Fender Announces Fender Next 2023 Class

Fender Announces Fender Next 2023 Class Featuring Deyaz, Ruti, Jean Dawson, And More

Today, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has announced the fifth annual class of artists joining Fender Next— an artist development program designed to elevate rising musicians that are pushing guitar forward in music and culture.

Over the past four year, Fender Next has supported artists like Sam Fender, Omar Apollo, Wet Leg, Phoebe Bridgers, Japanese Breakfast and more.

This year, Fender Next has expanded its depths of diverse genres that reflect the landscape of guitar playing artists around the world.

“As we celebrate the fifth year of our Fender Next program, we’re watching many of our alumni achieve monumental career success. The ways in which artists find their rise are evolving and Fender is committed to evolving with them as a brand. We celebrate the new class of 2023 Fender NextTM artists, who represent a diverse range of genres, cultures, and styles with confidence that they will go on to lead, inspire and define the industry. Fender is honoured to be a part of their journey.” Matt Watts, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Fender.

This years class includes 25 rising artists from North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and Latin America. After an open call and record number of 800+ submissions from aspiring musicians and A&Rs across the country, the 2023 roster was hand-selected by Fender’s best-in-class artist relations teams as representative of guitar and the wider industry.

Fender Next Class of 2023

Dayglow (U.S.)                                                

Cafuné (U.S.)

Jean Dawson (U.S.)

Bartees Strange  (U.S.)

Adi Oasis (U.S.)

Momma  (U.S.)

Wallice  (U.S.)

Yahritza y Su Esencia  (U.S.)

DannyLux  (U.S.)

Devon Gilfillian  (U.S.)

49 Winchester  (U.S.)

Cecilia Castleman  (U.S.)

Luna Li (C.A.)

Bratty (M.X.)

Samm Henshaw (U.K.)

The Mysterines (U.K.)

Ruti (U.K.)

Deyaz (U.K.)

Tommy Lefroy (U.K.)

Grentperez (A.U.)

Ruel (A.U.)


Chili Beans. (J.P.)

Sunset Rollercoaster (T.W.)

Wen Zhaojie (C.N.)

“I’m truly truly honoured to be part of Fender Next this year. It came around completely unexpectedly!”Ruti.

Featured Image: Deyaz

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