Katy B, not to be confused with Katy Perry, further proves that the UK has some of most of interesting emerging artists.
Not exactly new, Katy B has been in the game for at least seven years, according to her iTunes bio:
The versatile London, England-based Katy B (aka Baby Katy, Baby Katie), a garage/dubstep vocalist inspired by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, and Gwen Stefani, first gained notice with “Tell Me,” a 2006 single produced by DJ NG. A series of other features followed, including lead turns on Jelly Jams’ “I Try,” Geeneus’ “Good Life” (a cover of the late-’80s Inner City house classic), and the Count & Sinden’s “Hold Me.” All of those tracks preceded the release of her first proper solo single. “Katy on a Mission,” produced by Benga, was issued on Rinse in 2010. The album On a Mission was released the following April and debuted at number two on the U.K. album chart. Nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, it was issued that September in the U.S.
Recently, she released the video for “Crying For No Reason,” the lead single from her forthcoming album Little Red. With her moody vocals and insanely catchy synth-pop songs, I think Katy has a good shot of making it big in North America soon. Last year, BBC America named Katy B’s single, “5 AM,” one of the greatest British songs of 2013.
Little Red is scheduled to go out February 3 in the UK, with no date set yet for the US and Canada. In the meantime, check out the “Crying For No Reason” video.