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24 up-and-coming LGBTQ artists you need to be listening to right now

24 up-and-coming LGBTQ artists you need to be listening to right now

20gayteen has launched us to extra out-and-proud queer artists than ever.

To have fun, we’ve introduced 24 up-and-coming LGBTQ artists that you need to be listening to, like, right now.

From the feisty bubblegum pop-punk bops of GIRLI, to the choice hip-hop sounds of Kevin Summary, and the progressive and experimental queerness of SOPHIE, these artists are all making their mark on the music business. Cliché, however no matter.

Take a look at our listing under… 

Andrea Di Giovanni

Standout bop: Disgrace Resurrection

Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Di Giovanni struggled together with his sexuality for many of his youth. Rising up in a rustic with staunch, anti-gay views, the performer felt like he was unable to categorical his queer self and stay authentically. He moved to London when he was 19, which he says allowed him to embrace his queerness and “true self”. Andrea advised us: “It made my art more real, raw, honest, less manufactured and less fake.” If you like darkish, unashamedly queer pop, you need to get into Andrea.


Standout bop: Spun

Ever since her spunky 2016 debut single, Smoke Weed Eat Pussy, Swedish hit-maker Ängie has develop into one of the outspoken artists in pop music. As a result of she’s not afraid to converse out about feminism, psychological well being and homosexuality, Ängie has been declared probably the most “controversial pop star” by a number of media retailers, which she claims is down to a “bullshit world”. Her debut album, Suicidal Since 1995, is a seven monitor assortment of moody, experimental pop. Once more, it’s cliché to say, however there’s nobody like Ängie on the market right now.

Carlie Hanson

Standout bop: Solely One

She’s solely launched 4 tracks up to now, however Carlie Hanson is making waves on the planet of pop. With every single, the American singer/songwriter has blessed us with pop perfection, particularly together with her feel-good summer time bop, Solely One, which has been streamed over 41 million occasions. Carlie is about to tour america with Troye Sivan from 29 September – eight November for his highly-anticipated Bloom Tour.

Chelcee Grimes

Standout bop: Simply Like That

After being dropped from her first document deal at simply 19 years previous, Chelcee turned her consideration to songwriting for a few of the world’s largest pop divas, together with Kylie Minogue, Louisa Johnson, Kesha and Dua Lipa. Now, she’s prepared for her personal huge break, and she or he’s pulling out all of the stops to make it a hit – her debut single Simply Like That’s an earworm of epic proportions, and she or he’s quietly been working with the likes of RedOne and Calvin Harris on her album.

Dizzy Fae

Standout bop: Booty 3000

Dizzy Fae first caught our consideration earlier this yr with the discharge of her ethereal video for Her/Indica, a shocking depiction of the Minnesota artist’s first time falling for a lady. Like an entire new era of LGBTQ artists, Dizzy is prepared to conquer the world of music and fly the flag as an out-and-proud musician. “If I can be anything, it’s that person that someone can look at and be like, ‘I feel you’,” Dizzy informed us. “How I feel about being queer and brown is probably how a lot of the world is feeling.”

Emily Burns

Standout bop: Check Drive

British singer-songwriter Emily Burns launched her first single Bitch earlier this yr to essential acclaim, and adopted it up with same-sex love anthems comparable to Girlfriend At The Time and Cheat, all of which have achieved over a million streams every. She launched her debut EP, Seven Scenes From The Similar Summer time final month, and it’s unimaginable. We advocate stepping into Check Drive first, as a result of it’s such an anthem.


Standout bop: Pleasure

FHAT are an unapologetically queer music duo consisting of Aaron and Sedric, who handled followers to their model of chilled alt-R&B within the type of their current single Pleasure. The 2 relocated from Los Angeles to Berlin a couple of years in the past and shortly discovered themselves forming a brand new musical partnership with influences that vary from Mura Masa to Outkast.


