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Rising Female Artists of 2024 | International Women's Day

As we commemorate International Women's Day in 2024, it's essential to celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions of women across all spheres of life.

In this blog post, we turn our spotlight towards the rising female artists who are making waves and leaving an indelible mark on the global music scene. From diverse backgrounds and disciplines, these artists are capturing hearts, challenging perceptions, and forging new paths in the creative world. Join us as we explore the works and stories of these talented individuals who are redefining artistic expression and inspiring generations to come!

Tyla

Genre: Contemporary Pop, Amapiano

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Tyla. PHOTO BY: ANNIE REID

Tyla's music effortlessly transcends boundaries, blending her vibrant personality with an innovative fusion of pop and R&B. Her compositions pulsate with the infectious rhythms of South African amapiano (a South African subgenre of house music), infusing each track with a euphoric energy that captivates listeners. Coupled with her unique approach to production, Tyla's songs possess an otherworldly charm, offering a fresh and exhilarating experience with every note.

Tyla - Truth or Dare (Official Music Video)

Thanks to her parents who cultivated a home environment resonating with the songs of artists like Aaliyah, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Mi Casa, and Rihanna, often filling the airwaves as she completed her chores, she found herself drawn to the dance floor, craving the spotlight from an early age. Encouragement from her mother sparked a passion for singing that never waned. From tender beginnings, composing heartfelt tunes for special occasions like Father's Day and Mother's Day, to the age of 12 when she earnestly started penning songs in her diary, Tyla's journey as a musician was one of unwavering dedication. This passion propelled her to share her original creations on platforms like Instagram during her high school years, despite facing countless rejections as she reached out to industry professionals, undeterred by the odds stacked against her.

Tyla - Water (Official Music Video)

In 2023, Tyla catapulted into the forefront of popular culture, carving her own path to success. Her single "Water" surged to prominence, igniting the viral "Water Challenge" phenomenon on TikTok, captivating audiences worldwide with over 5 million creations and a staggering 9.6 billion views across social media platforms.

The song made it onto one of Billboard’s Hot 100 in the U.S., and Tyla's meteoric rise didn't stop there; her electrifying performance of "Water" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon further solidified her status as a rising star. Garnering critical acclaim from esteemed publications such as Billboard, Cosmopolitan, i-D Magazine, Insider, Office, Rolling Stone, UPROXX, and more.

Website: https://www.tylaworld.com/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/tyla/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@tyla_
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/Tyllaaaaaaa
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Tylasings/
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/3SozjO3Lat463tQICI9LcE?si=IR2z0KBcReGfTdbIhA1QbQ
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/mx/artist/tyla/1552925732
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8HOgNWipVorrlBH8oN2R-A

Keturah

Genre: African Music, World Music

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From the warm heart of Malawi, Africa rises Keturah, a 27-year-old virtuoso arriving to the world stage with her self-titled debut—a 10-track odyssey chronicling Keturah’s journey from the tiny remote home village of Monza to the shores of Venice, California. Having never stepped foot on an airplane, let alone leave Malawi, Keturah's 30-hour trip proved to be a significant leap forward in an artist’s journey that began on foot.

As a child, Keturah first realized her musical potential on walks through her village in Malawi, Africa with her uncle. He’d strum his guitar and sing ballads while she watched and listened until gaining the confidence to join in with her own melodies.

Read the full biography here: https://www.playingforchange.com/articles/musician-spotlight-keturah

My Love- Keturah (Official Video)

Determined to reach a larger audience, Keturah set out on foot, this time for Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, where she hoped to find a recording studio. She met a local producer who was so impressed by her voice that he offered to record her for free. Keturah put down one song that eventually made its way onto the radio, launching her music career with releases that empower listeners to connect their Malawian identity as a way to realize their own power. The attitude resonated and Keturah earned the nickname of “Naliyela, Local Girl” as she rose to the status of Malawian celebrity.

Keturah- Make Dele (Official Music Video)

Did you know? We had the amazing opportunity to record one of our episodes of the Mark’s Park series with Keturah! Check it out!

