Holly Humberstone, Gracie Abrams and more artists to watch next year

There’s a host of new music coming in 2022 and today Jacqui Swift is picking 22 acts to be successful next year. . . starting with the top ten tips from SFTW.

1. HOLLY HUMBERSTONE

A last year’s SFTW favorite, Grantham’s 22-year-old former violinist Lincs won the Brit Awards Rising Star and said: “I’m a little freaked out, but I’m on top of the world.”

She was spotted after performing on her local radio show BBC Introducing and can now count Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi as big fans.

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Holly Humberstone was spotted after performing on her local BBC Introducing radio show and can now count Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi as big fans

Capaldi invited her on tour while Fender asked her to record an acoustic version of his song Seventeen Going Under.

Her storybook songs created a huge buzz and she has been compared to Lorde and Phoebe Bridgers.

November’s EP The Walls Are Way Too Thin follows the acclaimed debut album from Falling Asleep At The Wheel.

2. GRACIE ABRAMS

DAUGHTER of Star Wars director JJ Abrams, her recent show at London’s Omeara sold out in seconds.

The 22-year-old has a knack for writing poetic and moving songs about relationships.

Gracie Abrams has a knack for writing poetic and moving songs about relationships

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Gracie Abrams has a knack for writing poetic and moving songs about relationships

She has worked with The National’s Aaron Dessner (Taylor Swift, Sharon Van Etten), Joel Little (Lorde, Marina) and her regular collaborator Blake Slatkin (The Kid LAROI, Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber) and quotes Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo and Kate Bush as inspiration.

3. WET LEG

We haven’t been so excited about a band from the Isle of Wight since Mark King slapped bass for level 42 in the 1980s.

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers from Hampshire, who met at school, saw their first single Chaise Longue on the radio.

Expect witty lyrics when Wet Leg's debut album releases in April

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Expect witty lyrics when Wet Leg’s debut album releases in April

And with the follow-up Wet Dream, a song about a spam-texting ex, they racked up over 8.5 million streams and three million views on YouTube.

Expect more witty lyrics when their debut album releases in April.

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4. MIMI WEBB

WHAT a year has it been for the singer-songwriter from Canterbury, Kent.

Mimi is the first British artist since Dua Lipa in 2017 to have two top 15 singles before the release of their debut album, along with Good Without and Dumb Love.

Mimi Webb is the first British artist since Dua Lipa in 2017 to have two singles in the top 15 before the release of their debut album, with Good Without and Dumb Love

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Mimi Webb is the first British artist since Dua Lipa in 2017 to have two singles in the top 15 before the release of their debut album, with Good Without and Dumb Love

She said: “I try to write very emotional and real songs.

I hope you feel like I’m singing my story to you. Her debut EP Seven Shades Of Heartbreak was a Top Ten hit, while her recent UK tour sold out in four hours.

Influenced by Amy Winehouse, Adele, Sam Smith and Emeli Sande.

5. THE SKINNER BROTHERS

LONDON quartet composed of frontman Zac Skinner, Joe Fisher (guitar), Perry Meadowcroft (bass) and Alfie Clayton (drums).

They were chosen to support Kasabian and The Streets in 2021 and you may have seen them at Neighborhood Weekender and the Isle of Wight Festival.

The Skinner Brothers have been chosen to support Kasabian and The Streets in 2021

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The Skinner Brothers have been chosen to support Kasabian and The Streets in 2021

They have built themselves a huge success for new British guitar music with recent releases, EP Culture Non-Stop and the single Put Me Down As A Maybe.

6. YOUNG LOLA

THE South Londoner made the soundtrack to the 2021 John Lewis Christmas commercial with its cover of the 1984 classic, Together In Electric Dreams.

Fame is guaranteed for the BRIT School graduate, who was shortlisted for the 2022 Brit Rising Star Award.

Fame guaranteed for BRIT School graduate Lola Young, who was shortlisted for the 2022 Brit Rising Star Award

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Fame guaranteed for BRIT School graduate Lola Young, who was shortlisted for the 2022 Brit Rising Star Award

Led by Nick Shymansky, who directed Amy Winehouse, and Nick Huggett, who signed Adele to XL, she started writing songs at age 11 and won a nationwide open mic competition at age 13.

She was in the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Paul Epworth.

7. AIYANA-LEE

MUSIC is owned by Aiyana-Lee’s family, born in London and based in Los Angeles.

His grandfather was Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin and David Ruffin of the Temptations is his great uncle.

Music is in the family of Aiyana-Lee, born in London and based in Los Angeles.

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Music is in the family of Aiyana-Lee, born in London and based in Los Angeles.

Raised by her mother (multi-platinum songwriter Nicole Daciana Anderson), she collaborated with KSI on the song Killa Killa.

She has also worked with The Weeknd, Nicky Minaj, Rhianna and Beyonce.

Listen to Gangster Of Love and Rich Kids songs to find out just how talented a singer she is.

His album Wednesday’s Child will be released later this year.

8. ARRDED

BRIGHTON ™ is all about enjoying things and seeing the fun side of life.

