As unpredictable as it is, 2017 is inevitably a year to look forward to for new artist. As barriers are being broken down and norms are being challenged, us music heads are finding our ears in different directions. The most successful way of spreading music is simply passing the aux cord and introduces those who we've come to hold dear to our hearts as fans. These are our writer's picks for new artists to rotate.
When Rita Ekwere, better known as her stage name Ray BLK won the BBC Sound of 2017 awards, I knew I had some investigating to do on the up and coming artist. Ray was born in Nigeria, but moved to London at the age of 4. When Ray turned 13, she formed a music group called “New Found Content” with her friend, who is also a well-known song writer and artist MNEK. Ray’s debut EP Havisham debuted in 2015, and she also started her own music label to avoid singing a deal that she did not feel comfortable with. In 2016, Ray self-released her debut mini album Durt. Durt, which really captures the true realities of inner-city life, and the struggles she has faced as a woman with a new, interesting twist on hip-hop. Ray decided to put “BLK” in her stage name, because it stands for Building, Living, and Knowing. It seems that this strong and independent artist is about to take the world by storm while staying honest to her true values, and she is definitely an artist to keep your eye on in 2017.
Favorite Track: My Hood
By Josie Strick
Dua Lipa is an English singer, songwriter, and model. She began her musical career at the early age of 14 and was inspired by artists such as Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado. Dua Lipa signed to Warner Brother Records in 2015, and is currently planning to release her debut album in the early summer of 2017. She is known for her previous hits such as “Thinking ‘bout You” and her most recent collaboration with Martin Garriex on a track called “Scared to Be Lonely.” Dua’s sound can be described as sultry and sleek pop, which most definitely puts her on the map to becoming pops new “it-girl” artist of 2017.
Favorite Track: Scared To Be Lonely
By Gabrielle LaMarco
Kiah Victoria made me sing in the shower again. One of her standout and most notable songs is called “Hollow,” off of her EP Everybody, released in the summer of 2016. Her music serves as jazzy R&B production reminiscent of a cross between Australian artist Kimbra and the late Amy Winehouse. Her refined runs and penchant for uplifting lyricism makes her the ideal candidate for a casual listen or even intense cry session. Having worked with electronic/hip-hop phenom Kaytranada and Alex Vargas, Maryland native Kiah Victoria is sure to cross your ears on the large scale in due time.
Favorite Track: Hollow
By Georgie Olmeda