Meet StarCentral Magazine’s Top 10 Music Artists To Follow This Month – September 2020 Edition

Let’s face it; music has always been the language that unites humankind, regardless of race, age, colour, national origin, or religion. Nobody can predict the future, especially the music industry, since success in the industry is quite often affected by elements beyond just sheer talent. That said, there are some music artists brimming with so much talent that their success seems inevitable. Below are the best 10 out there right now:

Marc Marut

Marc Marut, the talented, brilliant, and jovial musician/songwriter has established himself as one of the hardest-working entertainers with his new song “F*ck You COVID-19” as well as a music video uniting his friends and fans from all over the world as they rock out to his catchy song. Judging by his latest song, Marc Marut is definitely an up and coming musician who’s destined to have a meteoric rise.

If he looks familiar, you’re right. Marc happens to be an accomplished actor who has starred in several feature films and TV series. Born on April 11, 1979, in Canada, Marc always knew in his heart that he was meant to be in show business. When he was 9 years old, his father persuaded him to audition for an upcoming production of Les Misérables as an easy way to obtain a badge for cub scouts. He ended up landing the role of Gavroche and subsequently had to quit cub scouts all together due to the heavy scheduling requirements of the play. Marc eventually began landing roles in television series almost immediately after he departed from Les Misérables, and he soon became established as one of the busiest young actors in Toronto for that period. He is best known for starring as Johnny McFarley in The Paperboy (1994), Danny Cardigan in the Tekwar movies, and Elbert Wertz in Road to Avonlea.

Fast forward to today and Marc happens to be the founder and creator of “Cool Ass,” a band that produces a sound that’s reminiscent of 90’s alternative combining hard-hitting, toe-tapping, energetic rock style with other influences. Cool Ass music gets people moving as much as the lyrics get them laughing. Marc also does all the composing, recording, and audio engineering himself which is pretty impressive.

Savannah Maddison

Nashville-based Savannah Maddison is a 19-year-old CAA country-pop artist, published author, award-winning philanthropist, and social media influencer who’s taking the world by storm. Her most recent singles include “More Than a Rumor” and “If You Can” was in partnership with Radio Disney. Savannah is also the published author of a Penguin Random House Publishing book entitled “Sincerely: YOU, Letter Writing to Change the World.” Her book tells the story of her organization’s roots and encourages the youth to start their own movements and service projects. Additionally, Savannah founded “Savannah’s Soldiers”, an organization that sent over 350,000 letters of encouragement to soldiers deployed globally from students across the country. Savannah loves sharing her life on social media, with over 300,000 followers on Tiktok, the #Safannah Army is taking the world by storm. Savannah is currently scheduled to tour the Summer of 2020 with Top 10 Global Influencer duo Cash and Maverick.

Halston Dare

Singer/songwriter Halston Dare recently launched her highly anticipated lyric style music video release for the breakup anthem “Replace You,” which received over 200,000 streams on Spotify within only a few weeks of its release. “Replace You” was inspired by Halston Dare’s own experience with realizing her self worth. In an argument with her now ex-boyfriend, she realized that the way he was belittling her was not something she deserved and no longer wanted to put up with it. The next day, she made a comment about how he thinks he’s “irreplaceable” and at that moment, Halston knew she had to write a song to replace him. With her unique aesthetic and diverse musical background, Halston Dare is a star on the rise.

Ainsley Ross

Ainsley Ross is a stunning actress, author, singer-songwriter, influencer, director, as well as an extreme martial artist.

Originally from a small town of 800 people in Beckville, Texas, Ainsley decided to move to California to pursue all of her passions. From the time she could talk, she has had a passion for entertaining and encouraging others. She started acting in a small-town community theater when she was 9 along with writing music. By the young age of 14, Ainsley Ross had written over 80 songs. Ainsley’s first project was a feature film working with Fire Catcher Productions in a supporting role as Annie Ross in The Reins Maker. She wrote and performed music for the film’s soundtrack as well.

Traveling is a passion of hers and she feels so fortunate that it goes hand and hand with the career path she is passionately pursuing. She loves spending time in L.A. and studying with some of the greats. In her spare time, Ainsley is a mentor and a public speaker, encouraging our youth to “Just Be You” (also the title of her first CD released in 2015) Ainsley is very passionate about her work and love for the industry as a whole and hopes to change the way the public views the entertainment industry. Ainsley would like to study Film in Europe and in LA, allowing her to become an experienced writer/director in the future. She wants to learn every aspect of writing and acting in order to bring amazing projects to life.

