I don’t seem to hear about as many Southern European emerging acts as I’d like and I am sure there is a wealth of undiscovered talent coming out from these parts. However, one YouTube sensation, Marija Zezelj from Serbia has caught my attention and additionally that of many others too. While still being a teen, she has become Serbia’s most influential teenager, wrote a bestseller book “My Sweet Life” by the age of 16…and now is about to embark on a promising music career in and outside her home country of Serbia.
Marija first branched out from her diversified vlogging and modelling career and turned her attention to music on the dance orientated pop banger “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching” after being scouted by Universal Music’s A&R team sought her out via YouTube. It’s safe to say Marija is already, somewhat a celebrity in Serbia because the debut track’s music video has racked up a phenomenal 14,000,000 views and counting since it’s release in June this year. With a crazy amount of success from her first foray into pop, the teen singing sensation is hoping to win global attention with her follow-up effort “Louder Than A Drum“.
What will help her in her quest for international acclaim is that the style on “Louder Than A Drum” is less bubblegum, more blossoming pop talent than the debut single. Putting my cards on the table, I find the young Serbian’s arrival reminiscent of Zara Larsson’s earliest work, being that Marija punches above her tender years and gives more than a cut of average teenage flair. She has a super, pop perspective that will only grow deeper as more people hear and learn about the music. By this time next year, she’ll more than likeliest be among, if not one of the stand-out, buzzworthy emerging pop acts.