10 Artists to Watch in 2019

When she’s gently strumming an acoustic guitar along with singing about love in her reedy, tremulous mezzo-soprano, the 21-year-old Jade Bird might seem to fit a soothing, long-established singer-songwriter mold on “Love Has All Been Done Before.” although of which’s only until she gets riled. Then her rock band kicks in, her voice gets rough along with her words turn pointed along with pitiless. along with when full fury takes over, she starts spitting lines at rap speed. She’s no pushover. Her debut album will be due April 19. JON PARELES

of which Los Angeles rapper carries a quixotic, charismatic flow, spilling words past the end of lines which has a pinched, tart voice of which recalls the earliest Los Angeles gangster rap. On the recent mixtape “Famous Cryp,” he’s vibrant although protean, still figuring out the boundaries of his skill. although songs like “DM,” “Bleed of which” along with “Thotiana” are terse, bawdy along with infectious. JON CARAMANICA

Billie Eilish’s debut album will be likely to appear of which year, along with while she’s only 17, she will be no unknown. Since her initial SoundCloud postings in 2015, her online releases have drawn hundreds of millions of Spotify streams along with have made her a tour headliner. The songs she writes with her brother along with producer, Finneas O’Connell, are usually hushed ballads of which glance back at Lana Del Rey along with Lorde. Her voice will be whispery along with sweetly tearful which has a steely undercurrent, along with of which stakes out a particular persona: passionate along with vulnerable although also vindictive along with treacherous. Onstage, she gets thousands of voices singing along. PARELES

In current country, Fleetwood Mac along with the Eagles loom as large as Hank Williams along with Loretta Lynn once did. Lauren Jenkins writes along with sings about disappointment, disillusion, drinking along with holding on despite of which all which has a Stevie Nicks rasp in her voice. Her debut album, “No Saint,” will be set for March 15, along with of which surrounds her most bitter tidings with gleaming guitars along with bright harmonies. PARELES

LeeBrian, a young Puerto Rican rapper, will be the first artist signed to the label of Sky, the producer responsible for hits by J Balvin (along with others). LeeBrian will be a nimble, flexible vocalist — sometimes agitated, sometimes preternaturally relaxed, along with often toggling between both, like on the whimsical “Goku Sin El Ki.” CARAMANICA

Lil Tjay will be an exuberant, sweet-voiced singer-rapper coming from the Bronx with an easy instinct for melody. What helps him stand out coming from the current overstuffed class of artists with similar aesthetic approaches will be his comfort moving between both light along with dark subject matter, as on the hit “Brothers” along with “Long Time.” CARAMANICA

Over the past few years, of which Texas native has found success in Nashville as a songwriter for Brett Eldredge among others. although listening to her recent debut album, the soothing along with lovely “Borrowed Heart” — some of which was written with Lori McKenna — of which work for others sounds superfluous. She’s got a sturdy, rich voice, along which has a way of bending a song toward sadness, where she sounds right at home. CARAMANICA

The South African songwriter Nakhane Touré will be also a novelist along with actor whose works deal which has a fraught upbringing: He broke away coming from conservative Christian “conversion therapy” to prize his identity as a gay man. The songs on his album “You Will Not Die” — released in Europe last year along with due Feb. 22 within the United States — delve into both trauma along with redemption. They ponder faith, pleasure, exile along with belonging; they traverse hymns, neo-soul, South African pop along with electronic dance music, along with Nakhane’s voice crests in a vibrant, androgynous falsetto. Tenacity carries him toward joy. PARELES

Of all the members of the YBN hip-hop collective, none shows more promise than YBN Cordae, a North Carolina rapper who specializes in thoughtful, emotionally eloquent along with lyrically complex music. On songs like “Kung Fu,” he’s impressively dexterous, along with of all the rappers who’ve taken swipes at J. Cole recently, only he handed any blows. CARAMANICA