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Sam Fender, Ella Mai and Slowthai lead eclectic mix of artists into 2019 (Picture: Getty, Slowthai/Instagram, Rex/Shutterstock)

Its that time of the year again where we are putting out our ones to watch in 2019, and we couldnt be more excited.

2018 saw the brilliant Jorja Smith rise to fame with the release of her album Lost and Found, and her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar making it onto the Black Panther soundtrack.

And now we have a whole new host of fresh faces, ready to grace the world with their presence and put out some tracks that will hopefully make it into the charts.

Its an eclectic bunch, who are brimming with talent and have already started to make a name for themselves on the music scene.

From the likes of Grace Carter, to Black Honey; Sea Girls, to Ella Mia; it sounds as though theres a lot to look forward to on the music front next year, and we cant wait to hear what theyve got in store.

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Grace Carter

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Isaac/REX/Shutterstock (9642625u) Grace Carter Grace Carter in concert at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, UK - 25 Apr 2018
Grace Carter has promised more music (Picture: REX)

Grace started to write songs when she was just 13 years old after being convinced by her stepfather that she had a unique talent.

Her first ever tune being called Blank White Page, the fast growing star soon went on to write heartfelt messages about the relationships she had, and didnt have, as a child.

The 20-year-olds latest single Why Her Not Me portrays these emotions and reflects on the time her biological dad left both her mother and herself to start another family.

As well as this, Grace has put out Silhouette and Silence, and is already getting quite the following.

The star has promised new songs are on the horizon as well as more tour dates for 2019 – and we couldnt be any more excited.


LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Slowthai performs at Alexandra Palace on November 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)
Slowthai will be pulling out the jams (Picture: Redferns)

Born Tyron Frampton, the name Slowthai comes from his childhood when people used to poke fun at the star for slurring his words and being in his own little world.

But it seems all that daydreaming paid off, as the 23-year-old is now selling out shows – with probably some of those peers in the front row seats.

Slow Down took the star to greater heights, as he spat lines about Christmas and a mundane lifestyle that we can all relate to.

The tune opened his latest EP Runt, and managed to get his name known on a global scale.

Were hoping he puts out more tracks in the New Year, as we feel as though 2018 was just a warm up for whats to come.

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Loren Gray

epa07081826 Loren Gray arrives for the 2018 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA, 09 October 2018. EPA/NINA PROMMER
Loren Gray is already an internet sensation, but will she have the same success in the music scene? (Picture: EPA)

Although not really known for her singing just yet, were expecting bit things from Loren this year.

After becoming famous from her charismatic posts on Musically, the star is now an internet sensation, and has already racked up an incredible 14.9 million followers on the gram.

Broadening her talents onto YouTube, the 16-year-old got even more of a name for herself as she was then spotted on a number of HRVYs music videos.

Now she has decided to break onto the music scene herself, with the likes of her two singles My Story and Kick You Out.

Its clear she has a lifetime of success ahead of her and we cant wait to see her growth in the upcoming year.

Sam Fender

Sam Fender
Sam Fender is one controversial act (Picture: Paul Bergen/Redferns)

Sam Fender has been quite the controversial one this year, with his witty views on fellow guitarists and millennials.

Calling Ed Sheeran incredibly beige, its pretty clear that the 23-year-old is not afraid to speak his mind, and we have to admit, we love him for it.

Just last month the star released the video for his hit Poundshop Kardashians, where he addressed the current issues of social media and spoke about all of the people he cant relate to, or as he called them beautiful people devoid of emotion.

Love him or hate him, we cant deny that Sam certainly has some things to say and we for one will be definitely listening out for all of his quips in the New Year.



Mandatory Credit: Photo by RMV/REX/Shutterstock (9990521ad) Mahalia - Mahalia Burkmar Mahalia in concert at O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK - 22 Nov 2018
Mahalia has already toured with the likes of Ed Sheeran (Picture: REX)

Mahalia might only be breaking onto the pop scene in full force now, but the 20-year-old has been writing songs for almost an entire decade.

Signed to a major record label at the age of 13, the rising star has shared a stage with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande.

But it seems her breakthrough came last year, when her song Sober was uploaded onto the YouTube channel Colors.

Here she sung her heart out alongside a number of other rising artists, while stood against a sky blue background.

Over the past 12 months, the video reached over an incredible 22million views, firmly securing Mahalias place in the industry.

Sea Girls

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Roger Goodgroves/REX/Shutterstock (5619040f) Sea Girls - Henry Camamile Sea Girls in concert at The Borderline, London, Britain - 24 Mar 2016
Sea Girls are doing it for the groups (Picture: REX)

High school pals Henry Camamile, Rory Young, Andrew Dawson and Oli Khan decided to re-join forces when leaving university.

The group was split into two separate bands but came together when both of their drummers pulled out at the same time.

Since then the quartet have not looked back, and this year appeared on the likes of the Reading and Leeds line-up.

With their debut EP, Call Me Out, arriving in June 2017, the lads have since gone on to put out a number of tracks inspired by the 2000s, including one of their most recent single: Too Much Fun.

Its clear they are only getting started and have promised an album by the end of 2019 – and we cant wait to hear it.


Ella Mai

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Steve Ferdman/REX/Shutterstock (9946424bi) Ella Mai Power 105.1's Powerhouse NYC concert, Inside, New Jersey, USA - 28 Oct 2018
Ella Mai is already huge in the US (Picture: REX)

You may have heard of her track Bood Up, as this girl went and smashed a record with it this year by becoming the first British artist to top the US R&B charts since Lisa Stansfield in 1992.

