American Songwriter’s 12 Artists to Watch in 2022

As we enter full force in the new year, there are a number of good things to look forward to. In the world of music, new talent is one of those good things, and if music is any indication of how the year is going, 2022 should be a great year.

As 2021 comes to a close, the American songwriter has kept his eyes and ears open for new notable acts along the way. After selecting a number of great artists, we’ve come up with 12 artists we think are destined for stardom.

While we know there will be more, the following 12 verbs should be at the top of your list to learn about. From country and folk to hip-hop and pop, we’ve got you covered. Take a look (and listen) to the 12 best artists to watch on American Songwriter in 2022.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Los Angeles-based popular artist Sunny War gets a Grammy nomination or two by this time next year. She is skilled in writing and performing. It is an inanimate spirit in and of itself. In many ways, War looks like the next Americana artist entering mainstream conversations. (No pressure, of course.) While War is definitely not a hitherto unknown artist (in fact, she’s already gotten her coveted NPR Tiny Desk Concert), she’s not as household name as, say, Brandi Carlisle, Allison Russell, Or Valerie June. But we think it will be. In conversation, War is charming yet gentle and brief. Her music is inspired. It sweetly speaks through your soul’s outer defenses and settles in to live happily ever after (see: This sweet tune). We are grateful for that.

There are few singing voices on the planet that can match Shaina Shepherd and no one can get out of the fight. If the movie is great Scott Hajj vs. the world Conceived sounds like mythical creatures that emerge and grow from their source, the Shepherd’s voice will be unbeatable. Such a voice seems to give a person poise as well. American songwriter Shepherd previously covered – here, here, and here. But it looks like the world is starting to follow her skills now, too. Recently saw it in a Nordstrom ad, and an opening for John Legend, and with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, and with Duff McKagan. We’re glad the audience is discovering what we already knew to be big. Check it out—if you haven’t already, that is.

The hottest rock band in Seattle is led by twin brothers Eva and Cedric Walker. In a world where division and technology seem to rule, skilled musicians and songwriters display a family dynamic that easily becomes an addiction for fans. Seeing the two of you on stage makes you want to call your mom and tell her that you love her. And if President Eva Walker hears it, she’ll know she’s done her job. Few more dear family time than her. The Walker twins would rather play in a room full of nephews and nieces than in the crowded Madison Square Garden. However, MSG is likely on its way forward – it’s very confusing. The band has already sold countless theaters in the Northwest, the band has opened for Fishbone, Mavis Staples, Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer, Tank, and Bangas and has collaborated with both Seattle Sounders of MLS and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on a number of projects. Their latest achievement is Sub Pop 7 coming out in February. Buy their merchandise now before the cost triples on eBay, music lovers.

While Priscilla Block gained quite a bit of buzz in 2021 thanks to the release of her single EP and viral Tik Tok, “Just About Over You,” 2022 is gearing up to be her year. With a long-awaited new album, Welcome to Block Partyslated for release on February 11, Block intentionally weaves messages of self-love, empowerment, and acceptance throughout the album. Songs like “Peaked in High School” and her current single “My Bar” are sure to take this North Carolina native to the next level. This brave newcomer to pop music, who moved to Nashville 8 years ago to pursue a musical career, is set to sweep the city. If you are not in the area yet, we highly recommend a visit.

Country music, R&B, and Soul all wrapped into one made Breland an outstanding artist to watch. Social media may have caught the attention of his listeners with his debut single “My Truck”, but talent, creativity and thinking outside the box will keep him moving forward. Breeland has already made waves in country music, debuting at the Grand Ole Opry, performing at the CMA Awards, collaborating with A-list artists Nelly, Keith Urban on the dynamic “Throw It Back” and Dierks Bentley and HARDY on the single. “Pears Ali”. You don’t have to take our word for it, catch Berland on the All Yours, All Night Tour with Russell Dickerson during February and see for yourself.


From working on the streets of Brighton to signing Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, he has amassed over half a billion global songs for her debut album. I signed up for thisBritish-born Maisie Peters is on her way. Her songs “Psycho”, “Brooklyn” and “Volcano”, which appeared on her debut album, have won praise from fans and industry insiders alike. She’s already tapped to write and perform songs for the new soundtrack album for the original Apple TV + series attemptThey released the main track “Funeral” in 2021.

