In part 2 of the 2015 edition of DZI: The Voice‘s “25 Music Acts You Need To Know”, five distinct talents are placed in the spotlight. Former reality talent show competitors, nostalgic rockers, a mysterious emcee, and an experienced live performer are making major moves in the music world. Get familiar with them now.
Hometown: Tetney, England
Description: The British singer-songwriter joins One Direction as one of the most successful alum from the British version of The X-Factor. Henderson didn’t win the singing competition, but the 19-year-old pianist went on to release the platinum-selling single “Ghost” and U.K. #1 album Chapter One.
Key Projects: Chapter One LP; “Glow” Single; “Ghost” Single; “Mirror Man” Single
Connect: ellahenderson.co.uk; Twitter – @EllaHenderson; Instagram – @Official_EllaHenderson
Genre: Hip Hop
Hometown: Washington, DC
Description: Surrounding himself in an air of mystery has not stopped the DMV upstart from garnering attention beyond the nation’s capital. GoldLink has coined his brand of music “Future Bounce”, and listeners will get to hear the distinct sound when he hits the stage at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party tour.
Key Projects: The God Complex Mixtape; “When I Die” Single; “Sober Thoughts” Single
Connect: squaaashclub.com; Twitter – @
Genre: Grunge, Alternative Rock
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Description: Twenty-five years after Nirvana helped grunge take over the world, prognosticators have repeatedly declared the genre dead. These three friends from middle school are keeping the sound alive with their angst-filled cuts. Up next is the band’s debut album Teenage Movie Soundtrack.
Key Projects: Mom Jeans EP; “Melt” Single; “Mom Jeans” Single
Connect: heyrocco.tumblr.com; Twitter – @
Genre: R&B, Neo Soul
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Description: When you can boast that the legendary Prince personally selected you to play at his Purple Rain 30th anniversary concert, your career is off to a great start. Kandace also added show dates with Ne-Yo and Luke James to her résumé. Last October she made her television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Key Projects: Kandace Springs EP; “Love That Got In The Way” Single; “West Coast” Single
Connect: kandacesprings.com; Twitter – @KandaceSprings; Instagram – @KandaceSprings
Genre: Pop, R&B
Hometown: Oakland, California
Description: The Bay Area native began her interest in entertainment as a ballet and modern dancer, but an injury forced her to switch to making music. That transition even led to an appearance on America’s Got Talent with her band Poplyfe. Now as a solo artist, Kehlani’s SoundCloud page has already amassed over 10 million plays.
Key Projects: Cloud 19 Mixtape; “FWU” Single; “First Position” Single; “Down For You” Single; “Jealous” Single
Connect: kehlanimusic.com; Twitter – @; Instagram – @kehlanimusic