TOP 10 ONES TO WATCH IN 2022

MEGAN WYN

This girl is going to be huge in 2022 – END OF!!! Really, we could just leave it there and be done with it, because it’s fact, but we’ll indulge you with a bit of an explanation as to why.

We first came across Megan when she released her debut single “Polaroid” in January of this year. We were blown away by her talent and featured the single in an in-depth review on The Songbird HQ. Megan was also our first ever guest on our live #SongbirdSessions where we chatted with her and she performed an acoustic version of her hit single for us. 

Being classically vocally trained really shows in Megan’s music, her range is simply phenomenal. With new music being recorded now ready for release in 2022 (which we’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of) we just know that this girl is going to fly in 2022. Indeed, it would seem others are noticing this little shining star already with support slots recently confirmed for next year with the likes of John Power and The Skinner Brothers and this is already after supporting The K’s, Trampolene, Andrew Cushin and Jonny Brown of Twisted Wheel this year.

Megan also performed at the Isle Of Wight Festival this year and her very first headline show in Anglesey which is her home town sold out in just two days! She has been working hard in the recording studio with Russ Hayes in Wales who is the same producer who worked on her debut single ‘Polaroid’. 2022 is shaping up to be quite a year for our Megan and we are beyond excited to see what’s to come.

POINT A

Point A is a very exciting newcomer on the scene. She released her debut single “Cross Me” in October 2021. On first listen we were entranced. The music was fresh, exciting and completely new. We honestly couldn’t believe the polished professionalism of it for a debut release. Point A is a mysterious musical concept, we don’t know her name and she always keeps her identity hidden and this just makes us more intrigued to want to know more.

Seemingly we weren’t the only ones to be impressed given that Point A was asked to play her first ever gig at The Birmingham Music Awards. She has also picked up a lot of fans in radio play to include being added into regular rotation on Dash Radio for several months as well as amassing multiple plays across the globe in America, Australia, Canada and more!

With more new music planned for release in the new year, we just know that this artist is going to continue rising on that upwards trajectory. 

INDER PAUL SANDHU

Ah, Inder Paul, what an absolute dude! We first came across Inder Paul in the summer of 2021. One listen to those soulful, melodic sounds and we were in love! This man has a voice to rival the likes of John Legend. Absolutely beautiful.

We first featured Inder Paul on The Songbird HQ in the June of 2021 when we ran an in-depth feature article and interview with him.

During a phone call with Inder Paul during the summer when we were discussing his plans for moving forward, he could hear seagulls in the background and he asked me if I lived on the coast and we got talking about the area in which I live and I told him all about the incredible Albion Rooms recording studios in Margate. I am so glad that I did because Inder Paul went onto record some new music at the studios which has subsequently just led him being signed to Peter Doherty’s record label; Strap Originals.

Inder Paul Sandhu is a beautiful soul with one of the most incredible voices we’ve ever heard, he is going to be massive in 2022.

EVAN WILLIAMS

We first came across Evan Williams when he was playing with his band, Vendettas, a great little band in their own right, but Evan as a solo artist is what really excites us.

The first time I, (Sally) caught Evan perform live as a solo artist was when he performed an acoustic set supporting Jack Jones of Trampolene. His music was both gentle and soothing yet starkly thought provoking. He had me hooked from the first listen.

Fast forward to November 2021 and Evan Released his debut solo single “When The Shutters Rise Again”. It’s a bitter, sweet protest song for our lives and times with lyrics to make you stand up and take notice, all set to the musical delights of a catchy, infectious little pop anthem. It’s pure brilliance actually and I’ve been listening to it on repeat. If this is Evan’s opening gambit then I for one, want to see what other delights he’s got planned for 2022.

PG CIARLETTA

Phil ‘PG’ Ciarletta is the latest singer/songwriter in a long line of Scots with Italian blood. Aged 27 and hailing from Fife he has been bursting onto the music scene and catapulting into famous venues like King Tuts and The Mash House supporting the likes of Andrew Cushin, Cameron Barnes, Skylights and Gun.

We first came across Phil in August 2020 when he released his debut single ‘The Sesh’ which topped the UK iTunes Alternative Charts and positioned at Number 8 on the Official Scottish Charts. After releasing his second single ‘Chancer’ at the end of 2020, 2021 saw Phil release a further three singles which gained him major radio play on BBC Scotland and Radio X. Recently Phil was invited along to BBC Scotland to perform two live tracks at the studio’s in Edinburgh and his latest single ‘27’ was used over the highlights of the Everton game on Match Of The Day and was awarded Scotland’s Resonate Track Of The Week.

2022 will see Phil play his first ever headline at PJ Molloys in Dunfermline on Saturday 22nd January (covid permitting) and will be supported by Mosaics and Cameron Ledwidge. More gigs across the UK will be announced throughout the year. With real-life relatable lyrics, and an ability to get the room moving, fans of Gerry Cinnamon, Jake Bugg, Paolo Nutini and The View are sure to rally behind Ciarletta.

JACK RASMUSSEN

The super talented Jack was first in our earshot when we heard his debut single Broken Youth which was released in February of this year. Before branching out as a solo artist, Jack who is from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, started his music career in the shape of indie band Velvet who released three singles and an EP achieving support slots with Shaun Ryder and playing in front of Alan McGee multiple times and had a track featured on ITV’s This Morning. The band split early 2020 and Jack was still eager to write and release music so he went onto carving out a solo career for himself.

