustard were replaced. Even before the X Factor, the girls were invited to perform at the prestigious Popcorn event at Heaven in which they were acclaimed. A year and 3 months after we started the project we finally settled for the line up with included Temple, Shae, Frankie, Madison, Yaz and Natalie, and this is when we suggested the name Alien. Similar to Max Stone, X Factor had made enquires about Alien appearing in the show and in 2015 the girls finally signed up. Preparing Alien for X Factor meant they were rehearsing 5 days a week at the 141a Management rehearsal rooms. The girls did extremely well in X Factor and made the live shows.