Lola Young, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter, completes our Ones To Watch 2022 list for this year (but will be resumed in January). It’s been a watershed moment for the BRIT School graduate from southeast London, who has established herself as one of the UK’s most promising young talents.
Lola has received high accolades from British Vogue, British GQ, Elle, Standard, Notion, Dork, Wonderland, and Clash for her honest and heartfelt storytelling mixed with her retro-fueled music and deep, expressive vocals.
Her singles, including this lovely ’60s R&B-styled ballad, have received airplay on Radio 1 and Apple Music 1. Lola’s music has also been included on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer editorial playlists.
She’s also been picked as the vocalist for this year’s John Lewis Christmas song, a rendition of Together In Electric Dreams, which she sang excellently on the Late Late Show with James Corden (see video) and Later with Jools Holland. Lola will embark on a UK/EU headline tour in March 2022, following a sold-out headline Lafayette gig earlier this autumn.
Lola has been tipped for big things next year by Amazon (Artists To Watch 2022), MTV (Push Artists 2022), and Vevo (DSCVR Class of 2022), as well BRITs Rising Star and BBC Sound of 2022 nominations. Everyone will like this timeless yet emotional modern soul-pop.