Music is something that nurtures the soul and can take the mind, body, and spirit to heights it has never been to before. There is music for any mood you are in to complement that feeling from happiness or joy to sadness and pain. Last time I compiled on of these lists (10 Underrated R&B/Soul Artists You Should Know About). Everyone was hittin me up chiming in on artists. There were some that people should know about that I didn’t get to highlight in the last edition so I figured why not bring it back again. So, popular demand its back! Some of these artists you may or may not know but sit back and enjoy learning about some artists you SHOULD know about.
I was actually put on to Conya Doss by my readers in the first edition of this post. I went and heard a few tracks on Youtube and I was caught up into her melodic voice. I immediately went out and copped a few of her albums off of I-Tunes. Doss straight out of Cleveland has created great music since 2002 with her debut A Poem About Ms. Doss.
Conya Doss- What I’d Do
Zo! isn’t a particularly a soul artist but he is a musical architect that plays 5 different instruments. Zo! straight out of Detroit is a producer and keyboardist who can be heard producing songs and doing instrumentation for Little Brother, Phonte, Foreign Exchange, and Eric Roberson. The collaborative 80′s remake album Zo! and Tigallo Love the 80s is something that will have any 80s baby reminiscing.
Zo! feat. Phonte- Greater Than The Sun
Van Hunt is an artist that has a funk/electric vibe to him(ala Sly Stone). He burst on the seen with the his self-titled album Van Hunt which he was nominated for a Grammy. Van Hunt is an artist that you know they are being honest to themselves through their music. Songs like “Down Here in Hell” display the depth of love and relationships that many people feel but can’t convey.
Van Hunt-Down Here in Hell
I actually discovered Carmen Rodgers via Ping and Phonte of Little brother biggin up her new track “It’s Me”. I googled the song and it made me want to immediately check out her music. Her album The Bitter Suite takes the listener on a road of struggling through love’s precarious situations and predicaments.
Carmen Rodgers- It’s Me
Kindred Family Soul
The modern-day hip edition of Ashford and Simpson and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. They are a married couple that breathes life back into the soul concept of the duet. Kindred Family Soul displays the ups and downs of marriage but the ultimate greatness that true love brings. They busted onto the scene with the album Surrender to Love and 3 albums later they are still showing how much love means. Ashford and Simpson maybe down(RIP Nicholas Ashford) but Kindred Family Soul continues on their legacy.
Kindred Family Soul feat. Snoop Dogg- You Got Love
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah
You may remember DJ Jazzy Jeff from his work with Will Smith(as the Fresh Prince) but do you even know he has produced a lot of quality music in his own right? Jazzy Jeff went even further with the beautiful young singer Ayah and connecting with her to make an enigmatic collaborative effort in the mixtape Back For More. The music DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah are producing give the feeling of the concept that mad Groove Theory so hot. They are working on their album This Way.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah- Forgive Me Love
If you ever listened to the Hidden beach recordings Unwrapped you may hear Mike Phillips saxophone crooning in the background. Once again this isn’t per say a singer or soul artist but jazz can sooth the soul just as much. Mike has worked with everyone from Jill Scott to Stevie Wonder. He is one of those at the forefront of bring jazz into the 21st century. His first album You Have Reached Mike Phillips balanced classic jazz tones with hip contemporary melodies.
Mike Phillips- Wonderful and Special feat. JR
Anthony David started off writing for Indie Arie and then was able to parlay that into his own career. He crept on the scene with the Indie Arie duet “Words” which was nominated for a Grammy Award. David is able to write music that is many times the antithesis of male artist. David is able to speak from the male psyche of wanting to and loving the idea of being in love.
Anthony David- 4Evermore feat. Phonte and Algebra
Ledisi is considered by many to be a singers singer because of her powerful voice(gospelesque) that many people admirer. She didn’t gain much notoriety until her album Lost and Found where she was nominated for two Grammy awards. Ledisi is a powerful singer that doesn’t overpower you with her voice but her voice simplistically pulls you in.
Ledisi- Pieces of Me
A long time collaborator of Little Brother and Foreign Exchange. You can hear him singing the hooks on classic Little brother tracks but he is a great artist in his own right. D.BrocK as many call him is an artist who gives you a throwback feel of an updated Sam Cook with a hip hop edge. D. Brock has worked with everyone from Pete Rock to Grammy award-winning producer 9th Wonder.
Darien Brockington- “Rain”
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