Who: Kate Davis
Where She’s From: Portland, Ore.
Why She’s Going To Rule 2014: We first introduced you to this soulful vocalist when she debuted her heart-twanging cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” to a group of VERY ADOPTABLE Humane Society cats. But it’s Kate’s poignant and moving original records that are sure to catapult her to Lorde levels this year. Seriously, prepare to ugly-cry when you first hear “Phillip.”
Kate’s already been selected as one of three winners to be featured at the Lincoln Center and Prudential’s “Invest In The Future Of The American Song” event, which is really just a high-falutin’ way to say GET INVOLVED. NOW.
Who: Betty Who
Where She’s From: Sydney, Australia
Why She’s Going To Rule 2014: Betty was catapulted to fame when her euphoric pop gem, “Somebody Loves You,” soundtracked that viral Home Depot proposal video in late 2013. Next thing you know, Betty had signed a major recording contract with RCA and begun her upward trajectory toward queendom!
Now, Betty’s hard at work recording her debut album, which is set to drop later this year. 2014? Our prediction? Britney meets Robyn meets GOD JUST PUT THAT ALBUM OUT ALREADY!
+ Watch Betty Who’s “You’re In Love” video.
Who: Tori Kelly
Where She’s From: Wildomar, Calif.
Why She’s Going To Rule 2014: We’ve been Stanning hard for Tori Kelly ever since we buzzed about her way back in — *wipes dirt off shoulder* — 2012! Now, the one-time YouTube star is on the express train to fame.
Tori was signed to Scooter Braun’s house of music royalty (Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, The Wanted, basically EVERYONE) last year, and her Mariah Carey-meets-Jill Scott-meets-Lauryn Hill-caliber pipes helped her ink a major deal with Capitol Records.
She later released her Forward EP to critical acclaim, and if you can listen to “Paper Hearts” without bawling, then check yourself into the nearest hospital and have them run a CAT scan to find your missing soul.
+ Watch Tori Kelly’s “Dear No One” video.