25 Acts 3

It’s the third day of DZI: The Voice‘s look at 25 music artists on the rise. This installment includes some East Coast performers, a West Coast instrumentalist, a Third Coast songstress, and a threesome from across the pond. Get familiar with the selections in “25 Music Acts You Need To Know: Part 3” and revisit Part 1 and Part 2.

Kris Bowers


Genre: Jazz

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Description: Armed with two degrees from the prestigious Julliard School, a victory at the Kennedy Center’s Thelonious Monk International competition, and an appearance on the Watch The Throne album, this Hip Hop inspired pianist is certainly on the path to major stardom. His first step is his debut LP Heroes + Misfits

Key Projects: Heroes + Misfits LP; “Forget-er” Single; “Rigamortis” Cover

Connect: www.krisbowersmusic.com; @bowersmusik 

Lake Street Dive


Genre: Soul Rock/Jazz

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Description: The band made up of Rachael Price, Mike “McDuck” Olson, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Calabrese began building a loyal fan base as they toured the world last year, but it was their sidewalk performance of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” going viral that caught the attention of over a million people.

Key Projects: “I Want You Back” Cover; Bad Self Portraits LP; “Rental Love” Single

Connect: www.lakestreetdive.com; @lakestreetdive

London Grammar


Genre: Electronic Pop

Hometown: Nottingham, England

Description: The British trio has been making waves in their home country as well as France, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia since the release of their Metal & Dust EP in 2013. Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman, and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major later broke on to the airwaves in the States with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this year.

Key Projects: Metal & Dust EP; If You Wait LP; “Strong” Single; “Nightcall” Single

Connect: www.londongrammar.com; @londongrammar 

Mack Wilds


Genre: R&B/Hip Hop

Hometown: Staten Island, New York

Description: This native New Yorker is most likely best known for his turn as the drug dealing Michael Lee on HBO’s The Wire, but acting is just one of his gifts. Tristan dropped his birth name and then dove into his music career with the Grammy-nominated debut album New York: A Love Story. The project was produced by Salaam Remi and featured appearances from Method Man and Raekwon.

Key Projects: New York: A Love Story LP; “Own It” Single; “Henny” Single

Connect: www.mackwilds.com; @MACKWILDS

Mary Gold

Mary Gold

Genre: R&B/Hip Hop

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Description: When Curren$y decided to add a female voice to his Jet Life roster he selected this young lady from his hometown. The self-described “nudist, c**t, and treehugger” presents a sound that is dark and otherworldly like it was derived directly from the Crescent City’s voodoo culture. Mother Mary’s style even garnered her a fan in Drake who put her in his “Worst Behavior” video. 

Key Projects: Sex Hormone’d Druggie Mixtape; “Prayer” Single; “El Camino” Single

Connect: www.jet-life.com; @lordsteez

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