2018 has been quite a year for music. Three of my top five artists released albums this year, and all three could easily be my album of the year, narrowing it down was a hard choice.
Favorite Album of 2018: Donna Missal – This Time
Despite heavy competition from Jacob Banks and Bishop Briggs this honor belongs to Donna Missal. This Time is phenomenal and it is hard to believe it is a debut album. My first experience with Donna Missal was at a Macklemore concert in December of 2017, she came onto stage to sing her part in “Over It” and stole the entire show. I looked her up on YouTube during the drive home, and have been eagerly awaiting her album ever since. She did not disappoint. Her album is absolutely fantastic and it would have to be to beat out Bishop Briggs‘s Church of Scars and Jacob Banks‘s Village.
Favorite Song of 2018: “Without Me” by Halsey
This was a tough one with so many amazing albums released this year. I thought for sure Bishop Briggs, Jacob Banks or Donna Missal would get this spot as they have all had songs that have been my favorite. However, Halsey snuck in and won the title with her release of the standalone single, “Without Me”.
This song is going to be a classic. Halsey once again showed her mastery of lyrics. She managed to write a song that is general enough to address several types of heartbreak and vivid enough to feel specific and personal to each listener. Couple that with her powerful and emotional vocals and you have the perfect cathartic ballad.
Favorite EP of 2018: MELT by SHAED
You probably have already heard SHAED’s “Trampoline”, and if you have not go listen! The rest of the EP, MELT, is just as interesting and fun to listen to.
Favorite New Artist/Band – Donna Missal
Donna Missal burst onto the scene this year. Expanding her library of music by dropping her brilliant debut album, This Time. I listened to her singles repeatedly waiting for new music. She is ridiculously talented and her voice is incredible. She describes her music as “feminist stripper music” and I can not get enough of it. I am so excited to hear more from her.
Favorite Male Artist of 2018: Jacob Banks
This man deserves to be a superstar. Village dropped in November this year
and it is phenomenal. He somehow merges modern sounds with classic soul
and island vibes. I am dying to get this album on vinyl when it releases later this month.
This man has the warmth that compliments the medium and his album feels fresh and nostalgic at the same time.
Female Artist of 2018: Bishop Briggs
Bishop Briggs, hands down is my female artist of the year. She has started gaining traction and it will not be long before she is huge superstar. Her debut album, Church of Scars, released in April of this year and it was the only CD in my car for quite a while. In addition to her album, she also dropped another single, “Baby”, that was also a hit.
With her ability to blend powerhouse vocals with poetic lyrics makes her an undeniable talent that will continue her rise to the top.
Favorite Band/Duo of 2018: Imagine Dragons
I don’t know how anyone can not like these guys. Imagine Dragons remind me of my favorite band of all-time, Queen, in that they are versatile but consistent in quality. Their new album, Origins, delivers on this promise.
Favorite Music Video(s) of 2018:
Bishop Briggs – “Baby” & Jacob Banks – “Slow Up”
I am cheating on this one and declaring a tie. I truly could not decide between the two. Bishop Briggs‘s “Baby” is a fun song with a trippy music video. It is so creative and I have watched it multiple times.
Jacob Banks‘s “Slow Up” is a beautiful song with a perfect music video to accompany it. It is hard to watch this without getting in your feelings a bit.
Favorite Moment in 2018: Unexpectedly Meeting Bishop Briggs
I met Bishop Briggs! I was at a Donna Missal concert, well, technically Sir Sly and Joywave but I was there for Donna. I saw Bishop Briggs standing a few feet away from me but was to shy and anxious to interrupt her to say hello.
Thankfully, Aaron is more outgoing and less socially awkward so he went to say hi and get something signed for me. She insisted on meeting me and took a selfie with us with her phone (mine was dead and Aaron’s is outdated).
She was so incredibly kind, sweet and thoughtful. I was pretty starstruck so I did not have the deepest conversation with her but it meant so much to me that she took the time to connect with us.
I am very grateful for all the artists on this list and many who are not. This year was a rough one for many reasons but it was an incredible year for music. The music got us through and I am looking forward to hearing more in 2019.
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