A new year symbolizes the beginning of new emerging musical artists ready to make their mark in the industry. While 2021 has seen the rise of many talented individuals, 2022 has a fresh batch of musicians to showcase on the scene. From London singer and songwriter Grace Carter, who supported Dua Lipa on The eponymous tour in 2017, featuring Korean-American singer AUDREY NUNA, known for her soul-baring R&B tracks, our roundup below showcases the top up-and-coming artists to keep on your radar this year.
Keep scrolling down for the full lineup. While you’re at it, here are the top 20 albums and songs to hit our playlists in 2021.
Korean-American artist AUDREY NUNA began her musical journey at the age of 16 when she was discovered by Roc Nation producer Anwar Sawyer. While she made moves in 2019 with her single “Time” and was praised by BLACKPINK member Rosé in an interview with vogue korea in 2020, the 22-year-old talent is just getting started. Following his debut a liquid breakfast mixtape in 2021, the R&B musician definitely has more in store for 2022 with her talent for combining hip-hop, soul and trap in her work.
New to the R&B scene, South African singer Elaine has self-released her now platinum EP, Elements, which explores love, heartbreak and renewal. With the skill of effortlessly blending sweet R&B melodies with a touch of trap-inspired beats, the 21-year-old artist became the first independent female artist to reach No. 1 on Apple Music’s Sub-Saharan Africa charts. Get ready for her US debut this year as Elaine has new singles and another EP in the works.
After having had the opportunity to support Dua Lipa on her The eponymous tour in October 2017, London-based singer and songwriter Grace Carter released her debut EP why not me the following year, composed of seven titles which evoke the absence of his father in his life. Since then, the singer has racked up millions of streams on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as performances in the US, Asia and Europe. With her soulful, R&B-influenced vocals and raw lyrics, fans can expect more music from Carter this year.
PinkPantheress took the TikTok music community by storm when she uploaded a snippet of her original song, “Just a Waste,” in December 2020. The following month, her track “Break It Off” went viral again on the Internet. video-oriented application. , leading him to sign to Parlophone Records and Elektra Records. With her style of chamber pop music, the young singer is adored by many of her generation for her catchy lyrics and addictive beats.
Born in Manchester and based in London, singer and songwriter Pip Millett expresses her heart and soul through her soothing R&B-inspired vocals. Millett’s love for music stems from her student days when her mother gave her guitar lessons. Her debut track “Make Me Cry” – a song that covers her battle with anxiety – landed her a performance on COLORS, which now has 4.7 million views. Winning fans around the world, including fellow musicians like Jorja Smith, Millett is a homegrown talent ready to take on 2022.
The beginning of Priya Ragu’s musical career was not easy. Born and raised in Switzerland, this Sri Lankan native of Tamil origin was an accountant for Swiss International Air Lines after graduating from high school. Coming from a South Asian background, the young artist found it difficult to focus solely on her music due to the traditional and conservative views of her parents. However, after moving to New York in 2017, Ragu was able to elevate his potential to new heights working on a slew of singles and his debut mixtape, damnshestamile. For fans of R&B and electro-pop, Ragu offers his own cutting-edge take on both genres while incorporating his Sri Lankan roots.
London-based DJ SHERELLE was raised by her R&B-loving mother and sister. Growing up, the talent listened to 90s icons like Aaliyah and Brandy. However, seeing Hunting and status for the first time at a festival and be present at a Boiler room together ultimately inspired SHERELLE to perform. Known as one of the few people in the industry to play footwork, jungle and other genres above 160 beats per minute, the British DJ represents a new generation of people passionate about the same style. what.
Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as Tems, is a one-of-a-kind addition to Nigeria’s innovative alte scene. Since the release of his first single “mister rebel“In 2018, the alternative R&B artist worked on a number of memorable projects such as his song”try mewhich now has over nine million views on YouTube. Tems also had the opportunity to work with Khalid on his Afrobeats remix of “know your worth” with other Nigerian creators DaVido. After releasing his first EP, For broken ears, Tems bonded with Drake on “fountains“, WizKid and Justin Bieber on “Gasoline,” and Brent Faiyaz to “Find.”
British indie band Wet Leg was formed by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers in 2019. Known for their satirical and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, the duo are slowly but surely dominating the post-punk scene. After featuring four singles last year – “lounge chair,” “wet dream,” “too late now” and “Oh no– the group is gearing up to release their self-titled album this spring on April 8.
Argentinian artist Zoe Gotusso hit the solo route in 2019 after being part of a duo called Salvapantallas with Santi Celli in 2016. Since venturing out on her own, Gotusso has released “A Bossa +,” “Monoambiente in Capital” and “Calephon», as well as his first album Mi Primer Día Triste. The disc release was accompanied by a documentary titled Retrato en Movimiento, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the album’s recording and production process. The pop singer won Best Pop Album at the 23rd Annual Gardel Awards last summer.