Hollywood- Each year, MTV compiles a list of up and coming artists that are potential hitmakers to watch out for. Coming off the success of spotlighting new artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Zedd, Hunter Hayes and Austin Mahone in 2013, MTV unveiled its new crop of “Artist To Watch” in 2014.
It’s a great mix of YouTube artists and groups that competed in television talent shows including Fifth Harmony of “The X Factor USA” fame, Jake Miller, Tori Kelly, Bastille, Chvrches, Danny Brown Echosmith,, flume, Jhene Aiko, Martin Garrix, Rixton and Vic Mensa.
Having made it to the top 3 of season two of “The X Factor,” Fifth Harmony has proven to the world that you don’t have to win a talent contest to be an artist to watch. In 2013, the teen girl group released their EP “Better Together” which spawned a hit single, “Miss Moving On.” The group is currently the opening act for Demi Lovato's "The Neon Lights Tour."
Managed by Scooter Braun, artist Tori Kelly has already made a name for herself as a social media star on YouTube with over 809,000 subscribers. Tori began competing in singing competitions at the age of six. By the time she was 14, she embarked on writing her own work and posting it online. Through her popularity online, she began collaborating with other successful artists on YouTube such as AJ Rafael and beat boxer Angie Girl.
Just like Tori, Miami based rapper/singer Jake Miller built his fan base through his online presence. With over 25 million YouTube views, Jake Miller recently signed on with Warner Bros. Records. Miller has already proven himself to be more than a social media star by releasing two successful EP’s. As member of MTV’s Artist To Watch, Miller hopes that he can follow in the footsteps of Macklemore among other successful Artist To Watch alumni.
To view all the Artist To Watch interviews and performances visit http://www.mtv.com/artists/collections/artist-to-watch/897377/
You can also check out interviews with Fifth Harmony and Jake Miller from Pacific Rim Video/Front Row Features Wire correspondent Chris Trondsen at youtube.com/pacificrimvideopress