We at The Honey POP love our singer-songwriters, and lately, we’ve noticed our playlist has a lot of British female artists in heavy rotation. You know and love the bigger names, so we thought it was time we shine a light on some of our favorite underdogs. Let’s be honest, the underdogs and hidden gems are usually the ones with utter bangers that you’re kicking yourself over for not discovering sooner! Here are five British female singer-songwriters that your playlist needs.
Hailing from Northamptonshire, England, Mae Stephens has likely been responsible for one of the biggest earworms you’ve gained from TikTok this year, and we’re honestly not mad about it at all. The 20-year-old started gaining attention with her breakout single ‘If We Ever Broke Up’ on the viral video platform earlier this year and hasn’t slowed down ever since. Her music is a funky fluorescent pop with a hint of nostalgia that radiates feel-good vibes. This year has seen her perform at the likes of Glastonbury, BST Hyde Park, and is set to perform at Reading & Leeds Festival. She also recently dropped her new single ‘Mr Right‘ featuring pop princess Meghan Trainor and features on ‘Jungle’ with Alok and The Chainsmokers. We know Mae is here to stay, and we are here for it!
We recommend listening to: ‘If We Ever Broke Up,’ ‘Mr Right,’ and ‘Jungle’
If you’re into chart music, then there’s a solid chance you’ve already heard the work of Kamille without even realizing it. The GRAMMY-winning songwriter and producer has already earned herself a number of achievements working with the likes of Little Mix, Dua Lipa, FLO, and Anne-Marie, to name a few. Now the singer-songwriter is putting a focus on her own music as an independent artist and has just released her debut mini-album, K1, while also performing a sold-out headline show in Omera, London. Kamille is no one-trick pony when it comes to genres, but her own work is very R&B heavy, with her recent releases full of soul beats reminiscent of the 80s. We are loving every moment of seeing Kamille thrive as an artist!
We recommend listening to: ‘Mirror Mirror,’ ‘Manifesting Pt 1,’ and ‘Options’ ft Tamerah and Bellah
For those who grew up in the YouTube era, Emma Blackery is a familiar face who has been uploading content and making music since 2012. The Basildon-born singer-songwriter has released two albums and has just released her new EP, Cannot Help Myself. In 2018 Emma founded her independent record label RWG, through which she released her debut album Villains, as well as her two EPs: My Arms Are Open and Cannot Help Myself. Emma has spent over a decade building her online presence with both her music and internet content taking it in turns for priority, but lately, it’s her music that seems to be taking the forefront. She’s also dabbled in a variety of genres, from pop to alternative to pop-rock to garage-rock, so there’s something for everyone in her discography. We’ve grown up with Emma Blackery over the past 10+ years and still can’t get enough of her!
We recommend listening to: ‘Suck To Be You,’ ‘Parasite,’ and ‘Fake Friends’
Holly Humberstone is on her way to making herself a household name. The alt-pop singer-songwriter kicked her career off on a high as she performed at Glastonbury Festival 2019 on the BBC Music Introducing stage and was featured on VEVO DSCVR’s Artists To Watch 2021. She then signed a contract with Interscope and Polydor Records back in 2021 before winning the Brit Award for Rising Star at the 2022 BRIT Awards. Since then, she’s served as the opening act for Girl in Red‘s North American leg of the Make It Go Quiet Tour in 2022 before joining as a support act on the second half of Olivia Rodrigo‘s North American Sour Tour. She’s just released her debut album, Paint My Bedroom Black, which has already received a Metacritic rating of 76/100. We’re looking forward to seeing her thrive in her debut album era!
We recommend listening to: ‘Into Your Room,’ ‘Deep End,’ and ‘Antichrist’
Concluding our list of British female singer-songwriters is Southampton-born Caity Baser. The bubbly singer is quickly rising in popularity with her high-energy pop songs, often tinged with some cheeky and mature themes. She made her Reading and Leeds Festival debut in 2022 on the BBC Music Introducing stage and was also featured on MTV PUSH for UK & Ireland 2023. Caity began building her presence on TikTok back during the first UK lockdown during the pandemic in 2020, which led to her song ‘Average Student’ accumulating 1 million views on TikTok, leading to a management agency to reach out and invite her to a studio in London to meet the producers Future Cut. She has since charted four songs in the UK and headed out on her first tour back in Spring of this year. This year she performed at at a variety of festivals, including BST Hyde Park, and BBC R1’s Big Weekend, before having a full circle moment performing again at Reading and Leeds on the Dance Stage. We love to see it!
We recommend listening to: ‘Leave Me Alone,’ ‘Pretty Boys,’ and ‘Friendly Sex (Angrier)’
Do you stan any of these artists? Which British female singer-songwriters would you add to this list? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! You can also visit us on Facebook and Instagram.
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