Reader Sound Off! 10 Female Singers Who Are Underrated…

January 31, 2012  |  
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Note:Remember the piece, “9 Artists Who Should Have Blown Up…But Didn’t“? Well, one of our readers has a list of her own of artists that need way MORE shine. Some are big names, others are fairly unknown, but they all are highly underrated in her book.

By Monique H.

Have you ever heard a great song and wondered who was that and why aren’t they mega famous yet? Well, I have a few times.

Over the last few years, in the entertainment business, we have heard an enormous group of unknown, underground, or underdog artists say that the music industry shut them out because they didn’t have the “it” factor. Every record label wants the next Beyoncé. I consider myself to be a musical connoisseur. I have a vast collection of music from “independent” artists who I think should be bigger than many of these non-singing singers (Rihanna, J.Lo, Ciara, Ashanti, etc). Not that I am not picking on them, but I don’t believe that they have the vocal talent to be in the same class as Beyoncé, Adele, Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston.

So while record companies may be scrambling for the next big thing with a little, thin voice, in my personal opinion I believe this group of artists has just the opposite of that. If given the proper promotion and financial backing from a great record label rather than the artist having to do it all alone, I believe these singers can fill the void that the mainstream music scene needs badly.

So let me introduce you to a few singers with talent that should be given a chance on the big stage, as well as some known ones who need to be on superstar status…like years ago.

Támar Davis

She is known for singing in Tyler Perry plays (“Please be the Man,” and “You Are My Man“), but does anyone know she released an album in early 2011 called My Name is Tamar? Probably not.
Davis was under the direction of Prince as his protege for her album Milk and Honey (2006), which had a limited release in Japan before being shelved. She also got her start in the girl group Girls Tyme with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland before Destiny’s Child was formed.  Támar (Not to be confused with Tamar Braxton) has an incredible vocal range and the ability to convey emotions effortlessly. Her music speaks volumes, so why is she being slept on?

JoiStarr aka Joi Campbell

Joi is the sister to Warryn Campbell who produces for Mary Mary and many others. While he’s a big time producer, Joi on the other hand, has been singing background a very long time for artists such as Brandy and Kanye West. She was signed to Clive Davis’ label and was featured on a few promo samples and soundtracks but a full album never surfaced. In 2011 she released two mixtapes: Broccoli and Noodles and Magic Mondays, and it’s clear that she has an incredible talent for songwriting as well as singing. I was first introduced to her voice while watching David Talbert’s play, Love on Layaway. Her range and style of singing sets her apart. Please check out her rare vocal abilities on the track, “Teddy Bear with Vampire Fangs.” Don’t ask me about the title.

Dawn Richard

We’ve see Dawn (aka Neon, her alter ego) doing her own thing since her Danity Kane and Dirty Money days ended, but will she get the support as a solo artist to put her with the top contenders? Only time will tell. But people should wake up and realize her amazing ability to write from the heart and put out emotion filled tunes. With the release of her free mixtape, ATellTale Heart, receiving over 1 million downloads, it’s clear she has a bright future. Will you support her upcoming album, Golden Heart? Check out the jam, “Save Me From You,” you’ll love it.

Marsha Ambrosius

Having success with a group and then going solo can be a challenge for some artists, but Marsha seems to have handled the pressure pretty well, releasing several mixtapes to her fans until the album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, was ready. Though the album did move a few units, 306,700 to be exact, I know I’m not the only who thinks her vocal abilities should have pushed that one a lot further. Is she a favorite on your list? If not, check out her song Your Hands. With a very unique sound and clever (and sometimes blunt) lyrics, she has what it takes to be at the top of the R&B game.

Jill Scott

Sure, she has had her share of success on the charts, but to some, Jill Scott is still not a household name. With an outstanding gift for words and the ability to articulate everything from self empowerment to sensuality in her songs, this lady knows how to rock a mic. She was snubbed by the Grammys, among other big awards shows, and I’m not sure why. But folks need to stop sleeping and pick up her latest album, The Light of the Sun, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The best track on there has to be “Hear My Call.”


Miss Thang has been in the music game for a long time and still hasn’t received her due props. Even though her last album, Still Standing, was loved by a lot of people, she still doesn’t get treated like a headliner. But you can’t knock that voice. The way she sings about love and the loss of love evokes feelings hidden deep within ourselves. With her New Life album coming soon, I hope her record label stands behind her more and cools it with the 10 song album cap crap and lets the child SANG. Because we all know, can’t nobody run a note like Monica. Hopefully with the new album she will be back on top for good. One of my favorites by her has to be, “Love All Over Me.”


