The UK has always been famous for being on the cutting edge of musical culture; whether with the mods and rockers in the 1960s, the punks in the 1970s or indie music in the 00s - and it’s for good reason, with some of the biggest stars of the music world coming from this country and producing a huge proportion of talented artists in relation to the size of the country.
There isn’t just one reason; in part it must be because of the way that the arts and culture are nurtured in our country, the rich musical heritage to inspire young musicians must play a part, and some would say that it just runs in British blood.
Whatever the reason, the diversity and talent in our music scene is something which must be applauded, and with so many talented young artists creating material, there are plenty to choose from, whatever your musical preferences.
From jazz artists to pop singers and everyone in between, it can’t be denied that the music scene in Britain is buzzing. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite up and coming British artists - why not check them out? You might find your new favourite song!
From an early age Lauren Rose has been enthusiastic about performance; particularly about making music to the best of her ability. As a child she attended the prestigious Italia Conti school of performing arts, an institution which was also attended by Russell Brand, Pixie Lott, Noel Coward and Sadie Frost.
With such pedigree it’s little surprise that she’s found success already, and despite her young age is making her mark on the world of house and r’n’b music.
At just 15 the artist was gifted a recording session for her birthday and had the good fortune to be overheard by producer Ryan Laubscher. He asked the teenager to work with him on her self-penned debut album and she began gigging in London bars and clubs.
A cover of the traditional Jewish folk song Hava Nagila with a modern twist won her acclaim and airplay; the YouTube video has more than 300,000 views.
Her powerful voice has been likened to that of Amy Winehouse, and for the last few years Lauren has moved into dance music, recording vocals for massive club tracks including Frozen Teardrops with DJ Guru Josh and appearances in Pacha, Space and more in Ibiza.
Most recently, she’s performed as part of an all-female group called GiGi girls in which she provides vocals, supported by dancers and DJs as entertainment in nightclubs and at parties. She’s a popular and versatile act, so it’s no surprise she’s in high demand - the Lauren Rose agent is MN2S if you’re in the market for a fun and upbeat act to spice up your event.
Born Paige Meade, the artist known as Paigey Cakey is one of the most authentic voices in British music right now, combining beautiful vocals with a fantastic talent for rapping and a real insight into the experiences of young British people right now.
She’s appeared on several hit TV shows as well as releasing music; notably the acclaimed BBC drama Secrets, Waterloo Road on the same channel and Attack The Block.
Her music is characterised by thick bass, soulful injections and lyrical punch, which is probably why her debut LP, The First Paige, was such a success. The track Hood Swag was picked up and played by former Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton, and Paigey Cakey has supported Lil Kim, Eve and Azelia Banks amongst others.
With several albums under her belt at the tender age of just 22, she’s got to be one to watch.
Lincolnshire lass Ella Henderson has already got quite a following in the UK, but she’s yet to crack the States and the rest of the world. After competing in The X Factor in 2012, she finished in sixth place, but has nonetheless seen more success than winner James Arthur.
Chapter One, her first album saw widespread success in the UK, while singles from the album including Ghost took the UK singles chart by storm.
Currently working on her second album, the music world is expecting big things from Ella Henderson, however humble her Lincolnshire beginnings!