Our Top 5 Female Acts You Need To Check Out In 2019

Ava Max

Ok, come on… who hasn’t sang along to the pop perfect single “Oh, she’s sweet but a psycho” – chances are, you’ve heard this infectious hook laden gem courtesy of Ava Max all over your radio, morning noon and night and then some more.

It was hailed as one of 2018’s biggest breakthrough hits, with Ava climbing into the top 10 of the UK and Irish Singles Chart. Impressively Ava has collaborated with DJ/Producer juggernaut David Guetta along with Jason Derulo. 2019 see’s more new music in the pipeline, and I for one can’t wait to hear what her next offerings will be. Another power-femme pop act to dominate the charts balancing the gender war across radio. More of this please!

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Sonja Sleator

Northern Ireland has been known to boast an array of musical talent, so it’s no surprise our next One To watch comes in the guise of Sonja Sleator. When I first heard Sonja’s new EP ‘VIOLENT STRAWBERRY’ which is scheduled for an April 5th release, I couldn’t help but be pushed back in a nostalgic trip to Beth Orton/Fiona Apple/ Gemma Hayes era of stellar singer songwriters.

I for one am glad to see this calibre of singer songwriter making a return with an added pinch of style and panache that renders it up to date and utterly relevant. With tracks like Ghost and Goodbye, I think many will agree that 2019 is going to be a significant game changer of a year for this lady. 

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Grace Carter

In the mood to listen to someone heavily drenched in a familiar sound akin to the likes of Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill? If the answer is yes then check out Grace Carter, a BBC Sound of 2019 nominee. This soulful songstress’ track ‘Why Her Not Me’ oozes that familiarity that all great pop/soul classics do. 

It is her capacity to write engaging powerful songs in a simple yet elegant mature musicality that won me over here. I later found out that the song was written about her father, who she says chose “another life over raising me”. I dare you to listen to this song and not feel the raw emotion that this aspiring singer possesses. 

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Sasami, the former Cherry Glazerr synth queen marches out on her own with a lush,  ethereal, leftfield alt-rock offering. The single that caught my attention is the stunning  ‘Jealousy’ – a fine example of the contemporary modern forward thinking female alt-rock musicians in which she is immersed in.

Despite her solo sound lending itself to mild echoes of her former glory, she sets out on an entirely fresh journey that defiantly sets the bar even higher and shows how talented this woman truly is. Well worth checking out. 2019 will see Sasami never looking back and only moving forward musically. 

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Erica Cody

The 22 year old singer, songwriter and producer from Dublin made her musical debut last year with song ‘Addicted’. And no sooner was it released had she got the attention of the eyes and ears of many a musical pundit in Ireland. Her latest release ‘Over & Over’, is due to drop this week, and is sure to set an entirely new standard for the rising act. 

If you like Lauren Hill with a throwback ode to SWV and Aaliyah, then new fans should pay close attention. Her music has a certain old school ‘90s R&B nostalgia vibe going on in all the right places.

Cody’s effortlessly alluring songs are woven with soul and stitched with pop sensibilities. Her support show last year to En Vogue at Vicar Street, Dublin won me over within minutes. Watch this space in 2019 for Erica Cody, as she is about to be on the cusp of a new movement of music in Dublin that will set chins wagging!

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