A sick beat is simply that, a sick beat, but add in an unforgettable vocal that stops you dead in your tracks and you got yourself solid EDM gold. There are so many amazingly talented singer/songwriters in dance music but few that rise to the top for that extra incredible punch. Here we bring you the crème de la crème!
10. Rico & Miella
As classically trained electronic musicians with a “weekend warrior” mentality, Rico and Miella are writing the next chapter of their composition book. 2014 was a huge year for the duo, who released songs with artists such as Tom Swoon, Stadiumx, Lush & Simon, and KDrew. Their musical gymnastics and range landed Rico & Miella a #3 spot on the Beatport top 100 chart with “Ghost,” a feature on Jenna Marbles’ Top 15 Countdown on Sirius XM for “Let Me Go,” and a strong endorsement on MTV for their music video “Let Me Go”.
9. Sam Martin
Sam Martin is a singer-songwriter whose songwriting credits include Maroon 5’s “Daylight”, which went #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart and the US Adult Top 40 chart. Sam is the featured singer and co-writer on David Guetta’s single, “Lovers On The Sun,” co-produced by Avicii. Other credits include Guy Sebastian’s “Like A Drum” (which peaked at number 4 on the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association charts), Ziggy Marley’s “Lighthouse,” and more.
8. Ellie Goulding
Having caught the public’s attention in 2010 with her singles “Starry Eyed” and “Guns and Horses,” British vocalist Ellie Goulding quickly rose to the top of the charts with her infectious electronic pop sound. Although she started out writing songs in a folk-inflected style, she eventually grew into a more electronic-influenced artist. In 2012 “Burn” and “How Long Will I Love You,” were among her biggest hits. The following year, she was featured on Calvin Harris’ Top Ten U.K. hit “Outside.”
7. Julia Michaels
Julia Michaels is an American singer and songwriter. In 2014 she provided vocals for the Borgeous singles “Wildfire” and “Invincible” and again collaborated with them in 2015 for their single “They Don’t Know Us.” Julia also provided vocals for two tracks from Zedd’s album True Colors: “Straight Into the Fire” and “Daisy.” She also co-wrote the lyrics for Zedd’s “Papercut.”
6. Fatman Scoop
Hip-hop legend Fatman Scoop “In The Club” 2004 not a name you immediately think of when thinking of EDM singers. Collaborating with Skrillex led to Hardwell reaching out to him to appear on his album cut “Don’t Stop The Madness.” He’s working with more EDM producers now and the sky’s the limit after working with the one and only Hardwell.
UK based 22 year old Harrison is a DJ, vocalist, and producer who’s very much in demand after storming the EDM and progressive house charts over the past year. After an initial breakthrough track with David Guetta, titled ‘Ain’t A Party’, collaboration singles have swiftly followed with the likes of Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dannic, VINAI, Laidback Luke and more over the past twelve months alone.
4. Eva Simons
Eva Simons is a Dutch vocalist, songwriter and occasional actress. She’s best known for her EDM and urban collaborations with artists such as Afrojack, The Young Professionals, R3hab and Sidney Samson. Eva Simons is now married to Sidney Samson.
3. Taylr Renee
Taylr Renee is an angelic American signer/songwriter who’s worked with the likes of Axwell & Sick Individuals, Quintino and MOTi, Stadiumx, Paris Blohm, Helena Legend, James Egbert, Clockwork, Tom Swoon, Morten, and Arty.
2. Matthew Koma
Beginning in 2010, Matthew Koma grew from being a relatively unknown producer to one of the most sought-after, collaborating with artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, LMFAO, and Hardwell. Originally into rock & roll, Koma started writing music at the tender age of nine and managed to score a publishing deal at the age of 16. His first big success was co-writing the 2012 hit single “Calling (Lose My Mind)” along with producers Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso, and featuring Ryan Tedder. This was his first venture working alongside leading EDM artists. Following the “Calling” single, Koma went to work on the single “Sparks” with Nicky Romero and Fedde Le Grand, as well as the smash hit “Spectrum” alongside the artist Zedd.
1. Heather Bright/BRIGHT LIGHTS
Heather Bright, best known by her stage name, BRIGHT LIGHTS, is an American pop singer-songwriter who has recently exploded into the dance world. Her powerful voice and beautiful compositions makes her one of the most sought after singers in all of electronic music. Responsible for several career-defining hits including Porter Robinson’s “Language,” Hardwell’s “Never Say Goodbye,” and 3LAU’s “How You Love Me,” she is also featured on Zedd’s #1 Clarity album.
In addition to her singing, Bright is also Grammy-nominated for her songwriting on Justin Bieber’s “Somebody To Love” and Fantasia’s “Even Angels.” With her debut single “Runaway (Feat. 3LAU)” racing up the charts, a full-length album in the works, and support from the many artists she has helped along the way, Bright Lights is quickly becoming an international fan favorite.