Welcome to Emerging Artists Spotlight, the Billboard series where we highlight a musician or band who has recently made their debut on the Emerging Artists chart. Whether they are new to the industry, or have been around for a while but are just starting to have a chart impact, the intention is to showcase where they are here and now. This week’s pick is singer-songwriter Asiahn, who debuted at No. 32 on the chart dated Jan. 23 thanks to her new EP The Interlude.
Asiahn may be new to the album charts as a solo artist, but her songwriting finesse for artists like Dr. Dre, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Miley Cyrus and more have earned the R&B hitmaker her stripes.
The three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter also sings her own jams — often about loving your own body or having somebody else love it — and they can be listened to in the daytime at the beach or nighttime in the bedroom. “Be careful how you carry me, dear/ It’s automatic to be overcome with fear/ But let me love you still,” she asserts on the soulful “My World.”
“My music is very grounded in positivity, self love, finding yourself, sexy, ethereal, soulful, healing, boss talk, and big VIBES for EVERYONE (especially girls that love girls),” Asiahn tells Billboard.
Asiahn’s five-track EP The Interlude debuts at No. 25 on the Heatseekers Albums chart with 2,000 equivalent album units earned, according to MRC Data. The singer/songwriter had previously appeared on Billboard’s charts with her single “Like You,” which reached No. 38 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay in May 2019.
Learn more about Asiahn below.
Name: Asiahn Bryant
Hometown: Paterson, N.J., but raised in the Carolinas
Recommended Asiahn track: “‘My World’ but ‘Messed Up’ if you’re nasty!”
Outside of the music: “I’m very passionate about equality and rights for everyone, especially African Americans and LGBTQIA, as well as anime, traveling, painting, unicorns, crystals, my Bengal cat Yuki, healing, and growth!”
What’s next: “Two more music projects dropping this year! Acting and voice-over projects will be dropping as well. Hopefully I’ll be able to tour soon.”
Past Emerging Artists Spotlights: Morray | Benee | Breland | (Sandy) Alex G | Charly Bliss | Tank and the Bangas | J.S. Ondara | Mabel | Kiana Lede