Top 10 New Artists To Watch In 2019

16 January 2019, 14:36

Ones to Watch 2019
Ones to Watch 2019. Picture: (Clockwise from top right) Ava Max/Ella Mai/Fredo/Freya Ridings/Grace Carter/Mathew Parri Thomas/Octavian/Mahalia/Lewis Capaldi/King Princess

We've picked 10 new music acts that we expect to define the sound of 2019. These upcoming bands and artists are definitely ones-to-watch in 2019 so best to get them on your playlist now...

We love discovering new singers, bands, DJs and producers, and 2019 looks set to be another huge year for new music.

We've put together our list of the ten artists we're most excited about in 2019 to ensure you're in the know nice and early.

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There's some acts on the list that you've maybe not heard of until now while others have started to gain traction towards the end of 2018 and are getting ready to bring out debut albums and new songs in the new year.

In previous years, we've picked out the likes of Dua Lipa, HRVY, Raye, Stefflon Don and J Hus as ones-to-watch.

Take a look at our list of 10 upcoming artists we think are going to do big things in 2019...

  1. Ava Max

    Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho [Official Music Video]

    Top song to check out: 'Sweet but Psycho'

    Ava Max is a 24-year-old singer from Wisconsin in the US.

    She's best known for 'Sweet but Psycho' - her super catchy breakout single that went to Number 1 on The Official Big Top 40 for the first time in December.

    Ava's worked with David Guetta and Jason Derulo in the past and told Will Manning on the show that she's got even more hits lined up for 2019.

    Who is Ava Max? Read more about the singer here

  2. Ella Mai

    Ella Mai - Boo'd Up

    Top song to check out: 'Boo'd Up'

    Ella Mai is a 24-year-old singer from London.

    Ella's quite unique for a British artist in that she became a huge star in America before making waves here in the UK - her song 'Boo'd Up' got to Number 5 in the US charts.

    She released her self-titled debut album back in October, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and for British Breakthrough Act at the 2019 BRIT Awards.

  3. Fredo

    Fredo x Young T & Bugsey (@Stayfleegetlizzy) - Ay Caramba [Music Video] | GRM Daily

    Top song to check out: 'Ay Caramba'

    Fredo is a rising British rapper from London.

    He had two big hits in 2018 that underlined his potential - releasing 'Ay Caramba' with Stay Flee Get Lizzy, Young T and Bugsey, and featuring on Dave's 'Funky Friday'.

    He's releasing his debut album Third Avenue on February 1st and supporting this with a huge Uk tour throughout February and March.

  4. Freya Ridings

    Freya Ridings - Lost Without You (Official Video)

    Top song to check out: 'Lost Without You'

    Freya Ridings is a 24-year-old singer from London.

    She's best known for her heartfelt, 2018 hit single 'Lost Without You', which spent 21 weeks in The Official Big Top 40 last year - peaking at Number 5 - after it was featured in an episode of ITV 2's Love Island.

    Freya will release her self-titled debut album on 31st May so expect even more chart appearances from the star in 2019.

  5. Grace Carter

    Grace Carter - Why Her Not Me

    Top song to check out: 'Why Her Not Me?'

    Grace Carter is a 21-year-old singer from Brighton.

    She's best known for her songs 'Silence' and 'Why Her Not Me?' and supported some huge artists including Mabel, Dua Lipa and Rag'n'Bone Man on tour last year.

    Grace names Alicia Keys, Adele and Lauryn Hill as some of her musical inspirations growing up and will embark on a European tour in March 2019.

  6. King Princess

    King Princess - 1950

    Top song to check out: '1950'

    King Princess is a 20-year-old singer from Brooklyn, New York.

    King Princess - whose real name is Mikaela Straus - shot to fame last year after One Direction star Harry Styles tweeted a lyric from her debut single '1950' to his 33 million followers.

    She's now signed to Mark Ronson's label Zelig Records and is expected to release her debut studio album at some point in 2019.

  7. Lewis Capaldi

    Lewis Capaldi - Grace

    Top song to check out: 'Grace'

    Lewis Capaldi is a 22-year-old singer from Glasgow.

    His first track 'Bruises' came out in 2017 and racked up millions of streams online whilst Lewis was still unsigned. Last year, he supported Niall Horan and Sam Smith on tour.

    At the end of 2018, he was nominated for the BRITs Critics Choice Award and released his next single 'Someone You Loved'.

  8. Mahalia

    Mahalia - I Wish I Missed My Ex

    Top song to check out: 'I Wish I Missed My Ex'

    Mahalia is a 20-year-old singer and actress from Birmingham.

    She's toured with Ed Sheeran in the past, collaborated with Rudimental, acted in the 2016 movie Brotherhood and her songs have racked up millions of views on YouTube.

    Like Lewis Capaldi, she was also nominated for the 2019 BRITs Critics' Choice Award.

  9. Octavian

    Mura Masa - Move Me (Official Video) ft. Octavian

    Top song to check out: 'Move Me (with Mura Masa)'

    Octavian is a rising rapper, born in France and based in London.

    Octavian - whose real name is Oliver Godji - signed to Sony's record label in August last year and being tipped for big things in 2019.

    So far he's released two mixtapes along with the Essie World EP. His music has been described as a mix of grime, drill and house.

  10. Sea Girls

    Sea Girls - 'All I Want To Hear You Say' (Official Audio)

    Top song to check out: 'All I Want To Hear You Say'

    Sea Girls are a four-piece indie band based in London.

    Henry, Rory, Andrew and Oli hail from Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Kent originally. They've played Reading & Leeds Festival already and embarked on a sold-out headline UK tour towards the end of 2018.

    The band's name was inspired by the lyric "city girls" in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 2013 song 'Water's Edge'.