2015 was a pretty good year for music, the new bond theme tune was released, we couldn’t get Bruno Mars’s ‘Uptown Funk’ out of our heads for months and Drake wowed us all with his dance moves for ‘Hotline Bling’. But now it’s nearly 2016 and a new year brings new talent so here’s a few artists that we think are going to be pretty huge next year.
Her name might have a familiar ring to it and if you listen to the video above we’re sure you’ll recognize her voice. Essex-born Anne-Marie is no stranger to performing, she’s worked with Gorgon City, Magnetic Man, and Wretch 32 to name but a few and has spent the last two years touring with Rudimental, however now she’s decided to go her own way and release some music of her own (we like this idea a lot), there’s no doubt about it that she’s going to be pretty big in 2016.
Anne-Marie isn’t afraid to say she’s a pop artist and she enjoys writing upbeat material, songs that she can pour her emotions into but still jump around to. She has instantly recognizable vocals that are layered over R’n’B electro beats, breathing new life into pop music.
He’s releasing his new album next year and has already been awarded the Brits Critics’ Choice prize for 2016 (previous winners include Adele, Sam Smith and James Bay) so you know this guy is going to be good.
Coming from Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, Jack rose to fame through the BBC’s Introducing Scheme where artists can upload their songs for consideration by local and national radio stations. He described as an ‘artist-producer’ and multi-instrumentalist’, as everything you see and hear is performed by him. He’s majorly talented and was picked by Mumford and Sons to support them on their UK tour so it’s easy to see why he is so hotly tipped to be the next best thing.
Model turned dancer turned singer/songwriter, Kacy Hill is a girl of many talents. Kacy moved to Los Angeles and got a job as an American Apparel model and quickly after that landed a spot as a backup dancer for Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour.
One of the first tracks she wrote ‘Experience’ gained a small buzz in the music industry, which led her to quit the Yeezus Tour as she wanted more people to hear her music. It was after her quitting the tour that she got a call from G.O.O.D about a record deal and from that she was signed by Kanye himself. Her music is big and dramatic and has booming drums like Florence Welch but also has heart-wrenching soul to it like James Blake.
Zak Abel’s voice is distinctive and full of soul, and once you listen to his music it’s easy to hear how two of his major idols, Bill Withers and Gil Scott-Heron have had such an impact on his voice.
Definitely not a one trick pony, Zak has been writing music since he was 15 and is a self-taught pianist and guitarist. Since signing his first record deal at 17 Zak has been gaining more and more support within the music industry, working with Gorgon City, Wookie, Kawbs and has also been a guest vocalist for Bondax. He released his first EP earlier this year and has his first debut album scheduled for early next year so it’s looking bright for Zak.
She’s been writing music since she was ten years old but it wasn’t until her school friend uploaded one of her tracks onto a Norwegian music-streaming site that she was signed to Made Management and Decca and started to make waves in the music industry. Her debut EP ‘Running with Wolves’ only has a small selection of songs on it however she’s already got Katy Perry as one of her fans.
Aurora lists Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and The Chemical Brothers as her influences and when you listen to her voice there’s definitely Björk-esque similarities. She has also become the voice for this year’s infamous Christmas advert for the British department store John Lewis. Aurora covers one of Oasis’s most love ballads ‘Half the World Away’ and follows in the footsteps of Tom Odell and Lily Allen who have also sang for John Lewis’s Christmas advert in previous years. She is set to release her debut album next year and we have no doubt she’ll do just fine after her Oasis cover.