The 7 Best Latin Music Artists to Watch in 2021

The versatility of Latin music is unmatched – from Mexican ballads and contemporary bachata to Colombian salsa and Latin pop, the catch-all genre has evolved over time with immense change and growth. Each year the industry continues to grow with up-and-coming talent bringing even more excitement to the Latin music scene. For those looking to explore new tunes, below we highlight some of the best Latin artists you should listen to in 2021. From Los Angeles-based artist Alaina Castillo to Barcelona-based Argentinian singer Nathy Peluso, read on for a list of musicians you need to add to your playlist.

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Alaina Castillo put herself on the map when she released her 2019 single “Je ne pense plus que je t’aime” and her 2020 hit “juste un enfant”. Known for delivering a harmonic blend of pop, R&B and hip hop, Castillo incorporates his heritage into his work by combining the English and Spanish languages ​​in the lyrics. Thanks to her voice notes EP, the young artist landed a spot on Spotify’s US RADAR program last year.

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Chilean singer-songwriter Cami specializes in pop and rock, with songs centering on grief, lust, and grief. In 2021, Cami earned a Grammy nomination for Best Latin or Alternative Rock Album with her monstrous album. The 24-year-old artist is currently preparing her third album, which she describes as “feminist” and “powerful”.

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Mexican indie-pop singer and songwriter Carla Morrison has been in the musical game since 2009 when she released her debut EP Learning to Learning, which was independently produced at Jordan Beriault’s home studio in Tempe, Arizona. In 2012 Morrison released his first full album, Dejenme Llorar, consisting of 14 tracks. The album was nominated in several categories at the Latin Grammy Awards and received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin, Rock, Urban or Alternative Album in 2013.

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At the age of 11, Chesca was signed to Sony but unfortunately had to put her career on hold due to a tragic boating accident. The singer made the decision to move to Miami to rekindle her passion for music. Now based in Los Angeles and signed to Saban Music Group, Chesca has a knack for creating catchy tracks that blend Latin and reggaeton sounds. Last year, his collaborative track “Te Quiero Baby” with Pitbull and Frankie Valli earned the artist his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. Since the start of 2021, Chesca has rolled out a number of bops including “Como Tu Me Querias (Remix)” and “COMO TU (DIRTY).

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At 19, Elena Rose decided to pursue her dream of becoming a singer instead of pursuing the path of journalism. Having started performing at local bars, Rose eventually got the opportunity to collaborate with Ricky Martin, as well as Becky G and rapper Myke Towers on “Dollar.” In 2020, the singer made her debut by releasing “Sandunga”, “Fenomenal” and “La Ducha”. Most recently, Rose was credited as one of the songwriters for Selena Gomez’s “De Una Vez.”

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Barcelona-based Argentine singer-songwriter and producer Nathy Peluso burst onto the music scene four years ago by independently releasing a seven-track EP titled Emerald. The following year Peluso released their second EP. The Sandunguera with eternal records. After establishing his solo career, Peluso toured with his band Big Menu and performed at BBK Live, Sónar and the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim. In 2019 the artist signed with Sony Music Spain. Last year, Peluso released a single called “Buenos Aires” which received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Alternative Song”. Shortly after, she announced her debut studio album Calamber.

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The first Latin artist to sign to independent label Glassnote Records in 2020, up-and-coming artist Silvana Estrada is known and loved for her soothing yet commanding voice. His music even caught the attention of Mexican pop-rock and folk singer Natalia Lafourcade. On tracks such as “Para Siempre” and “Carta”, Estrada’s vocals show she has the ability to put listeners in a trance.

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