Laura Bryna

Having toured the world with Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris, Clint Black, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, and featured in New York Magazine, New York Times, and Billboard – Billboard Top 10 artist Laura Bryna’s career is definitely on fire!

Bryna’s previous single “Sweet Revenge” has amassed over 2.1 million views on YouTube and climbed to #10 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Now with several Billboard Top Ten singles under her belt, Laura’s forthcoming single “Stars Are Falling” is produced with Grammy-winner Damon Sharpe, who is known for his work producing Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and more. With a dynamic new sound rooted in country music while inspired by elements of New Wave and Electronica, Laura Bryna’s music is helping to modernize country music while still keeping it true to herself.

From seeing firsthand the power of the Make-A-Wish foundation after her brother suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 13, Bryna has been actively involved with Make-A-Wish. Her single “Make A Wish” debuted at #7 on Billboard and lead her to become a board director for the Make-A-Wish foundation, a position which she still carries to this day. Her passion for marrying her musical pursuits with philanthropy also extends into her support for the military. Her song “Hometown Heroes” was used in a campaign for the Air National Guard, which involved Bryna embarking on a seven-country USO tour where she sang for thousands of U.S. troops.

Jesse Lynn Madera

Americana singer/songwriter Jesse Lynn Madera blends her country/soul-infused music with her poetic words of wisdom. The Nashville based musician is hoping to catch the attention of country, soul, and jazz-loving individuals around the globe with her album, “Fortunes.” Here’s a link to the Spotify pre-order: Jesse. The album features a duet with critically acclaimed actor John Hawkes and Australian-born, LA-based singer/songwriter Joel Taylor. Madera produced a bulk of the album herself, with some help from Paul Redel (mixing on Leslie Odom’s recent album and engineered the 2017 ZZ Ward album), mixing by Ryan Hewitt (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Sheryl Crow), mastered by Eric Boulanger of The Bakery Studios (Hozier, Randy Newman, Harry Connick, Jr, Rufus Wainwright, Neil Young) and featuring incredible strings by Stevie Blacke (Pink, Chris Stapleton, Rihanna).

Hailing from the rolling hills of West Virginia, Madera’s love for music grew out of a family affinity for all things harmonious. With household gatherings often centering around song and expression, her unique musical upbringing aided in driving her passion for performance. Mentored in piano by renowned father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Johnnie (“B. Goode”) Johnson, Madera takes pride in the instrument having remained a constant in her journey as an artist and in her music. She also took up a fascination with poetry around the same time, and it is this love for the written word which led her first to a theater and then to music. Following her musical education at NYU, Jesse Lynn Madera has gone on to release two breathtaking albums to date, with “Fortunes” as her third full-length release.

Championed by husband and versatile actor Hemky Madera (“Queen of the South”), Jesse’s charismatic songs have attracted a diverse group of people who continue to seek music from the up-and-coming artist. With tracks smoothly intertwining the deep emotion of jazz with the cool, humble songwriting of American soul, Jesse’s folk-tinged country melodies in “Fortunes” stand as an impressive addition to a profoundly eloquent musical catalog.

Amanda

Born and raised in Cumbria, England, Amanda lived in a tiny village for most of her life and she was drawn to music at an early age.

In 2002 after auditioning for the UK TV show “Stars in their Eyes,” Amanda was the first to be selected for the Kids version of the show and was later named by the show’s host Matthew Kelly in a live TV broadcast to be the reason that the show was created for Kids.

Following her success on the show, Amanda went on to perform at Festivals and events throughout the UK alongside major artists such as Westlife, Boyzone, The Sugababes, McFly, and The Hoosiers. Whilst working on her debut solo record, Amanda was invited by Boyzone to join them on their sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland. Amanda performed for the duration of the tour at major arenas and stadiums around the UK such as the O2, Wembley and the MEN.

Her latest release, “Mood Swings,” explores a contrasting mellow sound. Delivering silky vocals paired with a down-tempo chill vibe blending alternative pop with slightly left of center RnB it is an honest, raw exploration of self-acceptance.

