University of Southern California

Yeah, did you star as Simba in the Lion King in Vegas when you were in middle school? Us neither. But Asanté did, and now the USC senior is making his own music, a soulful blend of R&B and pop. And he can rap too. We don’t know where the Circle of Life is going to take this multi-talented artist, but we’d wager it’s got to be far. Just check the sweeping chorus of one of his best tracks, “Keep it Simple.”