I think the key to connecting with an audience as a songwriter lies within the ability to show a certain amount of vulnerability and accessibility to a story. I'm a first time listener of San Diego's Jelani Aryeh, but I can definitely say that he embodies this notion in his eloquently written single, "Stella Brown."
In its simplest form, this single is an ode to past relationships - something to which we can all relate to, but dig a little deeper, and you've stumbled upon something truly honest. You can sense the poignancy with every passing lyric, and you can't help but feel touched by Jelani's raw vocals.
Another artist to keep an eye on in 2020!