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    Hometown: Columbia, Maryland

    After a breakout collaboration with ZHU on "Testarossa Music," Gallant started striking out on his own this past year. The Mind of a Genius signee hasn't made a wrong turn since, putting his considerable vocals on full display with songs like "Weight in Gold" and "Bourbon." His Ology album is fast approaching its April release date, and SXSW should serve as further proof that Gallant is ready for the big time.