Female vocalists have an amazing way of turning a simple track into something outstanding. It’s an ideal pairing. Most of the time, it’s the lyrics that get stuck in your head!
Sometimes, you hear a voice and it simply makes the world collapse around you. Everything around you drifts away, until all you’re left with is the soothing sound of this beautiful speaking to you and igniting the fire in your soul.
Here’s our top 7 of the best female vocalists in EDM.
Alexandra Cheatle is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and producer. In 2014, Alex adopted the alias “Zyra.” She has done the vocals on many tracks for Odesza, Flume, Zak Abel, and Snakeships. She is featured on “Say My Name” and “It’s Only” from Odesza’s sophomore album “In Return.” She is also featured on Flume’s track “Sweet Loving.” Cheatle became the youngest person ever to receive a Make It Break It Songwriting Award in October 2009. On December 7th, 2015, “Say My Name (RAC Remix) ft. Zyra” by Odesza was nominated for a Grammy.
With an impressive catalog that includes Skrillex, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, and Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding is untouchable. With tracks like “Lights” getting remixed plays by every DJ in the game, it was a surefire way for Goulding to climb the ranks, and eventually be the hottest star in the game. Goulding’s ability to deliver a strikingly powerful performance while balancing a certain emotional tenderness makes her a producer’s dream and it puts her at the top of our list.
Known as Bright Lights, Heather Bright is an American pop singer and songwriter who has recently let her light shine bright over the EDM world. With beautiful compositions and an extremely powerful voice, it’s no surprise she’s one of the most sought after vocalist for EDM.
As a songwriter, Bright’s first release was Ashley Tisdale’s’ “Hot Mess” in 2009. From there, she’s written songs for major pop artist such as Britney Spears, and Justin Bieber- she is responsible for his hit “Somebody to Love.” As a vocalist, she’s responsible for several career-defining hits, including Porter Robinson’s “Language,” “Stars Come Out,” by Zedd, “Never Say Goodbye,” by Hardwell, and 3Lau’s “How You Love Me.”
NERO has put out some banger tracks in the past few years, and when they get spins at shows, the lyrics are mouthed by every single person in the crowd. Alana Watson’s high-pitched voice is a beautiful force that tears through pounding bass lines making it impossible not to want to sing along. Tracks like “Promises,” “Guilt,” “Me & You,” “Crush on You,” and “Innocence” have helped push Watson to the limelight. Nero has a new album on the way, so we have a feeling we’ll be hearing more of Alana Watson in the near future.
Australian born songstress Emma Hewitt is a voice instantly recognizable. As she continues to write and release music with some of the world’s most respected names in EDM, her haunting melodies, yearning lyrics and distinctive style have earned her a legion of passionate fans around the world. She is the vocals featured on “Be Your Sound,” and “Calm Down” by Cosmic Gate, “Waiting” and “Disarm Yourself” by Dash Berlin, and “Alive Again” by 3Lau.
If you’ve ever listened to Above and Beyond, then you’ve definitely heard the old school, angelic voice of Zoe Johnston. Johnston’s career began when she co-wrote the song, “Swollen” by Bent. She then went on to write and sing vocals for Faithless, Sleepthief, and Delerium before contributing heavily to Above and Beyond’s albums Group Therapy and We Are All We Need. Zoe is the vocals on tracks like “We Are All We Need,” “Alchemy,” “Love Is Not Enough,” and “You Got To Go,” by Above and Beyond.
Born in New Jersey, Aruna Abrams is a singer, songwriter and DJ, and has collaborated with some of EDM’s biggest names. Her biggest break came when she co-wrote “I Got Nerve” for Miley Cyrus. Aruna is featured on “Won’t Let You Go” by Armin Van Buuren, “Under Your Spell” by Cosmic Gate, and “Live Forever” by Ferry Corsten.