Sabrina Francis is a rising Afro-Caribbean singer-songwriter from Grenada. Not too long ago, she released a colorful music video for her tropical dancehall single, entitled, “Cocoa Tea.” The video was filmed in London, and the visuals find Sabrina pouring her radiant soul while spreading a positive message of optimism and inner peace.
“I’m an island girl from the West Indies. My music is generally inspired by soul, R&B, and Pop. But if you delve deep enough into my songs, you’d be sure to find some Caribbean elements in there somewhere. It’s a distinctive brew of emotion and stories told with the conviction of a young woman experiencing her best life while also working towards achieving true inner peace.” — Sabrina Francis stated
Sabrina Francis grew up in a humble family without the privileges many take for granted. In her simple yet joyful childhood, the only source of entertainment was singing with her family and friends. Naturally, music became her second language and a means to cope with life. Her new material comes after a productive period of writing, gathering memories, and experiences in an uplifting and fun music collection. Always focused on inner peace and mental health preservation, “Cocoa Tea” reflects her firm belief that the only way to be happy is to remain true to yourself.
Arlissa is a Germany-born, London-raised, singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Not too long ago, she released an attractive music video for her “Take” single, which finds Arlissa getting out of a problematic relationship where she realized the more she loved her significant other, the more she lost herself. She wrote the sentimental tune in the anger stage of grief as it was a great way to process her emotions and regain her power.
“I felt like this person had taken so much of me. But I had compromised my own boundaries, given too much, and lost myself in the process” – Arlissa stated
The video was shot by the amazing, Alex “Grizz” Loucas, and beautifully styled by Hugo Boss. A metaphysical journey, which follows Arlissa through various stages of acceptance of her past relationship, where she experienced remnants of this person in her day-to-day life, in the form of a transparent shape.
‘Take’ is the first of an incredible string of singles that Arlissa will be sharing with the world throughout 2022. The likable tune is very relatable and an empowering anthem for anyone who has given more than he or she has received in a relationship. Furthermore, “Take” serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear on Arlissa’s upcoming debut album, entitled, “The OPEN-HEARTED,” available at the end of 2022.
Izu Osirus (Izuchukwu Ezeonu) is a Nigerian-American artist. Not too long ago, he released an appealing music video for his “Back On the Road” single, which finds a grateful Izu Osirus singing about chasing his dreams. Apparently, he overcame obstacles, didn’t trip on anything, and went out, hustled, and got his money the hard way. Later, he remembers, “Back in ‘em days, in class, when I was countin’ up money and the teacher was hating. Tryna tell me that I wouldn’t be sh*t because he ain’t make it off the ground.”
‘Back On The Road’ contains a relatable narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and catchy melodies that will resonate well with fans of Burna Boy, Future, and Wizkid. The likable tune possesses skitterish drum-laden instrumentation flavored with afrobeats, Afro-pop, and hip-hop elements. Furthermore, “Back On the Road” is the third single from Izu Osirus’s upcoming project, entitled, “Foreign Language.” Also, the song follows mildly on the heels of his latest body of work, “Culture Shock,” which features the standout single, “Fire Hot.”
Anna Bates is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Classically trained in piano from a young age, it wasn’t until as recently as 2020 that Anna began to release music under her own name. After her track “Holy Smokes” went viral on TikTok, Anna packed up her Belmont dorm and moved back West to pursue a career in music. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her “Holy Smokes” single via Neon Gold Records.
“If you’ve ever traveled down to Venice, California, you know that there’s a lot of this little herb we like to call “marijuana” floating around. I mean if you’re anywhere in LA you can probably follow the smell with your nose to the heart of Venice Beach. Also, down here are lots of men, complete with white linen pants, long hair, and exquisite seventies facial hair, all smoking – you guessed it – a lot of weed. Oddly enough, they resemble the historically inaccurate white Jesus. A weird visual crossover that I found too great not to write a song about. Thus, after this religiously comical revelation came ‘Holy Smokes,’ a song about the gathering of gorgeous pot heads that line the Venice paths.
Around the time I wrote this song, I was on the verge of quitting music as a profession altogether. I was going to take a job up in Yellowstone National Park, set music aside as a hobby, and I was going to become the greatest hermit that ever lived. As I was packing my bags, I uploaded a snippet of ‘Holy Smokes’ to TikTok and it gained a ludicrous amount of traction overnight. While I had been determined to settle down in the woods, it seemed that the making music portion of my life was not ready to be shut down quite yet. So, I declined the job in the mountains, and settled back down to write more tunes.” – Anna Bates explained
‘Holy Smokes’ contains a creative narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and catchy melodies that will stay stuck in your head after one listen. The refreshing tune possesses delightful guitar-laden instrumentation flavored with alternative, indie-pop, and contemporary folk elements. Furthermore, “Holy Smokes” is featured on Anna Bates’s debut EP, entitled, “Here’s To the End.”
Jada Kingdom is a singer-songwriter, model, and designer from 7 Mile Bull Bay (Gold Shore Lane) on the east side of Kingston, Jamaica. Not too long ago, she released an attractive music video for her sensational new dancehall single, entitled, “Fling It Back,” via Money Well Spent/Republic Records. The show-stopping choreography-filled video finds Jada performing in Miami at a private backyard barbecue party.
