Best in Neo-Soul

Best in Neo-Soul
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 08, 2010

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London girls Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius first hit the scene with their soulful debut “Floetic” in 2002.

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A former backup singer, Green brought in that old school Philadelphia soul sound we loved. Her biggest song to date has been “Emotional Rollercoaster” an ode to the ups and downs of relationships.

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Clearly influenced by Stevie Wonder, Lewis’s first hit the scene in 2002 with the chart-topping “Don’t You Forget It.” And we haven’t forgotten this Jamaican-Canadian’s soulful sounds.

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Partly influenced by her father’s South African heritage and the soulful sounds of the Bay Area, Goapele’s mix of classic soul and funk makes for a perfect sound.

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Dwele’s cool take on R&B pays homage to his love of classic R&B and hip-hop.

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Singer/songwriter Eric Roberson has collaborated with the best in neo-soul, from Musiq to Jill Scott and Dwele.

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From her debut with “Acoustic Soul” in 2001 to the present, India Arie’s acoustic take on soul music is always a welcome reprieve.

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Former Tony Toni Tone! lead singer Raphael Saadiq helped usher a new take on soul for a new generation.

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Everyone compared Badu to Billie Holiday when she first came out in 1997, but years later this soulful trailblazer proves she’s her own woman.

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If Marvin Gaye had lived in the 90s and 00s his name would be Maxwell.

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If every generation has it’s own soul diva then Jilly from Philly is by far soul music’s reigning queen in the 00s.


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