Here’s a list of five women who broke through to wider audiences in 2010 or are going to in 2011. They have done so purely on the strength of their talent without needing to resort to any gimmicks or put on personas. Some of them are already quite well known while others you might be hearing of for the first time.
Adele is a 22 year old British singer songwriter who has the most powerful vocal chops that I’ve seen on a woman in a long time. She already has a couple of Grammys to her name (2009). Her new album 21 just came out in Jan this year and Rolling in the Deep is the first single from it.
Keep a ear or two out for that voice
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The gorgeous Lissie (born Elisabeth Maurus) is an American folk rock singer and her debut album Catching the Tiger was released to favorable reviews acclaim in 2010. Lissie’s voice has a certain raw bluesy tonality that makes it quite unique distinct. Listen to Record Collector and experience it for yourself.
- Jessie J
Jessie J is the ‘newest’ or freshest artist on this list having just released a couple of singles to date. This British artist however is an established songwriter having written songs for the likes of Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys amongst others.
Jessie is also the winner of the British Critics Choice award for 2011 and her debut album Who Your Are is out in March’11. Price Tag attached below is the second single from her debut effort.
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- Ellie Goulding
Another British singer songwriter and another winner of the British Critics Choice award (2010), Elena Jane Goulding better known as Ellie Goulding is already an established name in the UK thanks to her debut album Lights in 2010.
She plans to extend her magic to the US with the release of her debut album there. Here’s the latest single from her debut album.
- Sara Barielles
Probably the most familiar name on this list (I hope!!) Sara Bareilles has been making music for a while now but it’s her second album Kaleidoscopic Heart in 2009 that hit No.1 on the Billboard album charts that brought her into the limelight.
Sara makes piano based pop/ rock songs with witty, insightful lyrics and her song King of Anything is a fine example of that.
What do you think of this list? Any female singers on your radar that look promising and that i have missed out on? Let me know in the comments section.