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New and Next: Estelle's Playlist of Artists to Watch

Here are Estelle's picks for who’s got next in music.

Estelle’s Picks for Artists to WatchEstelle’s New and Next

We asked ESSENCE Music Festival performer, and ESSENCE.com guest editor, Estelle, to name her picks for artists we should be keeping a close watch on.Here are her picks for who’s got next.

Luke James

“Luke James has this mystique about him that’s not something you can explain, you can only experience it,” says Estelle. “He’s got a whole D’Angelo feel to him as well. And he’s sexy, but he’s like my little brother, so I can’t go there.”


“Labrinth is a super talented singer, producer, songwriter from London,” says Estelle. “He’s got his own record company, and he’s only 22! Who does that?”

Loick Essien

“Loick is like the next Labrinth. He’s young, he writes, and he’s got a beautiful voice. He’s a little thuggish – like a London boy thuggish. I love him,” says Estelle.

Rocki Evans

“I’m trying to work with this guy somehow,” says Estelle. “He’s full of D’Angelo angst, sounds like Bilal, and is just a ridiculous talent. And all the girls love him so he’s a total package.”