Oh dear Fantasia, winner of “American Idol.” Homegirl has become a household name for all the wrong reasons. I want her music to speak for itself without her life overshadowing the talent God has given her. I believe with better promotion and the right people in her life (not taking every dime she has), she can be the star we voted for her to be when she won American Idol. Whenever I want to be reminded of the soulful voice I want to hear more than the drama, I check out “Bittersweet.” That’s the jam.


Things have been looking up for B Rocka for the past year or so with her reality show, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, and several TV appearances bringing the once mega famous star back into our homes. But where’s the music B? As her fans await a much anticipated new album, we find themselves listening to every leaked track wondering what the album’s direction is going to be, and if we’ll get old-school Brandy, or Bran’Nu Brandy, her rapping alter ego? Either way, we can only hope that the producers and songwriters give her more than they did with the last two albums so that people can stop asking “What happened to Brandy?” and start asking, “Do you have that new Brandy?” all over again. Check out “Something’s Missing (Acapella)” and “Hot Shot” for a peep at her rapping alter ego, Bran’Nu.

Jennifer Hudson…the singer, not the actress…

With a powerhouse voice and a down-home personality, many wonder why the American Idol alum is not as adored for her music as she is for her Dreamgirls performance and weight loss. Maybe it’s the not so entertaining songs on the albums she releases. It seems as though because she has a great voice, people give her crappy songs and assume that her voice can overshadow the wackness of them. Sorry boo boo…we don’t want that. We want GREAT ballads from an excellent voice like hers. Nobody can belt a song out quite like JHud. But if she doesn’t get better material, she will never be the star she is meant to be….Oscar and all. Please check out “If This Isn’t Love,” one of her best and most nod-worthy tracks.

Kelly Rowland

Here I Am was an awesome album. It covered every genre and feeling, but the promotion for it was not up to par. Seriously though, this chick has a boatload of swag, she can dance, and her voice is very beautiful. With some help, she can carve a lane all her own. She just needs to stop being afraid and step out of the DC shadow, namely Beyoncé’s, and become just as free as the music on this outstanding album. A hot song to check out is “Feeling Me Right Now.”

Which artists in music do you think are highly underrated? Do you agree with Monique’s picks?

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  • cornell

    Rachelle Ferrell!

  • Scott

    Ummmm Chante Moore anyone???????????

  • How about Karina?

  • What about Sharissa? She was great…

  • Syleena Johnson should be on here! I also wouldn’t consider Ashanti a non-singing singer, she can sing quite well IMO.

  • Come See Me

    The writer basically rehashes several already very famous and highly rated women women (Jill Scott, Brandy, Marsha Ambrosius), plus a couple of chicks she caught while attending some tacky David Talbert plays, plus someone who’s related to a reality star, but is just okay (Joi Campbell). Jill Scott, underrated? Brandy, underrated? Fantasia? Underrated? Marsha, underrated? Jill Scott would slap you in the face if you called her underrated. Apparently there is no editorial policy at Madame Noire. They just like to post “lists” with easy to read headlines. I’m waiting for the list of underrated black presidents that features Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

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  • TSoul89


  • Where Tamia at??!..

  • BobbyShy

    Chante Savage,Davina,Kym Mizelle,Monifah,Sandra St. Victor,Caron Wheeler,Londa”Lioness”Hindsman,Hill St Soul,Tweet…this list is too long.

  • Kenyonakakitn

    Yes she has a voice and a sound like b
    No other. My one favorite song she sings is “With you” oh and “late nights early morning” I could go on and on. I hope to keep getting fabulous music from her. Oh man I would absolutely love to hear her live!! Hats off to this talented lady.

  • Was K. Michelle listed? Did i mention her yet?

  • Uhhhhh Melanie Fiona?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • TheRealTPayne

    Here’s my list:

    Joi Gilliam


    Ok, here is my new list:   Underrated females:  

                                                                TEEDRA MOSES
                                                                KENDRA ROSS
                                                                LALAH HATHAWAY
                                                                CONYA DOSS

    and white girl with skillz who everybody is sleeping on and no one has mentioned:

                                                                LEIGH JONES

    I did my homework folks.   Singers that sang from the heart!                 

  • Merz

    I totally agree with this list, they are amazing singers and performers and keeping the real R&B thing alive! Which is very hard nowadays to do globally.
    I’m suprised Toni Braxton didn’t make the list. I think she’s very underrated as well. She’s rockin’ the R&B/Soul scene since 1989 and still hasn’t lost that unique, touching, fierce voice! I hope she recovers soon and still finds a way to blow us away(again!).

