Famously Hot New Year 2017 Lineup

Elle KingNappy RootsFatRat Da Czar, & SondorBlue


Singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist Elle King is a musical force to be reckoned with. King encapsulates a variety of genres — from blues, soul and country to rock and pop — adding a personal flair to all styles of music she performs. Her debut album “Love Stuff,” released in 2015, includes hit songs “Ex’s and Oh’s” and “America’s Sweetheart.” Her hit single “Ex’s & Oh’s” was nominated for two Grammys, two Billboard Music Awards and was certified double-platinum; she made chart history when she became the second female artist in 18 years to reach #1 at Alternative Radio, following Lorde’s #1 with “Royals” in 2013. King’s single “Ex’s & Oh’s” also claimed the #1 spot on the AAA and Hot AC charts and the #1 spot on the Billboard “Hot Rock Songs,” making her just the fourth female lead act/artist to top this chart in its six-year history. Throughout her career, King has toured extensively with popular artists like Ed Sheeran, Train and Of Monsters and Men. King has also been featured on a song with country music singer Dierks Bentley. Their song “Different for Girls” won a CMA award in 2016 for Musical Event of the Year and reached #1 on the Mediabase and Billboard Country airplay charts.

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Two-time Grammy nominated hip-hop group Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quartet that is best known for their hit singles "Po' Folks," "Awnaw," "Roun' The Globe" and "Good Day.” The group is made up of artists Skinny DeVille, Fish Scales, B. Stille and Ron Clutch. Nappy Roots has been an active part of the music scene since 1998 and prides itself on constantly producing music that is real and relatable, while maintaining an ambitious touring schedule. This four-man collective is a passionate storyteller with an undeniable Southern swagger. After 10 years as independent artists and label owners, Nappy Roots will be releasing their sixth studio album, and their fourth independent release on their very own label, Nappy Roots Entertainment Group (NREG). They have most recently and notably been featured on 2014’s Neighbor’s film track starring Seth Rogen and Zach Efron and on 2016’s The Secret Life of Pets, along with many others. 

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As South Carolina’s godfather of hip-hop, FatRat Da Czar’s music career has spanned over two decades. Originating in Hampton Roads, VA and honing his skills in Columbia, SC, Czar solidified his role as an acclaimed solo artist with the release of Da Cold War album trilogy (2007-2012). In addition to opening for national acts to include Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, and Lauryn Hill, Czar has also engineered sessions for national artists ranging from KRS-One to Kevin Gates at the Boom Room, the hip-hop focused enclave of South Carolina's legendary Jam Room Recording Studio. Through his role as founder and executive director of Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, Czar established World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day in 2013. This free annual festival dedicated to celebrating hip-hop culture has delivered artists such as Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, and Kid N Play to crowds of 12,000+ on Columbia’s Main Street.


Charleston, South Carolina’s SondorBlue is an alternative/indie pop rock band that is best known for their hit singles “Opinions” and “The Moon And You,” off of their 2016 REALOMETER EP release. The band is comprised of three talented vocalists– Connor Hollifield on lead guitar, John Sheehan on guitar and keyboards and Andrew Halley at center stage on bass – with drummer, Drew Lewis holding down a clockwork backbeat. They share a love for performing live and come together to create unique and evocative harmonies with subtle intricacies in arrangements. muses of SondorBlue, “How much talent can be crammed into one band?”