Gospel-influenced music doesn’t always climb the pop charts -- especially for a newcomer. However, the South London-born singer Samm Henshaw takes listeners on a fun, soul-infused, gospel ride to church. This 26-year-old singer entered the professional music scene just five years ago, and has already seen massive success.

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Stella Bennett, better known as BENEE, had an explosive arrival to the music scene. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter from New Zealand became internationally known over just a few years, following the release of a handful of singles and 2 EPs. Her 2018 single “Soaked” garnered millions of streams via Spotify and YouTube, and her 2019 single “Supalonely,” was an even bigger hit, reaching the top 100 on multiple music charts.

Perhaps more importantly, her music also became an international sensation on the social media platform TikTok. The song gained popularity on the app after a dance challenge emerged for it, leading to 12.2 million videos being posted with the track, with the most popular videos garnering upwards of 8 million likes.

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Coming of age stories have been an integral part of literature, television, and movies for decades, from the Bildungsroman genre of literature to the ever-present groups of friends growing up together, like The Sandlot or even the IT movies. Coming of age is less present in music, as music usually focuses so much on one moment, not changing between songs or albums, or even within a single song.

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As heavy rock instrumentals start in the background, the music video begins with the frontman falling backward while the rest of the band rocks out in slow motion. The heavy guitar and drum get your blood pumping and your body moving to the beat. The song “Two-Way Mirror” goes along with the angst of rock in which UK rock band Loathe says in their lyrics: 

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

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