After a tumultuous year in 2020, we can only look ahead to 2021 with optimism. Musically, there’s plenty to look forward to over the next 12 months. As first revealed on the UK Gospel Show on Premier Gospel, here are our five artists to look out for in 2021.
We spoke to Sarah Téibo on an Instagram Live last year and she told us about an album she was preparing to release in 2021. It’s going to be praise and worship orientated so it’ll be a different direction to what we’ve come to expect from the last two LPs. But from what we’ve heard from the project so far, particularly Spirit Come, which was one of our tracks of the year for 2020, this album should be a big one.
That name sounds a bit familiar. Even if you don’t know Y Shadey himself, you will have heard of his more established brother Still Shadey. But not one to be in his brother’s shadow, Y Shadey is now ready to step out as an artist in his own right. We already know first-hand that he knows how to command a stage. The brothers Shadey collaborated on the 2020 track Greatness Only and in doing so, Y Shadey carved out a name that will be talked about in 2021 and beyond.
Shadé Eboné. Remember the name. It wasn’t one we had even heard of until recently, but pay attention, she’s worthy of your ears. Sadé is a brand new artist out of Nottingham who released a her debut track Heading in January and we liked what we heard. It hasn’t been a sudden start for the 25 year old; Heading was written in 2019. The time is now for Sadé to emerge, having honed her sound, which she compares to Birmingham singer-songwriter Laura Mvula. We love it and can’t wait to hear more.
Mid November first came on our radar right at the start of last year, pre-COVID (ahh, remember those times?) with the track Every Day. And if that track wasn’t enough, he re-recorded it in Spanish after he had a request to do so in a YouTube comment. That’s dedication for you. Thankfully, he didn’t have to turn to Duolingo because a Spanish-speaking friend stepped in to translate the song for him. After recording music in previous guises in years past, Mid November could no longer ignore the call to start making music that reflects his faith. That’s where he’s at now and we can’t wait to see what 2021 holds for Mid November.
If we told you JVS is the choir director at his local church, you’d probably expect a praise and worship artist. You’d be wrong. Breaking on to the scene last year, JVS is a London artist of Ghanaian decent who makes very good afro-gospel music. He brings elements of afrobeats, hip hop and R&B together to create music that we’re really enjoying. JVS is hungry, ambitious and is improving with every track. His latest tune W’adom is big and we’re keeping our eyes peeled for what comes next.