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Playlist Project: Young talent on the rise

We all love the classics, but it’s time for a new set of favorites. Our generation, full of young up-and-coming artists, promises some substantial talent. Here are some of the best young music makers providing a fresh take that’s well-worth jamming to.

1. “Disconsolate” – Ameer Vann

Artist Ameer Vann, 18, describes his music as “meticulous and cold,” but don’t let that scare you. The Houston-based artist has continued to draw listeners with innovative music since he released a self-titled EP in 2013. Vann is a part of the collective AliveSinceForever, and you can find more of his work on SoundCloud or at

2. “Find My Way Home” – The Boondiggas

This Colorado-based jam band is made up of 20-somethings Mason Greene (vocals, sax, guitar), George Lowery (drums), James Lowery (keys, guitar, sax), Jonny Gutierrez (guitar) and Bradley Zimmerman (bass). Its fresh sound includes a little bit of every genre, from reggae to jazz, and creates an authentic listening experience that’s sure to leave you feeling funky.

3. “Coping Mechanism” – Topaz Jones

Rapper Topaz Jones is a rising artist from Montclair, N.J. A part of Tastemakers NJ, a brand that highlights trends in clothing, art and media, Jones brings an original mix of hip-hop and rap with his impressive flows. You can hear more of Topaz in his recent debut album, “The Honeymoon Suite,” by visiting his website.

4. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Tara Olayeye

Tara Olayeye, 19, has a soothing and soulful voice that is reminiscent of a young Norah Jones. Olayeye is seen here doing a cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” but you can check out her single “And We’re Singing…” on iTunes.

5. “PJs – Kevin Abstract”

Kevin Abstract, the leader of collective AliveSinceForever, provides a unique hip-hop-rap blend in his self-titled EP, which was released in September 2013. This EP displays Abstract’s versatile talent. You can check out his website, or listen to more at

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