  • Ifuaskme2

    Ok lets be real. Marsha and Dawn yes. The rest??? They are just where they are supposed to be. Although I have to say, Dawn does sound like a better version of Brandy which might explain why she hasn’t blown up. Jazmine? Melanie? Really? SMDH. How many drama songs must I be forced to hear?

  • iReezy

    I don’t recognize the first 2 women posted, but most of this list is filled with some pretty mainstream artists.  Although she hasn’t found as much success as a solo artist, Kelly Rowland is a household name!  People recognize her talent (unfortunately mostly in comparison to Beyonce’s), she just needs better writers and producers, as well as a new marketing team.  Same with Jill Scott and Monica.  

    Brandy sings through her nose – she’s kind of overrated in all fields of entertainment.  

    Jennifer Hudson would THRIVE in gospel.  

    These names have all been mentioned, but I can’t help but agree: where is Melanie Fiona, Jazmine Sullivan, or Chrisette Michele?!  All great voices with deep, relatable song lyrics. 

  • MDP

    SYLEENA JOHNSON. Hands down.

  • Where’s Estelle & Janelle Monae?

  • Queen B

    The ONLY one on this list that is underrated to me is Kelly! 

  • Queen B

    The ONLY one on this list that is underrated to me is Kelly! 

  • Briana Jubert

    where in the hell is Jazmine Sullivan. she is soooo talented yet so underrated

  • Briana Jubert

    where in the hell is Jazmine Sullivan. she is soooo talented yet so underrated

  • Shaun

    These are mostly R&B singers and this is NOT R&B season so these singers will not be in the limelight. Everything is cyclical, so R&B’s time will come again.

  • Chisa08

    Why isn’t Chrisette Michele on this list????She is one of the most underrated women in her style of music…even Ne-Yo didn’t give her enough credit for her music. Don’t know who she is? Check her out! 

  • nurdgoddess

    I don’t know how you could have this list without mentioning Ledisi. Check out her performance (on the tube, along with Jill Scott, Kelly Price and Marsha Ambrosius) she near bout blew the roof off of that auditorium with her last note.

  • J Breyonna

    Ta’mar Davis!!!

  • Ashley52394

    I Think Tori Kelly .. And Tinashe .. should have made this list

  • ValdaDeDieu

    It takes much more than talent. It takes the IT-factor, or the X-factor. This is why you have got to stop putting phrases like “given a chance.” out there. Don’t sit and wait to be “given a chance.”  In this business nothing is “given.” Opportunities are presented, yes, but you have to be ready, willing, able and single-minded in taking that opportunity, and wringing every BIT out of it.  Making it BIG takes single-handed focus, drive, energy, murderous work and constant, foot-bleeding practice. It is non-stop. Not everyone can do it. 

  • txgirl

    I love Jill Scott! She is an amazing singer with a beautiful voice! She is a great actress as well!

  • Godsgrace Oliver29

    Yes Tàmar Davis is a power house she deserve n will achieve more with time. Things may hv been delayed for her, but they are not denied. She has what most dont thats the favor of God. Im a true supporter of Ms. Davis and she Shall Rise To The Occasion. #TamFam in the Building #WeOnIn2012

  • Ashley Tamar Davis

    I am beyond honored to be on this list. I salute these women and we are seriously on the rise. We are building careers not just trying to be famous. Hugs TAMAR DAVIS

  • TheSoulFood

    Hmmm?  Very thought-provoking article, however, if you are going to list under-rated artist, please learn music and musicians.  There are artists that out-sing, write and produce a few of these talented 10. 

    1. Teedra Moses
    2. Chante Moore
    3. Liv Warfiled
    4. Laylah Hathaway
    5. Conya Doss
    6. Chocklit
    7.Trina Broussard
    8. Algebra
    9. N’Dambi
    10 Stacey Barth
    11. Ayah
    12. Kaleema Williams

    Again, love the effort, but I’m just saying… 

  • Stacy L

    How abt Elle Varner??
    I know she’s fairly new, but I (sadly and unfortunately) don’t see her getting the recognition that she needs. I’ve had her mixtape on repeat since it was released!

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  • YeahIWentThereCuzICan

    Just remember my Beautiful Ones……there’s more to the Industry….than meets The Eye. I don’t know that lack of talent is ANY of these artistic genius’ hinderances. We only know what we see. What about behind the scenes?

