Sounds Like: If Adele had a little sister from Australia
For Fans of: Demi Lovato, Joss Stone, Miguel
Why You Should Pay Attention: Grace Sewell is only 18, but she's already had a Number One hit in her native Australia with a fiery cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me." The cover was Quincy Jones' idea. The blockbuster producer took notice of Sewell's expressive vocal range and recommended the 1963 classic. Like Gore, Sewell was 17-years-old when she recorded her version, which was updated for the modern consumer with a hip-hop verse from G-Eazy. You can hear Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, and Shirley Bassey in the swells of her smoky voice. Those were the artists Sewell says her parents — an illustrator and a BMW salesman — kept on in her childhood home in Brisbane. Sewell's debut album is set for release early this year.
She Says: "I'm usually not inspired by watching TV in my downtime, but I've been watching the show Love & Hip Hop a lot and a song called "Burn Your Clothes" is fully about this couple on that show. … Rasheeda and her husband get in a big fight and she messes up all his stuff. My stories usually come from other people's journeys. … I think, 'How would I react if that happened to me?'"
Hear for Yourself: Grace faces the ultimate betrayal when her Jay Z stops calling her his Beyoncé on "Boyfriend Jeans," a soulful ballad that balances deep regret with the burn of teenage love. Sarah Grant