Boston soul/pop chick Lisa Bello rocked the Apollo cold at 13 years old and smashed through the public school talent show circuit before her sweet 16. Every artist gets labeled, and Bello never minded being the tattooed Italian broad with Mary's pipes and Whitney's gusto. Hipsters dig her dance-floor–friendly backdrops, soul cats flock to see her front an eight-piece band, and hip-hop crowds haven't heard rhythm packaged this tightly since Jodeci dominated airwaves. This songstress is definitely ready to drop, and yes, folks—she'll be sure to make it hot.
Casey Desmond tends to linger in your mind long after she exits the stage. Her costumes, wonderfully hand-crafted, playfully complement her "miss means business" music. This alt-indie pop siren's got a pair of pipes that will move you straight to the dance floor and keep you there all night. Whether it's a quirky tune played on an odd '80s electronic toy autoharp; a rich layer of melodic guitar, synth, and piano; or her beautifully odd lyrics, her songs always manage to deliver a classic familiarity and uncharted freshness. With the release of her follow-up EP Chilly Allston, this singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and fashionista confirms she's a quadruple threat to be reckoned with.
Krysta Youngs is a colorful, creative, and complicated character, qualities all perfectly captured on her stunning debut, Stories. Youngs, fresh out of Boston via her native Grand Blanc, is today's answer to straight-shooting artists like Madonna, Pink, and Katy Perry, only without all that superstar baggage. Youngs is quickly making a name for herself through song placement on television shows like ESPN's Inside the Big East. Her songs—rockin', heartfelt, and literate—often pack devastating impact, and her mic-throwing performances leave you breathless. Frankly, you have to see her to believe it.