AJ Lewis is a british singer and songwriter who has collaborated with various music producers internationally. AJ has starred in London’s West End and internationally in shows such as ‘Soul Train’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Dancing in the streets’, ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Show Boat’, ‘Bernstein’s Mass’, ‘Porgy and Bess’. He was also the lead singer in the hit Michael Jackson show ‘Thriller Live’.
AJ Lewis sung ‘Stay My Love’ on ‘The Group therapy Programme’ EP
Amy is a self taught pianist, composer and singer from London who has loved music for as long as she can remember. She has written, performed and produced soundtracks for a number of short films and documentaries and has collaborated with a various artists, producers and writers.
Amy sung ‘Breathing I See it’ on ‘The Group therapy Programme’ EP
Call Me Unique
Call Me Unique is known for her eclectic and soulful sound which fuses together elements from a wide variety of artists and influences including Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Lisa Lopes, Lauryn Hill and Ella Fitzgerald. Named by Time Out Magazine as an upcoming talent to watch out for, Unique regularly performs across the country and can regularly be heard coming through your radio airwaves.
Call Me Unique sung in the ‘Don’t Be Alien’ song and book
Caroline is an American illustrator based in Paris. She lives in Montmartre with her husband and two children. Prior to switching to illustration, she worked for over ten years as a footwear designer for brands around the world, including adidas and Converse. She is currently working on a graphic novel set in Portland during the 1960s, and due to come out early next year.
Caroline Lee illustrated and animated ‘Breathe in Your World’ for ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ book and film
Cuba was part of influential London Hiphop Group, 12 Stone Productions who were together for 10 years before deciding to go their separate ways in 2004. Even though one chapter in his musical journey came to an end, Cuba’s passion to create music never left him and in 2010 he decided to learn to play the piano. Now a songwriter and composer, Cuba has always believed that regardless of style, music is music and this has taken his songwriting in a whole new direction.
Cuba wrote the songs in ‘Don’t Be Alien’ and ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ and contributed to the digital books of both projects
Daniela Villegas Skinner is a 28 year old artist currently living and working in Southsea, UK. Born in Colombia and raised in Miami, USA, she trained as an animator and art historian at the Kansas City Art Institute. Daniela finished her art history studies in Paris, France. Daniela is particularly interested in our relationship with the human form and working with different textures and line work. She uses repetitive lines to bring a visual rhythm to her work.
Daniela Skinner animated and illustrated ‘Dreaming I See It’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ book and film
Dee Ajayi’s luring voice and addictive stage presence captivates her audience. Live work has seen Dee Ajayi alongside Stormzy, Krept and Konan, Nick Brewer and more. Described as ‘up in the clouds’, Dee is noticeably in her own world of infinite energy.
Dee Ajaye sung ‘Don’t Close my Eyes’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ EP and film
DJ Melody Kane
DJ Melody Kane has gained a solid reputation amongst her peers in the music industry as being one of the most professional, talented and focused DJ’s in the UK. Melody has a monthly mix-show residency on BBC Radio 1Xtra & has also made several guest appearances on their sister station BBC Radio 1, where she has been commissioned to create bespoke mixes for the likes of Charlie Sloth, Mista Jam & Tim Westwood. In 2013 she was nominated for an OMA (Official Mixtape Award). She is passionate about talented female DJ’s getting the recognition they deserve in what is often a male dominated industry.
There’s always a narrative behind Ellen’s illustrations. She draws inspiration from many places from her imagination, to bits of conversation overheard, to people and places, to books that she has read. Ellen purposefully keeps her images open to interpretation, providing just enough imagination for the spectator to make their own story. She grew up in Hertfordshire and then moved to Cardiff where Ellen gained a 1st class degree in illustration at Cardiff School of Art and Design. She has been living and working in London since 2012.
Ellen Leber illustrated ‘Stay My Love’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ book and film
Ewan graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 with a first in Animation in the School of Design. He has since contributed work to two feature films, including: Titeuf: le Film (2010), and L’Illusioniste (2010). In 2012, he went to Jeju island in South Korea to teach English, and spent his time there drawing the landscape, as well as working on his personal project, current title: ‘Far From Home’. He can usually be found in a coffee shop with a sketchbook in front of him.
Ewan illustrated ‘Don’t Be Alien’ book and film
Gabreal is an illustrator, animator and entrepreneur interested in original stories.
Gabriel illustrated and animated ‘The Therapist’ and animated ‘Don’t Close My Eyes’ and ‘Stay My Love’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ book and film
JJ BOLA is a Kinshasa born (1986), London raised writer, poet, educator and workshop facilitator. He performs regularly at shows and festivals such as well as Universities such as SOAS, UCL, Oxford or Standford University and other public institutions. He has successfully published two books of poetry. JJ Bola’s work is centred on a narrative of empowerment, humanisation, healing of trauma as well as discovery of self through art, literature and poetry. He believes that the true purpose of art is to expose the reality of this world and how to, most importantly, survive it.
JJ Bola is author of debut novel ‘No Place to Call Home’
Kirsty “KirzArt” Latoya
Kirsty Latoya also known as KirzArt is a South London illustrator who specialises in mental health art. Having always drawn as a child Kirsty taught herself digital art 2 years ago and this is now her chosen medium. She uses her iPad to create art and uniquely uses her finger as a stylus. She draws on her own experiences with depression and anxiety to produce eye-catching digital paintings portraying her representation of mental health. Kirsty’s art has been recognised on reported on by the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Huffington Post and Buzzfeed to name a few. Kirsty is driven by her passion and inspired by the unconventional beauty in the world.
Kirsty Latoya illustrated ‘Don’t Close My Eyes’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’
MC Angel is a talented wordsmith performing as a spoken word artist and hip hop emcee as well as writing page poetry. She has been filmed by Red Bull TV, BBC3 and Channel 4 for the “Women in Hip Hop” project. She’s appeared on BBC 1xtra Live Lounge as part of their spoken word season and has performed up and down the country at festivals including Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Drop Beats Not Bombs. She is currently the resident MC for Morning Gloryville, a sober movement which has seen her share the stage with the likes of Fat Boy Slim and Basement Jaxx.
MC Angel is author of a book of memoirs ‘Moments of Significance’
Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across a wide readership. The book launched to a packed out Hackney Empire and quickly sold out. Robyn is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people and regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations.
Like many vocalists, Sharon Rose found her voice in church choirs and on school stages at a very young age. But a voice is best used when it expresses the passion of the singer, and at 27, Sharon is brimming with a fiery passion for her music.
Sharon Rose sung ‘Breathe in Your World’ in ‘The Group Therapy Programme’ book and film