Lil Durk, Ashland Craft among five artists you need to know

Music is one of the most inspirational influences we have today. There is a massive amount of new music being put out every day, especially with the current pandemic happening. People are constantly asking me what new songs they should explore and add to their playlists. I find that my musical influences are constantly evolving. Here are five artists you need to know. Each of them have their own style, sound and persona.

Lil Durk

Chicago native, hip hop artist and visionary are just a few words that describe Lil Durk. He is one of those artists that everyone in the hip hop world loves and wants to collab with. His name is everywhere and he is easily one of the most popular hip hop artists of 2020/2021. He literally can jump on anyone’s track and fit right in. He is most definitely a true blue superstar.

Ashland Craft

South Carolina native and The Voice contestant Ashland Craft is one of my favorite female artists, however, it seems a lot of people have been sleeping on her. She is beautiful, genuine and has one heck of a voice. If you like your country music with a twang’ then you’ll love her! She is hands down one of the best singer/songwriter in Music City.


Alabama sure knows how to grow em’. Tiera is something special. She can sing, write and play guitar with grace. Her sound is country/pop and it’s highly contagious. She has her own show on apple music and she is killing it right now! You’ll want to check her out ASAP!


Warner Records knew what they were doing when they signed this bombshell. Saweetie is a rapper/songwriter and hails from Cali. Sure, her music is on radio and she has a TON of social media followers but she’s still underrated and deserves her respect. I am calling it, 2021 is the year of Saweetie!


Y’all ever heard of hick hop? Well, let me introduce you to a bad chick. Shelbykay is a country rapper from South Carolina. She is signed to Average Joes Entertainment, which was founded by country rap legend Colt Ford. Yes, she is a redneck. Yes, she speaks her mind and yes, she is white. Shelbykay is truly defying all odds. Her music is catchy, fun and relatable to every single person who grew up country. I am loving her music!

Do you have a new artist I should check out? Tweet me and let me know @brittwv.

Brittany Vance
Brittany Vance

Southern WV born and bred who is a lover of all things country. She's a mother of two and professional hell raiser. Brittany will pop in from time to time as a Guest Columnist who will present her unfiltered thoughts on the most recent country concerts and maybe an exclusive interview or two.