An independent artist is an artist/group that is not under a contract with a record label and now make up 40 percent of the global music industry. There is so much freedom in being an unsigned artist, but on the other hand you are shelling out all of the money yourself and are on your own for everything. That is why independent artists should be more appreciated.
Here are the top 5 independent artists you should listen to right now:
Aly & AJ
I know you know who Aly & AJ are. They graced your screens on the Disney Channel and created bops such as “Potential Breakup Song” and “Rush.” After focusing on acting and other projects, the sister duo emerged back into the music scene in 2017 after 10 years away. They have released two EPs, “Ten Years” and “Sanctuary” since and have gone on tour to support them. The duo has been rocking it as an indie group.
Davis was a contestant on season 16 of American Idol and became a Twitter icon after he used the stan Twitter phrase “Wig” while standing in front of the judges. Since appearing on the show, he has released two songs, “Tickin’ On Us” and “Hooked” with the promise of new music this year.
Ryan first emerged onto the scene as the first winner of America’s Got Talent. After being out of the limelight for health and other reasons, she came back to tell her story on AGT: The Champions. Since then, she has released part one of her comeback EP, “The Reintroduction” and is working hard to release as much music as possible.
For those of you unfamiliar with the reality show, “Big Brother” you may not know who this next artist is. Van Alden is the passion project of two-time runner-up on “Big Brother 18 and 19,” Paul Abrahamian. Van Alden has released their self-titled EP with a second one on the way this month.
If you watch Dancing with the Stars and have ever heard of the song “If I Were a Boy” you will know who this next duo is. Alexander Jean is comprised of husband and wife duo Mark Ballas and BC Jean. Their EPs, “Head High” and “High Enough” both reached number one on the singer/songwriter chart. The duo is gearing up for their third EP, which fans hope will come this year.