WHAT’S NEXT – HOT UP AND COMING ARTISTS ON YOUR NEW NOW ALBUM

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Freya Ridings
Freya Ridings

"Lost Without You"

Freya Ridings emerged to be the surprise success story of 2018 in the UK. Her breakthrough came with “Lost Without You,” one of those rare, once-in-a-lifetime songs that immediately put a previously under-the-radar artist on the map. Such was its word-of-mouth appeal that it hit the UK Top 10 on four separate occasions during a commanding six-month run in the Top 40. “Lost Without You” saw Freya become the first female UK artist to have an entirely self-written Top 10 hit since Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” returned to the charts in 2012.

By the time 2018 came to close, “Lost Without You” became one of the Top 20 most downloaded songs of the year and the biggest hit from a new British female artist. She is ready, she says. Ready to get out there and put her message across. “If you’re going to devote all your time and energy to something, why not make it something you love? And if you feel things too keenly, and you get punished for that in almost every area of life, but there’s this one area where precisely that quality is championed, well, that’s great, isn’t it?” Freya Ridings. Out of the music room, into the fire.

MUNA
MUNA

"Number One Fan"

MUNA released their debut album About U in 2017 to mass critical acclaim from the likes of The Los Angeles Times, NPR, W Magazine, The FADER, SPIN, Noisey and many more. The album made the trio’s wildest dreams come true, as the group – made up of Katie Gavin (lead vocals/production), Naomi McPherson (production/ guitar/synths/vocals), and Josette Maskin (lead guitar/ vocals) – turned their once college dorm band into a full-fledged career prospect, including an end-of-cycle opening slot for Harry Styles’ global tour. The comedown was severe and the band members each embarked on their own modes of self-discovery. After months of writing for the second album, lead songwriter Gavin came up with a song unlike anything she’d written for MUNA before. It was self-aware, yes; a little self-critical, sure; but it was also a positive affirmation to herself and it was laced with humor. It’s called “Number One Fan.” A little tongue-in-cheek but deftly serious at the same time because loving yourself is not a joke. When it came to finally naming the album, a grandiose concept jumped out. Saves The World might sound like a facetious statement about the power of pop, but it’s an earnest reflection on the band’s own survival. “It’s about saving yourself,” says Gavin of the title. “If you’re committed to saving yourself you are saving the world. When people take responsibility for their own stories and accept that they are capable of being their own heroes the whole world could shift in a crazy way.” On Saves The World, the band are still here to fight, but they’re coming to the battleground from a place of triumph. The songs are intended to be useful tools to those who need a soundtrack from which to garner energy to strive.

David Francisco
David Francisco

"Lionheart”

David Francisco is an accomplished singer/songwriter, producer, author, speaker and spinal cord injury survivor currently living in Los Angeles. His American Idol audition in 2018 was one of the most viewed (over 50 million times), and he was recently a guest on the ELLEN show. He has performed on stage with Martina McBride, Steven Curtis Chapman and on the main stage at KAABOO del mar. He has shared his inspirational story at the Recording Academy’s annual MusiCares foundation gala, and in person with Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves.

David collaborated with Grammy nominated producer Jan Smith (Mama Jan) on his new album, Lionheart (Fall 2019). Lionheart is a unique concept album that weaves a story of the key elements from the crash that left him paralyzed into the music. The album is accompanied by a book that details the story behind each song. The video from the first single, “Lionheart,” was premiered by PEOPLE. com and has already garnered national attention.

David is skilled on the saxophone, piano, guitar and vocals. His style is a mix of Ed Sheeran, John Mayer and John Legend. His journey back from complete paralysis is documented in the short film “Back To Blackbird,” available on YouTube.

Kina
Kina

"Get You To The Moon"

19-year-old Kina is a producer from Naples, Italy. His single “Get You The Moon,” praised by Idolator as a “moody, chill-pop anthem,” was released in 2018 and continues to grow worldwide, accumulating over 120 million streams and 100 million video views worldwide to date. Signed to Columbia Records, Kina is connecting fans all over the world with his signature emotional, vibey sound and is currently working on new music to share with his fans across the globe.