Emerging Artist of the Month: Coleman Hell

#21 Emerging Artists chart

#1,725 Ultimate 100 Artists chart

Coleman Hell is a Canadian alternative-electronic pop singer, songwriter, musician, and producer originally from Thunder Bay and now based in Toronto. After relocating he self-released the free Stark Raving mixtape and then the VENA EP on Chad Kroeger’s 604 Records out of Vancouver. In February 2015 the single 2 Heads was released, then Columbia Records joined the party. With initial traction online, Alternative Radio picked up on the danceable, lyrically captivating cut replete with banjo loop and a big hook and it had great success: the song made it to the Top 5 by the end of the year.

In October his six-track self-titled EP was released and a full album is slated for this year. Along the way Coleman Hell founded Sideways, an artist collective out of Toronto, along with La+ch, Michah, and Shan Vincent de Paul; the creative group covers everything from songwriting and production to videos and design.

By spring 2015 Coleman Hell began playing live dates in earnest with festival appearances including Bestival, Firefly, Sound of Music, and Edgefest. In September/October he headlined a run of North American dates and also shared the stage at shows with Lights, Passion Pit, RAC, Cold War Kids, and February Emerging Artist of the Month, BØRNS, before opening for Robert DeLong on his tour. More dates continued through the winter and into this spring, highlighted by an appearance at the JUNO Awards in support of his Breakthrough Artist of the Year nomination, and opening for twenty one pilots on the Canadian leg of their Blurryface tour. His spring dates continue into a fresh festival season where he is lined up for Beal Street Music Festival, Sunfest, Hangout, Bottlerock, Firefly, and Electric Forest.

With a brand-new song, Fireproof, having just dropped, the debut LP in the works, and all these great live dates it seems that Coleman Hell’s exposure and related activity will only grow further in 2016. We can’t wait to see where he goes!

  • 2 Heads peaked at #5 at Alternative radio on 12/5/15
    • Also some plays at Hot AC and Triple A
    • Over 870 spins with ~3.75 million audience in the last week
    • ~70,000 spins to date, ~257 million audience to date
  • 5 million YouTube plays in the U.S. (averaging ~75k/week over the last 4 weeks) and 11.6 million globally (averaging ~174k/week over the last 4 weeks)
    • 95% of plays are for 2 Heads

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Check out April’s Emerging Artist of the Month: The Strumbellas

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