‘Fling It Back’ tells a sensual tale about a woman who wants to spend some quality time with her significant other. Apparently, it’s been a while since they’ve made love to each other. So, she feels it is time for them to get romantic. With a soft voice, she tells her companion, “Baby, I know just how you like it like that. You know I love it when you do me like that. This goody-good, you deserve it.” The likable tune is featured on Jada Kingdom’s new four-track EP, entitled, “New Motion,” which features the standout single, “Dickmatized.”
“My new EP, ‘New Motion,’ reveals raw, uncut feelings. It expresses my desire to intentionally move forward always regardless of the trials and tribulations I’ve faced. It’s about never forgetting to be true to myself while also having fun and creating a safe space for people who are going through similar situations.” – Jada Kingdom explained
Kota Banks is a talented singer-songwriter based in Sydney, Australia. Not too long ago, she released a lovely music video for her sensational new single. The Sesh-directed video finds a knee-high boot-wearing Kota Banks sitting on the side of a pink old-school drop-top vehicle. It’s beautifully parked in a way where viewers can clearly see a fantastically built bridge and a budding city in the background. But, Kota is not alone, she has a cute dog with her. Also, she’s communicating with her significant other on facetime. In the nighttime, a few of her friends join her to keep her company. Later, she and her companion make up for all of the time they spent being apart from each other.
“‘Dreamhigh’ is about being intensely into someone and being frustrated because you don’t live close to them. So, at the time, I was just kind of conjuring up all these fantasies to compensate for the distance.” – Kota Banks explained
‘Dreamhigh’ contains an imaginative, relationship-based narrative, infectious melodies, and ear-pleasing vocals that will resonate well with fans of Charli XCX, Rina Sawayama, Caroline Polachek, and Ariana Grande. The enjoyable tune serves as a memorable highlight of Kota Banks’s musical journey, and according to her, “‘Dreamhigh’ is my best song ever!”
Annelle Staal is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter and a Twitch social media influencer known for her humor and creative spirit. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her new electro-pop single, “Tonight,” which tells an endearing tale about a young woman who wants to start a new relationship with an amazing new person in her life. Their future appears extremely bright and adventurous. Therefore, she looks forward to getting to know her new beau in a more comfortable environment.
‘Tonight’ is about falling fast for someone around a fire, which is something that happened to me a lot in high school. I have many fond memories of allowing my mind to run wild with the possibilities of a new person and a new life. As a closeted queer living in the south, sometimes that was with another girl. As a young adult who is learning to celebrate my identity, my thoughts travel back to those moments.” – Annelle Staal explained
When 2020’s tumultuous beginning shook the world, Annelle’s innovative spirit propelled her to reach her audience in a new way. Pioneering the world of Twitch.TV, the songwriter now hosts a live night show four days a week to a growing global audience.
Naomi Vaughn is a singer-songwriter from Stockholm, Sweden. Not too long ago, she released a lovely music video for her dazzling new single, “ye, aha,” which portrays everyday situations told with unflinching honesty. The refreshing tune contains a relatable narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies that will resonate well with fans of Zikai, Molly Hammar, and Jacklyn. Also, “ye, aha” possesses thudding drums and jazzy horn-laden instrumentation flavored with neo-soul and contemporary R&B elements. Furthermore, “ye, aha” arrives hot on the heels of Naomi Vaughn’s previously released singles, Paper and Morning Cartoons. All three tunes will be featured on her upcoming debut EP, due this autumn 2022.
“‘ye, aha’ is about ending up at a party where you just feel out of place and simply bored. It seems to me that the pre-party is always the highlight of the night, but for some reason, you always find yourself going out anyway. It’s like you never learn.” – Naomi Vaughn explained
Naomi Vaughn is the latest addition to the Swedish wave of R&B stars. She grew up in a household with a musically inclined mother and a father who worked as a roots-reggae DJ during the ‘90s. Naomi grew up listening to The Roots, Nas, Common, and Ms. Lauryn Hill.
KELS is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Germany. Not too long ago, she released an uplifting neo-soul tune, entitled, “Be Fine,” which tells a reassuring tale about a young woman who decides to be the best version of herself no matter what. The likable tune contains a relatable narrative and ear-pleasing vocals that will resonate well with fans of Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, and Erykah Badu. Also, “Be Fine.” possesses thudding drums, groovy bass, and piano-laden instrumentation flavored with neo-soul and R&B elements. Furthermore, the song serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear from KELS this summer as she continues to release new music.
“‘Be Fine.’ is a reminder that everything will be alright even in hard times. I wrote it to cheer me up at a point when it seemed like everything was working against me. I want the song to do the same for anyone that needs a reminder to keep going no matter what life throws your way.” – KELS explained
KELS's musical influences include Ms. Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Amy Winehouse. Born to military parents, she moved often as a child, and started writing songs at the age of 13. Growing up, she was heavily involved in choir, singing at church, and jazz ensembles. In early 2022, she released a series of live renditions of original music. Most notably, “Just Let Me Go (Live at Kingfly Spirits),” gained over half a million views on TikTok.