*This is a guest post by Criibaby
The parades might be postponed, but that doesn’t mean Pride is cancelled! Here are 10 up and coming LGBTQ+ artists to check out as we #prideinside.
Tom Aspaul is a singer songwriter from Wolverhampton. A new and exciting voice in pop, Tom is a sought-after writer and collaborator, having worked with Snakehips, AlunaGeorge, Celeste, Mae Muller, Aeble, and many others.
Bronze Avery aims to be “the soundtrack to a summer daydream.” Growing up, he was inspired by Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, The Pussycat Dolls, BANKS, Dirty Projectors, Icona Pop, Natalia Kills, weird crushes, classical music, unrequited love, insecurities, overconfidence, overwhelming emotions and everything in between.
Melbourne-based producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Maribelle is the voice behind one of Australia’s most impassioned artists, Vetta Borne. In her own words, “Vetta Borne is Maribelle; elevated”, with 2019 being the year all elements of Maribelle’s creative capabilities merged into her most fulfilling and authentic project that is Vetta Borne. Melding elements of soul, R&B and pop into one, Maribelle has found the magical sweet spot where her songwriting, production & instrumentation intertwine.
Foxgluvv is an unapologetically queer DIY pop artist who has created the perfect score for your late night party with her signature ‘hungover-pop’ sound. Blending the lyrics and aesthetics of modern left field pop music with her love of the 80s, Foxgluvv’s music is packed with dreamy synths, lo-fi beats, camp and extravagance. Her EP, I Never Felt Hollywood, puts a mirror up to her queer experience walking the listener through moments of frustration, longing, love, acceptance and celebration of her identity.
Scarlett Randle hails from the North east of Scotland but now calls Glasgow home. In the past year she has risen through the musical ranks playing gigs around Scotland, winning the Tenement Trail new artist competition in 2018, playing at the BBC Introducing showcase in King Tut’s in December, along with TRNSMT festival, Tiree Music Festival, Off The Record at the Caird Hall in Dundee and being named Artist of the Week in the Scotsman in association with AIM (Association of Independent Music).
A powerfully proud champion of LGBTQ+ creators, Criibaby has one goal: redefine inclusive music. Bay Area native Criibaby is a new queer artist pushing boundaries and normalizing LGBTQ+ identities with love songs for everyone, her gender-neutral, intentionally inclusive music project.
Her newly released single, “Some Kinda Voodoo” is a dreamy, vintage R&B-inspired love song with floaty vocal melodies and warm, laid back guitar. Criibaby’s debut EP, “love songs for everyone,” is expected in late 2020.
JADE UNIVERSE makes music in a bedroom with her best friend and producer, Jack Sipes. The Columbus, Ohio-based songwriter and vocalist writes dreamy melodies and punchy lyrics to compliment his pop-lofi beats. After discovering her Pop/R&B sound, she and Jack quickly began writing music together, and they haven’t looked back. They plan to release more singles, continue writing songs for an LP, and start playing shows in the Columbus area.
Maggie Gently is the indie solo project of San Francisco songwriter Maggie Grabmeier. Her debut EP Good Cry is about how making decisions for your own mental health can feel like a matter of survival. While leaning in to her pop punk and emo roots, Grabmeier’s new project finds moments of sweetness and quiet that draw focus to the vulnerable lyrics. Maggie’s queer identity is important to her and the community she creates and participates in.
The son of a professional flautist and Cambridge University’s director of music, Robin Skinner — who’s performed under the name Cavetown since 2013 — has musical talent literally embedded in his DNA. At age 14, he started posting original songs and covers on YouTube alongside daily musings and behind-the-scenes vignettes, creating a barrier-free connection with his fans as they saw themselves in his music. His whole-hearted optimism and honest songwriting is reflected in effortless melodies about yearning to make sense of life.
Grayson is a Los Angeles-based non-binary American singer/songwriter who grew up in the Mormon Church. They have been singing in front of audiences since they were three years old. At seventeen they relocated to Seattle where they co-founded the indie synth-pop band Neu Yeuth. When they’re not collaborating with sought after creatives on various projects they are recording their forthcoming EP.