Influenced by Eminem and Lil Wayne, ArrDee (real name Riley Davies) started writing in school and his witty and humorous pun won him many fans and two Top Ten singles. .

Brighton MC Arrdee is all about enjoying the things and seeing the fun side of life

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Brighton MC Arrdee is all about enjoying the things and seeing the fun side of lifeCredit: © rosie matheson

An unlikely star, his singles Oliver Twist and 6AM In Brighton have garnered him 6.8 million views on YouTube and made him a name to watch.

He has also been featured on Body, topping the charts for Tion Wayne and Russ Millions. Expect a first mixtape in the New Year.

9. ACT RESPECTING THE COURT

THIS post-punk band from Leeds were supported by actors Maxine Peake and Cillian Murphy and Sir Elton John.

Known for their dark and witty lyrics in songs like Payday and their EP Dark Days.

The post-punk band Leeds Yard Act were backed by actors Maxine Peake and Cillian Murphy and Sir Elton John

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The post-punk band Leeds Yard Act were backed by actors Maxine Peake and Cillian Murphy and Sir Elton John

This quartet – James Smith (vocals), Ryan Needham (bass), Sam Shipstone (guitar) and Jay Russell (drums) have been compared to Arctic Monkeys and Sleaford Mods.

They are releasing their debut album The Overload on January 21.

Watch them live across the UK this year.

10. ERIN RAE

The Nashville folk singer-songwriter is releasing his album Lighten Up in February.

It was produced by Father John Misty’s collaborator Jonathan Wilson and features recent singles Candy & Curry and Modern Woman, a song about what it means to be a woman today and addresses the changing standards and expectations of kind.

Nashville's Erin Rae Releases Lighten Up Album In February

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Nashville’s Erin Rae Releases Lighten Up Album In February

She is friends with Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard and has been compared to Joni Mitchell. Catch it live in the UK next month.

AND DON’T MISS THESE

Rats - Supported DMA's on tour and is the first release on This Feeling's new label.  Inspired by The Clash and Blur

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Rats – Supported DMA’s on tour and is the first release on This Feeling’s new label. Inspired by The Clash and BlurCredit: tom oxley
Priya Ragu's Boundary R & B and Electro-Pop sound landed her on the music show Later… With Jools Holland

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Priya Ragu’s Boundary R & B and Electro-Pop sound landed her on the music show Later… With Jools Holland

11. JOEY MAXWELL – DIY artist from South London and YouTuber who mixes northern soul, hip-hop, guitar and synths.

12. SAM TOMPKINS – Justin Bieber’s “new favorite artist” along with other famous fans including Bastille, Elton John, Bebe Rexha, Krept and Konan and MNEK. Don’t miss Brighton singer-songwriter’s new EP, Who Do You Pray To? in March.

13. JOE UNKNOWN – Punk poet from Camberley who has been compared to Slowthai and inspired by everyone from drum’n’bass to The Damned.

14. BEAUX – The storytelling popstar has signed to Dirty Hit (home of The 1975) with three EPs already released.

15. RATS – Supports DMA on tour and is the first release on This Feeling’s new label. Inspired by The Clash and Blur.

16. RICHARD FAIRLIE – Birmingham-born singer-songwriter who does ’emotionally aware hip-pop’. You may have heard his debut EP, Maybe I’m Just A Little Bit Broken, or seen him supporting Becky Hill.

17. AARON SMITH – Nocturnal, the single from this Scottish singer-songwriter, was one of the more heartfelt new releases of 2021. Expect more jaw-dropping music from it in the New Year.

18. PRIYA RAGU – Tamil-Swiss singer-songwriter whose limit-pushing R&B and electro-pop sound has earned him a spot on the music show Later… With Jools Holland. We will see it much more in 2022.

19. BREE RUNWAY – Shortlisted for BBC Sound of 2021, this exuberant pop phenomenon from Hackney has worked with Missy Elliot and is on Michelle Obama’s radar.

20. ALISSIC – Of Brazilian origin, Alissic is the wife of Oli Sykes of BMTH who co-wrote and produced his first single Like. You can expect more eccentric pop from her to brighten up 2022 soon.

21. EYK – meaning everyone you know is brothers, singer Rhys Kirkby-Cox and producer Harvey Kirby and mix hip-hop, garage, dance and punk. Their single There For You was released widely when it was chosen as song of the week on Radio 1.

22. TAI VERDES – American singer who funded his career by winning a dating show and whose track Stuck In The Middle was a 2021 flagship song.

Camberley punk poet Joe Unknown has been compared to Slowthai and takes inspiration from everyone from drum'n'bass to The Damned

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Camberley punk poet Joe Unknown has been compared to Slowthai and takes inspiration from everyone from drum’n’bass to The Damned
EYK - meaning everyone you know are brothers - singer Rhys Kirkby-Cox and producer Harvey Kirby

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EYK – meaning everyone you know are brothers – singer Rhys Kirkby-Cox and producer Harvey Kirby
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