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Five Underrated Artists – The Daily Evergreen

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With the ever-expanding music industry, there are always musicians who are underrated. It’s a shame because many of those who go unnoticed are often just as good as the popular up-and-coming artists.

As someone who prides himself on listening to different singers of all genres, here are five artists I think deserve more recognition.

Domo Wilson (her)

I think a lot of people agree that when it comes to rappers, there aren’t enough women in the industry. Domo Wilson is a woman of color who focuses much of her music on who she is.

“Becoming Myself” – one of my favorite songs from her – is about her struggle to accept herself as LGBT and the challenges she faced. However, the song’s chorus is also a message to all gender identities that they are beautiful. It’s a perfect mix of promoting unity while tackling the stigma of queer people.

“Its good

It doesn’t matter if you are

Right

Bi

Trans

Queer

or gay

You are worth it and you are beautiful.

By Domo Wilson, “Becoming Myself”

She also did a song called “To My Son”, a heartwarming piece about how proud she is of her child and how much she loves him.

Some of her other songs contain an upbeat atmosphere similar to that of Megan Thee Stallion and others featured on the Top 100 Billboards.

However, a decent collection of his songs also focuses on sadder themes, such as heartbreak and the pain of falling in love.

Unfortunately, despite the deep and relatable messages in his music, most of his songs aren’t that popular.

Wilson herself is pretty well noticed on social media with a couple million subscribers on Instagram and YouTube.

Although she has a decent following, I never see her mentioned when other prominent female musicians of color are brought up. I also never see his music in any playlist. Therefore, I would consider her to be underrated, given that the quality of her music matches many Billboard Top 100 songs.

Kevin Walkman (he/him)

With only a handful of songs released, it’s understandable why this artist doesn’t have a huge following. However, as an independent artist, Kevin Walkman’s songs often have a vibe that could fit into any queer playlist.

As a gay artist, Walkman focuses his entire discography on boy singing. While his music has a soft, sometimes upbeat instrumental, the lyrics are often dark.

For example, his song “Its alright :)” is about a boy he had broken up with. Most of the lyrics focus on an unnamed guy and how the artist still thinks of him. Despite this, an important theme of the song is about the two parting ways. Although the instrumentals are lively and lively, there are plenty of sadder themes in the lyrics.

Apart from that, his songs “OhNo!” and “3:30am” are worth listening to and possibly adding to your next playlist.

While Walkman is quite popular on Spotify, its traction is abysmal on other platforms like Twitter and YouTube.

As he (hopefully) releases more music, I’m confident he’ll gain more followers. In the meantime, I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Gen-Z vibe in their music.

Vardaan Arora (he/him)

Since Vardaan Arora’s sound is very much in touch with most modern pop music, I was surprised to learn that he is severely underrated on streaming platforms and social media.

As an Indian-born musician who identifies as LGBT, Arora has a soft voice that blends well with the melodies of his instrumentals. Songs like “Dance Like You” and “Feel Good Song” are some of my favorite pop songs of all time.

Arora keeps her style fresh and it’s completely baffling that her name isn’t more prominent in the industry. I can see his songs exploding in a club.

Tunde Olaniran (he/they)

Although not all of their songs are for me, like “Jean Grey” and “Coins”, Tunde Olaniran’s music contains an overall positive and self-love vibe that transcends genres. The most notable being “Vulnerable”, “Miracle” and “WDWHI”.

Olaniran, a genre-nonconforming Nigerian-born musician, has been making music since 2011. With relatively few social media followers and Spotify listeners, I’m surprised his name isn’t more well known in the world. music industry. Her voice is angelic, and it really shows through her discography. Meanwhile, the instrumentals of some of his songs are soft and have their own unique style.

For people who love soulful, positive energy in their music, Olaniran might just be a new favorite.

Maya B (her)

Maya B has an amazing voice that I could listen to for hours. She is one of the rare artists where I like to listen to the acoustic versions of her songs. His voice is just soothing.

Some of my favorite songs from her are “Balloon Bitch” and “Getty Woah”, both of which showcase her amazing vocal skills. Along with her singing, her album covers also have visually pleasing imagery, making them easily recognizable.

Most of his songs stay true to a relaxing vibe, allowing them to blend into a study or release playlist seamlessly. It’s a nice break from the hard-hitting party songs that are usually trending in the industry.

Maya B is a woman of color with a very unique style in the pop genre. Unfortunately, his songs gained very little traction and weren’t as popular as they deserved.

I hope that as his career evolves, so does his sequel.