Standout bop: Day Month Second

GIRLI doesn’t give a flying fuck. Like, in any respect. Since her 2015 debut, the 20-year-old Londoner – actual identify Milly Toomey – has develop into one of the outspoken artists within the music business due to her frank (and sometimes feisty) lyrics about feminism and sexuality. Tracks similar to Women Get Indignant Too and Woman I Met On The Web contact on the aforementioned subjects, all whereas exploring quite a lot of genres akin to bubblegum pop, punk, rap and PC.

Hayley Kiyoko

Standout bop: What I Need (feat. Kehlani)

Sure, we all know Hayley Kiyoko has been within the leisure business for over ten years, however 20gayteen is when she absolutely arrived as a solo artist. Her debut album, Expectations, offered us with synthpop perfection in Sleepover, Emotions, What I Need and Curious. She was hailed as “the first unabashedly queer female” in pop, which led to her honorific title: The Lesbian Jesus.

Jesse Saint John

Standout bop: FAKE IT

After writing songs for shut good friend Brooke Sweet’s critically-acclaimed debut EP, Jesse Saint John made a reputation for himself within the songwriting business when he penned a number of unimaginable pop tracks for artists corresponding to Britney Spears (Love Me Down), Charli XCX (Cloud Aura, Secret, I Received It) and Camila Cabello (One thing’s Gotta Give). Like a number of different gifted songwriters on the earth of pop – Leland, Bonnie McKee, Chelcee Grimes – Jesse has determined to launch a solo assault on the charts with the discharge of his two incredible pop-bops, MOVE and FAKE IT, which can be adopted by his first EP later this yr.

Kevin Summary

Standout bop: Empty

American rapper, singer-songwriter Kevin Summary is greatest referred to as a founding member of American hip-hop group Brockhampton. Whether or not he’s publicly stanning Shawn Mendes, being extremely cute together with his boyfriend on social media, or sporting a bulletproof vest with the phrase ‘faggot’ written on it throughout his reside units, the rapper-singer has by no means shied away from being open about his homosexuality. He recurrently references his sexuality and same-sex want throughout his verses on Brockhampton songs, in addition to his personal solo music – together with his extremely praised 2016 album American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story – turning into a beacon of queer visibility within the course of.

Kiddy Smile 

Standout bop: Let A B!tch Know

Parisian DJ, musician and dancer Kiddy Smile has been within the leisure business for over a decade, having carried out with large acts akin to LCD Soundsystem and Beth Ditto/The Gossip. Final month, he launched his 80s/90s home and ballroom impressed debut album, One Trick Pony, which sees the artist talk about what it means to be homosexual man of color.

Kim Petras

Standout bop: Coronary heart to Break

German singer-songwriter Kim Petras is on the cusp of breaking by means of massive time, having garnered properly over 40 million streams on Spotify alone since launching her music profession again in the summertime. Her debut album is about to embrace large bops similar to All The Time, I Don’t Need It All, Coronary heart to Break, Pale and Can’t Do Higher. It’s protected to say that it’s shaping up to be certainly one of our favorite debuts ever. 

King Princess

Standout bop: Higher West Aspect

American singer-songwriter and producer King Princess first achieved worldwide recognition together with her indie-pop monitor, 1950, a tribute to the LGBTQ group and queer love, which has (up to now) amassed over 130 million streams on Spotify. Her debut EP, Make My Mattress, was launched in June to widespread acclaim, and proved that she’s one of many hottest up and coming LGBTQ artists of 2018.


Standout bop: Run Into You

Since 2015, American performer and producer Leland has conquered the world of songwriting, penning large pop-bops for artists akin to Daya (Hideaway), Troye Sivan (Bloom), Betty Who (Ignore Me) and Selena Gomez (Fetish). Oh, and he additionally co-wrote Kardashian: The Musical, VH1 Divas Stay and Kitty Women – three of Drag Race’s most sickening episodes ever. Now, the singer – actual identify Brett McLaughlin – is aiming to dominate the charts with the discharge of his relatable break-up anthem Run Into You, and the critically-acclaimed synthpop banger Mattress.

