How Sweet The Sound! Soul Stars Who Keep Us Wanting More!
As we move through June, we continue to celebrate Black Music Month. If you’re anything like me as an R&B/soul music fan, when you are introduced to an artist who you think is amazing, you want them to succeed. But then again, you don’t want them to blow up so much for fear that the music will change or become watered down. Today, we take a look at some of today’s best and brightest in soul who’ve received lots of attention but haven’t really allowed the music to suffer in the process. Who’s your favorite R&B/soul artist of today?
Note: This list certainly is not the sum of all the artists we love because as an R&B lover, I could go on for days. This is just a “to wet your appetite” list and this could be never ending. That’s why we want you to add your favorites in the comments. Enjoy!
There are two artists I might end a friendship over if you speak ill of them, and Jill Scott is one of them. For years, Jill has proven herself as a musical force to be reckoned with – there are few who can match that voice and those songwriting abilities. She sings in different languages, she sings her songs in operatic tone, and her range is amazing. We’re always ready for new music from Jilly from Philly.
If ever you were looking for someone who could touch your soul and take you to church at the same time, Anthony Hamilton is your man. Hamilton delivers songs like his life depends on it. He sings as though if he puts extra feeling on it, maybe, just maybe, “Charlene” will come back home. His live performances are always a great experience and when his body starts jerking around (it’s his soulful way of dancing, don’t hate!), you know he is about to go “there.” And who else feels like having a jump and shout moment when “The Point of It All” comes on?
Ms. Badu does music her way or not at all. Sure, we don’t always “get” where she’s going in her songs, but we know that it almost always sounds good. You can put a situation of your own to “Green Eyes” and many of us have seen someone that we’ll regrettably have to pass on until the “Next Lifetime.” Her albums, and even her eclectic music videos are classics. What will she think of next?
Some of you still might not be up on Bilal, and if you’re not, get on it! We only get an album from Bilal every few years, but he does guest appearances with some of your favorite artists (though you might not always notice), many of whom you can find on this list. He has a “cooky” way about him but everybody needs a little crazy with their artists, right? Besides, any man that can make a song like “Soul Sista” is all right with me.
Kindred the Family Soul
Ahhh yes, our favorite married singing duo! Kindred has been pumping out albums to a very loyal fan base for almost 10 years and with every album, they seem to evolve into something better. In between albums, they always seem to have a child or two, so now, they are also raising SIX children while still making their living in the music industry. What a life and a love!
Last year was without a doubt, Ledisi’s YEAR. You couldn’t turn to any channel that had a music special and not see Ledisi singing her face off for somebody. Her album sales are increasing, she’s headlining her own tours, and she recently released a book! It’s called Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power. See, keeping true to yourself does pay off!
Say what you want about India…but don’t say it to me! Yes, she’s what some would call preachy and sometimes, she sings about love in a way that just might not be as realistic as some know it to be, but so what? She sings from the heart and quite frankly, I think she might be one of the more underrated soul singers we have out today. These days, India is vowing to only do music that she feels to the core and that feels right in the moment and to that respect, her next album is likely going to have a “world music” sound. Looking forward to it!
According to the Soulchild, he won’t be putting out anymore albums anytime soon. But hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t give him props for the albums he’s already given us. Can you name one album by Musiq that doesn’t have at least one song that makes you just melt? Those ballads he releases are made for the soul, made for you to get married to, made for you to have babies to…you get my point! I’m willing to let him to go through this hiatus from making albums until he’s ready give it his all again. I’ve got Aijuswanaseing to keep me warm for now…
Who would you like to add to the list?