Female vocalists and EDM go together like 1000-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets in a five-star hotel. It's an ideal pairing. What's more, the sweet, sweet vocals many of these ladies offer up are often times what makes the songs stand out. It's certainly the part of the tune that gets gleefully lodged in your head long after the last refrain has faded. Here's a list of the best female vocalists in EDM right now.
Ellie Goulding With an impressive catalog that includes Skrillex, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, and Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding is easily the hottest vocalist in EDM. She's untouchable. She has managed to grow from her sheltered singer-songwriter roots to be in the limelight as the go-to vocalist for the biggest names in dance music. Sure, it might have helped that she dated Skrillex, but that also just proves that Skrill-daddy knows a good voice when he hears one. With tracks like "Lights" getting remixed plays by every DJ in the game, it was a surefire way for Goulding to climb the ranks, and eventually be the hottest star in the game.
Haley Gibby Though her success really came from features on Kaskade tracks, Haley Gibby's smoky vocals can be heard on various EDM bangers, including cuts by Tiesto and ATB, among others. She provides a lovely voice on trance tracks, which just click perfectly thanks to her sultry croon. "Dynasty," a track by Kaskade, might be the one that put her in the spotlight, but she's steadily climbing her way into her own, and you can bet she'll be sitting comfortably at the top of the pop charts very soon.
Emma Hewitt Contralto vocalists are in high demand right now (see: Lorde, Lana Del Rey), and Emma Hewitt is quickly making her name known beyond the EDM scene. As her music falls under the broad umbrella of trance music, she has gained recognition by headlining festivals under her own name, rather than simply being featured on mainstream DJ's acts. She holds her own on the biggest stages in the world and can deliver the same intensity of vocals in a club setting. Should she choose to move into the pop world, it won't be long before her voice is heard on the airwaves round the world.
Alana Watson NERO has put out some banger tracks in the past few years, and when they get spins at shows, the lyrics are mouthed by every single person in the crowd. Alana Watson's high-pitched voice is a beautiful force that tears through pounding bass lines making it impossible not to want to sing along. Tracks like "Promises," "Guilt," "Me & You," and "Innocence" have helped push Watson to the forefront of EDM vocalists.
Nadia Ali On her own, Nadia Ali has proven that she's a powerhouse vocalist, from garnering Grammy nods to the Winter Music Conference to logging countless hits on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Her sultry, emotion-filled vocals are distinctive, which has made her one of the hottest stand alone singers in the scene. Most recently, she's found success with remixes from the likes of Morgan Page, Avicii, Alesso and many more, but don't think she's riding anyone's coattails but her own; Nadia Ali is a star.
Heather Bright Heather Bright is on everything. Literally. Whether she is declaring "We are the sun!" on Savoy's track of the same name, or talking about stars with Zedd, or Bingo Players, or Benny Benassi, or Porter Robinson... seriously, she's making the rounds and finding her place in the ranks of EDM's greatest singers. Recent successes on her own have made her an even bigger star.