Mark’s Park EP12: An Evening with Keturah | Playing For Change

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/keturah_official/
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Localgirll
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/intl-es/artist/3W26OfIm2TpYij1JNOLPGh?si=bepWrwNWQCqmJo30-O6IKA Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC92VJ8c_z4weDw6ETyUSbkg

Beabadoobee

Genre: Alternative, Folk, Pop, Indie

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Beatrice Kristi Laus, better known in the music industry as "Beabadoobee," is a Filipino-British singer and songwriter. She was born in Iloilo City, Philippines, on June 3, 2000, and raised in London, England. In 2017, she burst onto the music scene with her single "Coffee," which gained over 300,000 streams within just days.

Beabadoobee - Coffee

She focuses on indie-pop tunes that are soft and dreamy, like a carefully drawn musical map of her inner world, sung in a welcoming whisper. Her subsequent EPs introduced a more grounded indie-rock tone, featuring guitars, bass, and a group of harmonies. To date, she has released two albums: Fake It Flowers (2020) and Beatopia (2022).

Beabadoobee - Glue Song (Official Music Video)

Website: https://www.beabadoobee.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/radvxz/
TikTok:https://beabadoobee.ffm.to/tiktok
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/beabad00bee
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/radvxz
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1l71b0NJ2X15gEmkUShIOm?si=a30bfb2345fb4f4d&nd=1&dlsi=fe5612bf282948ff
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/beabadoobee/1307650474
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOf6pX571cKC0rhOZqv2y7Q

Yamane El Hage

Genre: Pop, R&B, Soul

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Yamane El-Hage, born in 1996 in Beirut, is a Lebanese multi-musician, singer, composer and producer born into a family of artists: her mother and aunts are all reputable singers in Lebanon (the Tomb sisters), her paternal grandparents were both musicians, and her maternal grandparents were singers and painters.

She started a musical career at the early age of five when she entered the Conservatory of Music to learn the violin and joined a children's choir at the same time.

The Immigrant's Song - Yamane (ft. Fadia Tomb El Hage)

In 2019, while she was double-majoring, she participated in the international reality contest "The Voice” in which she reached the semi-finals, standing out as the first English-singing contestant to reach this stage in an Arab-singing competition.

Yamane performing in The Voice

In 2023, she finally stepped into the original music world, with the release of her first single “90’s Kid,” which has gathered more than one million views on YouTube and over 80k streams on Anghami.

90's Kid - Yamane

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yamane.music/
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/@yamanemusic

Olivia Rodrigo

Genre: Pop, Ballad, R&B

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Olivia Rodrigo is an American actress and singer, known for her roles as Paige Olvera in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark and Nini Salazar-Roberts in the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Series.

She is known for her musical tracks "All I Want" and "Drivers License," with the latter becoming especially popular by reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, the Top 50 global chart on Spotify, number one on iTunes in the United States, and on the Big Top 40, a chart of the best-performing singles in the United Kingdom.

Olivia Rodrigo - All I Want (Official Video)

Olivia Rodrigo - Drivers License (Official Video)

She specializes in the musical genres of pop and ballads, although she has occasionally combined R&B and pop-rock elements in her songs. Among her musical influences are Lorde, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift.

Website:https://www.oliviarodrigouk.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oliviarodrigo/
Twitter (X):https://twitter.com/olivia_rodrigo
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/OliviaRodrigoOfficial/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1McMsnEElThX1knmY4oliG
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/olivia-rodrigo/979458609
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy3zgWom-5AGypGX_FVTKpg

Alana Alberg

Genre: Multigenre

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Alana Alberg, born in Tietê, São Paulo, Brazil, is a professional bass player and teacher currently residing in Rio de Janeiro.

Having picked up the bass at the age of 13, Alana boasts a diverse range of professional experiences in various musical genres. She has lent her talents to musical theater, TV productions, studio recordings, and numerous live bands encompassing metal, rock, bossa nova, funk, soul, and more.

Let Love Rule / Lenny Kravitz - Alana Alberg Bass Cover

Presently, Alana is a member of the renowned and prolific Brazilian band, Blitz, touring extensively across the country with them. Additionally, she collaborates with notable artists such as Thiago Pantaleão, Jade Baraldo, Juliana Linhares, Jay Vaquer, among others.

Waiting on the World to Change | Song Around The World

Mona Ki Ngi Xica feat. Bonga | Song Around The World

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/alanaalberg/?hl=pt-br
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@alanaalberg5152

H.E.R.