  • First of all, why you guys put beyonce high up like she can sing better than those you down play, she has problem singing just like like ones you put down. Thats why i cant stand black site. They always turns out to be Ignorant, Racist and Hateful while they playing Dumb and Dumber.


    i disagree about brandy and kelly.  the list left out ledisi, i love her.

  • Shaela129

    Teedra Moses was missing from this list.

  • Virgosaphire9589

    Uuuummm what about Jazmine Sullivan?!?!?

  • I liked Tamar in “A Madea Christmas”.  She did an excellent job.

  • Julien

    The female singers who should’ve been on this list are Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Tamia, Tarralyn Ramsey and Tiffany Evans. Not Jill Scott, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, etc.

  • Julien

    I have an issue with this list. Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, Jill Scott, Brandy, Monica and Jennifer Hudson do NOT belong on this list. They have all won Grammys. If you’ve won a Grammy, how are you underrated?

  • Goddess8281

    You missed so many ppl! Goapole, Ledisi, Nikka Costa, Joi (Gilliam-Gipp), Janelle Monae, JoJo, Jaguar Wright, Leela James, Chrisette Michelle, Esthero, Res , Ke Ke Wyatt……its sooo many more! And its easy why Tamar and Kelly don’t get shine. The Knowles camp shut that down

  • Ay

    Brandy and Monica were teen stars. It was hard for them to transition. Jill scott has been at this for YEARS, if she was Adele she would have been mega by now. Other then that a lot of these singers are BORING.

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  • Me

    Umm how are u going to put Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, and Jennifer Hudson on the list?? They’re doing pretty well as far as i can see. How r u all going to sleep on Vivian Greene, Layla Hathaway, Algebra, Chrisette Michelle and Tamia!! Smh. This list needs to be done over again!!

  • Sexyniq28

    I forgot about India Arie and Avery Sunshine that woman can blow!

  • Sexyniq28

    Tamia should have been up there along with Chrisette Michelle! Anywho I absolutely agree with Jill, Monica, Fannie, Brandy and Kelly none of these women get the just dew they deserve! Erkyah Badu, Angie Stone, Kelly Price and Ashanti r a few more that should’ve been added! 

  • LotusLeader

    Let’s face it Adele is #1 today why? Because the British music industry is still interested in talent!  The American music industry is so-so singers with behinds the size of toddlers. 

    These new and well loved artists are being ignored or downplayed because they do not seem to be marketed as porn stars.

    The best singers write their own material!  Some of these women are excellent song-writers.  Jill Scott is #1!  with Janelle Monae a different type of #1.

  • Dbabb707

    Chrisette Michelle anyone??????

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  • Beautii

    Most of these beautiful women are brown skinned and conservative. It’s sad but the ugly truth is……if you’re not light skinned and dam near naked….you’re not going far. Sorry. Kelly knows, just look at her most recent videos.

  • MzPatterson

    Everybody is sleeping on Solange also.

  • VapidRapidRabbit

    These people aren’t underrated, they partake singing a genre (R&B) that’s basically died out since Rihanna ushered in the dance/pop era with songs like Pon de Replay and SOS in 2005 and 2006, and rightfully so.

  • DAWN fosho…..

  • MyaC

    Nice list, you put me on to a couple of people/songs… I peeped the Rihanna diss in the opening statement… And if you’re not a Rihanna fan then you simply don’t like pop… She’s arguably the best pop artist in the game right now… And how could y’all forget about our girl Lil Mo…

  • Mmarceis

    Hmm they’re all brownskinned

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  • Joi was on the Jamie Fox show, and she was on the MMC, the re-tooled Mickey Mouse Club c. 1990 along side of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and JC Chaez (?)

  • Rachelle Farrell as a throwback. Joss Stone gets no love but she should and I want Monica back, for real.

  • LatoyaJ09

    I love Monica and Kelly they are my favorites and they are highly underrated..and I agree Keyshia Cole should be on the list


    There’s a little known artist I love but she’s kind of new, don’t know if she qualifies. Her vibe is kind of like, Lauren Hill meeting Idia Arie meets Janelle Monet, her name is Debbie Pottinger and her album is out on Itunes now, its called acoustic moods.

  • Meeker

    Lalah Hathaway… *drops Mic*

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      *picks up mic* YASSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *throws mic at Meeker*

    • Amen Corner

      *picks up mic* YASSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *throws mic at Meeker*

  • grimyteddy

    Im going to out it out there. Women like Marsha / Dawn aren’t what’s considered “pretty” and although pretty women like Jill don’t fit the mold due to weight.

