My introduction to new artists has become very television and YouTube driven. The 3 artists/groups that I discovered in 2008 that have the potential to make it big in 2009 are:
Melody Gardot – My favorite new artist. Her 2008 album – Worrisome Heart is one of the best albums I have ever heard – the only problem with the album is that it is too short (10 songs). A mix of Jazz and Blues with a little Folk, Melody Gardot has produced some of the best Jazz of the last 10 years.
“I had ideas about how I wanted things to go. In the studio cutting `Worrisome Heart’, I remember standing in the recording booth and saying to the horn guys `can you make it sleazier?’ They said `yeah! Sleazy man, that’s cool!’ It may not have been the most musical way to put it but they knew exactly what I meant!” she laughs. link
Caitlin and Will – Winners of CMT “Can You Duet?”. Caitlin can hang with any of the current female country greats while Will holds his own on vocals and plays a mean guitar. They already have a huge fan base so look for their first album (Spring 2009) to go Platinum. Check out their new songs on MySpace. After winning the contest, Caitlin and Will hit the gym, got some new threads, and they are now look as good as they sound.
Josiah Leming – American Idol Season 7 contestant, Josiah wowed the judges during the early auditions but was rejected during the Hollywood rounds. But Josiah picked up a huge fan base that followed him to his Myspace page. Jossiah posted several songs and the push was on. Soon he was signed by Warner Music and recorded an album which is scheduled for release this Spring. Several of the songs from the album are already available as downloads or as an EP from his MySpace page.
Josiah will make it as a songwriter for sure and possibly as a singer. Check out YouTube and you will find many covers of his songs – before he has even released an album. My guess is that he will release a few albums but will be a highly successful songwriter for years to come.
Link to Josiah’s MySpace page and several songs.
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