Aubrie Sellers, Eliot Sumner, Joey Armstrong, and Aimée Osbourne are all on the cusp of stardom.

By Eric Renner BrownLeah Greenblatt and Madison Vain
February 18, 2016 at 12:59 PM EST
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There may be gold records in their DNA, but these musical progeny are forging unique paths in the industry—and putting out albums on their own terms.

Aubrie Sellers

AGE: 25

PROVENANCE: Nashville, TN

BACKSTORY: The husky-voiced, guitar-slinging siren who made her national TV debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last month with the swampy “Light of Day” might not sound like a country sweetheart, but she is Nashville royalty: Mom is Lee Ann Womack. “She taught me to stick to my guns early,” says Sellers, “and I think that’s why I’ve been able to do things this way.” That confidence helped her feel out a more rock-influenced sound on her just-released New City Blues.

NEXT UP: Dates opening for Chris Stapleton, plus slots at festivals like Stagecoach. “I was hesitant at first because, you know, the family business,” she says of her career path, then laughs. “But here we are.”

Eliot Sumner

AGE: 25

PROVENANCE: Pisa, Italy

BACKSTORY: The third of Sting and Trudie Styler’s four children inherited her father’s distinctive rasp and began writing songs as a teenager with her first band, I Blame Coco. “I think I’ll always be in the shadow of my parents,” she told London’s Evening Standard in December. “But that’s okay. Everyone has a challenge. If I’m proud of the music I am making, that’s all I can ask for.” She spent part of 2014 touring Europe with Swedish songstress Lykke Li before recording her full-length debut, Information, a collection of atmospheric synth-pop anthems released in January.

NEXT UP: A smattering of U.S. tour dates, including a spot on the lineup at New York’s Governors Ball in June.

Joey Armstrong

AGE: 20

PROVENANCE: Oakland, CA

BACKSTORY: The pop-punk four-piece SWMRS (pronounced “Swimmers”) hooked up when brothers Max and Cole Becker met Armstrong—son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong—at his fourth birthday party. But his dad’s day job wasn’t what inspired them to start jamming. “We saw School of Rock and were like, ‘These kids are so badass! There’s no reason we can’t do this,'” says Cole, and they soon became regulars on the East Bay scene. As for having one of the world’s biggest rock stars a phone call away? “It’s like having any other dad involved,” Cole shrugs. “I think we like talking about our parents as much as [anybody] likes to talk about their parents.”

NEXT UP: Drive North is out Feb. 16, with U.S. tour dates through late March.

Aimée Osbourne

AGE: 32

PROVENANCE: London

BACKSTORY: Growing up in a family of outsize personalities that includes metal icon Ozzy, mom Sharon, and siblings Kelly and Jack, “I was more introverted and laid-back as a teenager,” Osbourne admits. “I kept the urge to want to be an artist to myself for a while.” But now she’s drawing her own attention under the name ARO with songs she calls “ambient, atmospheric, moody”—including a lauded cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change” and the original “Raining Gold,” whose bloody, brooding video has 2.4 million YouTube views.

NEXT UP: An EP, plus shows at SXSW in March and work on a full-length. “A lot has changed for me in my life,” she says. “It will be interesting to see how that reflects in my writing.”

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