Music

A.GIRL making her Vivid LIVE debut

Emerging R&B mastermind

In just three years, singer, songwriter and rapper Hinenuiterangi Tairua – aka A.GIRL – has blown up on the local hip-hop scene, leading the new guard of young artists exploding out of Sydney’s west. Inspired by the likes of SZA and Jorja Smith, A.GIRL’s silky-smooth vocal delivery and hard-hitting beats powered her breakthrough singles “Play” and “2142”, and she was swiftly named Next Big Thing at the FBi Awards, won triple j Unearthed’s festival slot at Listen Out, and was heralded by UK’s Wonderland as a rising star.

A.GIRL’s sound is rooted in future-leaning R&B, soul and hip-hop, and galvanised both by her Maori heritage and a sense of unity and justice in her Western Sydney community. Her lush 2020 jam “All Over You” was a song of the summer, while her mesmerising performance at Phoenix Central Park HALO demonstrated that the hype was real. With recent singles “We Them Boyz”, a collaboration with breakout hip-hop crew Sydney Yungins on “Ride or Die”, and a clutch of new material ready to roll, A.GIRL is ready to take Vivid LIVE – and the world – by storm.

Categories
Music

X-Ray J is a gaming, tech and music enthusiast from the coastal Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. He prefers tea over coffee.