The North East artist instantly caught the attention and support from the likes of BBC Introducing and Broken Youth has already amassed close to 25K streams on Spotify alone. Following this, Jack went on to release City Road which followed Jack’s journey to Melbourne, Australia where he spent a short time and was the place where he first picked up a guitar. We were lucky enough to work on Jack’s two following releases, the first In A Different Light was a much more intimate and emotional track and a favourite of Jack’s to play acoustically and the most recent Jump The Gun which is out now.

Jack has been performing live ever since his first release and has supported and shared the stage with the likes of Plastic Glass, Scott Wilson, Chris Gill and NoYou as well as playing in iconic venues around the North East’. Jack has plenty more performance dates and releases coming up in 2022 which will be announced throughout the year.

CAT SFX

CAT SFX are the four piece London based band who are making a superbly dark pop/punk statement with their unique take on more traditional punk bands; their harmonious and melodic tunes interspersed with heavy, sonic, electrifying guitar riffs, pounding drums, funky bass notes and forthright lyrics demanding a move for social and political change – they are a musical force to be reckoned with for sure.

The band is made up of songwriting duo Caterina Speranza on lead vocals and Gordon Mills Jr on drums. The formidable partnership are joined by Jacob Morris on Bass and Charlie Mariani on lead guitar.

CAT SFX have rightly built an impressive reputation as being one of the UK’s most exciting new bands and have already amassed some great high end press coverage such as ROLLING STONE, NME, CLASH, Louder Than War, The Sunday Times and The Daily Star. They have been in house studio guests on Soccer AM, as well as being played over the Goals of the Week feature on several occasions and have further been added to the cult TV Show’s official playlist.

In addition, the band have received airplay on the likes of Radio X with John Kennedy , Radio Wales with Adam Thomas where they were added to the BBC Radio Wales A List, BBC Sounds with Janice Long, BBC 6 Music with Steve Lamacq, in America on the Rodney Bingenhiemer Show on Sirius XM and on the Jack Saunders Future Artists BBC Radio 1 show.

With all that under their belt and only having been able to play a handful of live shows to date because of restrictions, we are in no doubt that this is one band that this going to go stratospheric in 2022.

THE THIEVES

The young County Durham based band have a tight sound that betrays their years. Lead singer/guitarist Frankie Dobson is an accomplished musician/songwriter. Having previously played as a session musician for other now established acts, it was clear to see that he was destined to shine as the frontman in his own venture.

Frankie is joined in the line up by Liam Raine and Leon Chadwick on Bass and Drums respectively and we are aware that there have recently been some developments with a fourth member being added to the line up to give the band that more solid sound.

The Thieves have already achieved some impressive success this year with the release of their single “Just Don’t Get It” by selling out headline shows, being championed by Rodney Bingenheimer on his Sirius XM show in America and being picked up by new music guru Charlie Ashcroft on Amazing radio and being added to his coveted “Fresh New Finds” playlist.

We’re sure that in 2022, that The Thieves are a band that are going to come back bringing their A game with them. Definitely ones to watch!

ROLLA

ROLLA are the 5 piece band out of the Tameside area of Manchester consisting of James Gilmore, Luke Gilmore, Luke McConnell, Marston Robinson & Tom Paddon.

ROLLA have had quite the year already with them having had some pretty impressive support slots with the likes of Andrew Cushin and The K’s.

They also appeared at this years IOW festival and it was an honour for The Songbird to be able to put them on at the Hipshaker Stage where they went down an absolute storm.

We first came across the band at the beginning of the year when we reviewed their then release of ‘Sweet Lullaby’ We weren’t they only ones to pick up on their sonic brand of indie rock n roll with the track also receiving “Record of The Week” airplay on XS Manchester and Amazing Radio and also gaining the “This Feeling” and “GigSlutz” “Track of the Day” feature.

Coming up the band have recently announced they are going to be touring with The Skinner Brothers early in the new year as well as a headline tour in their own right with This Feeling.

ROLLA are most definitely a band that is going to be on everyone’s lips in 2022.

JUPITER STRANGE

Jupiter Strange first came to our attention from a friend of Erin’s who told her that her son had joined a band and that their debut single was out on the 22nd October. We were sent the track ‘I Do’ and it just blew us away. Such a refreshing change of sound, upbeat, 70’s progressive psychedelia, new wave synth pop this band literally has it all going on. The band who are all early twenties, collectively come from Fife and Edinburgh are made up of Niamh Corkey on main vocals and guitar, Alfie Ramage on vocals and lead guitar, Sean Sneddon on bass guitar and synth and Lennon Donaldson on drums.

Even before their debut single was out they had already played at some iconic venues in Scotland including PJ Molloys, Montys, Room 2 and sold out their very first headline show at Sneaky Petes . They also played the Tim Peaks stage at Kendal Calling which gained them an army of fans and it was the first time they had played outside of Scotland!

June of this year saw them take part in the King Tuts Summer Nights Festival and their debut single ‘I Do’ was made Track Of The Week by BBC Scotland in its week of release. Following this the announcement came that they would be playing yet again at the amazing Tim Peaks stage at Kendal Calling. With several hours of recording behind them at studios including Penthouse Practice Suite (Dunfermline), S9 Fifty Recording (Glenrothes) and Eggman Studio’s (Glasgow) we are extremely excited to hear the new releases for 2022.

Article by SALLY NEWMAN and ERIN POWER written as a collaborative piece for RGM Magazine where this article has also been published.