When it comes to music taste I can safely say that mine is fairly broad. I love everything from pop to rock and have even been known to listen to a little bit of metal mixed in with some classical piano. Working from home a lot I have Spotify on practically 12 hours a day and so through their playlists, I’ve learned an appreciation for many new genres one of which is acoustic-folk. Picked guitar music has even made a revival and you can now find acoustic singers for hire easily with a simple search online. So if like me you like to widen your music taste and aren’t fussed by what is classed as ‘cool’ to listen to, then here are six up-and-coming acoustic singers that you may have never heard of but you’ll want to keep your eye on in 2020.
Pairing her angelically sweet voice with some skilled guitar picking, Jenna’s found her sound. Her music has success, and talent, written all over it. From soft covers to incredibly catchy originals, she holds your attention even after she stops performing. She has the kind of music that can leave you feeling like she saw into your mind and sung what she saw. Jennah is going places, and it’s only up from here.
Our Native Daughters
Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russel are four women not to ignore. Their music has a haunting tone to it that likens to Morcheeba and other fantastic soulful music. The tunes in their songs roll over the mind and leave the listener feeling melancholy and yearning for more. With uplifting messages mixed with painful lyrics, they’re a group you can listen to easily.
The Honey Dewdrops
The Honey Dewdrops are a North Carolina band that stays true to the sound of Carolina. The pair bring forward the sound of country music in the late eighties and early nineties before pop started dipping into the genre. From the twang in their accent, to how they pick on guitars, there’s so much to love in their music and I find it easy listening as I type away at work.
Mat Davidson is a step outside of what you’d usually expect out of an acoustic artist. Twain’s music has an almost trance-like vibe that steps away from folk and blurs some lines between genres. Solid lyrics are carried even further by sweet accompanying music that’s so intertwined with the performance that neither would be complete without the other. He reminds me a little of Ben Howard.
Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves
You have to listen to Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves for some classical country-acoustic, bound to leave a smile on your face. The sound of the fiddle and banjo just make you want to get up and dance and their debut album is one that will sound oh-so-good on a hot summer day while sausages sizzle on the BBQ.
So if you’re looking for some new artists to discover then give these 6 a listen and see what you think!