Genre: Soul, R&B

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Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson grew up in Vallejo, California. At age 10, she performed Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” on the Today show, and she later appeared on other TV programs, including The View. Her early musical influences include Prince and B.B. King.

In September 2016, Wilson released her debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1. The recording appeared under the name H.E.R., which stands for Having Everything Revealed. Wilson sought to keep her true identity anonymous because she “wanted the people to hear the music for what it is and not have any judgments or make any assumptions.” However, fans quickly confirmed that H.E.R. was Wilson; they linked a cover of Drake’s "Jungle." The EP peaked at number 12 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart and was praised for its confessional lyrics.

H.E.R. - Damage (Official Video)

In 2020, she released "I Can't Breathe," a powerful protest song that resonated deeply with the ongoing struggle against police brutality targeting African Americans. The following year, the track earned the prestigious Grammy Award for Song of the Year, cementing its impact and significance in the cultural landscape.

H.E.R. - I Can't Breathe (Official Video)

Website: https://www.her-official.com/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/hermusicofficial/?IQid=site
TikTok:https://www.tiktok.com/@herofficial
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/HERMusicx?IQid=site
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/officialHERmusic/?IQid=site
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Y7RZ31TRPVadSFVy1o8os?si=xGS61-2zQVWTXEmk_QuyCw&nd=1&dlsi=0daeb88de95e42fa
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/h-e-r/123049323
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFwC3Ryue6CorFm2xCEG0Aw

Reneé Rapp

Genre: Pop, Rock

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Reneé Mary Jane Rapp is an artist, singer, and actress born on January 10, 2000, in Huntersville, North Carolina, United States. She is best known for her role portraying Regina George in a 2024 production of the film Mean Girls. Reneé stood out among over forty participants in the annual Jimmy awards in New York City and won for Best Performance, for which she was granted a $10,000 scholarship.

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Reneé Rapp, Megan Thee Stallion - Not My Fault (Official Music Video)

After receiving the Jimmy Award, she portrayed Wendell in Theatre Charlotte's production of Spring Awakening, participated in the Supergirl Pro Surf and Music Festival, attended the 4th annual Broadway Homecoming hosted by the Educational Theatre Foundation, and played Montene in The Parade at Roundabout Theatre Company.

On January 12, 2019, she took part in the Star to Be 2019 event at BroadwayCon, performing a song from the series Smash.

Her first EP, "Everything to Everyone," was released in January 2023. On August 18th of that same year, she debuted her first studio album, Snow Angel, and on November 17th, an expanded version of the album was released, adding four new songs to her repertoire, including a remix of "Tummy Hurts" in collaboration with Coco Jones.

Reneé Rapp - Snow Angel (Official Music Video)

Reneé Rapp, Coco Jones - Tummy Hurts (Remix) [Official Music Video]

Website: https://www.reneerapp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reneerapp/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@reneerapp
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/reneerapp
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/reneemjrapp/
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/intl-es/artist/2hUYKu1x0UZQXvzCmggvSn?si=dYEqV79kQQCKsXHEE5oAFA
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/rene%C3%A9-rapp/1626560688
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXSwzk7BXCT7vllPmhCaBJg

Coco Jones

Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop

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Coco Jones - Photo: Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

Courtney "Coco" Jones is an American actress and songwriter. She is best known for her roles in the Disney Channel movies Let It Shine (2012) and Radio Rebel (2012).

Coco Jones - Holla at the DJ

Jones’ passion for music started when she began recording demos at the age of nine.. She made her debut with the single "Holla at the DJ," which premiered on Radio Disney on December 6, 2012, followed by its release on iTunes. Following her debut, she continued her career with an EP titled Made Of (2013) and other successful hits. Her first album, H.D.W.Y, premiered in September 2019.

Coco Jones- "Just My Luck" (Official Music Video)

In August 2021, it was announced that she would participate in the reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Peacock, portraying the role of Hilary Banks. After the series premiered, Jones revealed that she had signed a new record contract with Def Jam and High Standardz. Her latest album, What I Didn't Tell You, was released in November 2022.

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Among her musical influences are Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Etta James, CeCe Winans, Mary J. Blige, and Christina Aguilera.

