2008 is just around the corner, and I’m sure that it’s going to be an exciting year for music. Various cool & new artists have been hitting the scene these past couple of years and I think that ’08 may be just as promising. There should be some interesting releases coming out, from singer/songwriters to huge producers.
Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey are making their come backs yet again and we know those are going to be obvious sellers – but what about the newcomers who have been grinding it out and waiting their turn to make an explosion onto the scene?
STEPH JONES / myspace
♫ Steph Jones – Melody To Snap To
You might remember Steph Jones from our artist spotlight section. Regardless of whether or not you’ve heard his music, Steph is looking to make an impact on the world with his smile, beautiful voice and message of love and music. The DTP signee is set to drop his first single at the top of ’08 and release his debut album soon after, and it’s been a long time coming. If his face is familiar, it may be because he was a model – but Steph is definitely out to prove that he’s not just a pretty face, and he’s got the pipes to let nay-sayers know.
PROTON / myspace
♫ Proton feat. Muffy – Ready To Go
Proton was featured a while back in our artist spotlight section, but since then, they’ve definitely taken it to the next level! The guys independently released an album earlier this year, but their buzz is growing and they are ready to take on the nation. With several comparisons to OutKast in our artist spotlight section, Proton definitely isn’t looking to be in anyone’s shadow, or be the wind beneath anyone’s wing. Their putting their print in music, and doing it with neither own style, their own swag, and their own sound.
KERI HILSON / myspace
♫ Keri Hilson & Timbaland – Miscommunication
’07 was a great year for Ms. Hilson. From numerous features on Timbaland’s Shock Value album, to practically writing for every and anybody who put out a hit this year, Keri has really been doing his thing this year. Her debut album, In A Perfect World… which features productions from Timbaland, Polow Da Don and Danjahandz, is an eclectic mix of R&B, hip hop influences and pop. Look out for Keri this year, because her debut album is to be released this year, as a joint venture between Zone 4 and the Mosley Music Group, signed both through Interscope.
JAZMINE SULLIVAN / myspace
♫ Jazmine Sullivan – In Love With Another Man
The powerhouse alto Jazmine Sullivan is definitely one to look out for. Writing and recording for years now, the 20-year-old Jazmine Sullivan has inked a deal with J. Records. If you’ve never heard of her, then you’re just not in the loop, because Jazmine Sullivan is not one to be slept on. She’s got industry heavyweights like Clive Davis and Missy Elliott in her corner, and she’s putting together a stellar debut album that will not leave her fans disappointed. Be on the look out for more updates on CL about Ms. Sullivan. ‘Cause she’s got big things in store.
TEYANA TAYLOR / myspace
♫ Teyana Taylor feat. Jazze Pha – Google Me
The Princess of Star Trak Entertainment is also set to release her debut in 2008. There’s been much buzz about her since her episode of MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. From what I’ve heard, Teyana’s album will be filled with a host of A-List producers and writers, including The Neptunes, Jazze Pha, The Clutch and a few others. I think this young girl’s got a swagger out this world, and I’ve actually had the pleasure of kickin’ it with her a couple of times. She’s definitely a cool chick.
KID SISTER / myspace
♫ Kid Sister – Damn Girl
Here’s another artist that CL has featured in our artist spotlights. It’s Kid Sister! The Chicago native teamed up with Kanye for the song “Pro Nails” in which she just shot the video for. If you haven’t heard, Kanye shouts CL out in his verse, which we are quite grateful for. Kid Sister is to release her debut album sometime next year, but in the mean time, you can purchase for EP from iTunes. I like her a lot, she’s got a funky style and I love how she rides the beat. I’m looking to see good things and cool collabs from her.
ZONE 4 PRESENTS… I15 / myspace
♫ I15 feat. Polow Da Don – Lost In Love
Polow Da Don is building his empire of artist, first their was Rich Boy, now Keri, and here are the guys from I15. Don’t know them? Well, they first made their splash onto the scene with the feature on Soulja Boy’s “Soulja Girl,” and then their single, “Lost In Love,” featuring their label head, Polow Da Don was released. The talented trio is set to release their debut album sometime next year.
JANELLE MONAE / myspace
♫ Janelle Monáe – Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
This year, Janelle Monáe independently released the first suite of her epic album, Metropolis through the Wondaland Arts Society, in which she signed herself. There have been talks of Monáe partnering her team of creatives at the Wondaland Arts Society with a major label, through major distribution for the next installments of her Metropolis project. If the rumors are true, be warned. The material is crazy and a completely breath of fresh air, and something the industry needs to get ready for.
SOLANGE KNOWLES / myspace
♫ Solange Knowles – White Picket Dreams
Much news has been circulating about Solange’s music career, and she’s been seen socialiting around for the past year. This Knowles is definitely showing that she’s trying to come into her own. From inking a new publishing deal with EMI, and also claiming a record contract with Geffen, Solange is well on her way to being her own person and her own artist. Apparently, she’s moved out of Mama Tina’s house, and high-tailed it to LA. Working with Cee-Lo Green, Lil’ Wayne, Q-Tip, Bilal and Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry, this year Solange is to bring to us Solange & the Hadley Street Dreams (the titled had changed, but now it’s back), a melting pot of old sixties and seventies soul mixed with electronica.
TIFFANY EVANS / myspace
♫ Tiffany Evans feat. Bow Wow – I’m Grown
Everyone seemed to take a liking to the young starlet Tiffany Evans in the exclusive interview that we had with her. With a good head on her shoulders, Tiffany Evans is ready to take on the mainstream with her bubbly personality and her beautiful voice. Her album, the self-titled Tiffany Evans is set for release next year. It was busy for her in ’07, from recording, to rehearsing, to touring, but ’08 is definitely her time to shine. Definitely look for a new single to be ready to drop at the beginning of ’08, which we’ve posted above.
There are other folks on the cusp this year, and we’ll be sure to feature them in our artist spotlights throughout the year. Be on the look out for these folks, though, because ’08 is definitely going to be their time to shine!