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Here is an artist who has quickly moved to the forefront of New Wave music here in America.

Santi White who is better known by her stage name Santigold, is an American singer-songwriter and producer who has released two critically acclaimed albums, “Santigold,” in 2008 and “Master of My Make-Believe” in 2012.

White’s career first started when she worked for Epic Records as an A&R representative but left shortly after to co-write and executive produce “How I Do,” the singer Res’s debut album.

White was also the singer of a Philadelphia-based punk rock band “Stiffed,” who released two albums “Sex Sells” in 2003 and “Burned Again” in 2005.  While she was in the band, White was offered a solo contract by Martin Heath from the London-based independent label Lizard King Records.

White left “Stiffed” and began to write her own songs.  Her first two singles “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” received a lot of attention from various music outlets in 2007.  In April, 2008, her debut album “Santigold” was released thanks to the help of her fellow “Stiffed” member John Hill.  The record featured appearances and production work from Chuck Treece, Diplo, Switch, and Johnnie “Most” Davis among others.

“Santigold” was critically acclaimed by both Entertainment Weekly and Spin Magazine.  The single “L.E.S. Artistes” made it to the number 2 position on the Rolling Stone’s “Singles of the Year” list and “Santigold” made it to sixth on the magazines “Album of the Year” list.

To support “Santigold,” she toured with M.I.A. and Bjork.  In June 2008, Coldplay invited her to be their opening act in the U.S.  Her own US tour was called the Goldrush Tour and after it was completed, she supported Jay-Z and Kanye West at a number of their shows along with “The Streets” at the BBC’s Electric Proms music festival.  She finished her Goldrush Tour opening for the Beastie Boys for three concerts on their Get-Out-The-Vote Swing State Tour.

During this time, White was going with the stage name “Santogold” but decided to change it to “Santigold” due to a possible lawsuit from director Santo Victor Rigatuso, who produced the 1985 movie “Santo Gold’s Blood Circus.”  In August, 2009, she finished the second leg of her Goldrush Tour at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.  Billboard noted that she “delivered a bright set and drew a headliner-sized audience for a late afternoon concert.”  Before leaving the stage, she announced that she was working on her next album.

In 2011, she debuted her new single “Go!,” which featured Karen O of the “Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”  The track was produced by Switch, Q-Tip, and herself and received praise from NME.  They described the track as “a brittle and brilliant brawler of a track with great reverberating militaristic kettle-drum booms.”

She announced that her second album would be released in Spring 2012.  The album was recorded partly in Jamaica and was co-produced by “TV On The Radio’s” Dave Sitek.  White described her new album as “sonically eclectic but with some epic curveballs thrown into the mix.  I want it to be about creating your own reality.”  In Febuary, an animated video was released for her album’s first single “Disparate Youth” and was uploaded to her official Youtube channel.

“Master of my Make-Believe” was released in April 2012 to critical acclaim.  She again, went on a support tour for the album and opened a few shows on the US leg of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ I’m With You Tour.  In May and June, she headlined her own US shows before a summer European tour.  On August 15, 2012, she performed on the deck of the USS Intrepid as part of “Stephest Colbchella ‘012: Rocktaugustfest” on The Colbert Report.  On May 9, 2013, she appeared as herself on The Office episode “A.A.R.M.” She revealed that an album is in the works for 2014, calling it the most ambitious thing she’s done to date.

White voice is truly incredible.  She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range and her style has often been compared to fellow artist M.I.A.  In response to the comparison, White stated that they are both “women who have similar influences and have worked with some of the same people.”  She says that her music is different and that she was not influenced by what the press was saying.

“I can’t think of anybody who would be a better fit of somebody who I’m like… I think what’s accurate about that comparison is that she’s an artist that has loads of different influences… and is putting things together in a way that is unexpected and genreless.”

Santigold is amazing in her own right.  Her ability to hook listeners in with her catchy beats and unusual song structures makes her one of the leading artists in the musical New Wave movement.  She has been described as a part of “a new crop of young, multicultural, female acts in the wake of M.I.A.” which have “caused a stir on the internet and in indie label conference rooms.”

I love her sound and can’t wait until her next album, which is set to come out in 2014.  Check out some of her biggest hits below.

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