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10 Independent Artists You Should Know: April 2022

This is the second of a new monthly series highlighting 10 independent artists each month. Artists are presented in alphabetical order. To be considered for future entries, you can submit your music via the email address provided below.


Chelsea Pastel

Rapper, singer, & producer from Cleveland

One Song Introduction: "Stop Asking"

One Sentence Pitch: Chelsea Pastel has a palpable swagger that can be heard both in her relentless flows and her melodic hooks, setting her up to be a star.

Links: Twitter, Instagram, Website


Chris Patrick

Rapper from New Jersey

One Song Introduction: “Gang Activity”

One Sentence Pitch: Fresh off of headlining a SXSW showcase of his CXR collective, Chris Patrick continues to prove he is one of the most exciting artists out with his versatility, authenticity, and collaborative spirit.

Links: Twitter, Instagram



Rapper from Chicago, Illinois

One Song Introduction: “Hidden Hills" ft. Ausar

One Sentence Pitch: Kayo is emerging as one of the more exciting acts in Chicago's ever-growing musical tapestry, releasing polished, exciting singles with carefully crafted visuals as he leads up to his Southside Blue Hearts LP.

Links: Twitter, Instagram, Website


Kiran the Nomad

Rapper from London, England and raised across the United States

One Song Introduction: "Granny/Lord Have Mercy"

One Sentence Pitch: Kiran the Nomad lives up to his name, collaborating with artists from all around the country to tell his own story via a melting pot of regional styles becoming a cohesive whole.

Links: Twitter, Instagram


Lilly Aviana

Singer-songwriter from Houston

One Song Introduction: “Seasons"

One Sentence Pitch: Lilly Aviana will first win you over with her lavish vocals, but will keep you coming back with her direct from the heart songwriting and composition.

Links: Twitter, Instagram


No ($) Savant

Rapper from The Netherlands