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Ten music artists to look into for 2022

By Elizabeth Wiredu Jan 25, 2022
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michal Augustini/Shutterstock (12419828m) Greentea Peng Cross The Tracks festival, London, UK - 05 Sep 2021

Here are ten talented artists ready to make waves in the music scene in 2022.

Greentea Peng

Greentea Peng at Cross The Tracks festival, London, Sep 2021. Credit: Photo by Michal Augustini/Shutterstock

Key Track: Hu Man, Downers, Mr sun

Greentea Peng is a neo-soul psychedelic songstress. Born in Bermondsey, south east London the singer-songwriter born takes you on a wise-cracking and soul-searching journey. You will be mesmerised.

Critics have compared her sound to Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu. Her stage name derives from her love of green tea and the London slang word “peng,” which means to be appealing or attractive.

Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama at the Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards. Credit: Jaguar/Shutterstock

Key Track: XS, Cherry, Comme Des Garçons (like the boys)

Rina Sawayama is a Japanese-born singer-songwriter who, at the age of five, moved to London with her parents. She first emerged in 2010 with a series of atmospheric alternative hip hop singles.

After a decade she was signed to Dirty Hit, where she released her debut studio album Sawayama. Sawayama’s main influences came from the 90s and 00s acts such as Hikaru Utada, Kylie Minogue, JoJo and Gwen Stefani.

Dominic Fike

Dominic Fike at the 2021 Governors Ball Music Festival. Credit: Nina Westervelt/Shutterstock

Key Track: 3 Nights, Phone Numbers, Babydoll

From SoundCloud success story to breakout star, Dominic David Fike is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor.

Fike was born and raised in Florida, where he learned how to play the guitar. He entered the public domain as a singer and rapper after releasing music on SoundCloud. He then signed a $4 million contract with Columbia Records.

As of 2022, Fike is acting in the tv-show ‘Euphoria’ as Elliot.

Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy at the O2 Institute, Birmingham. Credit: RMV/Shutterstock

Key Track: Dark Red, C U Girl, Infrunmai 

Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya, professionally known as Steve Lacy, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His phone has been his studio since he first started making music.

While he was in high school, he co-produced a Grammy-nominated album. He gained recognition as a member of the R’n’B group The Internet in 2015. Since then, he has produced a series of albums, including his debut Apollo XXI.


Mitski in concert, Brudenell Social Club. Credit: Richard Nicholson/Music Pics/Shutterstock

Key Track: Washing Machine Heart, First love/ Late spring, Nobody  

Mitski Miyawaki is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter. Her music reflects her cross-cultural identity. Growing up moving between 13 countries across multiple continents, she often discusses issues of belonging.

Mitski eventually settled in New York City for college, where she released her first two albums using her university’s resources, including a 60-piece student orchestra. Her sixth studio album is scheduled for release in February.

Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes at the 40th Brit Awards. Credit:JM International/Shutterstock

Key Track: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, When you were mine, Early 

Joy Elizabeth Akther Crookes is a singer-songwriter from south London. As a teenager she gained interest in singing after attending a jazz and blues workshop.

Crookes taught herself how to play guitar, piano, and bass before writing her music.

She has a unique approach to storytelling within her songs. Crookes incorporates details about her relationships, self-reliance, culture and identity within her lyrics.

Luna Li

Key Track: afterglow, 2516, cloud castle

Hannah Bussiere, professionally known as Luna Li, is a Toronto based multi-instrumentalist and producer. She was born into a musical atmosphere and studied classical violin at university.

She creates angelic and psychedelic music that celebrates time spent alone. The phrase: “Alone but not Lonely” is her mantra. Luna Li’s music has an optimistic tone, and her style reflects this.

The María 

The Maraís in concert at the Horseshoe Tavern. Credit:Michael Hurcomb/Shutterstock

Key Track: Cariño, Only in My Dreams, Hush 

María Zardoya and Josh Conway are the faces behind The Marías. The Marías are a band from Los Angeles, known for performing songs in both English and Spanish.

Their music is infused with jazz percussion, hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke-velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos. The Marías’ music is a dreamlike fusion psychedelia funk. They draw inspiration from their vastly diverse backgrounds.

Kota the Friend 

Kota the Friend at Danny Cole’s Creature World Bouncy House Playground. Credit: Megan Cencula/Shutterstock

Key Track: Long Beach, Outside, Colorado

Avery Marcel Joshua Jones, professionally known as Kota the Friend, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.

His music is mellow and upbeat. Jones blends jazzy undercuts with R’n’B and hip-hop. Jones started exploring music in his early years learning how to play the trumpet by 8.

He has remained an independent artist throughout his music career, turning down several major record labels. Instead, he created his own label and apparel store.


RIMON at the Tiger of Sweden show, London Fashion Week. Credit: Richard Young/Shutterstock

Key Track: Grace, Got my back, out of my way

RIMON is a singer-songwriter, who was born in Eritrea and raised in Amsterdam. She debuted in 2018 and built her name through emotive songwriting and her rich vocal style.

Her music fuses elements of hip-hop, neo-soul, and dancehall.

At 17, RIMON dropped out of school and started working with local producer Samuel Kareem. Her music aims to send an uplifting message to women worldwide. 

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