Quin

QUIN, born Bianca Leonor Quiñones, is an American Afro-Latina singer/songwriter/producer born in Los Angeles, California. She describes her sound as “fantasy soul” (later introducing her label, Fantasy Soul, named after the genre she coined) and music that “has the power of versatility,” which I couldn’t agree with more. QUIN dropped her debut EP, Galactica in October 2016, which includes a feature from G-Eazy on the song “OVER AGAIN”. She describes the EP as “the first chapter to my Fantasy Soul Universe.” Her song “LIGHTSPEED” was involved in the Visions of Harmony project with Apple Music and NASA, which aspired to educate the public on the Juno spacecraft by combining science and art.

A year later, in September 2017, QUIN released her DREAMGIRLEP, which she called a sequel of her album Galactica, which features collaborations with Syd on the song, “Sticky Situation”, and the artist Buddy, on the song Happened to Happen. In August 2018, she released her song “Remind Me”, described by The FADER as “daydream-inducing antidote for all life’s worries.” Later that year, QUIN teamed up with Vans for a campaign highlighting the importance of creativity and personal style. Having opened for stars like Erykah Badu, Gnash JMSN, and heading a solo performance at THE FADER Fort at SXSW, AFROPUNK and Galore’s Girl Cult Festival, QUIN is more than deserving for a spot on your playlist.

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Anya Marina

Indie singer-songwriter, and Michigan native, Anya Marina, is known for releasing music that is known for transcending the charts, but not for being played ample amount of times on the radio, but rather, for the copious amounts of streams, Youtune views, and TV screen-time. Her music has primarily gained notice after being on a variety of television sitcoms and has been featured on prime time dramas including the ABC television drama Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, MTV’s The Real World, ABC’s Castle, Showtime’s United States of Tara, CW’s Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural, 13 Reasons Why and Twilight: New Moon. With such prominent titles behind her name, how could you not be curious to hear Anya’s other music?

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Kimbra

New Zealand singer and actress, Kimbra Lee Johnson, known mononymously as Kimbra, is a vocalist known for mixing pop with classic R&B, jazz and rock musical elements. Her debut album, Vows, was released in 2011, Include singles, “Good Intent” (my personal favorite), the winner of the Australian Recording Industry Association Award, “Cameo Lover“, and “Settle Down”. After the album’s release in North America, the numbers shot to 14 on the Billboard charts.

All of these accolades aside, most people recognize Kimbra as being a feature in Gotye’s song, “Somebody That I Used to Know”, which earned both Goyte and Kimbra the Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. However, others (typically her “real” fans…and gamers) will recognize her vocals on the Sims 3, as a playable song, originally, “Good Intent”, but redone in Simlish, the gibberish-like language that the Sims’ characters are known for speaking. This version honestly, is just as good as the original. Kimbra’s achievements made her one of only three New Zealand singers to have won a Grammy. Kimbra’s second studio album, The Golden Echo, was released in August of 2014, and follow up album, Primal Heart in 2018, to much positive critical reception.

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Anjulie

Canadian singer and songwriter, Anjulie, who has released one self-titled album, says that she is utterly “obsessed with music” and drew inspiration to become a performer after watching Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour. This obsession has been notably showcased on television. If you watch any of the MTV or CW shows, then chances are, you have heard Anjulie’s music without realizing it. The songs, “Rain“, “Crazy That Way“, and “The Heat” were featured on the MTV television series The Hills and “Addicted2Me” on The City. The single “Boom” has been featured on ABC’s Eastwick, The CW’s Melrose Place, The Vampire Diaries, and Canada’s Next Top Model. Anjulie has toured with Shwayze, B.o.B., Raphael Saadiq, and opened for Hedley on their tour in support of Storms. Still think you haven’t heard any of her work? Guess again. Anjulie was also the co-writer for “The Boys” by Nicki Minaj, and has written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Icona Pop, Fefe Dobson, and Kreesha Turner, among others.

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