    You gotta be willing to shake that booty like Beyonce, get frisky on the verge of a ho like Rihanna.

  • BronzeGoddess

    TEEDRA MOSES should have been first on the List..point blank PERIOD!!!!If you want to be carried away by a Refreshing sound definately check her out!!

  • Xedos

    putting a lot of money on any on of these artist is asking for bankruptcy . You  will not even break even.
    black America may like people screaming at them every time these artist hit  the stage, but the rest of the world doesn’t.  Secondly, all these artist are boring nothing excite me about these singers. I wouldn’t pay to see any of them. If Kelly cannot make it by now its time to give it up. you shouldn’t have to spend money to market kelly. Finally they’re no money in RNB. so labels are not going to put money in RNB artist. Lastly, let me go and bump my rihanna cd . one artist i know i don’t have to skip any song,because she does not do fillers. Rated R  classic  give it a listen

    • Love.

      In The past Kelly never really had a chance to actually make it as a solo artist. Now that’s she’s blossoming into a successful songbird we can finally see if it was luck or fate.

  • crazylove101

    Jill Scott is effortlessly beautiful love her new look

  • Jjulien1

    most of the artist on this list is not forgot about melanie fiona,goapele,chrisette michelle,tamia and many more.

  • Fingerlander

    Most of these girls are well known?
    I have my own list
    Teedra Moses
    Chrissete Michele

    • Mz.Tiffany

      I agree most of the girls on the list are already well known
      My list would include:
      YahZarah – incredible vocals she is truly slept on
      Adrianna Evans – underrated
      Porsche Smith – Absolutely amazing
      Syleena Johnson – most definitely underrated
      Choklate – amazing artist
      Maysa Leak – Very very underrated incredible artist
      Lisa Stansfield – Old school but definitely underrated
      Just to name a few of my favorites!

  • Clay Jurera6

    Kelly Rowland, Monica, Jennifer, and Fantastia need there props

  • Clay Jurera6

    Beyounce, can’t sing let’s be real about it only reason she was lead vocalist is because her dad was the manger. Keep it real.

    • Amy

      Oh please stop. I understand a lot of people don’t like her but nobody can say that she can’t sing.

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  • Triya

    I can’t cosign Marsha being on the list. I’ve seen her live and while her album was pretty good, she is horrible live. I was sooooooo disappointed!!!

  • Sma410

    The one person everyone forgot to mention is Amel Larrieux  of Groove Theory fame, She is truly a songbird underrated all the way.

    • Goddess8281

      Yes yes yes! Co-sign. That woman and BLOW!

  • Ajustinmoore

    Teedraaaaaaaa!!!! Y’all dropped the ball on that one. There is NO ONE who can vocally ride a beat like The Lioness. 

  • Melanie Fiona. Period. She is slept on. But the girl can sing.

  • SleeezyG

    Some of the Artists that you are mentioning are far from underated ex. Kelly rowland. shes doing her thing now
    Jill scott was doing her thing lots of fans, just less music now.

  • Lswindell04

    Ra-re Valverde should be on this list. She is an indie artist with a beautiful voice. Youtube her song ”Til you come home” and you’ll see

  • Michael Burrell

    I have to say surprise to.not see goapele ledisi teairra mari or letoya luckett.also bossip jill scott is not uderated nor is fantasia,fantasia fucked her career up yes .and monica is nt underated.

  • Common Sense is NOT Common

    Please add Amerie on this list…her voice and songs are divine

  • Regular Brotha

    I mine deep for my musical gems, peep this…

    Yahzarah, Conya Doss, Emily King, Wayna, Liv Warfield, N’Dambi, Sy Smith, Hil St. Soul, Me’Shell Nedegeocello, Leela James, Trina Brusard and Deborah Bond

    White girls with skills, Janita, Clara Hill, Josh Stone and Bebel Gilberto.



      • Regular Brotha

        Thanks for the acknowledgement. There are so many artist out here who really have something to offer other than the conventional, safe or re-formulated tracks we have heard before. Then there is the question of maturity and seriousness about saying something worth say”n.

        What I look for is musicality and inventiveness… shout outs to Ledisi and Chrisette who are two more I missed earlier. 

        Black music is still dope but a lot of people are not paying attention!

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          Hey Regular Brotha!    


    • Man you have good taste! Wanya and Bebel Gilberto? You are the man!!