After laying dormant for around 18 months, the track suddenly became the sound of the summer and remained in the US top ten for more than eight weeks.

Ella grew up in Wimbledon and became inspired by music when listening to her mums Mary J Blige and Lauryn Hill records.

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She went on to study at Londons BIMM music college before auditioning on the X Factor with a group of her girl friends.

Since then her fan base has grown incredibly and now, as a solo act, Ella is hoping to reach new heights with her music in 2019.

Black Honey

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (8389036s) Tommy Taylor, Chris Ostler, Izzy Baxter, Tom Dewhurst, - Black Honey VO5 NME Awards, Arrivals, London, UK - 15 Feb 2017
Black Honey have so much more to give (Picture: REX)

We couldnt have our Ones To Watch list without Black Honey getting a mention, could we?

The female fronted four piece from Brighton emerged back in 2014, and since then have only gone from strength to strength.

Izzy B Phillips, Tom Dewhurst, Chris Ostler and Tommy Taylor have dominated the music front, and the fashion front, this year with dream pop guitar riffs and their mass indie appeal.

Following the release of their red hot single Bad Friend back in May, they then went onto release their self-titled debut album in September – and it went down a storm.

Who knows what next year will bring for the band, but were expecting more tracks, more tours and more fashionable photoshoots to get us through the New Year.

Kojey Radical

LULWORTH CAMP, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Kojey Radical performs on stage on day 3 of Bestival 2018 at Lulworth Estate on August 4, 2018 in Lulworth Castle, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
Kojey Radical has already been a MOBO nominee (Picture: WireImage)

As grime music starts to grow to incredible heights, Kojey Radical has appeared on the scene just at the right time.

With spoken word tied into his mixed media projects, the 25-year-old has an interesting and profound way of getting his voice heard, and were pretty sure thats whats going to help him stick around in 2019.

The star grew up in the diverse community of Hoxton and has taken inspiration from this for his alternative tracks.

Back in 2016 he started to break into the industry with the release of his EP Winters, which won Kojey a MOBO nomination.

At the time he spoke about his award and revealed that with every show, release and piece of art he puts out there, hell make sure that his legacy is cemented in excellence.


LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Flohio attends the Dazed and YouTube Dazed100 celebration at St Giles House on June 26, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
Flohio has been noticed by Naomi Campbell (Picture: WireImage)

Flohio has managed to mix poetry, grime and techno into one magnificent mash up that has created a feisty sound and has attracted a lot of attention.

Even the likes of Naomi Campbell have noticed the daring artist, as the model selected Flohio for Vogues 10 women changing our future list.

Here the 25-year-old appeared alongside Joy Miessi, Morgan Lake, Manjt Thapp and Sophie Caffrey.

Since then it has been onwards and upwards for the fast emerging Bermondsey-born star, who is dismissing modern day stereotypes of female rappers and is paving her own unique way onto the scene.

We cant wait to see what she has in store for us next year.

Drax Project

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock (9928311b) Sam Thomson, Shaan Singh, Matt Beachen, Ben O'Leary Drax Project at Hits Live 97.3, Fort Lauderdale, USA - 11 Oct 2018
Drax Project have performed with Lorde (Picture: REX)

The New Zealand four-piece originally started out as buskers, however their fan base quickly grew and now theyve now performed with the likes of Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Lorde.

In 2017 the boys first started to make a name for themselves as they released their debut hit Woke Up Late, which featured on this years EP: Noon.

After a sell-out show in Auckland, its clear that the only way is up for this indie pop group, who are all about blasting out those summer jams.

Earlier this year they spoke about how they were itching to get back in the studio – and so were pretty convinced well be hearing a lot more from Drax Project in the near future.

Miya Folick

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Valerio Berdini/REX/Shutterstock (10010540d) Miya Folick Miya Folick in concert at the Junction, Cambridge, UK - 30 Nov 2018
Miya Folick has just completed her tour for 2018 (Picture: REX)

Miya Folick – we love this girl.

Barely sticking to any stereotypes, the Los Angeles singer decided to grace us with her debut EP Premonitions this year, and it is incredible.

The record is soothing, but you can tell Miya is pushing her talents to their limits in her bubbly hit Stop Talking.

After releasing Strange Darling in 2015, she has crafted a way that hits you in the feels with lyrics you can most certainly relate to.

Finishing off her tour this month, the Baby Girl songstress will be heading into 2019 fresh faced and ready to dominate the world of music.

Its obvious that this girl is going to do well, and you dont need a premonition to see that.

Samm Henshaw

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Isaac/REX/Shutterstock (7449745j) Samm Henshaw Samm Henshaw in concert, London, UK - 20 Nov 2016
Samm Henshaw has worked alongside the likes of Chance The Rapper, James Bay and Pharell (Picture: REX)

Samm Henshaws name first properly made its way into our radar back in 2016, with the success of his debut EP The Sound Experiment.

Following this, the artist has not slowed down, and has worked alongside the likes of Chance The Rapper, James Bay, Pharell and RagnBone Man – just to mention a few.

After his impressive collab stint, the 24-year-old has returned to our ears with some brand new music, dropping his singles Broke and How Does It Feel?.

With a gospel vibe resonating throughout the tracks, its clear his influences were Cece Winans and Stevie Wonder, who hes recently admitted to listing while growing up as a child.

Hes now promised new tunes for 2019, and has given us a taste of whats to come with his single Doubt, featuring Wretch 32.

Were going to leave it there with this one, because we dont think we can name drop anymore!

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