5 Amazing Under-the-Radar L.A. Musicians
Ryan OrangeBrooke Candy
Our People issue just hit stands - it's our annual opportunity to shout out the most interesting and provocative personalities walking L.A.'s streets. Be sure to check out our landing page if you haven't, if only for the exquisite photography courtesy of Ryan Orange.
When it comes to music, the issue features a host of exciting talent, both young and, well, young-in-spirit. Like drummer Charles Connor, who, in '50s Macon, Georgia performed three nights a week with James Brown, and the other four with Little Richard! (Connor now mans the security booth at KROQ's entrance.)
Many of our music profile subjects are doing exciting things right now, and, below, we highlight five of them, with links to their full profile.
5. Brooke Candy
The Rapping Provocateur
The daughter of the former chief financial officer at Hustler, Brooke Candy occupies an increasingly-interesting pop culture space, somewhere between musician and shocking spokesmodel. The former stripper "may just be a sex object to you, but all you are to me is an ATM."
Ryan OrangeYuna Zarai
4. Yuna Zarai
The Muslim Pop Star
In her home country of Malaysia, Yuna Zarai is a household name, but here in L.A. she's working to carve out a niche as a singer-songwriter. Oh, and a fashion designer specializing in a wholesome chic that wouldn't look out of place in her more-conservative homeland.
Ryan OrangeGia Medley
3. Gia Medley
Gia Medley is only 25 and her rap career is taking off; Pras Michel from the Fugees is producing her first album. She's focused on trying to make inroads as a Latina rapper, and her stories of growing up tough in South Los Angeles are drawing notice.
Ryan OrangeMoses Sumney
2. Moses Sumney
The One-Man Band
The son of Christian-minister parents from Ghana, Moses Sumney played with bands at UCLA before breaking away on his own. He's quickly rising in the L.A. underground via his starkly-honest songs and crystal clear voice.
Ryan OrangeMeg Myers
1. Meg Myers
Meg Myers was raised Jehovah's Witness and had an otherwise unenviable, sparsely-educated childhood. But she channels it all into her darkly melodic music, which won her a deal with Atlantic. Hopefully, it will pay for the therapy bills
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