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By Will Medina, special for CraftyChica.com

Latina singers are on the rise as more and more music lovers discover these amazingly talented women. I really wanted to find the most up and coming artists out there, and these Latinas are it. Again, I wanted to include both English and Spanish in which each one of the artists really distinguishes herself from the rest. The various genres that each respective artist associates herself with is a testament of how the Latin music scene is changing.

Check out my picks of Latina artists you should definitely add to your spring playlist.

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Daniela Andrade

Daniela Andrade is a Honduran-Canadian singer-songwriter from Canada. Largely known for her stripped down acoustic covers and originals on YouTube, her videos have been viewed over 100 Million times by a faithful worldwide audience of over 800,000 subscribers on YouTube and 830,000 fans on Facebook. Her new album is set to release sometime this year.

My choice song: “Latch”

If you are a fan of: Norah Jones, Kina Grannis, Ingrid Michaelson

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Kali Uchis

Kali was born in Colombia, raised in Northern Virginia, and later resided in Los Angeles, California. Multi-faceted artist who handles much of the creative direction in her music: designing cover art, directing music videos, and tailoring 60s-chic/90s-urban style to fit her perfectly. She release in 2015 released her first studio project called Por Vida.

My choice song: “Know What I Want”

If you are a fan of: Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Erykah Badu

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Andrea Balency

French-Mexican Andrea Balency was born in Paris in 1989 and after a thorough and classical education; she started composing music at the age of 17. Since then, her life experiences from both Argentina and Mexico – where she’s been living since her teens – have influenced her songwriting to the point of not only including traditional French music and ‘chanson’ but also Mexican and Argentina’s folklore.

My choice song: “You’ve Never Been Alone”

If you are a fan of: FKA Twigs, Carla Morrison, Julieta Venegas

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Violeta Castillo

Violeta is an Argentinian singer-songwriter that describes her songs that tend not to follow the usual pattern. Beyond the different records she produces that can range between the love song, soul and some electronic, Violeta’s style is undoubtedly pop.

My choice song: “Las Señals”

If you are a fan of: Natalia Lafourcade, Ximena Sariñana, Hello Seahorse!

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Javiera Mena

Javiera is a Chilean Indie electro-pop musician. She started her musical career in the Chilean indie music scene in 2001, and achieved wider success after the release of her first studio album in 2006. Her musical style tends to be synthesized electronic sound, although prior to her official debut she made acoustic-oriented songs accompanied solely by guitar.

My choice song: “La Joya”

If you are a fan of: Kimbra, Belanova, Francisca Valenzuela

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I hope you fell in love with all of these Latina artists as much as I did. I found that each one of these artists is so different and that’s what attracted me to them. These Latina artists are on the rise and I hope you get a chance to add a few of them to your current playlist!

-Will J

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Will Medina is a Phoenix resident with a passion for new and meaningful music. He always keeps up to date with current music and has been known to bust a move to some Top 40 hits from time to time.

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