5 Female Artists Set for Big Things in 2017New year, new musical talent. Here are five up-and-coming female artists we’re tipping for big things next year…
1. Chaelin CL
Having sold out arenas with the girl group 2NE1 in her home country of South Korea, the 25-year-old singer is now aiming for global pop stardom. And with the help of talent manager Scooter Braun, who has famously pushed the careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, that goals seems to be within reach. “Lifted”, a tropical rap banger with strong liquor references that she released in August, provides us with a glimpse of what the former K-pop star has in store for 2017.
2. Hazel English
Australian twenty-something moves to California to try her luck. Granted, it sounds like the old story of broken dreams we’ve heard thousands of times. With Hazel English though, chances are quite high for a happy ending. Right after releasing her debut EP Never Going Home in October, she was lauded by several renowned music blogs, which enthused about the indie pop record’s sun-soaked melodies and subtle C86 references, presented in a unique and charming DIY style. If English can keep up that high level of song writing, her debut album will surely be one of the stunners of 2017.
3. Nadia Rose
Without a doubt grime had a big year in 2016. With Skepta’s album Konnichiwa winning the prestigious Mercury Prize and Stormzy entering the UK top ten with his track Shut Up, it actually might have been the British rap genre’s biggest year ever. When grime had its first heyday around 2003, Nadia Rose was 10 years old. But being Stormzy’s cousin, the South London based wordsmith obviously has honed her skills for many years. Rose’s fiery single “Skwod” is the best proof for that.
4. Kelsey Lu
Lu’s sparse songs are, to say the least, haunting. In July this year the 26-year-old classically trained cellist and vocalist released her debut EP, which she recorded live in a Brooklyn church. The recording instantly captured the attention of artists such as Florence And The Machine who invited Lu on tour, and Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange who has become her mentor and collaborator. Most of her songs only consist of looped cello melody fragments and Lu’s soul-stirring voice, hence it’s the pauses, the moments between the notes, that make her songs a challenging but highly rewarding listening experience.
A young Swede brags about getting high and enjoying cunnilingus? It’s no surprise that even British tabloid newspapers from The Sun to Daily Star dedicated stories to Ängie, dubbing her ‘the most controversial star of 2016’ thanks to her debut single Smoke Weed Eat Pussy. But all the provocation aside, Ängie’s light-hearted R&B slow-jam will please everyone who feels like Yung Lean’s music has turned a bit too dark recently. And with Universal Music backing her upcoming debut album, the self-proclaimed ‘lil weed hoe’ is surely still to reach her all-time high.