**Artists to Watch in 2014**

Here’s my prediction for 2014…take a look at 5 different artists/bands that I believe will be successful in the next year.  Feel free to take a peep to see if you agree and to discover some new music to add to your ever-growing collection..Enjoy!

1.  Snarky Puppy
Snarky Puppy

  • The band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as “The Fam” on their recordings and tours.
  •  Snarky Puppy was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best R&B Performance” category, with their cover of Lalah Hathaway’s song “Somethin”

Watch the video for “Somethin” below..

2.  Hiatus Kaiyote
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  • From Melbourne, Australia
  • Nice blend of soul music with Jazz vocals
  • Currently nominated for a grammy for their song “Nakamarra”–listen to it below

3.  Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

I absolutely love this artist! Her first album was amazing and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2014.

  • Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? was awarded the title of iTunes Album of The Year 2012.
  • She was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll
  • Listen to “Elusive” below (one of my favorite records from her debut album)–the video was released this year

4.  Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr.

  • Influences:  Blues, jazz, soul, country, hip hop
  •  Clark’s musical trademarks are his extremely fuzzy guitar sound and smooth vocal style.
  • Currently nominated for a Grammy for “Please Come Home”

Listen to his live performance of “Please Come Home”

5.  Lorde

Lorde

Lorde is only 17 years old and her debut album, Pure Heroine has received worldwide critical acclaim…

  • Lorde is nominated for a total of four Grammys, which include ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ for “Royals” and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Pure Heroine.
  • Her musical debut was an EP entitled, whicThe Love Clubh was released in November 2012
  • Her first single, “Royals”, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song in the United States.

Lorde’s video “Royals”

Artist Match Up of the Week: Broods vs. Say Lou Lou

This weeks artist both have something in common, and that is that both are made of up sibling duos.

First Up…

Name: BROODS

Sounds Like:  The XX , Ellie Goulding,CHVRCHES

Label: Unsigned

Website: https://www.facebook.com/broodsmusic

Broods

BROODS is a brand-new brother-sister duo from Auckland, New Zealand. Georgia and Caleb Nott have recently released their debut track,  “Bridges”. Georgia has a sweet vocal tone similar to that of Ellie Goulding and Caleb’s progressive production is definitely note worthy.

MTV’s Noteworthy Blog states:

“On “Bridges,” Georgia plays simple repetition to the band’s strength, breathlessly chanting variations of “Now I’m burning all the bridges/ Watching it go up in flames” throughout. The result is like some brilliant cross between CHVRCHES and Ellie Goulding — a mellowed-out take on Physical Therapy‘s “Drone On” featuring Jamie Krasner. Needless to say, we’ve already added “Bridges” to our “FALL JAMZ” playlist, and we recommend that you do the same.”

Check it Bridges Below:

Their sounds is definitely a kind of alternative pop with heavy synth based production.   Being from New Zealand they worked with producer Joel Little who recently produced Lorde’s debut Album  Pure Heroine.  They are pretty new and have limited information about them online but if this song is any indication of their talent I can see some good things in their future.

Like what you hear?  Check out their SoudCloud for a free download of Bridges

Next Up…

Name: Say Lou Lou

Label: Columbia

Sounds Like: HAIM, Lykke Li, Lorde

Website: http://www.sayloulou.com/

Sayloulou

This twin sistter act hail from a Swedish-Australian background and have been creating some  buzz in the blogosphere over the last year with their  singles “Maybe You” and “Julian,” as well as their recent take on Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”   With their recent singing to Columbia Record the dua is prepping  their first major label EP called Better In The Dark on November 25.  Check out their music below.

They definitely have a dark melancholy vibe that matches well with their image. The songs are impeccably produced and showcase the duos effortless vocals.   The sound reminds me of a more pop sounding Lorde but with harmonies.

Conclusion

Both these sibling pairs definitely have a lot to offer and adapt current music trends and develop a unique sound.  I like the fact that Broods consists of a male and a female member opening up their audience a lot more.  On the other hand the twins in Say Lou Lou are both beautiful girls with good voices that sound well together.  With groups like HAIM rising in popularity there is definitely a market for Say Lou Lou but unfortunately I think they will be in direct competition with other prominent female acts like Katy Perry, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, etc. For that reason I think if I had to sign either it would be Broods.

What do you all think?  Who would you sign?