Website: https://www.therealcocojones.com/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/cocojones/
TikTok:https://www.tiktok.com/@cocojones
Twitter (X):https://twitter.com/TheRealCocoJ
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CocoJones/?locale=es_LA
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DHLoiIqFYYFjH09WduvFd
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/coco-jones/401400095
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/c/cocojonessings/featured

Snoh Aalegra

Genre: R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop

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Snoh Sheri Nowrozi is a Swedish-born singer whose songs mainly revolve around the R&B, soul, and hip-hop genres.

Her first albums, Feels (2017) and Ugh, Those Feels Again (2019), featured the song "I Want You Around," a number-one hit on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart.

Snoh Aalegra - I Want You Around

In the year 2021, Aalegra released Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies, a full-length album boasting multiple appearances, one from the rapper Tyler The Creator, and one from composer James Fauntleroy. The album entered the Swedish national chart at number 45, and in the U.S. it reached number 24 on the Billboard 200 (number 16 R&B/hip-hop).

Snoh Aalegra - NEON PEACH ft. Tyler, The Creator

She has released over 20 songs under her name, not including numerous guest appearances and collaborations with fellow singers. She also earned two nominations for the Grammys' 2022 Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album.

Website:https://www.snohaalegra.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snohaalegra/?hl=en
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/snohaalegra?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Snohofficial/
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/1A9o3Ljt67pFZ89YtPPL5X?si=hmmBaYSkTVaI8b_L6msp0g
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/snoh-aalegra/891968156
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/@snohaalegra

Tate McRae

Genre: Pop, Dance-pop

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Tate Rosner McRae is a Canadian singer, dancer, and actress. Following her viral emergence in 2017 by posting a song she had written in one day, the "One Day" video went viral and helped her earn a gold certification in Canada and the U.S.

In 2020, she unveiled her debut EP titled All the Things I Never Said. Among its tracks was "Tear Myself Apart," a collaborative effort with Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, alongside "Stupid," her inaugural charting single which garnered platinum certification.

Tate McRae - tear myself apart (Official Video)

Tate McRae - stupid (Official Video)

Her sophomore era commenced in 2023 with "Greedy," marking her first chart-topping hit. Shortly after, "Exes" was released, followed by her album Think Later, which debuted that same December. The album was accompanied by an extensive world tour and featured appearances on the stages of Saturday Night Live and the Billboard Music Awards.

Tate McRae - exes (Official Video)

Website:https://www.tatemcrae.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tatemcrae/?hl=en
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@tatemcrae?lang=en
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/tatemcrae?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/TateMcRaeOfficial/
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/45dkTj5sMRSjrmBSBeiHym?si=hIvLc4bwR6Gf6TRX18t8Ag&nd=1&dlsi=633cbcfad5c748c4
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/tate-mcrae/1446365464
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/@TateMcRae

Ingrid Andress

Genre: Country, Pop, Soul

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Born in Denver, Colorado, Andress started her career with a stint on NBC's a cappella singing competition, The Sing-Off, where she cut her teeth at touring and performing for an audience. She initially built her reputation off-stage collaborating on songs with Alicia Keys, Sam Hunt, Charli XCX, and others.

Read More: Who Is Ingrid Andress? 5 Things You Need to Know

Having navigated two transformative years filled with unprecedented career obstacles, Andress understood that the path forward required courageous honesty and authenticity. Along the journey, she discovered shifts unfolding in her personal life, with her songs serving as guides, revealing emotions she had yet to fully grasp.

In 2019, she debuted as a solo artist with the singles "Lady Like" and "More Hearts Than Mine," included on her 2020 album, Lady Like.

Ingrid Andress - Lady Like (Official Music Video)

Ingrid Andress - More Hearts Than Mine (Official Music Video)

Her most recent album, Good Person, returns to the reflection and confession at the core of her triumphant 2020 debut, Lady Like, and plumbs even deeper. Named “one of the year’s strongest albums” by Associated Press, Lady Like became one of Billboard’s Top 10 Best Country Albums of the Year and set the record as the highest streaming country female debut album of all time upon release.

Ingrid Andress - Good Person (Official Music Video)

Website:https://www.ingridandress.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ingridandress/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@ingridandress?lang=en
Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/ingridandress
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/IngridAndress/
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/0jPnVIasXzBYjrlpO5irii?si=lc6y0pByR9iT5NKF_kQAKA&nd=1&dlsi=2fd7887b49dc4100
Apple Music:https://music.apple.com/us/artist/ingrid-andress/404574146
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCztSwKRcz_jZC4KcGVZH69w

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