Musical Artists Who Deserve to Be Superstars… but Aren’t… Yet

Dami Im

I first learned of this beautiful lady when she competed in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Blew me away. And she was absolutely ROBBED when she didn’t win.

Since then, I’ve purchased nearly her entire catalog. And have been flabbergasted that she still has not received much notice. Her voice is as good or better than any other female artist currently enjoying success. She’s an incredible beauty. And she puts out quality music. I’m stumped!


Ella Henderson

I really wish I knew where this young lady has got to. She released an absolutely gorgeous debut album in 2014 and then seemed to drop off the face of the earth. For the last five years, I search for her on iTunes every few months to see if she’s put out anything new to no avail.

I was SOOO excited when I did a search this evening in preparation for this list and saw she is releasing an EP in November! Let’s hope she doesn’t disappear on us again.


Conrad Sewell

Looks like a sun-soaked surfer, sings like an angel, plays piano, writes songs that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. If he can’t make it in the fickle world of musical fandom, who can?

However, despite his criminal lack of recognition by the mainstream populace, he’s till plugging away. He just released his most recent album this last May. So, make sure you pick it up and experience this glorious voice for yourself.


Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile has achieved some fame since I first became aware of her music, but she’s far from the superstar she deserves to be. Her smokey, soulful voice could speak for a generation.

But she’s not flashy like so many other female stars these days. She’s also a low-key lesbian and one has to wonder if that fact has influenced her lack of press. At least as far as her music is concerned.



I simply do not understand why I do not hear about this young man more. He has an incredible voice, writes songs on topical issues, and is cute as a button. In short, the complete package. As far as I know, he has not released a full-length album, which might explain his lack of splash. But then, many artists don’t have the resources to produce a full-length album without the backing of a label. It’s the classic chicken or egg conundrum.

In any case, here’s hoping Labrinth gets his due and hits it big very soon.


Sara Bareilles

It breaks my heart how overlooked Sara Bareilles is. Now, of all the artists listed here, she’d probably had the most success. But she is still is not a household name. Just look at her song “Brave” (brilliant video above) and Katy Perry’s song “Roar”. When these first two songs came out, there was some controversy that Perry ripped off Bareilles’ song, which was released first and, IMO, is far superior. But Perry’s song is the one that gets all the play time, is used by high schools as their fight songs, lauded as an anthem for groups that have, heretofore, been silenced.

Here’s the thing, Sara is an artist in the truest sense of the word. And, given our age of almost pathological fakery, true artists are often overlooked because… let’s be honest, they’re just too real. Too in your face. And not willing to bow and make sexy for the big boys.

Kat Dahlia

Like Elle Henderson, Kat Dahlia dropped a phenomenal debut album than disappeared. She’s released a couple of singles since but no full album.

This Cuban-American whirlwind has a wild, tequila soaked voice that fairly rockets into your head. She raps and her lyrics are honest-to-goodness poetry. Yet, here we are. Still waiting. Still hoping.


Gabrielle Aplin

After first hearing her, Gabrielle Aplin quickly became one of my favorite artists. She has a clear, lovely voice and her songs are powerful, thoughtful, and touching. She has experimented with style and tone across her albums, a move that often upsets fans when artists attempt it, but which, I believe, Aplin has pulled off with great success.

I’m hoping she’s had more recognition in her home country of England and my view of her as not widely recognized is simply based on my being in the US. Whatever the case, she’s phenomenal and deserves to be more widely lauded.


Kina Grannis

I just adore Kinna Grannis’ delicate vocals and strong songwriting skills. She’s been kicking around since the early 2000s without getting a lot of traction in the US market. But I’m hoping that the inclusion of a track from her on the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack, will help catapult her to wider acclaim.


Mary Lambert

Playful, cheeky, poetic. Three words that easily describe Mary Lambert and should ensure her enormous success. Unfortunately, other words often overtake her many talents, used by ignorant folk as excuses to dismiss her: overweight, gay, fearless.

But none of those descriptors have detracted from her beautiful songs that combine rich poetic reserves with haunting melodies and Lambert’s approachable vocals. She’s just amazing and deserves so much more.



I’ve only recently become aware of Sigrid and I’m in love. At 23-years-old, the Norwegian singer is already kicking ass and taking names. I’m hoping her current faint notice is a temporary state of affairs and that her sweet, bouncy voice and sharp-as-razors songwriting will put her at the forefront of music in the very near future.


Dermot Kennedy

I freely admit I’m obsessed with Dermot Kennedy. He could sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and I’d swoon. He’s got that melodic, raw voice that hints at wildness and loss. His songs are small masterpieces I want to listen to over and over again.

Kennedy has released a few EPs the past few years and his full-length album is due out October 4th.

I’ve already preordered.

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