We at THP are buzzing thinking about all the amazing music that the new year will bring our way! We’re especially excited to see what British artists, some of who we’ve known for years and some who have debuted recently, have in store for us. Let’s take a look at nine of our favorite artists to watch in 2022!
At just 22, Ama Lou has a firm grasp on who she is as an artist and songwriter. And spoiler alert, she’s a future superstar! Her gorgeous sound blends elements of pop and R&B, and no matter which genre is your favorite, you’ll find something to love in her music. She just dropped her new EP, At Least We Have This, as an appetizer of sorts for her upcoming album, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.
I have been away for damn near two years. I have been making my album with a good friend. When we were coming to the end of the project, I wanted to get that creative rush back and thought this album deserved a big introduction, so I put together the idea for this EP.
It’s no wonder Asher Knight has earned support from the likes of The Vamps and James Blunt – he’s such a talented artist! His vocals sound so soulful and he knows just how to make an unforgettable pop song (see his latest single, ‘By The Way’). He used music as a form of escapism while dealing with bullying in school, and we’re so proud of him for pushing through such an awful situation to get to the other, very boppy, side.
It’s no secret that we at THP have loved Eden Hunter since she debuted earlier this year, but her new single ‘Chance My Heart’ surprised even us! It’s a retro pop banger that deserves to soundtrack the exciting turnaround in a coming-of-age movie. With just two singles, Eden has already established herself as an energetic indie artist you need to watch.
Grace Davies is such an incredible singer-songwriter, and her new EP, i wonder if you wonder, is the proof we never knew we needed. She pours her heart into every line on the project and the results are surreal. Between ‘roots,’ a celebration of long-lasting love, and ‘i met a boy online,’ a quarantine anthem that went viral on TikTok, the EP leaves us wanting more and more from Grace, as well as super excited to see what she does next!
The songs are the six stages of a relationship going wrong; I’m looking for love, finding it, losing it. The EP captures my many emotions – happy, sad, angry, upset, feeling lost, grief. I get progressively worse until I finally reach the ‘fuck you’ stage. Hahaha! The concept came after the songs, which were written a few years apart. I realized that if I put them in a particular order, they would tell a story, but really they’re just ballads about my still-tragic life.
Jack Savoretti got a #1 album in the UK with Europiana earlier this year, but he shows no signs of stopping. He’s pushing himself even further with his string-tinged, piano-led track ‘The Way You Said Goodbye,’ which he recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. The song has a strong sense of magical nostalgia, showing off his lyrical talent and ability to convey emotion with even straightforward lines anyone can connect with. He’ll be touring the UK and Europe in the spring, so grab your tickets here!
My piano player, Shannon Harris, started playing this beautiful piano part that took me to a Parisian late night club, and I could see smoke in the air and hear the clinking of glasses. It reminded me of the first time me and my wife did a trip together to Paris. We were young and trying to make it as unforgettable as possible. I wanted to write about that with a sense of strong melancholy.
There’s a reason James Morrison is considered one of Britain’s best artists, and the “refreshed” version of his 2006 song ‘You Give Me Something’ shows off his creative mind more than ever. He’ll be releasing a greatest hits album in February before heading out on a tour of the UK and Europe. We at THP are ecstatic to see what other surprises he has waiting for us!
I wanted it to sound like summer, and to sound sad, and to sound joyous in the chorus, with a slightly R&B flavor. But it was one of those songs that wrote itself, pretty much. I was just trying stuff – when I put the brass in, I thought it was swinging, like Frank Sinatra. And when we pieced it all together, I just thought it was cool. It captured a moment in my career. And, now, I wanted to try to make it capture another moment, with this sound that was a bit hip-hop, just to sit on that beat
Jo O’Meara blew us all away with her latest album, With Love, earlier this year, and she’s closing out 2021 with a look back to her past. She just unveiled an unplugged version of S Club 7’s ‘Never Had A Dream Come True,’ and we can’t get enough of this gorgeous new rendition. She’s grown so much as an artist and a person since her time with S Club 7, and the only way is up! If you can, you should make your way to her acoustic show at PizzaExpress in February.
I am so excited to have re-recorded one of my favorite S Club songs! ‘Never Had A Dream Come True’ has always been special to me, so getting to go back in the studio and re-vocal it after 21 years was very special. I’m enjoying doing new acoustic, stripped-back versions of classic S Club hits.
While she’s technically American, Madison Margot splits her time between her hometown of Los Angeles and London! She talks about the city and long-distance relationships on her track ‘Heathrow,’ which nods to London’s airport. Her latest song, ‘If We Fall,’ has the romantic charm of songs like Taylor Swift’s ‘Begin Again’ and we can’t get enough of her songwriting or pretty vocals.
This song is about having an intense crush on someone and wanting them to give in and fall for you. Knowing you would give them everything, but not even that is convincing enough. This song is for everyone who falls hard and loves relentlessly – even when it’s met by so much resistance.
Steel Banglez’s sleek artistry and production live in our heads rent-free! He has such a fun, bouncy sound that he’ll get to show off on his upcoming record, due in early 2022. He’s already collabed with high-profile artists like Clean Bandit, Stefflon Don, Unknown T, and Wes Nelson – and that’s just on one song! He definitely has some more star-studded tricks up his sleeve.
Which of these artists is your favorite? Are there any British musicians you’re especially excited to hear from in 2022? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And if you want to discover more underrated artists, click here.
Featured Image Source: Grace Davies by Emma-Jane Lewis