  • Nebulus440

    Where’s Ledisi….Or I got a couple new ones for y’all that you may be sleep on….Joy Denalane, Her track Heaven or Hell w/ Raekwon the chef is always one of my favorite joints. Or Leela James, Sy Smith and don’t leave out the new vanilla soul princess Joss Stone. She ain’t Teena Marie, But she’s as good as it gets!

    • Ms Brilly

      I love Heaven and Hell and had no idea who the female was!  Her voice is great! Will have to check for any of her other stuff now that I know the name.

  • R!-GodDamn-D!culous

    everyone knows you don’t BLOW UP until you cross over to people of all audiences (it wouldn’t kill them to do a pop song, jus sayin)

  • Candacey Doris

    Where are Leela James, Melanie Fiona, Corinne Bailey Rae and Chrisette Michele? These ladies have amazing voices.

    • Dd Ellington

      I cosign on Leela and Chrisette! So much soul and emotion in their voices.

  • YM

    Chrisete Michele and Jazmine Sullivan should have been in this list.

    • hey

      Yes amerie too

  • MusicFAN

    what about MELODY THORNTON she has an amazing voice…

    • Gt

      What? Maybe i am deaf

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  • Empress

    This is a reader’s opinion of artists who should be more known….feel free to create your own list

  • Syndi7

    This list is no good….half these people are household names….who doesnt know jill scott? Kelly rowland, fantasia, monica….the ones you should of focused on is CHRISETTE MICHELE MELANIE FIONA ALICE SMITH

    • Completely agree with Melanie Fiona And Chrisette Michele.!

  • LA120

    Ledisi should definitely be on this list and I 100% agree with Teedra Moses and Tamia they all have the most underrated voices in the industry. And I have my qualms with placing Beyonce in the same category of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston…

    • Johnnywat333

      the thing about tamar is her and beyonce use to be in girls tyme together

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    • Michelle

      Oh my gosh I LOVE Algebra!
      Her album is so realllll! I love it! Every song speaks to me, except #11. lol I can’t get with that one, but overall I absolutely love her.

  • PinkRunner08

    And what about Faith Evans??? Her voice is incredible and her writing ability unparalleled. Have you listened to ‘Something About Faith’ album? It reminds me of of her debut album with her sultry voice ans music. She should have made the list along with Teedra Moses.

  • Elisabeth Best

    Yet again, where is Corinne Bailey Rae, Chrissette Michelle , and Syleena Johnson?

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    • Chisa08

      Love Corinne Bailey Rae! That girl has some true love written in her songs.



  • Guest

    Jaguar Wright should be on this list.

    • Sugar_Spice

      YES!!!! “Song Cry” is my favorite song by Jay Z because of her.  Her voice gives me chills.

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  • ER

    janelle monae , keyshia cole , lauryn hill

    • ManOrWoman

      Sorry, but Keyshia Cole don’t belong on a list where great voices are discussed.

      • Shaela129

        I think you’re hating.  Keyshia definitely belongs on this list.  Great song writer, singer and you can listen to and groove to almost every song on all of her albums.

        • You’ve lost your mind entirely. Keyshia Cole’s voice sound like a screeching cat. Somebody needs to remake ALL of her songs.

  • TF

    Um Janelle Monae??? Erykah Badu…

  • Orangestar616

    I love Teedra’s debut album, and EVERYTHING from Janelle who is ciritically acclaimed and very much known and huge in art circles.
    As far the authors list, it takes more than talent in a business that is so image driven, you need the talent, plus ALL The intangibles. the right opportunities and image.
    Take Sade, she didn’t follow some formula but she is HUGE, she had the intangibles and the right opportunities come her way plus she stayed true to sel f= artistic integrity.

  • tastythoughts

    jill scott….is a BEAST love her to deaf….got everything she came out with and i sing it everyday like its a new album….i think artists like jill and some others here have staying power….they dont need all that lime light hype

    • Sugar_Spice

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  • Sugar_Spice

    I’d have to put Janelle Monae on my list, if you don’t believe me please listen to her song “Oh Maker”.  Jill Scott is AMAZING live btw. I’d also have to add a throwback Meshell N’degeocello!

    • sholla21

      I LOVE that song, omg. Janelle is sooo talented.

  • Amy Finehouse

    TEEDRA MOSES didnt make this list?! She’s amazing….with an effortless voice.

    • Kahorton3787

      I have to second this one. Teedra DEFINITELY deserves to be listed.


    • Fingerlander

      I was thinking the same exact thing, and what about Algebra?

      • Goddess8281

        I have never heard of her. Where can you find her music?

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