18 Up and Coming Artists to Watch

This year has been full of surprises and the music world isn’t finished yet. There are always new artists showing up and showing out. Most new artists are coming to us from SoundCloud,  TikTok, Instagram, etc. Especially during the time of the pandemic, artists are spending more time on social media building a fanbase. These artists will definitely be ready once the world reopens and we can commence the concerts and music festivals. Below are some new music artists who are about to step up and make a big name for themselves in 2020. How many do you already know?

R&B / Hip Hop / Rap


Casey Luong, stage name Keshi, has an unusual story about how he ended up in music. Keshi has been on SoundCloud for a while now but has recently performed to sold-out audiences.  Keshi is Vietnamese but born in Texas. He feels really out of place between his American friends and the Chinese friends in his community. His dream has always been to be an artist, but his parents discouraged it so Keshi started out online. He went to college to be a registered nurse instead. “Keshi” was born in college. Casey didn’t want anyone to know who he was or how he was spending his free time so he developed the stage name Keshi.  Keshi is a mixture of emotional highs and lows in R&B and lo-fi hip hop. Want to become a Keshi fan? Here are some albums to get you started!  The Reaper: 
  1. The Reaper
  2. Like I Need You
  3. 2 Soon
  4. I Swear I’ll Never Leave Again
  1. Less Of You
  2. Alright
  3. Blue
  4. Right Here
  5. Bandaids
  1. Atlas
  2. Skeletons
  3. Summer

Alaina Castillo

Two years ago, Alaina started posting videos on YouTube. She was hoping to follow a pattern similar to Justin Bieber and Alessia Cara and become famous through social media. Spotify eventually picked her up and helped her gain millions of followers.  Followers say her music will put you in a trance with her English and Spanish roots. They also say she could very well be the next Ariana Grande. See for yourself! 
  1. I Don’t Think I Love You Anymore
  2. Papacito
  3. Mentiras
  4. No Importa
  5. Just A Boy
  6. Pass You By
  7. Sad Girl
  8. Ocean Waves
  9. Valentine’s Day 
  10. Back To You
  11. Fake Love
  12. Flex
  13. Stay 
  14. Wait

Baby Keem

Hykeem Carter, Baby Keem, is on track to become a major hip hop star in 2020. His music and lyrics are already attracting big names like Kendrick Lamar and Drake who found out Baby Keem was putting on a show and attended. His lyrics leave something to be desired and Twitter isn’t having any of it as lyrics that fans post are quickly being banned, blocked, and deleted.  Baby Keem had planned to host a huge coming-out party with mainstream media and release an album, but then the pandemic hit and put his plans on hold. No fear! Here’s a list of tracks you might want to listen to. See if you want to buy tickets for Baby Keem’s first big performance.  Hearts and Darts: 
  1. Baby Keem 
  2. Locked In
  3. Fortnite
  4. Vicious
  5. Leverage
  6. Half
The Sound of Bad Habit: 
  1. Wolves
  2. XMen
  3. Check Please
  4. Miss Charlotte
  5. Gang Activities
  6. So What
  7. Opinions
  8. New Day
  9. Monsters Dot Com
  10. Extra 
  11. Register
  12. Baby Keem
Die For My Bitch
  1. Stats
  2. Honest
  3. Invented It
  4. France Freestyle
  5. Bullies
  6. Moshpit
  7. Slice Interlude
  8. Rockstar P
  9. Top Ramen
  10. My Ex
  11. Buss Her Up
  12. Orange Soda
  13. Not My Bro
  14. Apologize

Other Genres

Peach Tree Rascals

This new, up and coming group has been described as a psychedelic fusion of jazz, funk, pop, hip hop and R&B that will take you on a dream stroll through a field of flowers. They are part of a generation that has done away with being nailed down to a specific genre. See for yourself!
  1. Mariposa
  2. Things Won’t Go My Way
  3. Deer
  4. Violet
  5. Mango 
  6. Someday
  7. Plus
  8. I’m Sorry
  9. Cranberry 
  10. Water
  11. Summa
  12. Glide
  13. Not Okay
  14. Ultra
  15. Rush

Gracie Abrams

Listening to Gracie Abrams has been compared to reading a confessional diary. She has a Joni MItchell vibe. She is very much the singer/songwriter. Fans say she could very well be the next Lorde. What do you think?
  1. I Miss You, I’m Sorry
  2. Friend
  3. 21
  4. Long Sleeves
  5. Stay 
  6. Minor
  7. Over / Under
  8. Tehe
  9. Mean It
  10. Blue
  11. And She Will Miss You
  12. It’s Not Your Fault
  13. Enough
  14. I Kinda Miss You
  15. Edge
  16. Can’t Get Enough of You
  17. Seventeen
  18. Spark
  19. In Between
  20. Deep Red
  21. I Still Sleep In Your Clothes
  22. A Little More
  23. Water and the Fire
  24. Feel Her On Your Body
  25. Cold Coffee
  26. Barely Breathing
  27. If I Could Change
  28. Open Heart Surgery


Not many TikTokers receive and maintain lasting fame, but Ashnikko is on a mission to break that stereotype. She produces in your face music and is quickly becoming an internet personality. She gained major popularity in 2019 with Baby Tate on her single “STUPID” which debuted on TikTok. Born Ashton Nicole Casey in North Carolina, but spent a lot of her life moving around because of her father’s job. She lived in Estonia and Latvia as a teen and finally settled in London at age 18. She grew up on country music but quickly decided that wasn’t the path she wanted to take. She finds inspiration from Cardi B and Paramore. Ashnikko released an EP titled “Hi, it’s me”  in July 2019. Give a listen and see if she’s someone you’ll still be bumping by the end of 2020.
  1. Hi, It’s Me 
  2. Special
  4. Working Bitch
  5. Manners


