To those who say there's no new Latin talent coming up, we say: Have you been listening? We hear exciting new voices and sounds everywhere and from every conceivable genre. But here are 10 artists that have displayed particular artistry early on and who we predict will rise to bigger and better things in 2013.
Adriel Favela –- He plays a mean accordion and writes from the heart. Favela was born in California then lived in Mexico for several years. The singer/songwriter was raised by a struggling single mother, but despite adversity the 20-year-old crooner has taken to writing heartfelt, catchy and smooth music in the regional Mexican genre. His independent album goes on sale Feb. 14.
América Sierra-- Her sultry vocals have been widely heard softening the galloping electronic terrain of Monterrey DJ group 3Ball MTY's hit "Inténtalo." Sierra has been composing for other artists since she was a teenager. She'll have her chance for a star turn this Spring, when her first solo album of original songs on UMLE could mark the debut of a new Regional Mexican leading lady.
Duina del Mar-- The 22-year-old Colombian's vibe and look are reminiscent of Lana del Rey but far more luminous and whimsical. With a pop/alt sound with touches of reggae, Duina's music is light and airy but not shallow and her appeal is also eminently visual, with a video for every track of her upcoming album, Natural, due out on UMLE this summer. After opening shows for the likes of Alejandro Sanz, Colombia's Shock magazine named her their face to watch in 2013.
Yahaira -- The Colombian beauty signed to indie Dreamaker Records has released a couple of sizzling dance/hip hop videos, including "Sexiest," a collaboration with Lil' Mama that's sleek and mean and had enough sex appeal to get Yahaira booked on most major national Spanish language TV shows. That, in turn, has major heads turning. Definitely bigger things will be in store for Yahaira in 2013.
Elaín-- Cuban-born, Miami-based singer/songwriter Elaín released two albums before gaining attention with 2012's Volando Alto (Melomania Productions)and the haunting single "Sin Pasaje de Regreso" (written by Jorge Luis Piloto), used for a campaign against domestic violence. Elaín's blend of tropical jazz and trobuadour elements garnered him Latin Grammy nods last year for Best new artist and Best Contemproary Tropical Album. We hear a distinctive voices with distinctive stories to tell.
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