If you follow us on Instagram, you've seen our A.U Artist Curation where we bring you our 5 picks for creatives really establishing themselves in their industry. This week, our Entertainment Director, Meagan D’Von Funk, is bringing you 5 Musicians to watch hailing out of Fort Worth, Texas. Check them out below:
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Fort Worth-based Hip-Hop artist, Lou CharLe$, has been making waves with his captivating live shows, positive message, and charismatic candor. Fresh off tour with Eminem protege, WESTSIDE Boogie, Lou has been consistently releasing new singles each month. Great music that stands the test of time is always derived from real life and that’s exactly what Lou CharLe$ sets out to do -- tell his truth.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jenna Raine has won over supporters across the globe
with her sweetly expressive vocals and magnetic stage presence. Her single “see you later (ten years)”
has transformed from a gorgeously stripped-back, introspective song that she wrote alone at her piano
into a massively beloved anthem of healing and hope. Born during her personal quest to write 100 songs
during the lockdown, “see you later (ten years)” immediately went viral on TikTok where Jenna now has
more than 1.4 million followers. The poignant piano ballad took on a life of its own, with hundreds of
thousands of videos created that share stories of struggles, heartbreak, and resilience using the
powerful lyric “this isn’t goodbye, this is simply a see you later.”
Hailing from Fort Worth, Morningbuzz, plays an appealing blend of dark indie rock and lush, anti-pop. The band released a string of singles, amassing over 75k streams online, while synonymously selling out clubs, warehouses, and more traditional venues throughout 2021 and into 2022. The band is currently touring throughout Texas and working on their debut EP, which will release on all streaming platforms, as well as an exclusive cassette tape with a number of bonus tracks included on a B side.
Dallas-Fort Worth-native Averi Burk went through “Hell” to find “Light,” and while the process of healing isn’t linear, she’s managed to thrive with her family, both natural and chosen, by her side. Authenticity breathes through each of her songs, written and sung over electronic pop and rock-driven beats. Always incorporating live instrumentation in her music, Averi is well-versed in guitar, drums, and piano. One thing that sets Averi apart is her live performance. Her shows rock you to your core while being raw, powerful, engaging, and immersive. Every concert offers fans an opportunity to experience intense energetic performances that are equal parts exciting and inspiring.
Born in Greece to parents of Nigerian descent, Abraham Alexander instills his music with a joyful passion and irrepressible spirit, ultimately giving way to songs that radiate undeniable hope. Alexander's performances fill the space with energy, collecting fans one by one whether that is opening for Black Pumas, Leon Bridges, or charming the crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheater.