The buzz about Faouzia just keeps growing.
The latest kudos for the Carman pop singer come from the website Refinery 29. On Wednesday, the Vice Media-owned property posted a list of 29 Canadian game-changers "that pushed back against the status quo in 2021."
Faouzia made the list, joining the likes of Mary Simon, who in 2021 became Canada’s first Indigenous governor-general, Killing Eve actress Sandra Oh, R&B singer Savannah Ré, tennis sensation Leylah Fernandez, Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak and former Green Party leader Annamie Paul.
Go to refinery29.com to view the full list.
In late November, Variety, the entertainment magazine, wrote that Faouzia is one of five buzz-worthy female artists to watch for in 2022, and that her debut album — expected to be released next year — could catch attention from a Grammy Awards jury.
Faouzia continued her march to stardom in 2021 with three singles, Don’t Tell Me I’m Pretty, Puppet and Hero, which reached No. 35 on Billboard’s Canadian adult-contemporary chart.
Alan Small has been a journalist at the Free Press for more than 22 years in a variety of roles, the latest being a reporter in the Arts and Life section.