I remember the days when I could count in one hand the amount of Latina singers in mainstream music. Fortunately, there’s been a rise in badass Latinx artists from rapper Cardi B to feminist Afro-Latina artists including Amara La Negra, Princess Nokia, Maluca Mala, and twin-sister duo, Ibeyi. One star that’s recently stood out to me is the soulful, Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter, Jessie Reyez, whose storytelling lyrics are just as powerful as her impressive vocals.
Reyez’s music could easily be categorized under R&B and soul but her lyrics are a lot more raw than we’d normally expect from the genre. Think Adele meets Princess Nokia. The 26-year-old who recently won breakthrough artist of the year at the Juno Awards this past Sunday, recently released her remix of “Figures” featuring Daniel Caesar and it’s fire. The lyrics are real AF and resonate strongly with anyone who’s experienced a broken heart. Here are a few reasons to add Reyez to your spring playlist!