At Lemonade it is our goal to try and bring you the freshest and newest artists. We have had some success including Cassadee Pope, Ellie Goulding, X Ambassadors and Imagine Dragons to name a few. Well, we have decided to stick out necks out there again, so both myself (Aaron) and Editor-in-Chief, Brandon, have made our predictions for 2017. Here are our picks for breakout artists for the new year!
The 20-yr old Norwegian singer-songwriter is probably best known for her single, “2AM”. But Astrid S released a self-titled EP late in 2016 looking to make a move with her new single, “Hurts So Good”. It has charted in 5 different countries around the world and is a blend of down-tempo electronic music and soaring vocals.
The former contestant on Norway’s Pop Idol is attempting to follow in her Swedish counterpart, Tove Lo, into the US as a pop sensation. There are so many things going for Astrid S. She has the look, the voice and the personality to make it happen. There is a good chance that she finally breaks out in the US in 2017. – Aaron Mannari
You can pick up Astrid S by Astrid S on iTunes now.
So a few years back, we had the chance to catch this wonderful country-folk singer-songwriter in concert at the Triple Door in Seattle when she opened for an outstanding Seattle-based band, St. Paul de Vence. Courtney Marie Andrews sat on stage with her acoustic guitar and played one of the most emotional, heartfelt sets, I had ever scene. It was amazing to me that it took this long for her to be recognized for her ridiculous songwriting talent.
Last summer, Andrews released a 10-song album, Honest Life, to critical acclaim and has steadily worked her way toward the top. The multi-talented Arizona-native wrote and produced the entire album herself. She leaves no stone unturned and will continue to rise. Honest Life is a fantastic album and it will be the launching pad for success in 2017! – Aaron Mannari
Honest Life by Courtney Marie Andrews is now available on iTunes everywhere but Europe. European fans will have to wait until January 20th. Sorry!
Another country artist, Bailey Bryan, is on the verge of a huge breakout year in 2017. She released her debut single, “Own It”, at the end of July 2016 and it became an anthem among those in the know, which is not very many. Even now, she has barely over 1500 Facebook likes, though I am positive that it will grow significantly in the very near future.
The Washington State-native received some serious recognition, including being nominated by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum for Grammy Awards’ Artist of Tomorrow. If that isn’t a sign that Bryan is ready for a breakout year, I do not know what is. We are looking forward to her debut album. For now, you should like her on Facebook and be one of the first for this rising star. – Aaron Mannari
In the mean time, you can pick up “Own It” by Sequim, WA’s Bailey Bryan on iTunes now.
It’s pretty easy to fall in love with this trio. I first stumbled upon Leslie Laine‘s sweet vocals and equally sweet personality while surfing through the now semi-defunct Vine app. Her folksy-pop piano and guitar covers of songs, like Kodaline‘s “All I Want” and Coldplay‘s “Paradise”, were both charming and impressive considering the 6-second time limit. Joining Laine are two other social media stars. Whitney Galaher is best known (to me) for her cover of Ruth B‘s “Lost Boy” while Ashley Armstong (or Ashley Strongarm if you follow her on Twitter) has her fair share of enjoyable covers including a recent trippy cover of “An Honest Mistake” (The Bravery) and even a duet of Niall Horan‘s “This Town” with a Lemonade artist from the past, Julia Price.
These three girls met over the very platform that gave them a voice and we couldn’t be more thankful for that. Their harmonies would lead you to believe they’ve been together much longer than a year, give or take. And if their clever single, “Social Superstar”, is a preview of what’s to come, Dear Ears are poised for a breakout year in 2017. – Brandon Enyeart
The newly formed Dear Ears have a few tracks out, but while we wait for the new album, you can pick up their most current release: HERE.
If you’ve been following Lemonade this year, you would know that we’re pretty excited about the Canadian hip-hop artist who goes by the moniker, SonReal. I have spoken on how he is Vancouver’s long awaited answer to the rap game as he embodies the playful, and sometimes quirky personality of the city he calls home, so well.
SonReal not only is a wildly talented writer, but he also has pretty damn decent voice to boot. Although the majority of his tracks are hip-hop, he does infuse a fair amount of pop and R&B into his work. His music videos are some of the most hilarious and well put together that you will ever watch and his dance moves aren’t too shabby either. If 2016 was the year SonReal got his engines revved up, 2017 is surely the year he goes to outer space. – Brandon Enyeart
The ever-hilarious SonReal‘s latest EP, The Name, is available on iTunes now!
Every year that I go to Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, I always seem to accidentally run into a superstar in the making. This year, a couple of hours before my brother (acting assistant that day) and I got ready for JoJo at the Fisher Green Stage, we made a stop at the Starbucks Stage as the adorably shy banter and bold vocals of Donna Missal took the stage.
Her cover of “Drunk In Love” might have been what got the crowd going, but it was her original, “Stop The World” that absolutely shattered me. I have been many concerts and have been moved by music so many times, but this one particular performance floored me. I was covered with goose bumps. I left filled with emotion and entirely grateful for what I experience that afternoon. The New Jersey-native has everything going for her. There is absolutely no reason why 2017 should not be an incredible year for her. – Brandon Enyeart
Don’t forget to grab Donna Missal’s singles on iTunes!
So that is our list for breakout artists in 2017. Is there someone that you think we should have included? Let us know in the comments!
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