JACQUI SWIFT talks about names hoping to make it big in music next year.
Here is her 23rd for 2023…
DANCER, singer, model and actress Mette Toley made her first appearance as a dancer in the music video for Pharrell Williams and Rihanna Lemon’s hit. She’s the one that Rihanna shaved her head.
MetteNarrative has been a member of Pharrell’s dance team, The Baes, since 2014, and also starred as Justice alongside J-Lo in Hustlers and played the role of Cassandra in Cats.
Now her focus is on music, and on January 20 she releases her first single, Mama’s Eyes, a mixture of R&B and pop music. You can also see her in the new Alexander McQueen Sprint Runner promo film directed by Grammy Award winner Sophie Muller. Very cool.
NEXT year promises to be an important one for Renee, Stella and Georgie, who will follow in the footsteps of such female trios as TLC, En Vogue and Sugababes.
They have already received The Brits Rising Star award – the first group to win the gong – and will receive it at a ceremony in February.
It all started with the debut single Cardboard Box produced by MNEK and Brandi, JoJo and Missy Elliott are all fans.
Stormzy sent out a tweet in which he said he was “ready when you are” to collaborate.
Rene and Stella have known each other since the age of five and became a trio when they met George two years ago.
3. CATS BURN
YOU may know the hot Kat Burns from her gorgeous stripped-down pop anthem Go, which was featured on Love Island.
The breakout TikTok artist, the south London singer supported Ed Sheeran on his European tour and also joined pal Sam Smith on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.
Cat is also the opening act for Sam’s Gloria’s UK and Ireland tour the following year.
Former BRIT School student songwriter wants to “help black queer artists” tell their story. Her songs about identity, sexuality and mental health placed her in the top three at the Brits Rising Star Awards.
4. ZAC ABEL
THIS Essex singer is already being called the new George Michael, with his wonderful voice and songwriting abilities.
He provided guest vocals on the hit single Gorgon City Unmissable and plays Brighton’s Chalk and London’s Brixton Electric on his May UK tour.
He has also written hits for Kygo, Avicii, Paloma Faith and John Legend and is an ambassador for the charity CALM, having been open about his struggles with mental health and reflecting it in his songs. Superstar in the making.
YOU may have seen these guys from Manchester backing Kasabian and Happy Mondays frontman Sean Ryder recently.
During the summer, Rolla also performed at the Isle of Wight, Y Not, Rewired, Neighborhood and The Great Escape festivals.
The indie guitar band consists of brothers James and Luke Gilmour, Tom Paddon, Luke McConnell and Saul Bardsley. The recent single Ease My Mind has been compared to The Verve. Look for them at Manchester’s Gorilla Arena in April as things go from strength to strength.
6. ETTA MARCUS
The Londoner began sharing her music on Soundcloud during lockdown and was soon compared to Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Phoebe Bridgers.
Inspired by Everything But The Girl, she releases the EP Heart-Shaped Bruise with the single Smile For The Camera on January 13th.
After being kicked out of London’s Trinity Conservatory where she studied jazz, Etta began writing music in her bedroom and was soon signed to Polydor Records.
Memorize her name and listen to her great thoughtful voice.
7. TAIPEI HOUSTON
BROTHERS Miles and Lane Ulrich are the sons of Metallica drummer Lars, and their sound has been compared to The Kills and The White Stripes.
Taipei Houston has performed at the Reading & Leeds Festival and Austin City Limits, and opened for Muse in Los Angeles.
The duo named themselves after looking at a flight-tracking app and seeing a trip between the two cities.
The debut album Once Bit Never Bored is out now, with more new music and shows coming in 2023.
8. TOM RASMUSSEN
ANYONE who was at Rina Sawayama’s concert during her recent tour could catch Tom as the opening act.
Drag queen, writer and singer Tom befriended a Japanese-British singer while they were both studying at Cambridge University.
The Lancaster-born star headlined London’s St Pancras Old Church in November and released the brilliant dance track Dysphoria the same month.
This followed the first release of Fantasy Island Obsession. Bright and fantastic.
9. STELLA ROSE
New York-based singer, songwriter and poet Stella Rose has been compared to Nick Cave and Nadine Shah after releasing her dark debut single Muddled Man in October. And her second release, Angel, was just as moody. Her debut album will be released in 2023.
Stella is the daughter of Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan, so she’s the king of rock.
I hope she comes to the UK soon to play some gigs.
10. OPPRESSIVE MARTIN
SWEDISH singer Shy, born Sara Hjellström, has written songs for The Chainsmokers, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne and Astrid S, but has now focused on her own music.
Previous singles No Regrets and Feelings deal with lost love, heartbreak and mental health struggles, and she is also a member of the Max Martin Equalizer Project, which aims to further promote and celebrate women in the music industry.
The song Wish I Didn’t Know You is already out and more releases are expected next year.
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11. NEW RULES: British-Irish trio New Rules met through social media, were inspired by Coldplay and The 1975 and toured with Julia Michaels.
12. JELANNY BLACKMAN: This London rapper and singer has been playing the Glastonbury and Leeds festivals and saw his song Maybe Not featured on the FIFA 23 soundtrack. He just released a new single Izit with Kojey Radical.
13. KYLA GRACE: The Watford-based singer who has been compared to Amy Winehouse and now has a big fan of The 1975’s Matty Healy after her summer single Nobody Loves Me. Realign’s latest single speaks honestly and sincerely about family difficulties.
14. MONCRIEF: Irish singer-songwriter touted by Elton John as a noteworthy person who sang backing vocals for Adele and also supported Stereophonics and The Script. His six-track EP Warm showcased his talents and racked up six million streams in just two weeks.
15. TRACKS: A quartet from Merseyside formed in 2018 led by Holly Minto, whose debut song Come Over (Again) became a Radio 1 Tune Of The Week hit and their first chart hit.
16. NIA ARCHIVE: The Bradford-born producer, singer-songwriter, DJ and visual artist is the first electronic artist to win the BBC Music Introbbing Artist of the Year award. She released her EP Forbidden Feelingz in February and her latest single So Tell Me… in November. She also played for Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and the Notting Hill Carnival.
17. DYLAN: She signed with Island Records this year and supported Ed Sheeran on his UK stadium tour, including five sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium. Her mixtape The Greatest Thing I’ll Never Learn earned her a huge following. Expect them to multiply after her February UK tour.
18. RUGER: The Nigerian singer-songwriter has lent his voice to the summer with numerous Afrobeat hits, including his latest collaboration with producer TSB on the single Red Flags.
19. SAINT: This Leicester-based rapper and former semi-professional basketball player has collaborated with the Knucks, Miraa May and toured with the likes of Central Cee, Denzel Curry and the Kenny Beats. He is also the new face of the Tommy x END advertising campaign. He will become a big name.
20. RACHEL CHINURIRI: You may know her single I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Trying) which became the most played record in the world on Radio 1. Stay tuned for her debut album, which will be released in April.
21. BONNIE CAMPLEY: Dirty Hit’s latest record label star, Bonnie, released her debut EP Running Out Of Things To Say, Running Out Of Things To Do in November. She supports The 1975 on their At They Very Best tour of the UK in February.
22. TIM GALLAGHER: Another Manchester Gallagher is singer Tim, songwriter. Stay tuned for the latest issue of Growing Pains.
23. STATE OF THE BOW: This Cheshire band releases their second album More Than This in March and is also starting a UK tour. They also support the homeless through The Trussell Trust.
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