Looking for some underrated LGBTQI artists to spice up your Spotify? We’ve got you covered 🎵

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES VIA INSTAGRAM

Don’t get us wrong, we know it’s pretty much impossible to get bored listening to the likes of Janelle Monáe and Hayley Kiyoko. They’re the leading queer ladies in music for a reason and we’re not judging the amount of times you’ve listened to the Dirty Computer album at all…

But if you are looking for some new queer tunes to brighten your day, we’ve made a list of some up and coming LGBTQI artists that you might wanna check out while they’re fresh.

girl in red

girl in red is the musical project of Marie Ringheim. She’s a 20-year-old Norwegian musician who records and produces all of her work in her room.

Her style is indie rock and she has some super queer songs. Her single i wanna be your girlfriend has gained over 30 million Spotify streams and was listed at number nine on The New York Times list of the 68 Best Songs of 2018.

Singing powerfully queer lyrics such as, “this is not a phase or a coming of age. This will never change,” girl in red has already solidified herself as a queer icon and she’s just getting started.

IAMDDB

IAMDDB is the stage name of Manchester-based musician Diana De Brito. As of this year, she has released three undeniably queer albums.

Her work is gritty and admirable as she has risen from unemployment to one of the most promising rising queer stars on the music scene.

She calls her sound “urban jazz” as it matches transitions between singing and speech with flowing hip-hop beats. IAMDDB is one to watch, so if you haven’t heard of her, you’d better catch up.

Liz Lawrence

Liz Lawrence is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist who is just rising to fame with her solo work.

She has toured with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club in the past (and still is) but has now made a name for herself in her own right, with anticipation building for her new album, Pity Party.

Her live performances are legendary as she loops in her own vocals and instruments to build something epic. All of her songs have instant melodic hooks and compassionate lyrics filled with honesty. We promise you’ll love her.

Clairo

Clairo’s music is making a statement about the fluidity of sexuality and self-discovery. We think she’s super underrated but you may have caught her on Charli XCX’s latest album. 

Her fame escalated after releasing Pretty Girl in 2017, which attracted over 40 million views on YouTube. 

Clairo came out as bisexual back in 2018 and it all made sense why we loved her so much. 

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. 

Sultana grew up in Melbourne and has been playing guitar from the age of three after their grandfather bought them a guitar. After that they mastered not one, but 15 more instruments. 

They began their musical career through busking when they couldn’t find a job. Now they have people lining up to see their explosive live performances all over the world – pretty impressive, eh? 

Hope Tala

Hope started writing and recording music for the first time three years ago for her A-Levels. Now she openly speaks and sings about her sexuality, noting that it had a positive effect on her confidence. 

Not only is she a rising star, she gained a first class English degree from the University of Bristol this year, all whilst recording and producing her music. 

Her unique sound combines soft melodies often laced with nostalgic literary references. We can see why she got that first!

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2 thoughts on “Six queer babes missing from your playlists”

  1. Esther Turner is another name to look out for
    She is an amazing singer songwriter from Birmingham and well worth a listen

  2. If you like rap/trap/Hip Hop then Young M.A’s debut album is finally out “HERstory in the Making” I’ve been bumping nothing else since it dropped its amazing

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