Another artist hailing from North Carolina, Binki only has a few singles to his name so far, but he’s destined to go far. His music style is mixes of indie pop, indie rock, funk, and hip hop. Binki is basically a colorful word of unexpected guitar solos, rap dance breaks, and lighthearted song writing.  Does he make you wanna move? 
  1. Heybb! 
  2. Wiggle
  3. Marco
  4. Sea Sick 

Winona Oak

Born Johanna Ekmark, Winona Oak spent more time with animals than people in the Nordic forests of Sweden. Her singing was encouraged by her family, who is also big in music. Her grandmother performed in the Swedish Royal Opera.  Winona moved from her hometown to Stockholm to pursue her music career. Once there, she was invited to go on a writing retreat with Neon Gold Records and they later signed her on. You can witness some of her work on The Chainsmokers hit song “Hope”.  Other works by Winona Oak: 
  1. Let Me Know
  2. Break My Broken Heart
  3. Oxygen
  4. Lonely Hearts Club
  5. Another Story
  6. Control
  7. With Myself
  8. Piano in the Sky

Other artists to watch for in 2020:

  • Park Hye Jin (Dance / Electronica) 
    1. I Don’t Care
    2. Like This
    3. ABC
    4. Call Me
    5. How Can I 
    6. Close Eyes
    7. No
    8. Can You
    9. Be A Star
    10. Beautiful 
    11. Compress My Love
  • Dayglow (Indie Pop) 
    1. Can I Call You Tonight
    2. Hot Rod
    3. False Direction
    4. Listerine
    5. Run The World
    6. Nicknames
    7. Fair Game
    8. Junior Varsity
    9. Dear Friend
    10. Fuzzybrain
  • Rei Ami (Pop)
    1. Snowcone
    2. Dictator
    3. Make It Mine
    4. Mac & Cheese
    5. Runaway
    6. Trippin’ Toddlers
    7. Freak
    8. Meaniehead
    9. Bye
  • Channel Tres (Dance / Electronica) 
    1. Lavender 
    2. Topdown
    3. Impact
    4. Sexy Blake Timberlake
    5. Weedman
    6. Controller
    7. Gimme Love
    8. Jet Black
    9. Raw Power
    10. Black Moses
    11. Glide
    12. Hit The Back
    13. Skate Depot
  • Tate McRae (Canadian Singer / Songwriter)
    1. You Broke Me First
    2. All My Friends Are Fake
    3. Stupid
    4. Vicious
    5. Tear Myself Apart
    6. Don’t Be Sad
    7. That Way
    8. One Day
    9. Teenage Mind
    10. Happy Face
    11. I Wrote A Song
    12. Kinda Numb
    13. Don’t Fall In Love
    14. Shoulder to Shoulder
    15. Drown
    16. 3 am
  • Jean Dawson (Alternative / Indie) 
    1. Power Freaks
    2. 90’s Green Screen
    3. Napster
    4. Bruiseboy
    5. Sick Girl Online
    6. Clear Bones
    7. Bull Fighter
    8. Blame By Me
    9. Starface
    10. Mala Mariposa
    11. Antiwarp
    12. Pity Party
    13. Flirting
    14. Memory Is Software 
  • Junior Varsity (Emo / Alternative Rock) 
    1. Mad for Medusa
    2. I’m Home, Hooray! 
    3. Get Comfortable
    4. Saltwater Fountain
    5. I Went Blind
    6. I Said I Try
    7. What It Meant To Be Clean
    8. If It Hurts You
    9. Park Your Car
    10. Under The Radar
    11. Demo Car City
  • Aries (Hip Hop / Rap) 
    1. Racecar
    2. Bad News
    3. Santa Monica
    4. Home
    5. Deity
    6. Pony
    7. UR Not Precious
  • Stephanie Poetri 
    1. I Love You 3000
    2. Do You Love Me
    3. Touch
    4. Straight To You
    5. Appreciate
  • Miquela
    1. Money 
    2. Automatic
    3. Speak Up
    4. Not Mine
    5. Machine
    6. Right Back
    7. Hate Me
    8. You Should Be Alone
    9. Call Me When You’re Not High
    10. Wasted
  • Celeste (British Soul) 
    1. Stop This Flame
    2. Little Runaway
    3. Strange
    4. Both Sides of the Moon
    5. I Can See The Change
    6. Lately
    7. Father’s Son
    8. She’s My Sunshine
    9. Ugly Thoughts
    10. Milk & Honey
Let’s recap. We’ve got great dance vibes coming from Peach Tree Rascals and Binki. We’ve got some soulful tunes coming from Winona Oak and Gracie Adams. Catch up with TikTok star Ashnikko and keep an eye out for the amazing things she has coming. In conclusion, there will be some good things coming out of 2020 after all. We just have to wait for it! Sources:  https://www.onestowatch.com/blog/best-new-artists-2020 https://www.vice.com/en/article/ne8qdw/keshi-lo-fi-hip-hop-music https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-latin/alaina-castillo-spotify-radar-963127/ https://www.complex.com/music/2020/09/baby-keem-season-two-new-songs-review https://genius.com/artists/Winona-oak


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