HAPPY 2011!

This week I am giving you a list of artists to put on your radar. Some of them may have been on your radar before. If not, better late than never. I recommend sharing this blog with your friends and family now so when these artists blast off, you can say, “I told you so!”

HESTA PRYNN :: former member of Northern State… a group often called the ‘female version of the Beastie Boys.’ The New York Post calls Hesta “M.I.A and Miike Snow’s lovechild.” In 2010 she released a solo EP entitled Can We Go Wrong that is a tasty electro-hip-hop-art-rock concoction. The video for Hesta’s title track gives you a sense of her unique sound. 


MIGUEL :: a new Sony artist who has toured with Mary J. Blige, Jazmine Sullivan and recently received rave reviews opening for Usher and Trey Songz’ latest tour. Miguel released his debut in November 2010 called All I Want is You. The title track was produced by Fugee’s producer Salaam Remi and features Jay-Z protege/RocNation artist J-Cole.  


TAME IMPALA :: are a four piece psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia.Their album Innerspeaker was released in May 2010. Their single “Solitude is Bliss” was my 2nd favorite song of the year. [See which song was #1.] You have probably heard Tame Impala on a car commercial or two. But that doesn’t make them any less cool.  


GOLD MOTEL :: is the Chicago-based solo project of singer-songwriter Greta Morgan, of indie band The Hush Sound. The Gold Motel EP was released in December 2009 and their full-length album Summer House was released on June 1, 2010. Gold Motel’s sound is upbeat, bright and slightly poptastic. Either way, their single “Safe in L.A.” makes me feel just that when I stroll around the City of Angels.


TEYANA TAYLOR :: singer/dancer/rapper/actor who first popped on the scene with the single “Google Me”. She is officially signed to Pharrell’s Star Trak label. But recent collaborations with Kanye West, including “Christmas in Harlem”, has the industry buzzing that she may be signing with Ye’s label G.O.O.D. Music. She says she will release a solo project in 2011 but the label is unknown. Teyana, G.O.O.D. Music would be a good move.