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Gen-Z Musicians that Should be on Your Radar

While many Gen-Z artists are extremely well-known, there are many still flying under the radar. 

It’s no secret that Gen-Z artists are taking over the music industry. From Olivia Rodrigo to Lil Nas X, these artists are pushing boundaries and rising on the charts. While these artists are extremely well known, there are plenty of other Gen-Z artists who are still flying under the radar. Here are some of my favorite Gen-Z artists that are currently becoming more popular and rising to the top of the charts.

Conan Gray

Coined the “Sad Prince of Pop”, Conan has already made his mark in the music world with multiple hit Tik Tok sounds. His songs “Heather” and “Manic” have both made their rounds on Tik Tok, but he is more familiar with another platform: Youtube. Conan rose to fame by posting YouTube covers and is now performing at Coachella. He is best known for being best friends with Olivia Rodrigo, and for his relatable and heart-wrenching lyrics. 

Fast Facts:

  • Age: 23
  • Genre: Pop, Indie
  • Favorite Track: Astronomy
Gracie Abrams

The daughter of famous director J.J. Abrams, Gracie has forged her own path in the music industry. She released her latest album “This is What it Feels Like” in 2021, and has received critical acclaim from Taylor Swift to Phoebe Bridgers. She is performing at Lollapalooza and opening for Olivia Rodrigo on her upcoming Sour Tour. 

Fast Facts:

  • Age: 22
  • Genre: Pop, Singer-Songwriter
  • Favorite Track: I Miss You, I’m Sorry
Maisie Peters

Maisie has been in the music industry for a few years but has gained popularity after being signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records. Her debut album “You Signed Up for This” was released in 2021 and hit number two on the UK Albums Chart. She has also been featured on the soundtracks for “Trying”, an Apple TV+ original, and the Birds of Prey movie. 

Fast Facts:

  • Age: 21
  • Genre: Pop
  • Favorite Track: John Hughes Movie

Giveon rose to popularity through his collaboration with Drake in 2020. Since then, he released an EP that was nominated for a Grammy Award and on the Top 10 US Top R&B Albums Chart. He recently collaborated with Justin Bieber for the song “Peaches”, which was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2022.

Fun Facts:

  • Age: 27
  • Genre: R&B
  • Favorite Track: Still Your Best
Tate McRae

Tate started out on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” as a dancer. She was the first Canadian finalist and has now expanded to singing and songwriting as well. Her music rose to popularity on TikTok, and she is now the youngest musician featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30. Her second EP was also the most-streamed female EP of 2021 on Spotify. It’s clear that Tate is just beginning to take over the music industry. 

Fun Facts:

  • Age: 18
  • Genre: Pop
  • Favorite Track: Stupid

These artists are already on the path to stardom. At such a young age, these artists are already doing amazing things and will likely continue to become more and more famous. There are also many Gen-Z artists who are starting their careers every day, so don’t be afraid to listen to a new artist and see what you find!

Courtney Shady

Wisconsin '23

Courtney is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying psychology, education, and gender and women’s studies. She is from the suburbs of Milwaukee. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, going to concerts, and loves hanging out with friends.
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