5 Up and Coming California Music Artists You Should Watch In 2019
Written by Nadia Worsley on November 12, 2018
There is so much unheard talent out there with some of the most talented artists slipping through the cracks. They say that the best music isn’t on the radio and there is some truth behind that statement. How would the world know if someone isn’t making noise for the unheard? I’ve compiled a list of 5 artists that are making noise in these up and coming music streets that you should be on the look out for in 2019.
Anthony Darrell, Also known as WestCoast Captain, is a Hip Hop Artist from Long Beach California. His style of music varies from hard core lyrics, smooth jazz beats, poetry, spoken word, as well as club bangers and other up tempo tracks. He has the energy, the confidence and stage presence to match his lyrical ability which makes for a great show whenever he’s on stage. He is currently independent, but looks to start his own label and receive a distribution deal with the right label. His music is available on multiple streaming sites such as ITunes, Amazon, SoundCloud, Youtube and Datpiff just to name a few.
Born Lawrence Talimalama Schuster on October 9th, 1994, in Long Beach, California LT grew up with music in his blood. His mother played piano and both parents participated heavily in the local Samoan church in Long Beach, CA when coming to America from Samoa. From a young age, LT participated in a church choir, school choir in middle school, did Polynesian performing arts, and would occasionally write raps for fun and sometimes even school projects to perform. Traveling, and moving homes often throughout Long Beach and Orange County California from childhood to teen years LT stayed invested in music specifically hip hop and mainstream but always knowing his rich Polynesian Background. Now at 24 LT has taken that leap of faith and decided to pursue a music career. Follow his growth and continue to pay attention to how he keeps his Stock Goin Up!
Karma the Artist
As soon as you hear the music of singer & songwriter Karma who is based out of Los Angeles, CA; you will quickly realize that not all Karma is bad. Having influences from the likes of Teedra Moses, Aaliyah, Ryan Leslie, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, her style is a blend between R&B/Soul, Hip Hop and Pop. After growing up singing in school plays and church choirs she decided to embark on her musical journey and began working with local production companies.
Singing as a background singer for such notables as Steve Russel from the late 80’s and 90’s group Troop and the Underdogs, Marques Houston and several others, Karma knew that her time in the spotlight was soon to follow. She went on to tour with different bands and had the honor of opening for such greats as the Isley Brothers and Frankie Beverly & Maze.
As a solo artist she has garnered the attention of several radio shows, magazines and blogs. Karma has traveled across the globe touring for Carnival Cruise Lines, giving her the opportunity to see and perform in places like Hawaii, Australia and various other destinations. Karma is the new prototype of what an artist should be. She owns her recording facility Treble Girl Studios and production company Good Karma Entertainment. Most recently Karma has performed at SXSW, opened up for the Joyner Lucas Tour, and been interviewed during BETX Radio Room. She is also currently promoting her singles “The Birthday Song” at 140K+ streams and “Cry” at 80K+ streams, building her fanbase and brand as a social media influencer and looks to become one of today’s top music moguls. Her mission is to redefine the worlds idea of what Karma really means while maintaining substance and longevity! #GoodKarma
Multitalented artist GMac, is an American rapper from Compton, CA. GMac started his music career in 2011 when he released his first mixtape, Side Ni**a Nation. In 2015 he released his second mixtape, Trap History Monthwhich features his hit single, “Started With A Ounce” which was a success in the streets. His single Started With A Ounce has still been giving him recognition everyday. His music has landed in the hands of LA’s most notable DJ’s which has gotten his music played on Power 106.
As a powerhouse artist, writer and producer, Alexa Melo owns her material in a wholistic way and has been able to acquire over 2M views and over 50K followers as an independent artist. Depicting her struggle to be held back from performing due to recovering from an emergency vocal surgery, her new EP “Mute”, consists of striking songs that range from dark and propulsive to smooth and provocative which have been likened to artists like Radiohead, Bjork, and Pink Floyd.
If you’re making noise in these music streets, reach out to us in the comments and let us know.