Arlissa Biography (BBC)
Despite breaking through with the Nas duet Hard to Love Somebody, London singer Arlissa isn't to be ranked exclusively beside upcoming urban artists. The track's a little left-field compared to what else she has in store.
Aged just 19, she's a goldmine of potential - and anyone who caught her at 2012's Bestival, where she opened the Big Top Stage, will be well aware of Arlissa's powerful voice. Honeyed one moment, like a hurricane the next, it's a potent weapon indeed. Think Florence, or Clare Maguire.
Co-writing sessions with Crystal Fighters illustrate her musical breadth - Arlissa is far from another Rihanna clone. But such diversions into relatively experimental territories take nothing away from her mainstream intentions - that she's clicked with DJs at Radio 1, 1Xtra and Radio 2 is indicative of mass-audience appeal.
She's already piqued attentions with a great collaboration, but it's what Arlissa does next that'll really resonate.
Arlissa Biography (Wikipedia)
Arlissa Ruppert, (born 21 September 1992) known professionally as Arlissa, is an English singer-songwriter raised in Brixton, London. She has released three singles, collaborated with Nas and was listed on the BBC's Sound of 2013.