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Banners, whose real name is Mike Joseph Nelson, is a British artist with a dreamy, ethereal style. Known for contrasting his haunting falsetto against techno crescendos, haunting chorals, and rumbling drums, the Liverpool native trained his voice by singing with the Liverpool Cathedral Choir.
After leaving the choir, Banners worked as a solo artist before collaborating with Island Records, a recording label based in Jamaica, to develop a self-titled digital EP. Released by Island Records in January of 2016, the EP contains the songs "Start a Riot," "Shine a Light," "Gold Dust," "Ghosts" and "Back When We Had Nothing." The initial release from the EP, "Ghosts," was originally released under Banners' first stage name, Raines. The song "Half Light" was played on the American TV series The Royals during a conflict between two of the show's characters. The single release "Holy Ground" was shared exclusively with Billboard in November of 2016 before becoming available for download through digital music retailers. Banners has toured with New York pop singer Tor Miller and sometimes holds live studio sessions attended by his growing fan base. A native of Liverpool, he was inspired by Canadian alternative rockers Arcade Fire and singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley.
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The song "Shine a Light" is the breakthrough hit that introduced the world to Banners' lyrical poeticism and synth-orchestra sound. He performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live in January 2016 as a promotion for his EP release and has since put out a video for the song. The video, which is viewable on his website, uses the song as background music against a dramatic narrative in which a young man rises up from a motorcycle crash to rescue a young woman from violent captors. The couple race through an apocalyptic setting to an abandoned warehouse, where the captors again appear, only to be overtaken by the rescued girl.
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