New Music Mix: Spotlight on 11 New Artists in ‘11, Who Would Wanna Shoot Lady Gaga? And More!


This weekend’s Lissie concert

This past weekend I finally got to see an artist whose career I’ve been following for some time now perform live. Rock Island, Illinois-native Lissie has come a long way from her early days lending vocals to house DJ Morgan Page on tracks like the Grammy nominated “Longest Road.”

Lissie released her album debut in June 2010 Catching A Tiger, and she’s been gaining recognition everywhere since. The quality of her debut accompanied by her talented vocals and excellent covers to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and KiD CuDi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” ultimately earned her Paste Magazine’s #1 spot for best new solo artist of 2010.

I’ve known for a while now that this girl had something special, a voice that leads me to believe she could have a career as mighty as Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge or even Stevie Nicks. She has such a distinct raw beauty to her vocals, and it got me thinking, what are some other artists out there that I could see getting really huge in years to come? And thus, I’ve put together a list of those artists I expect big things from in the near future.

ARTISTS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2011

Selah Sue

This Belgian musician and songwriter released her first EP in 2008 entitled Black Part Love, with only five songs, but it was her cover of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” for a Haiti Benefit Show that caught my ear.

Selah Sue sounds similar to Duffy but states that her influences are Lauryn Hill, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu.

In 2010 Selah Sue appeared on Cee Lo Green’s album The Lady Killer on the track “Please.” Her highly anticipated debut album will be released this March. Listen to her cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” to see what I’m talking about.

Young The Giant

Formerly known as The Jakes, Young the Giant are the kind of band that write soaring melodic rock n roll songs that are destined for greatness. From the anthemic “My Body” to the lovesick “Cough Syrup” this California five-piece are rapidly gaining momentum into becoming the next Kings of Leon/Killers-style mega-band.

Young The Giant

Lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s haunting falsetto accompanied by electric slide guitar create an unnerving effect that are musically pure joy. They’re one of those bands that you have to see live, and they’re already selling out shows left and right on their first headlining tour.

So hop on board fast, and just remember who told you about them! Watch their acoustic desert performance of “I Got” over here.

Wynter Gordon

American singer songwriter Wynter Gordon got her start writing the title track “Gonna Breakthrough” off Mary J. Blige’s 2005 album The Breakthrough. Gordon went on to co-write the 2008 summer smash hit “Sugar” with Flo Rida, on which she also lent vocals.

Gordon appeared on David Guetta’s 2009 album One Love on the track “Toyfriend,” and has been working closely with Jennifer Lopez on Lopez’supcoming album Love?. In 2010 Gordon released the single “Dirty Talk” off her forthcoming 2011 debut album With The Music I Die.

Her latest single is a collaboration with legendary Freemasons on the beautiful track “Believer.” This girl is on track to becoming the next Keri Hilson or Kelly Rowland. You’ve been warned.

Twin Shadow

Twentysomething George Lewis Jr, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in rural Florida, worked as a composer for a dance company before moving to New York City (Brooklyn specifically) to work on his debut album Forget going by Twin Shadow, a name he chose after his twin sisters.

Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor produced his debut album, and the result is a haunting mix of 80’s new wave and synth pop, comparable to the work of The Smiths as Lewis croons like Morrisey on tracks like “Slow” and “Castles In the Snow.”

2011 will be a big year for Twin Shadow no doubt, as Rolling Stone recently named him “Band of the Week.” Check out “Castles In The Snow.”

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