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2020 Forecast: Artists to Look Out For

Author Name: Shannon Damiano  

Published On Feb 28th, 2020

Indigo De Souza 

In addition to her solo tours, Indigo De Souza and her bandmates have opened for the likes of (Sandy) Alex G and recently announced a tour with Beach Bunny. Originally from North Carolina, the garage pop singer-songwriter has slowly been gaining a larger audience, amassing more than 50,000 monthly listeners on Spotify since her 2018 EP debut, I Love My Mom. Her honest, deeply authentic, individual lyrics and sound are bound to garner her more well-earned popularity this year. 


Favorite Tracks: 

“How I Get Myself Killed” on I Love My Mom 

“never 4get me” on don’t cry just do

“Home Team” on I Love My Mom


Dermot Kennedy 

This songwriter got his start playing music in small rooms in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. As of 2019, he had a sold-out world tour. With a sound that could be described as a more intense, Ed Sheeran-like tenderness, this bold and brooding new voice is bound to enter the mainstream soon. 


Favorite Tracks: 

“Rome” on Without Fear

“For Island Fires and Family” on Dermot Kennedy 

“Couldn’t Tell” on Mike Dean Presents: Dermont Kennedy


Maggie Rogers 

Originally from Maryland, Maggie Rogers grew up playing music and songwriting. Her song “Alaska” gained attention in 2016 but was released in her debut and latest album from 2019, Heard It In A Past Life. Her classic folk and R&B sound is combined with electronic embellishments, creating a unique, almost futuristic, style. 


Favorite Tracks:

“Burning” on Heard It In A Past Life 

“Dog Years” on Now That The Light Is Fading

“Love You For A Long Time”,  a new single



Rising to fame as a body-positive Instagram model with more than 200,000 followers, this New York City native started posting her music to Soundcloud in 2017, and has now collaborated with the likes of Kehlani on her new song “Rich Girl Mood”, as well as ROMderful and Supa Dwe on their recent albums. Her smooth and confident style is sure to gain her more attention this year. 


Favorite Tracks: 

“East Coast Hiding” on Intro To 

“Lowkey Girl”, a single 

“What It All Meant”, a new single


Tierra Whack 

This eccentric Philadelphian is the most inventive contemporary R&B rapper available to stream. Since her debut in 2018 with the visual album Whack World, considered a huge success, she has appeared on songs with stars like Melanie Martinez and Beyoncé, her song “Pretty Ugly” even appearing as theme song of SNL cast member Aidy Bryant’s show Shrill. This singer’s unconventional take on current rap and her upcoming projects are sure to skyrocket her to popular culture this year. 


Favorite Tracks: 

“Only Child”, a single

“Hungry Hippo” on Whack World

“MUMBO JUMBO”, a single