Differentiating yourself as an artist is probably the biggest hurdle up-and-comers struggle with as they release music and attempt to cultivate a fanbase. Maybe the easiest way to stand out from the crowd is having a vocal texture unlike anything else on the market right now. Lucky for 20-year-old Houston native Blessing, her angelic and wholly unique voice is that vehicle by which she will bless your ears on her debut EP the girl next door.
A comfortable six songs and 18-minute runtime, the girl next door is a good entry point for the soulful stylings of Blessing. Opening with corresponding cuts "girl like me" and "boys like you", the Houstonite opens strong with two minimalist guitar songs that leave no distraction from the main attraction of her effortlessly powerful voice. Another powerful offering from the EP is "character", another guitar ballad that emphasizes Blessing's natural gift as a songwriter and storyteller. The project comes together as a cohesive playground for a voice dripped in soul unlike anything you've heard this year.
Wise beyond her years, Blessing's debut EP is but a surface level exploration of the unthinkable depths of talent she possesses. Set to bless the world with her incredible voice and remarkable songwriting for years to come, it would not be surprising to see the girl next door as a notable project that helps set the trajectory for the future of soul music moving forward.