L Devine

Standout bop: Like You Like That

L Devine is likely one of the UK’s most promising queer skills. Her debut EP, Rising Pains, was certainly one of our favorite releases final yr, thanks to pop jams reminiscent of Like You Like That, When The Time’s Right and Social gathering On Our Personal. Final week, she unveiled her Heathers-inspired banger, Peer Strain, which explores the thought of what it means to slot in, and the way you navigate that whereas sustaining your individuality. If you’re a pop fanatic, then you’ll completely love her.


Standout bop: Dangerous For You

Merlot has been a outstanding determine in New York Metropolis’s queer scene for quite a lot of years, having established themselves as a bankable mannequin with their signature freckles and femme lewks. This yr, they made their debut within the music business with R&B monitor, Dangerous For You, a sultry, sensual quantity which sees the artist proclaim to a lover: “I’m not gonna change baby, through and through / Cuz’ I’m bad for you, cuz’ I’m bad for you.”

Morgan Saint

Standout bop: Simply Pals

New York Metropolis native Morgan Saint captivated pop music followers final yr together with her Joan Jett-esque aesthetic and five-track assortment of mid-tempo, dream-pop bangerz, which featured songs akin to You and Simply Buddies. Because the launch of the aforementioned EP, 17 Hero, Morgan has acquired acclaim from critics for her lush vocal supply and uncooked, understated songwriting expertise, and has constructed a devoted fanbase inside the LGBTQ group.

Rina Sawayama

Standout bop: Cherry

Japan-born, London-raised singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama is serving high-fashion lewks and killer choreography together with her extremely underrated videography, particularly for her newest single, Cherry. The monitor is her “most personal” but, because it addresses the emotions of popping out as pansexual whereas being in a heterosexual relationship, and the accompanying clip is serving us the queer pop star fantasy we’ve been ready for. Belief us, you’ll love her.

Sam Bluer

Standout bop: Physique Excessive

Aussie performer Sam Bluer made his music business debut this yr with two unbelievable dark-pop tracks, Shift and Physique Excessive, the latter of which accurately catapulted our wigs down the motherfucking road. The lyrics! The manufacturing! The video! We reside! He might solely have two tracks out in the meanwhile, however he’s completely one to look out for.

Shea Diamond

Standout bop: I Am Her

Trans soul singer Shea Diamond spent a decade in jail after a very tough childhood. After her incarceration, Diamond turned closely concerned within the transgender rights motion, and subsequently penned I Am Her, a soul/rock anthem about self-realisation. Justin Tranter, who’s produced tracks for pop kweens akin to Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani, found Diamond and signed her to the Warner-distributed label Asylum, which led to the discharge of her debut EP, Seen It All.


Standout bop: Ponyboy

Scottish document producer SOPHIE acquired large quantities of essential acclaim with Oil of Each Pearl’s Un-Insides, a masterpiece in progressive, avant-pop. Critics lauded the report for its progressive and experimental manufacturing (she produced all of it by herself) and for coping with points akin to gender and wonder. She’s labored with Charli XCX, Madonna, Let’s Eat Grandma, Cashmere Cat, and is rumoured to be engaged on Woman Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album.

Tommy Genesis

Standout bop: 100 Dangerous

Canadian singer-songwriter Tommy Genesis acquired acclaim from Vogue, The FADER, Dazed, Elle, W and PAPER for her debut mixtape World Imaginative and prescient. The undertaking offered us with a number of ah-mah-zeng songs comparable to Hate Demon, Potato Head and Execute. Since then, she’s slain our existence with tracks reminiscent of Tommy, Fortunate and 100 Dangerous, the latter of which simply acquired a badass remix with British pop princess Charli XCX. Her debut album is due for launch later this yr.


Standout bop: Battle Like a Woman

Zolita first gained her large fanbase with the video launch of her lesbian anthem, Explosion, which depicted the Californian-born artist as she yearns for greater than only a friendship together with her bff. “People told me that it had helped them come out, and helped them tell their best friends their feelings,” she advised us. “Seeing that reaction definitely made me realise that this is what I’m supposed to be doing as Zolita, writing songs that disenfranchised people can see themselves in and relate to.”

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