EX-WA singer Jewel Owusu is making waves for all the right reasons.
Since making the move from Perth to Melbourne in August last year, Owusu has featured on radio station Triple R, turned up on several Apple Music playlists, opened for ARIA nominated performer Vera Blue in Federation Square last month and performed at several festivals including Holler Fest.
Holler Fest is a mixed-genre festival showcasing female and non-binary talent and regularly sells out.
In January, Owusu returned to Perth to headline a performance at Scarborough’s local music hot spot, El Grotto.
At just 21, the Notre Dame university communications and media graduate has been releasing music for just three years, but is already attracting a solid offering.
After releasing her first single at the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown in July 2020, she has continued to write, record, and produce her own music whilst finishing her studies.
While still in Perth she also performed at many of its most popular venues such as the Sewing Room, Mojos and Beerporium.
Local creative collective Pilerats described her as an exciting talent that combines “textures of pop, indie, hip-hop, R&B and beyond to create something uniquely Jewel”.
Owusu’s previous release came in at number 5 on the AMRAP metro charts and her discography has caught the attention of Apple Music, Spotify, Triple J, MTV, community, and commercial radio.
However, she has not quite yet grasped the magnitude of her talents.
“It’s so weird that people actually listen to my music,” she laughed.
“It still baffles me.”
Her latest single American Honey was aired on MTV, marking her as an up-and-coming talent.
Owusu said she is heavily influenced by the art she encounters in day-to-day life, such as other music, movies and even Pinterest.
“I find it hard to describe what I’m making because I feel like it’s just dependent on what day of the week it is.”