Banners (musician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Banners
Birth nameMichael Joseph Nelson
Also known asRaines
OriginLiverpool, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active2015–present
Labels
Websitewww.listentobanners.com

Michael Joseph Nelson,[1][2] known under the stage name Banners (styled as BANNΞRS), is an English musician from Liverpool.[3] He released his debut EP Banners in January 2016 through Island Records, following three singles released in 2015: "Ghosts", "Shine a Light" and "Start a Riot".

History[edit]

Banners grew up singing in Liverpool Cathedral Choir and performed with the choir in various locations throughout Europe before deciding to start a solo a career.[3] He contacted Canadian producer Stephen Kozmeniuk to work on his sound.[1] He signed with Island Records in 2015.[4] Nelson released his debut single "Ghosts" in March 2015 under the stage name Raines.[5][3] A music video for the song was directed by Christopher Ranson.[6]

His second single, "Shine a Light", was released in August 2015 under the new moniker Banners.[7] The song appeared on the soundtrack for the FIFA 16 video game.[5] A music video for the song was directed by Christopher Ranson and released in October 2015.[6] "Shine a Light" has charted on Billboard Canada Rock and Rock Airplay charts.

In early December 2015, Spotify included Banners on its Spotlight list, which highlights 15 artists to watch in 2016.[8][9] On 4 December, Banners released his third single "Start a Riot".[4][10] The song has charted on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart.

Banners' debut self-titled EP, produced by Kozmeniuk, was released on 15 January 2016 through Island Records. In addition to the three previously released songs, it included two new tracks: "Gold Dust" and "Back When We Had Nothing".[11] The EP debuted at number 67 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart. On 22 January 2016, Capitol Records released a soundtrack album for the TV series The Royals, which included Banners' song "Half Light".[12] On 27 January 2016, Banners made his television debut performing "Shine a Light" on ABC's show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[13] From 29 February to 31 March 2016, he joined American bands POP ETC and The Moth & The Flame for his first U.S. tour.[14]

On 3 June 2016, Banners released "Half Light" as a single.[15][16]

On 24 July 2016, Banners performed at WayHome Music & Arts Festival.[citation needed] His single "Into the Storm", released on 16 September 2016,[17] has peaked at number 16 on the Canada Rock chart. Banners premiered a song titled "Holy Ground" on 17 November on Billboard.[2] The song was released as a single the following day.[18]

In popular culture[edit]

On 29 May 2017, the single "Start a Riot" was featured on the last episode of the second season of the TV series Lucifer. On 31 May 2017, Banners began touring with band Milky Chance in the US.

The single "Shine a Light" was featured on the 7th episode of the first season of the TV series The Good Doctor, as well as being part of the soundtrack of the 2018 movie "Love, Simon"

In April 2018, Banners appeared live on season 16 of the U.S. TV competition American Idol in two duets with American Idol contestants Ron Bultongez and Alyssa Raghu. First he sang his own "Someone to You" with Bultongez and then Coldplay's "Yellow" with Raghu. Both failed to make it to the live Top 14 stage of American Idol

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Notes
CAN
[19]
Banners 67
Empires on Fire

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[20]
CAN
Rock

[19]
CAN
CHR

[19]
CAN
HAC

[19]
US
Rock

[21]
US
Rock Airplay

[22]
"Ghosts"[23] 2015 Banners
"Shine a Light"[24] 71 5 25 34 43
"Start a Riot"[10] 32 24
"Half Light"[25] 2016 non-album single
"Into the Storm"[17] 16 Empires on Fire
"Holy Ground"[18]
"Someone to You"[26] 2017
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other song releases[edit]

  • 2016: "Gold Dust"[27]
  • 2016: "Back When We Had Nothing"[28]
  • 2016: "Start a Riot (Thundatraxx Remix)"[29]
  • 2016: "Start a Riot (Dave Edwards Remix)"[30]
  • 2017: "Someone to You (Acoustic)"[31]
  • 2017: "Firefly"[32]
  • 2017: "Empires on Fire"[33]
  • 2017: "Firefly (Acoustic)"[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Banners". Island Records. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Havens, Lyndsey (17 November 2016). "Banners Shares Dreamy New Track 'Holy Ground': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Donelson, Marcy. "Banners | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Banners Premieres New Single "Start A Riot"". Island Records. 4 December 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b Henry, Dusty (10 August 2015). "Banners share new song "Shine A Light" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b Diller, Nathan (9 October 2015). "Banners Battles Darkness in Epic 'Shine A Light' Video". Spin. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  7. ^ McDermott, Emily (11 November 2015). "Exclusive Video Premiere: 'Shine a Light,' Banners". Interview. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ Klinkenberg, Brendan (3 December 2015). "15 Artists Spotify Thinks Will Be Huge Next Year". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Banners Named Spotify Spotlight Artist to Watch in 2016". Island Records. 7 December 2015. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Start a Riot – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Banners Releases Self-Titled EP". Island Records. 15 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  12. ^ "The Royals (Original Television Soundtrack) by Various Artists". iTunes (US). Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Watch Banners Perform "Shine A Light" on Jimmy Kimmel Live". Island Records. 28 January 2016. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Tickets are now on sale for my first tour in the USA! ..." Facebook. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  15. ^ Ryan, Gavin (3 June 2016). "New Music Releases For 3 June 2016". Noise11. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Banners - My New Single Is Out...tomorrow. Stay tuned". Facebook. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Into the Storm – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Holy Ground - Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  19. ^ a b c d "Chart Search". Billboard.biz. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Banners – Chart history". Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for Banners. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Banners – Chart history". Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Banners. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Banners – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Ghosts – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Shine a Light – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Half Light – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  26. ^ "Someone to You - Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Gold Dust – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  28. ^ "Back When We Had Nothing – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Start a Riot (Thundatraxx Remix) – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  30. ^ "Start a Riot (Dave Edwards Remix) – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  31. ^ "Someone To You (Acoustic) – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  32. ^ "Firefly - Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  33. ^ "Empires on Fire - Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  34. ^ "Firefly (Acoustic) – Single by Banners". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 3 November 2017.

External links[edit]