The Green Children

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The Green Children
Green-Children.jpg
Milla Sunde and Marlow Bevan
Background information
Origin Norway/England
Genres Electropop
Years active 2006–present
Labels Knightingale Entertainment
Universal Records
Spinside Records
Website http://www.thegreenchildren.com
Members Milla Sunde
Marlow Bevan
For other uses, see Green children (disambiguation).
Marlow Bevan and Milla Sunde

The Green Children are a European musical duo, who write and self-produce atmospheric electropop music. The group consists of Milla Sunde (born 17 December 1983) from Norway, and Marlow Bevan (born 4 October 1984) from England.[1]

The band has also established The Green Children Foundation, to support microcredit, education and healthcare.

Career[edit]

"Hear Me Now" (2006)[edit]

In June 2006, The Green Children shot a music video in Bangladesh to celebrate the work of Professor Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit and founder of Grameen Bank.

Marlow Bevan and Milla Sunde, with Professor Yunus in Bangladesh

In December 2006, The Green Children released a fundraising CD/DVD entitled Hear Me Now throughout Norway. Through sales and donations from around the world they raised $400,000 for one of the first eye hospitals in rural Bangladesh. The hospital was opened on May 12th 2008 by The Green Children and Professor Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner.[2] Yunus initiated this project with Grameen to save the sight of many of his countrymen and women.

The Green Children met whilst studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and signed a major U.S. recording contract with Universal Music Group in 2008.[3]

They left Universal in 2010 and signed a world-wide distribution deal with Los Angeles-based Spinside Records, a subsidiary of Inside Recordings, owned by legendary musician Jackson Browne. Spinside Records is distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance and ADA Global, owned by Warner Music Group and Sub Pop Records. Their deal with Spinside Records was secured by their former manager Cheryl Bogart who worked with them in 2009/2010.

Encounter (2010)[edit]

Their first self-produced album Encounter was released in October 2010, to great critical acclaim. Rolling Stone described it as a collection of "Searching dance-pop ballads from elfin dreamers…Encounter glides by like Lady Gaga on a unicorn. Sunde gives synth-diva histrionics a mystical spritz, singing about dragons and black magic over skittering electro beats." Reema Kumari Jadeja from MOBO wrote that, "The Green Children masterfully sprinkle sincere soul and magic into a music scene that requires some much needed fantasy and romanticism... The emerald duo's debut is an audio fairytale that confiscates all grips on reality and leaves one hopelessly daydreaming."[4]

Jackson Browne described Encounter as "A hook fueled, emotional songscape - with powerful tracks and soaring, achingly beautiful vocals."

Their first single "Dragons" was offered as a free download by Amazon.com, peaking at #3 in their 'pop' chart and at #9 overall.[5]

Encounter Remixed was released one month later in November 2010, which included remixes from star DJs such as Paul Oakenfold and Digital Dog.[6]

Their music was featured on the homepage of Young Hollywood, MSN, AOL, Yahoo, Amazon.com and on the iTunes Store.

In April 2011, a remix of "Life Saviour" by 7th Heaven (Kylie, Taio Cruz, Shakira) entered the Music Week UK Club charts at #17 (Pop Category).[7]

In October 2011, 'Encounter' was nominated in the first round of voting for a U.S. Grammy Award, in two categories, 'Best New Artist' and 'Best Pop Vocal Album'. The CD was also distributed into Whole Foods Market as a part of a campaign to raise funds and awareness for micro-finance.[8]

In April 2012, The Green Children produced a Remix of 'Houdini' by chart toppers Foster The People. The animated YouTube video gained 500,000 views within two weeks of its release and benefited the charity SOS Children's Villages.

Connection (2012-2015)[edit]

At the end of 2012 The Green Children released 3 songs from their upcoming second album. Critical acclaim was universally positive.[9]

They received US radio support and their music was featured on MTV during the release.[10]

The duo's second full-length album, Connection, was released in the USA and Canada on July 23rd, 2013 through Amoeba Music. Fans who pre-ordered the album received autographed copies.

In November 2014 they released their single and video, "Outline". This space themed video supported the work of The Planetary Society, including partners such as Bill Nye and Yale University.[11]

2015 saw The Green Children support the work of charitable organization 'New Alternatives' with a concert in NYC benefiting LGBT Homeless Youth. They were interviewed by The Huffington Post about the concert and their other charity work. [12]

New songs (2015-present)[edit]

On 17 July 2015 the duo released the song, "Let the Sun Shine".[13] During the first 24 hours, the song was offered as a free download through a partnership with Unlock FM.[14] That same day, a music video for "Let the Sun Shine" was released.[15] In 2016, The Green Children released more two songs: "Dreamers"[16] and "Winter Rose".[17] The song "Dreamers" received a remix by Embody; and a music video was released for this version.[18][19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Remix albums[edit]

  • 2010: Encounter Remixed
  • 2015: The Green Children Remixed[20]

Singles[edit]

  • 2006: "Hear Me Now" (CD/DVD)
  • 2009: "Hear Me Now"
  • 2009: "Life Was Beautiful"
  • 2010: "Dragons"
  • 2011: "Can You Find Your Way"
  • 2012: "Feel the Light"
  • 2016: "Dreamers"

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Ref.
"Hear Me Now" 2006 [21]
"Life Was Beautiful" 2009 [22]
"Dragons" 2010 [23]
"Black Magic" 2011 [24]
"Possessed" (M4SONIC Remix) 2013 [25]
"I Can Do Anything" 2014 [26]
"Outline" [27]
"Let the Sun Shine" 2015 [15]
"Dreamers" (Embody Remix) 2016 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenna Markowski. The Green Children Interview – Milla Sunde Discusses the Band and Their Cause. Static Multimedia, September 29, 2010
  2. ^ Karl Burkart The Green Children fight poverty on iTunes MNN.com. July 30th, 2009.
  3. ^ Rising International Philanthropic Pop Duo Sign With Universal Music Group redorbit.com, August 25, 2008.
  4. ^ The Green Children's audio enchantment mobo.com, October 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Song Of The Day About.com, September 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Encounter 'Encounter' again Electrocutie, November 11, 2010.
  7. ^ The Green Children on UK CLub Charts Music Week, April, 2011.
  8. ^ The Green Children & Whole Foods Make Beautiful Music Alternative Consumer
  9. ^ The Green Children Bring Soul To Electro-Pop Shockya.com, November 19th, 2012.
  10. ^ The Green Children Share Free MTV Download Starpulse.com, December 12th, 2012.
  11. ^ The Green Children Support The Planetary Society AreWeAlone.net, November 17th, 2014.
  12. ^ The Green Children on HuffPost Live HuffPost Live, June 26th, 2015.
  13. ^ "Let the Sun Shine by The Green Children on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Happy Summer! Celebrate the season with...". Facebook. The Green Children. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Let the Sun Shine (Official Video) on YouTube
  16. ^ "Dreamers by The Green Children on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Winter Rose by The Green Children on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Dreamers (Embody Remix) by The Green Children on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Dreamers (Embody Remix)" on YouTube
  20. ^ "The Green Children Remixed by The Green Children on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  21. ^ Hear Me Now on YouTube
  22. ^ Life Was Beautiful (Part I of Encounter) on YouTube
  23. ^ Dragons (Part II of Encounter) on YouTube
  24. ^ Black Magic (Part III of Encounter) on YouTube
  25. ^ Possessed Remix [The Green Children] on YouTube
  26. ^ I Can Do Anything on YouTube
  27. ^ Outline [Official Video] on YouTube

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