I signed up for this It debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart. Of the album, Massey shared, “It’s really my (albeit not very long) work and I’m proud of my accomplishments; it’s my all-time favorite album, and while I may be biased, I really hope it goes viral and becomes a lot of other people’s favorites as well.. “ Next stop for this 21-year-old phenomenon: world domination.

It looks like alternative pop artist PinkPanthersss rose to fame overnight, and she probably did. In fact, the singer/songwriter is climbing the charts so fast that her identity is still largely unknown. However, what we do know is that after her first song went viral, she didn’t stop making music. PinkPantherss dropped their debut album in October of 2021 and it’s a whirlwind of fast-paced sweet lyrics. The songs “Pain” and “Just for Me” from the album reached millions of streams and Coldplay performed a cover of the latter. Regarding what is to come, the young artist played the timid one. “I can’t give up much but I would expect an advantage or two,” she told the BBC. “I’ve been just a lone wolf so far, but I’ve been really trying to get into my collaboration bag. That’s the thing I’m most excited about.”

This band of musicians knows how to celebrate. The seven-member group led by soulful singer-songwriter Sammy Ray has released two EPs and a handful of singles so far. good life (2018) Introduce Sammy Rae & The Friends to the world, and Let’s throw a party (2021) enhance their staying power. Each of their songs has a variety of rock, folk, funk and jazz sounds. The translation of their songs to the stage became characteristic later. “We try to cultivate an environment where everyone really feels welcome in both the live space and the online space,” Ray recently told the American songwriter. We can’t wait to see SR&TF come out on their Follow Me Like the Moon tour, and maybe we’ll get to see some of their famous friends there, too.

Tom the Mail Man (né Sean Brown) is a Hip Hop and Rock Artist from Monroe, Georgia. He chose his musical moniker to give some anonymity to the person behind the music, but now, his presence is getting more and more difficult to overlook. his last album, Sorry sometimes it’s not enoughIt was released last year and is taking over the conversations about the future of music. Hear Tom himself recounting his journey in a small documentary here.

Holly Humberstone, a one-woman band, writes through trial and error. Follow-up Debuting 2020 EP sleeping at the wheel, The singer-songwriter recounts the changes of her life, from moving from her hometown of Liverpool to London to toxic relationships, and learning how to find an epilogue for her second student EP. The walls are too thin By breaking down and losing in “Scarlett” and “Friendly Fire” and finding it hard to say goodbye to “Please Don’t Leave Anymore,” which was co-written with The 1975 Matty Healy. ““This EP represents a feeling of being lost,” Humberstone says. “It’s the kind of loss that makes you wonder who you are and where you belong…so lost that someone might need to find you again because you can’t find yourself.” For Humberstone, 2021 was a year of new expansion, as he toured the UK and US – the latter for the first time – even landing gigs on Jimmy Kimmel Live!And Late Show with James Corden, And The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Grace Cummings’ vocals captivate from the first line. Moving through the volatility and stillness of her lyrics on her second self-produced album, Storm Queen Follow up on her debut of 2019 shelter cover, The Melbourne-born artist is a channel for her most personal stories, and all the music playing in her head. Starting as a drummer for high school rock bands, Cummings began writing her own songs, inspired by Bob Dylan, Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, and the more serious Irish folk song played by her father. “Irish tunes are some of my favorites,” Cummings says. “They go to such dark and dramatic places.”

GAYLE sings with a spirit that is over 17 years old. Well, forging her musical path early on—even hitting the Nashville bar scene for a 10 o’clock performance—GAYLE has always been on a mission and released one song after another in 2020 exploring insecurities and body image, the extremes of certain relationships, love, sex, all of that. Teen. Under the direction of songwriter, publisher, and producer Cara Dioguardi, GAYLE has thrived after her years with a reality breakout hit singles “dumbass” and “z” in 2020, with the reflective song “Happy for You”, and the more sexual language of “orange peel” –Put me in the octagon, I’ll fight for you. I can make a man go, like a mango fuck a mother. Her most expletive powerful anthem “abcdefu” is “FU” to break up and get the message across, reaching #1 in the painting global 200 and painting global except. US charts … all this, and she did not even release her first album.


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