The lead single titled “Electric” embodies an 80’s Electro feel. The song, written by Amanda and produced by Antonio Dixon (the man behind artists such as Ariana Grande and Beyonce), explores the energy and power that love supplies. A feel-good vibe.

Fabrejay

Fabrejay is an American DJ, record producer, and remixer who resides at the apex of passion and purpose. He has parlayed his true love for music into a lucrative DJ career, and currently holds court as the Resident DJ of Jay-Z’s world-famous 40/40 Club in New York City.

Recognized as a tastemaker and industry standout, Fabrejay regularly performs for crowds all over North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, packing dance floors at red carpet events, movie premieres, album releases, and official concert after parties. Hailing from The Capital of the World, the DJ extraordinaire is a prominent influencer that has recently worked with Tidal as part of the Selector Series as well as CRWN series and also plays an integral role in brand development as an ambassador for D’usse Cognac, performing at exclusive events across the country.

When it comes to lavish events, Fabrejay is the go-to guy for providing the soundtrack for fashion moguls, industry heavyweights, major league franchises, and everything in between. He has been called upon to DJ for a roster of A-list clients, including Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Diddy, and Rihanna to name just a few. Countless luxury brands and lifestyle event promoters can attest to his versatility and ability to set the vibe, including New York Fashion Week, the Brooklyn Nets, NBA, and NFL Draft events, Sephora, Stoli Vodka, Ciroc, H&M, and many more.

Radmila Lolly

Radmila Lolly is an acclaimed classical singer as well as a high fashion designer. Over the past few months, her singing career has skyrocketed when she reached the top 25 of the Billboard Dance Chart with her single ‘U R Moving Me’ which also featured Dani Hagan.

Radmila presented her last album “Wonderland” at the famous Carnegie Hall. She decided to combine her talents as a singer and a designer and presented her couture collection during her concert while putting up an unforgettable show.

This inspirational woman is the sole designer of the couture fashion house Eltara Casata @eltaracasata. The largest influence on her designs is her musical exploits. For Lolly, her two artistic mediums inspire and feed off each other; the textures of her designs are innately linked to the textures of her music.

K. Sparks

Kyle Hunter aka K. Sparks is not your average musician. He has released over 1,000 songs and 40 albums, he has toured globally, and he also happens to be the CEO of Rhythm Couture – a company that brings diversity and ownership to music licensing.

His accomplishments range from sold-out shows in Europe, and his music has been featured in the 50 Cent hit series Power on the STARZ Network, Les Mills, Monster Energy, The New York Times, and countless others – you would think he’d be a household name. But you probably haven’t heard of him, and that’s just the way he prefers it.

His company, Rhythm Couture, was co-founded with his business partner and co-owner Robert Ronci. The company’s primary service is to provide custom music for television, movies, and corporate advertising, and its roster consists of over 25 musicians on a global scale ranging from Taiwan, Mexico, Hong Kong, The United States, as well as other countries.

His journey is all the more impressive given its humble beginnings; it all started at Queens New York’s notorious South Ozone Park. He was an independent musician before becoming a businessman. He started his label, “Double Up Entertainment,” by releasing several mixtapes and painstakingly selling them hand to hand from the trunk of his car. “Back then I had a Mitsubishi Galant. Driving around New York with my street team selling music.” Since then he’s amassed millions of streams, snagged major commercial placements such as Powerade featuring Lebron James, collaborated with Kanye West artist Kid Cudi as well as nominated for Best Hip Hop Record against recording artist Wiz Khalifa.

Eventually, he realized that he should actually build his own company from the ground up rather than promote someone else’s work. He recorded and amassed a music catalog of over 1,000 songs, ensuring that he owned the rights to all master recordings and publishing. “Ownership is critical. Artists lose when they don’t own their masters. That’s a musician’s retirement plan.” From that point on, he leveraged his catalog to infiltrate television, movies, and mainstream media outlets. Utilizing direct revenue from his earnings to fund his company Rhythm Couture.

Besides running a successful business, he has also stressed the importance of going back to your roots and inspiring others. “Every generation should have more than the last. Giving back is imperative.” Some of his philanthropic work includes giving back to the Boys & Girls Club within his hometown and speaking to at-risk youth.

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