Music lifts us, connects us and takes us to places only our imaginations can go. We dance to it, make love to it and many people say that the music you listen to defines your personality. 2015 saw many exciting musicians rise to the top and stay there. The following eight artists are musicians I believe that will only be taking us forward. With their smooth vocals, meaningful lyrics and impeccable style these are the 8 most exciting musicians taking us into 2016.
Reminiscent of the exceptionally talented vocal tunes of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson is the Weeknd, also known as Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. He was born in Scarborough, Toronto, Canada on the 16th of February 1990 and carries with him an Ethiopian heritage. With the hits ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, ‘The Hills’ and ‘In The Night’ his smooth vocals are sexy and make you just want to dance – or hit the bedroom. Fifty Shades of Grey was one of the most anticipated movies of 2015. The Weeknd’s tune ‘Earned It’ made the soundtrack and the video is exceptionally erotic. In 2015 he earned a Billboard Sales Record as the first artist to ever hold onto the first three spots on the Hot Rn’B Singles Chart. The Weeknd’s style is original and fun with a crazy and unique hair-style that stands up high and clothes that are trendy but always change. He is definitely a star to watch for the upcoming year.
Currently the song ‘Chandelier’ has one billion views on YouTube. Sia is the powerhouse behind this and many other powerful hits. She was born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler on the 18th of December 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful and her lyrics are honest and raw. She has had a long music career and has written and co-written hits such as ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna, “Pretty Hurts”, by Beyonce’, ‘You Lost Me’, by Christina Aguilera and ‘Let Me Love You’, by Ne-Yo and many more. She is one of the most exciting artists to come out in years. Her music is always fresh, unexpected and impeccably beautiful. Expect much from this talented lady in 2016.
- Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has long been America’s Sweetheart. Starting off her career in her teens this talented country and pop diva writes a lot of her own music – especially about relationships and ex-boyfriends. She is also very beautiful and has appeared alongside Supermodels at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show singing and modelling sexy lingerie. She was born Taylor Alison Swift on the 13th of December 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania in the United States. Her hits ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Blank Space’ both have a billion YouTube views and she is not stopping. Her song ‘Wildest Dreams’ is beautiful and romantic and the video stars Clint Eastwoods’ son Scott Eastwood. It has been many years since the fiasco with Kanye’ West at the MTV VMA’s in 2009 and it looks like Taylor’s star power is unstoppable.
- Ellie Goulding
Elena Jane Goulding, also known as Ellie Goulding, is an English singer. Born in Herefordshire, England on the 30 of December 1986 Ellie has vocals that are soft, sweet and powerful. Her songs have appeared both on the phenomenally successful ‘Twighlight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ soundtracks. She has collaborated with the likes of Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah. Her cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ landed on the number 2 spot in the UK in 2010. Her hits ‘Lights’, ‘Burn’ and ‘Anything Could Happen’ amongst others have all been nominated for awards, some of which she has won. This artist is fun, fresh and trendy and her latest hit ‘On my Mind’ shows a more mature Ellie Goulding, one which will be showing her face a lot in the future.
It’s hard to believe that Adele is only 27 years old. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in Tottenham, London on May the 5th 1988. She graduated from the BRIT school for performing Arts and Technology in May 2006. Classmates included Jessie J and Leona Lewis. She released her first album aptly named 19 and gained immediate popularity and recognition. This lady not only belts out heart wrenching ballads about love which show a deep side to her but has a really fun personality too. Her Karaoke session in the car with James Cordon, which recently went viral, was thrilling and entertaining to watch where she sang hits by the Spice Girls and even rapped a song by Nicki Minaj. Her hit ‘Rolling in the Deep’ was covered by Linkin Park and her live performance of ‘Someone Like You’ at the Brit Awards in 2011 gained her a standing ovation and cemented her as one of the best voices of our generation. She was chosen to sing ‘Skyfall’ for the James Bond movie ‘Quantum of Solace’ which many say is the best James Bond theme song ever. Her recent hits ‘Hello’ and ‘When We Were Young’ are stunning and the whole world is waiting in anticipation to see what Adele will do next.
- Sam Smith
The first time I heard Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ I was stopped in my tracks. The voice was sultry, soulful and beautiful and I had to know who the man was behind this powerful love song. Samuel Frederick Smith was born in London, England on the 19th of May 1992. His songs have earned him 59 Nominations and 22 awards, including 4 Grammy awards in 2015 for ‘Best New Artist’, ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’. He was also chosen to sing the hit ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ for the latest James bond movie ‘Spectre’. He is charging forward with his career and with fans like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Beck and Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith is busy climbing a gold mountain of musical artistry success !
- Ed Sheeran
‘Give Me Love’ is one the most beautiful love songs I’ve ever heard. It takes you on a journey of a man who is searching for the love and affection of the woman he loves. In it Ed Sheeran’s vocals reveal a vulnerable man with raw emotions. The lyrics are real and passionate and the song is right up there with one of the greatest love songs of all time. Edward Christopher Sheeran was born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England on the 17th of February 1991. His debut single “The A Team”, released in 2011, about a prostitute addicted to crack cocaine (a class A drug) was a hauntingly beautiful song with tragic lyrics dealing with a delicate subject matter which Sheeran executed beautifully. He received a Grammy Award Nomination for ‘Song of the Year’ in 2011 for it. His song “Thinking Out Loud”, released in September 2014 became the first single to spend a full year in the UK top 40 and has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. He has sung at the Victoria Secret Show and has sung with the likes of Taylor Swift and James Bay. He is an exciting entity in the music industry with only the brightest future ahead of him.
- John Legend
John Legend is an American Soul and Rn’B singer whose debut studio album’ Get Lifted’ reached the top of the charts in 2005 and he has been unstoppable since. He was born John Roger Stephens in Springfield Ohio, United States on the 28th of December 1978. His voice is unique, velvety and incredibly sexy. His hit ‘Ordinary People’, off his debut album, won him the Grammy for ‘Best Male Rn’ B Vocal Performance’ in 2006. I have been lucky enough to see this gifted man play live on his piano which he lovingly masters. His song ‘All of Me’ was a tribute to his gorgeous wife Chrissy Teigen and currently has 751 million views on YouTube. His collaborations include hits ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ with up-and-coming star Meghan Trainor, as well as others with super stars such as Kanye West. He has also written songs for Estelle, Rick Ross, Fergie and Janet Jackson amongst others. This is a talent that will shine through 2016 and beyond.