Not being your average high schooler, pop singer, Daya,
already has three top charting songs that communicates the
message of female empowerment. Performing with bands
such as the Chainsmokers and selling out events like
Coachella, Daya is in a world full of success and is definitely
no one hit wonder.
2) Elise Davis
Country artist Elise Davis released the Life EP this year
which offers a glance inside the bliss and tribulations of a
born musician making her way of downtown Nashville. Elise
lets people know that life isn’t always pretty and as she
sticks to that message gives her the opportunity to be
destined for a different kind of prominence.
An Austin originating rock band with a dark, heavy, exciting
sound performed at SXSW which had everyone wondering
who they were. The three members, Amber Star-Goers,
Adam Jones, and Justin Star-Goers are considered very
dark and very raw, both ugly and beautiful, full of exhilarating
melodies that blow richly through dewy electronic dungeons.
4) A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
New York’s upcoming artist from the Bronx’s Highbridge
neighborhood Artist Dubose, frequently known as A Boogie Wit
Da Hoodie, has the east coast on cloud nine with his street rap
and R&B type of flow. The 20 year old possesses a euphonic
sound and versatility that could lead him to be the next big thing in
British singer-songwriter and record producer Nao, "neigh-oh”,
has a soul combined with electronic music, funk, and R&B type
of sound. Nao has been working towards music almost her
entire life and was even named as a nominee for the 2015
MOBO Awards. Although everything is still pretty old school
with her she continues to work towards success. July 29 of this
year she released her debut album For All We Know.
6) Billie Marten
Billie Marten, 17, is "a mix between acoustic and quite folky
and a little indie.” She was discovered doing a cover version of
Lucy Rose’s “Middle Bed” through YouTube and not realizing
how quickly it could disperse, she signed to Chess Club
Records in 2015 and was nominated for the BBC Sound of
2016. Marten sets for stardom and has toured with fellow folk
singer Lucy Rose and also played the BBC Introducing Stage
at the Reading Festival.
7) Briana Babineaux
Briana, who also goes by the stage name Bri, is an urban
contemporary gospel artist and musician. Her music career
began on her YouTube channel where she received hundreds
of thousands of views. She professionally started recording
music in 2015 and released her first album, Keys to My Heart,
in 2016 which went number one on Billboards Top Gospel
Jamaican reggae artist, Chronixx, has his music branded as
“Reggae Revival”. His lyrical content revolves around themes
of anti-war, romantic declarations, and resiliency. In 2014 he
won Culture Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Entertainer
of the Year at the Linkage Awards in New York. His agile
vocals reveal a righteous rage as persuasively as the eternal
love he expresses for his native land on “Smile Jamaica”.
9) Esperanza Spalding
Jazz singer, bassist, and cellist Esperanza Spalding erupted
onto the music scene when her first debut album Junjo
released in 2006 and received reviews from the New York
Times. Spalding has went on to receive multiple Grammys
including Best New Artist of 2010 being the first jazz musician
to garner this award.
10) Lady Leshurr
Melesha O’ Garro, also known as Lady Leshurr is an English
rapper, singer, and producer. Influenced by NWA and the
rapper Eminem, her unique style and rap skill comprise of both
grime and house music which led her to win second place in
the Best Female category of the Official Mixtape Awards 2011.
Leshurr was previously considered “ill” according to the
“Tyrone” singer, Erykah Badu for many good reasons. Her
freestyles, Queen Speech, received hundreds of thousands of
views which help her to continue in her success and soon
become a major artist.