• 9

    Kwamie Liv - "Higher"

    When you think of powerful new vocalists with traditional skills, Kwamie Liv doesn't immediately come to mind. But she should. Though soft and raspy, her voice still manages to envelop you in its warmth and transport you to whatever emotional state Liv happens to be inhibiting.

    You can hear it best on "Higher," a song as stunning instrumentally as it is lyrically, detailing with relatable depth the idea of unconditional love. Throughout it all though, Liv maintains a delicate nature, proving that sometimes the strongest messages are delivered by the softest voices.—Katie K.