We’ve all been staying in more during the pandemic and possibly listening to more music. Listening to R&B tunes while cleaning or while relaxing for the evening was a favorite pastime. We don’t hear much about R&B artists anymore. Here are some vocalists to spruce up your R&B collection. Some you may remember and some you may have never heard.
Note: This list is not ranked in any particular order – they are all talented Black folk I have chosen to highlight. Click on the artists’ name for direct access to their Spotify music page
He was just 12 years old when he was signed and blew our minds with his mellow voice. Campbell’s timeless classics include Tell Me What You Want Me to Do, Always In My Heart, and of course, the smash hit Can We Talk.
Formerly a quartet, this multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning group has given us smooth hits for 20 years! Cupid, Anywhere, I’ll Be Missing You, and U Already Know are just some of what you can add to your musical library!
Multi-award-winning, velvety smooth-voiced Luther was IT! His covers of A House Is Not A Home and Endless Love are timeless. If Only For One Night, Never Too Much, and If This World Were Mine are also great to add to your musical shelf.
This Beauty from D.C. crept on the scene only a few years ago, but her voice is reminiscent of 1970s soul. La La La La, Chicago Boy, Speak To Me, and of course, Shea Butter Baby are wonderful additions to your “lovemaking playlist”.
Philadelphia native Jazmine follows the legacy of many other R&B legends from the city of Brotherly Love. She is one of my absolute favorite voices of this genre for that past few years. Brand New, Masterpiece (Mona Lisa), Insecure, and In Love With Another Man simply take you there!
I have loved this man’s voice since I was 11 years old (I am about to be 33!). Love, Mary Go Round, Aime Wit Ue, ms. philadelphia, and yes are simply amazing to rock and whimper too when you’re having one of those days.
This band (yes, Sade is a band), has been delivering hit after hit for more than 30 years. Led by the beautiful Helen Folasade Adu, it’s not shocking that they have remained a relevant R&B powerhouse. Give a listen to Your Love is King, Paradise, No Ordinary Love, and Kiss of Life. I’m sure it’ll keep you yearning for more.
This list wouldn’t be complete without my favorite boy band. With sensual songs like Please Don’t Go, On Bended Knee, Water Runs Dry and I’ll Make Love To You, it is obvious why they are the number 1 selling R&B boy band of ALL TIME.
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