When you’re a passionate music-lover, nothing’s more exciting than finding a hot new artist who’s about to make it big. Whether you love to introduce your friends to new music or enjoy the bragging rights of knowing someone before they were cool, there’s something utterly electric about catching someone live when they’re on the rise and sharing it with your buddies. Here at Ticket Squeeze, we like to think we have our finger on the pulse of what’s fresh. Here are the acts that we can see making it big in 2023…
Powerhouse vocals meet addicting grooves with Amelia Moore, an alt-pop singer and songwriter who’d garnered on 100,000 TikTok followers within just one week of releasing content. Signed to Capitol Records in fall 2021, the flame-haired artist looks set to make her mark on the world of music this year.
Georgia rapper Armani White first caught the attention of the hiph-op scene in 2015 with the release of his boom bap single “Stick Up” and has since toured with artists including Vince Staples, Nas, James Blake, and Aminé. Last year, White’s single “Billie Eilish” went viral on TikTok, leading to a deal with Def Jam Records.
With a delicate yet compelling gothic pop voice and songs that traverse the gamut of subjects from love to religion to cannibalism and beyond, Ethel Cain is the Preachers Daughter that has converted the whole world, or so it seems… Enticing and intelligent, her sound, lyrics, and aesthetic mark her as a hot new talent that is well worth keeping an eye on.
2022 was a huge year for Memphis rapper GloRilla with the release of her hotly anticipated debut EP, a Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 collab with Cardi B, and a nomination for Best Rap Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. From dropping her first mixtape in 2019, the artist has come a long way in a short space of time – she’s now signed to Yo Gotti’s record label Collective Music Group and with whispers of a debut album in the pipeline, GloRilla is set to blow up in 2023.
Ice Spice’s viral hit “Munch (Feelin’ U)” – a diss track to broke boys everywhere – catapulted her to internet infamy last August and since then the reaction to her has been wild, with shoutouts from artists including Erykah Badu. The Brooklyn drill artist began rapping in 2021 and with her star rising so quickly, who knows where 2023 will take her.
Canadian singer-songwriter and American Idol contestant Lauren Spencer-Smith is a Juno Award nominee and enjoyed huge success with her hit “Fingers Crossed,” which went viral on TikTok and reached the Top 10 in 11 countries, reaching number one in Ireland and Norway. Garnering comparisons to pop peers like Olivia Rodrigo, Spencer Smith has a lyrical presence that marks her as a hugely promising young artist.
Vietnamese-American R&B artist thuy has had the Bay Area hyped for a while and word is spreading! Matching relatable lyrics with a stunning voice that brings to mind Ariana Grande, thuy has true star quality and is very clearly making her mark on the industry.
Alt-rock queen Sabrina Tietelbaum, aka Blondshell, is hot property. Her moody, simmering tunes echo the days of New York punk with flavors of Patti Smith and the Velvet Underground, all retro riffs and emotionally charged lyrics. We can’t wait to see what she does next!
LA singer/songwriter Chappell Roan has a strong TikTok following and has garnered comparison to Taylor Swift for her confessional pop style. Having not long opened for Olivia Rodrigo, Roan will spend spring 2023 on the road on her debut headlining tour. Although she was signed for the first time at the tender age of 16, it’s recently that Roan has come into her own and become a much-discussed artist on the cusp of something big.
Atlanta-based artist Destroy Lonely’s rapid-fire rap has definitely drawn the attention of the hip-hop scene this past few years. The critically acclaimed emcee signed to Playboi Carti’s record label Opium in 2021 and released his debut album, No Stylist, on the label in August 2022, reaching number 91 on the Billboard 200. He’s one of the most promising artists on the scene currently and 2023 is going to take him to new heights.
Baltimore singer Dijon’s debut EP Sci Fi 1 has been described as an R&B/folk masterpiece and with critical response like that, it’s easy to see why the artist has landed on this list. His 2021 debut album Absolutely was listed as the “third best album of 2021” by The Fader and last year he made his first late-night TV appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Expect huge things from this Americana-influenced act.
Another rapper to have made it onto our list is JELEEL!, whose 2021 hit “Dive In!” racked up over 50 million streams on Spotify and led to him signing with 10K Projects, who also handle Trippie Redd. Known for his dynamic delivery, the Rhode Island artist brings a blend of rap, punk and R&B to the table that really makes him stand out from the crowd.
Toronto-based emerging artist Rachel Bobbitt first gained a following as a teenager on Vine. She has since left home in Nova Scotia, studied jazz, and signed with Fantasy Records, and the music that she has since begun to create has a profound beauty to it that belies her years.
Raffaella makes sweet and sparkling electro-pop; catchy, confessional indie songs that are hook-laden and easy on the ear. With her debut album Live, Raff, Love (Act I) released in 2022 (produced by her boyfriend, Hippo Campus’ Jake Lupen), she paved the way for her Y2K-inflected tunes to make their mark on the industry and airwaves. 2023 sees the release of her follow-up, Act II.
Another NYC act on our list is Samia. Her music is raw, poetic, and sensual – wordy, but without a single wasted phrase. Samia has drawn comparison to lauded Sad Girls Mistski and Pheobe Bridgers and her second studio album, Honey (released this January), has the potential to see her following in their footsteps.
Bay Area artist Hannah van Loon, better known as her stage name Tanukichan, has been delivering dream-pop realness since 2016. Her debut album, Sundays, was released in 2018 and was produced by by Chaz Bear aka chillwave artist Toro y Moi. With an upcoming second album, Gizmo, set to drop this coming March, we have a feeling 2023 will see her breaking through into the limelight.