In my last two Tune Up posts on Ryn Weaver and Shura I mentioned how I thought they would both begin to be household names in music during 2015. I got many comments from readers and friends alike wondering who else I thought will have rising star power this year. You asked, you shall receive. Today, I’m placing my bets for 2015 Breakout Artists.
Now, there’s always going to be musicians we never see coming. I’m talking about you FKA Twigs, what Hufflepuff magic did Robert Pattinson use on you to make your name and talent known overnight?
I’ve been good at trend forecasting in the past, so hopefully that skill stays with me in 2015.
2015 Breakout Artists
Catfish and the Bottlemen
A Welsh indie band based off a street busker, Catfish and the Bottlemen have similar sounds if Arctic Monkeys met Oasis – with a little less Noel Gallagher outbursts. They’ve been big on the European festival circuit, but with their debut album The Balcony dropping stateside this January I think they’re about to grow their fan base. Made up of Ryan Van McCann, Johnny ‘Bondy’ Bond, Benji Blakeway, and Bob Hall. Their single “Kathleen” was named BBC Radio 1’s hottest record by Zane Lowe. They may also be in talks to collaborate with indie darlings HAIM.
You’ve heard this English singer songwriter’s deep soulful voice on the radio already I bet. His tune “Budapest” has begun to get massive airplay. Ezra is a musician who you shouldn’t count out based on his boy-ish young looks, because he has a voice much more mature than you’d expect. His sound is a mixture of blues, folk, and a touch of reggae. While Ezra got well known on music fan’s radars in 2014, I think 2015 is the year he gets REALLY big in the top 40. Soon everybody will be singing along. I would even go as far as betting he’ll have some GRAMMY nominations in his future come 2016.
Did you ever think you’d see the day when folk and hip-hop were mixed? Either did I, but damn did Atlanta based Raury change my mind. He does this odd combo so well. Raury’s slowed down rap sets the listener’s mind ablaze with questions as he ponder’s life biggest issues. His debut mixtape Indigo Child featured the song “God’s Whisper” that even got the seal of approval from Kanye. Raury’s set to release a full length album sometime this year.
Now I’m not one to brag, but I was name dropping Henderson way back in April. I’ve actually been a fan a lot further back than that even. She’s the British songstress who became famous as a contestant on The UK X-Factor. After a surprise early exit, musical genius behind the scenes, Simon Cowell took her under his wing. Henderson’s first single “Ghost” has quickly become a hit. Critics claimed she’s the next big voice, filling the spot Adele left in the charts.
I have fallen in LOVE. Do you ever find an artist where you just listen to one song after another? That was Mr. Bay for me recently. With a deep rasp and hearty vibrato, Bay wraps you up into his beautiful songs. He’s set to receive the Critic’s Choice award at the 2015 Brits. A very big honor for standout new artists that has a long precedent of lasting success. When his debut album Chaos and the Calm drops this spring the long hair, signature hat wearing crooner is going to be just the sound soulful indie rock needs in their corner.
Ayyyy the Minnesota hometown girl! Lizzo is a sharp tongued rapper who is known for her songs about empowerment. Plus she’s fierce as can be, her personality is as much of a find as her music. Lizzo got the big honor of opening for Sleater-Kinney on their spring tour this year. Now there’s one way to make a name for yourself. My favorite song is a more mellow side of Lizzo with fellow Minneapolis singer Caroline Smith in “Let Em Say”, an ode to loving exactly who you are.
Maddie + Tae
This Nashville duo gave country music a run for their money in their cheeky “Girl in a Country Song” that was released in 2014. Breaking down every stereotype of music video girls and putting their foot down to the era of bro-country with it. I think Maddie + Tae could be the fresh breath of life country music needs. It’s a throwback to the late 2000s when pop and country first started to mix. It will be exciting to see if they can keep this momentum up with their future single releases.
Garret Borns was born in Michigan, moved to LA, lived in a treehouse, and the rest is history. “10,000 Emerald Pools” and many of BØRNS songs will be huge going into summer. Why? They feel like sunshine and happiness. Recently Taylor Swift declared her fondness of “Electric Love” calling it an instant hit. It’s a callback to classic glam rock with a modern update. The full length LP is expected this spring.
Synth meets disco with the New York pop group of MisterWives. The band got their start when their song “Vagabond” was chosen to be the theme song to MTV’s hit Finding Carter. Compromised of Mandy Lee Duffy, Etienne Bowler, William Hehir, Marc Campbell, and Jesse Blum. Duffy’s airy vocals set their sound apart. Our Own House, their debut release, is due in stores this February. If you enjoy them, also check out Misterwive’s cover of Sam Smith’s “Money on My Mind” it’s love, love, love.
Who do you think is going to be a breakout artist in 2015?
P.S. – Check out my recent concert recap of Ed Sheeran, another artist I once placed bets on getting big too.
Until next time,