’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week we meet New Orleans soul ensemble, Water Seed.

“We take a little bit of everything from around the world and make it into something,” says keyboardist J. Sharp when describing how Water Seed makes the perfect bowl of musical gumbo. The band’s New Orleans roots are evident in every note on their two albums, Wonder Love, Part 1 and 2, and celebratory live shows. So is their love of funk, soul and R&B.

Watch Water Seed perform “I’m Tryin'” live at ESSENCE and let us know what you think.

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