OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 01: Daniel Caesar poses at the 2017 Juno Awards Portrait Studio at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 1, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images) 2017 Juno Awards - Portraits 2017 George Pimentel 700049941 95872632 Getty Images Portrait Contributor


Sticking with last week’s vibe, another artist that has been in my rotation lately is a Grammy nominated R&B hidden gem.

Daniel Caesar won my ears and my heart over with his hit “The Best Part” back in August, and since the Grammys, he has found his way back onto my radar.

To my surprise, Caesar was born Ashton Simmonds. He grew up in Oshawa, a small town near Toronto, Canada. Caesar grew up with his mother and father and gives thanks to them for his musical career.

In an interview done with Complex back in August, Caesar mentions that his parents bought him his first guitar on his tenth birthday.

I was so excited,” he said. “I wrote a song on it that same day. I wanted to go outside and play but my dad wouldn’t let me, so I wrote a song asking him to let me go outside.”

Fast forward several years, Caesar released his debut EP titled “Praise Break” in 2014. This project was ranked 19 on Rolling Stone’s “20 Best R&B Albums of 2014.” A favorite of mine from that project is the track “Violet.” His soft voice over the quick beats makes it a unique song.

A year later he released a second EP titled “Pilgrim’s Paradise.” I’ve recently been listening to this project and I’m growing to like it. The songs are soft and soothing, but as Caesar has said himself, there’s a lot packed into the lyrics. On this project he touches on all aspects of his life.

Finally, his most recent and most successful project dropped in August of 2017. “Freudian” was the 22-year-old’s debut album that earned him two Grammy nominations. The album itself was up for Best R&B Album and the track “Get You” was up for Best R&B Performance.

The first songs I heard from this project were “The Best Part” and “Get You,” and both were not what I was expecting. After seeing the cover of the album all over social media, I gave it a listen. I was expecting to hear hard beats and some raps, but what I got was a melodious voice and a soft, soothing beats. No complaints over here.

The whole project is solid, but two of my other favorites are “Hold Me Down” and “We Find Love.” If you have not heard any of Daniel Caesar’s work yet, I strongly recommend hitting these four songs first.

Daniel Caesar is a new and upcoming artist whose music is a breath of fresh air. I’ll be waiting to see what he hits us with next.