Artists To Watch 2016


Big Fuss Records is Pleased to Announce the Best New Artists To Watch in 2016!

Stay with us as we reveal a new artist every week until the entire selection has been announced. We have a line up we believe you will appreciate and LOVE! 

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When Jessica Leia is in the house, people notice.   Jessica has a three octave vocal range and offers her own brand of music that comprises a handful of sass with a whole lot of smiles. She beckons fans along a wild ride, imparting her one of a kind original music. Jessica confidently moves from mic, to the guitar, to the keys when performing.  The songs on their own are enough to make people stand up and take notice.  Coupled with her intimate feisty performances, Jessica Leia is a consummate performer, and artist. Jessica’s style is a fusion of genres, with strong elements of Blues, Rock, Funk and Americana. Her sound is best described as “Rock-icana Pop”. Big Fuss Records is pleased to have Jessica on board as an Artist To Watch in 2016 for her single, “My Way”.



Sonny Hunter Truth Teller

Sonny Hunter is a solo artist, lead singer/songwriter and guitarist from Houston Texas/USA.  His canvas is bold yet nontraditional and compared to a new millennium Billy Idol.  Sonny is gaining mass followers with online radio and is currently being played in rotation on well established internet radio stations from Canada, UK, Boston, Ohio, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Big Fuss Records selected the single “Anxious”, by Sonny Hunter, which is a featured single on his 2016 pre-release; “Truth Teller”. Big Fuss Records is pleased to have Sonny on board for our 2016 Artists To Watch compilation, showcasing the best new Artists To Watch on the planet. Look for it in stores worldwide March 2016.



Birds Over Arkansas has influences which span from Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Birds Over ArkansasPeter Gabriel, and Frank Zappa to Americana artists such as; The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and Iron & Wine. The group was formed in 2011. The band consists of Scott Haskitt (guitar, lead vocals), Laura Hartshorn (keyboards, vocals), John Mondick (guitar, vocals), Ryan Berg (drums), and Chico Huff (bass).

The eclectic musical group, are often described as Americana and quirky Americana Progressive rockers, who present upbeat and harmonic original offerings. The group was selected as “Artists to Watch” for 2016, for their mesmerizing new single, “Forgotten Lights”.


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Out of the Dust is an Artist to Watch for 2016. The group’s recent single, “All That I’m Made For” demonstrates a determination and well rounded excellence, worthy of recognition.

Out of the Dust has a passion to share God’s majestic, mysterious and beautiful redemption through music. Their songs are inspired, thought provoking, and uniquely their own.  The group has more than a decade of experience playing and leading worship. They placed second in GMA’s national band/duo competition in 2011.

Out of the Dust’s story is a personal journey of downfall, heartbreak, and redemption. It is a true story that inspires husband and wife duo Chris and Stephanie Teague to create songs that expressly reveal their tumultuous road. The story stems from the wake of their young marriage collapsing and being reduced to nothing. While going through these struggles, God breathed life into their hearts and marriage and is still breathing new verve into their personal narrative.


AJ Mesidor, is Armanda J Mesidor. Hailing from Miami Florida, AJ is a 23 AJ Mesidoryear old American of Haitian decent. AJ inspires greatness as an R&B/ Pop/ Gospel artist. She started singing at the age of three, and it was magic the moment she opened her mouth and picked up a microphone.

AJ has performed in many competitions, including school functions, wedding/events, funerals, and shows. By age eleven, AJ performed in her first gospel talent show and won third place in the competition. She has been working to improve her craft ever since.

In 2013, AJ won the Gospel Artist of the 2013 ‘People’s Choice Award’ at a competition hosted by Visions International Church. Electrifying on stage, AJ captivates her audience, the moment she steps on stage,  and commands their attention until the moment her performance ends. Her music is about having the strength to live life fully, while having an open heart toward love, and learning from mistakes.