Eight Young Rising Stars to Watch for 2020

by Ponderings Radio

Jasmin Pedretti

Jasmin Pedretti


Eight Young Rising Stars

In need of some fresh, new Australian talent to get excited about? Well, you have come to the right place Ponderer. 


Brenda Ueland once said, “Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.” This may be true, but not everyone has the bravery and determination to share their talent with the universe, letting us all have a bite of it. 


So, without further ado, let’s look at eight Australian youngins to keep your eyes peeled for in 2020. 


Cassidy Krygger 


Sparkling new talent, Cassidy Krygger is an aspiring actress. She has been featured in The Slap, Theatre productions Wuthering Heights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and her portfolio runs like a “WATCH THIS SPACE” advert. She’s purely amazing. 


Shantae Barnes-Cowan 


The Casting Guild of Australia chose this phenomenal actress as one of the top rising stars for 2019. She made her screen debut in the television drama series Total Control, working alongside screen icon Deborah Mailman. We will see her next in the espionage thriller Fallout, due to air on the ABC this year. 


TL Mach 


After achieving back-to-back national titles last year, Geelong boxer TL Mach plans to go pro this March. The 19-year-old is a four-time state champion and is ready to take the next step in his career. The Sudanese refugee is dubbed a “boxing sensation”. Just watch his lightning-fast speed with the skipper rope at training. 


Amani Haydar 


Amani used art to find her voice after her father murdered her mother, Salwa Haydar, in 2015. She has already gained a lot of respect for her paintings and illustrations, which frequently depict women expressing bittersweet emotion. The self-taught artist uses her work to celebrate hope and resilience. 


Sariah Paki

(rugby player)

Her bone-crushing hits and powerhouse strength has afforded Sariah the nickname “Big Girl”. She made her World Series debut with the Aussie Sevens last year at the remarkably young age of 17, making her the youngest Aussie Sevens player in history. Go girl!


Genesis Owusu


What do you get when jazz and hip-hop collide? Delicious sound for the ears. Genesis Owusu leads Australia’s new wave of hip-hop at only 20 years of age. His hits ‘Sideways’, ‘awomen amen’ and ‘Wit’ Da Team’ have captured people’s attention. He is definitely one to watch!

Kira Puru


Kira Puru is one of Australia’s most exciting new pop acts. She released her debut solo EP in 2018, full of funky colourful music. Kira has worked with big names such as Illy, Paul Kelly and Urthboy and is known for her dynamic live performances. You’ll find her at every second music festival. 



This 20-year-old rapper and producer from Sydney has already released two EP’s and opened Splendour in the Grass. His musical dreams began when he was just 12 years old and heard Kanye West’s hit “Power”. Now, he is the talk of the town. Or the country I should say.

It’s always fun to support home-grown talent. How wonderful that we get to sit back and watch their careers flourish and dreams come true? Here’s to the magical genius of youth in 2020!

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