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ARTISTS TO WATCH FOR IN 2022


REMI WOLF

This year California-based singer-songwriter Remi Wolf released her debut album "JUNO," and in 2022, she’ll take that sound yet further in her zany and lyrical sound. She used to be a junior Olympic ski racer. She was an "American Idol" contestant. And now she's a viral pop singer who has, on the strength of two EPs filled with a magnetic hybrid of elated funk and soulful pop, won over a score of fans, including diverse guitar-slinger elders like John Mayer, Nile Rodgers and Beck. After graduating from USC Thornton School of Music in 2018, Wolf dropped her debut EP, 2019's "You're A Dog!." The release of Wolf's sophomore EP, "I'm Allergic To Dogs!" bolstered the Californian artist's beguiling persona — think outrageously earnest librarian meets seasoned but humble Broadway actress — and honed her ability to produce music in the sweet spot between reference and innovation. There's a compelling quality to her work that feels indescribable, one that you can spend hours trying to define and never will.


ASHER KNIGHT

UK-based singer-songwriter Asher Knight has earned support from the likes of The Vamps and James Blunt – he’s such a talented artist! His vocals sound so soulful, and he knows just how to make an unforgettable pop song as his latest single, "By The Way." He used music as a form of escapism while dealing with bullying in school, and we’re so proud of him for pushing through such an awful situation to get to the other, very boppy side. Lou came onto the map in 2016 with her breakout anthem “TBC” after adolescence, marked by the same work ethic that has propelled her during the pandemic. The self-produced artist was further catapulted into recognition after a 2018 shout-out from Drake’s Instagram. He appeared wearing her merch (he has cited Lou as one of his influences for his album Scorpion). When he posted the photo, she was on a North American tour with fellow Brit Jorja Smith, an experience that allowed her to experiment with different characters every night.


EDEN HUNTER

It’s no secret that we have loved Eden Hunter since she debuted earlier this year, but her latest single "Chance My Heart" surprised even us! It’s a retro pop banger that deserves to soundtrack the exciting turnaround in a coming-of-age movie. Eden has already established herself as an energetic indie artist you need to watch with just two singles. Hunter said about her music, "My songs have genuine raw messages. None of the music I write for my own artist project is about being in love. It’s about friendship, hardship, happiness, drive, intuition. I can write about being loved and loving someone, but being in love is something very different." Following on from her critically acclaimed single “Weightless,” the artist continues to take leaps and bounds in the scene, gaining support from various tastemakers and fans. Having already sold-out venues with fellow pop-newcomer Josie Proto, we think 2022 is due to be a big year for the star.


JACK SAVORETTI

This year, Jack Savoretti got a #1 album in the UK with "Europiana," but he shows no signs of stopping. "Europiana" is the follow-up to Jack’s breakthrough 2019 album "Singing to Strangers," his third consecutive gold seller and first UK number one. While that album was recorded in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s studio, this new disc was conceived between lockdowns at Jack’s Oxfordshire home. Once again, Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, London Grammar, Florence & The Machine) has produced the album, recorded late last year at Abbey Road with Jack’s longtime touring band. He’s pushing himself even further with his string-tinged, piano-led track "The Way You Said Goodbye," which he recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. The song has a strong sense of magical nostalgia, showing off his lyrical talent and ability to convey emotion with even straight lines anyone can connect with. Jack heads out on a 12 date UK tour in spring 2022, kicking off at the Plymouth Pavilions and finishing up at London’s Eventim Apollo.


JO O'MEARA

Jo O’Meara blew us all away with her latest album, "With Love," which arrived 16 years after her debut "Relentless." the singer’s album is her most involved project yet, with a hand-selected tracklist of personal favourite cover versions and original co-writes. In addition, she’s decided to close out 2021 with a look back to her past. She just unveiled an unplugged version of S Club 7’s "Never Had A Dream Come True," and we can’t get enough of this gorgeous new rendition. She’s grown so much as an artist and a person since her time with S Club 7, and the only way is up! If you can, you should make your way to her acoustic show at PizzaExpress in February. Jo’s experiences have taken her long from growing up on Collier Row, near Romford, Essex. As a teenager, she sang country classics at working men’s clubs before joining an early incarnation of the British-American girl group Solid HarmoniE and working with a young Max Martin. Everything went stratospheric with S Club before she launched her solo career with the hit single "What Hurts The Most."


JAMES MORRISON

There’s a reason James Morrison is considered one of Britain’s best artists, and the “refreshed” version of his 2006 song "You Give Me Something" shows off his creative mind After winning the BRIT Award for British Male Solo Artist early in his career, James was recently invited by the iconic songwriter Diane Warren to feature on her current album ‘The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1’ with Leona Lewis. It represents James’s second significant collaboration of 2021 after his songwriting hero Paul Weller asked him to duet on "Broken Stones" as part of his Live From The Barbican show, a collaboration with Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Their performance was released as the lead single from Weller’s album "An Orchestrated Songbook," released on December 3rd. He has also previously worked with Gary Barlow, Nelly Furtado, OneRepublic and Joss Stone. He’ll be releasing a greatest hits album in February before heading out on a tour of the UK and Europe. We are ecstatic to see what other surprises he has waiting for us!


MADISON MARGOT

Rising pop star Madison Margot splits her time between her hometown of Los Angeles and London! She talks about the city and long-distance relationships on her track "Heathrow," which nods to London’s airport. Her latest song, "If We Fall," has the romantic charm of songs like Taylor Swift’s "Begin Again," and we can’t get enough of her songwriting or pretty vocals. She was known to unravel her music's personal life; the artist taps into her most inner thoughts and feelings for her music, openly discussing her inner ideas. The Los Angeles-raised talent is made for stardom, exposed to exciting and inspiring opportunities, including meeting Miley Cyrus at a young age. Surrounded by talent, influenced by industry giants such as Taylor Swift, Haim, and Lana Del Rey, she is an up-and-comer worthy of the attention she will receive at every step of her growing career for her feel-good brand of pop music.