The Battle is Back. Emerge Cycle 4 is here!


Another cycle of Emerge starts today with ten hot new artists contending to declare themselves as the #1 rising act!

Meet the Artists

Bear’s Den, Deap Vally, BANKS, Joel Crouse, X Ambassadors, Smallpools, G-Eazy, St. Lucia, Lucius, and Half Moon Run will all be in the running to win you over in this aggressive race to prove who is the latest rising star in trending music!  
Over the next six weeks, Emerge will pare down the contenders based on your listening behavior until one artist comes out on top. Support your favorite act with your listens, stars, social shares and shouts-outs.
We asked the artists “What music reminds you of your childhood?” and here are their interesting responses. Read on and be sure to vote for your fave in Emerge!
“The Kinks and Bob Dylan. My dad used to drive me to school as a kid every day and the closest thing to contemporary music we could ever agree on were The Kinks and Bob Dylan and whenever I hear anything by those artists, I definitely feel very nostalgic.”
 Julie:  “Janet Jackson, Phantom of the Opera, Duran Duran”
Lindsay: “The Grateful Dead”
Ol‘ Dirty Bastard’s ‘Got Your Money’, John Denver’s ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’, and Wyclef Jean ‘Gone Till November’. Yup.”
“Childhood to me means ages 7-11, and I remember listening to Ace of Base and Madonna in the car. And my dad would listen to Dead Can Dance, Peter Gabriel, Crash Test Dummies and Andrea Bocelli.”
“Music that reminds me of my childhood is probably old hymns, old country, classic rock, and Michael Jackson.”
“Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Disney sing-a-long tapes, Raffi, Ninja Turtles Live.”
“Johnny Cash.”
“Too much for me to thoroughly list here, but definitely Fleetwood Mac, because my mom was a huge fan. I grew up in the 80’s, so a lot of the music that became guilty pleasures from that era entered my consciousness at that point: Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Duran Duran etc.”
“The Oldies stations in our hometowns — 105.7 (Cleveland) 101.1 (Los Angeles). Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, the Beach Boys, Little Richard, the Stones, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Orbison. It was also the 80’s so our fav songs were probably between Love Shack, Beat It and Sledgehammer as a wee little kid.”
“It’s hard to pinpoint it really. The list is a good mix of some common grounds and some weird tastes we all experienced in our childhood.”
For more insight into what influences all of our Cycle 4 acts, head to the Emerge app  and check out  playlists of the songs that have made an impact on their lives and their art. Stay tuned for more from Emerge!