The Cameroon born beauty moved to the U.S. when she was 6 and has been a genre defying musician ever since.
The Portland-based soul singer shares the process of making her debut album, and working with Prince.
"We take a little bit of everything from around the world and make it into something," says keyboardist J. Sharp.
The Brooklyn-bred hip hop soul singer has sung backup for the likes of Pharaoh Monche, Jean Grae and Talib Kweli.
The Louisiana-bred songstress earned her vocal chops being in the group Sophia Fresh and singing backup for Solange.
A seasoned writer in her own right, Polly has penned songs for the likes of Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield and, most recently, J. Cole ('Crooked Smile").
The Boston-based gospel quartet describes their sound as "praise and worship" music.
Rising R&B star Russell Taylor takes center stage in this week's New & Next spotlight.
See why we're thrilled to introduce this exciting new jazz band.
The classically-trained singer describes her sound as a "mix of 70s soul, some gospel and some jazz."
This week we meet Sweden-born R&B singer/ songwriter Sebastian Mikael.
Chia started to generate buzz when she was mistakenly listed as a guest vocalist on "Blood on the Leaves" from Kanye West's YEEZUS.
The Notorious actress debuts a hot new single. Watch her perform it live.
Her rich and organic blues-inflected voice has earned her comparison to Miriam Makeba and even Billie Holiday.
The Brooklyn-based soul singer performs her debut single, "Heal."
The Tennessee native calls her sound "organic moonshine roots music."
The Melbourne-based quartet have gotten co-signs from the likes of Q-Tip and Questlove.
R&B's newest crooner sings his debut single, "The Past."
This week, up-and-coming R&B singer Mateo debuts a new song, "I Miss You," exclusively on ESSENCE.com.
The Oklahoma native counts Ella Fitzgerald, Sade and Floetry among her musical influences.
British singer-songwriter and producer Labrinth already has a string of number one hits in the UK.
"Elijah Blake is soul, he's honestly, he's truth, he's experimental and most importantly, he's growing."
British singer Alice Russell's brand of soul music is edgy, emotional and powerful.
The Brooklyn-based singer describes her sound as "acid hip hop."
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