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Artists to Watch 2021

Artists to Watch 2021
ArtistsJanuary 7, 2021

We love watching independent artists grow their audiences and talent, so we compiled a list of some of the best rising artists from around the world for a look at tomorrow’s biggest names in music. Celebrate the new year with new music and new artists.

Olivia Dean

Every Olivia song is a story — not the epic-romance kind but the Friday-night-with-your-mates kind. Her listening room performance blew us away last year, and we’ve been eagerly following her music ever since.

Scarypoolparty

Scarypoolparty is a singer-songwriter who journeys across genres with his soulful voice and distinctive guitar playing. His talent has brought him from American Idol runner-up to a rising pop favorite. Learn more about him in his My Life in Music interview, and don’t miss his killer listening room performance.

Jensen McRae

This LA-based singer-songwriter cites Alicia Keys, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, and James Taylor among her early influences. Her emotional songwriting and unique voice have our hearts and attention this year.

KORDELYA

This Mexican-American artist blends textures and trap-like productions into light-hearted songs. Watch her stunning performance of “Torn,” and learn more about her music journey and influences in this Sofar interview!

Boyish

Boyish is a Brooklyn-based band whose two talented members write, create, and produce all songs from their bedrooms. Like the angsty sounds of Snail Mail and Lucy Dacus? Add Boyish to your queue ASAP.

El Individuo

This artist portrays the realities and beauties of Cuban culture with rhythmic songs that burst with life. We can’t wait to see what’s coming next from this rising international rapper.

Rae Khalil

This LA-based artist is making waves in the music world with a brand new rap sound we can't get enough of. Stream her latest album, "FORTHEWORLD," to see what we mean.

MAVICA

This singer-songwriter serenades audiences with elegant folk pop. Like Phoebe Bridgers and Faye Webster? This artist is for you. Check out her simple, stunning style in her listening room performance of “Fire.”

Juice

Blending rock, pop, R&B, and hip-hop, this seven-man band embraced the diversity of their signature sound early on. With catchy melodies and dance-worthy beats, Juice has won over audiences around the world.

riela

This rising artist released her first single eight months ago and her audience has been growing like rapid fire ever since.

Adekunle Gold

A Nigerian artist with a worldly sound and beautiful melodies. Check out his listening room performance for a taste of the abundant energy, unique style, and stage presence that is charming audiences everywhere.

Covi Quintana

This singer-songwriter from the Dominican Republic is known for her hit single “Café de las Ocho”. But her creative songwriting, stunning vocals, and beautiful melodies are just getting started.

Leo the Kind

A Boston-born, socially-conscious hip-hop artist who moves to his own beat with a unique alternative R&B style. Catch his listening room performance to see why we can’t get enough.

Thunderstorm Artis

This Hawaiian artist is known for the soulful vocals and magnetic stage presence he brings to every genre. Like Leon Bridges and John Mayer? You’re going to love Thunderstorm Artis.

Zaniah

Zaniah hails from Louisville with roots in old country music that create a new R&B with a southern twang. Watch her listening room set and stream her discography for honey-sweet charisma and modern musicality.

Georgia Greene

An LA-based artist with a heart for performing and a voice that we can't get enough of. Like Norah Jones and Phoebe Bridgers? Check out emerging artist, Georgia Greene.

Find more on-the-rise artists performing every weekday in the listening room!