KHALID

By Heather Phares, AllMusic

Combining a voice that sounds made for classic soul with cutting-edge music, Khalid is a singer/songwriter from El Paso, Texas. Raised by a military family, Khalid lived in Germany and upstate New York before settling in Texas. He was first inspired to make music by his mother, who was a singer and loved ’90s R&B artists such as Brandy and TLC. While still a teenager, he began making music in 2015, incorporating influences as wide-ranging as Frank Ocean, India.Arie, Alt-J, and Father John Misty in the songs he posted online. He eventually connected with the producer SykSense, who, along with Tunji Ige and Smash David, worked on Khalid’s bittersweet breakout single “Location.” Released in mid-2016, the song hit the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart the following January. Another single, “Hopeless,” preceded Khalid’s debut album American Teen, which arrived in March 2017.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/khalid-mn0000095880/biography

Photo: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/khalid-performs-location-on-the-ellen-show-news.30912.html

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JORJA SMITH

By James Christopher Monger, AllMusic

Jorja Smith is an English R&B singer/songwriter whose soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Alunageorge, Nao, Lulu James, and Amy Winehouse, the latter of whom the Walsall-based artist cites as her biggest influence. Smith issued her debut single, “Blue Lights,” in 2015, but it was 2016’s powerful “Where Did I Go?” that began turning heads. That track, and the follow-up single “Beautiful Little Fools,” eventually culminated in the late-2016 release of Smith’s debut EP, Project 11. The following year saw her international profile elevated via her multiple appearances on Drake’s surprise playlist/LP More Life, which saw her holding court amongst a bevy of high-profile guests like Kanye West, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and Travis Scott.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jorja-smith-mn0003494220/biography

Photo: http://uk.complex.com/music/2016/08/interview-jorja-smith

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KEVIN ROSS

By Andy Kellman, AllMusic

A singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer who is a native of the Washington, D.C./Maryland region, Kevin Ross seeks to combine classic soul and contemporary R&B while putting a personal spin on those sounds. After a period of development that involved studies at Berklee College of Music, contributions to albums by the likes of Noel Gourdin, Johnny Gill, and SWV, and some independently released material, Ross signed to Motown as a solo artist. He made his label debut in 2014 when he released Dialogue in the Grey, a four-track EP on which he was joined by T.I. (on lead track “Don’t Say You Will,” a ballad) and Ne-Yo (on the emotive slow jam “Overrated”). A remix of another one of the EP’s cuts, “Dream,” was issued the following year with an appearance from Chaz French. From there he began working on his debut full-length, 2017’s The Awakening, with Chaz French reappearing as a guest alongside Lecrae and BJ the Chicago Kid.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/kevin-ross-mn0001963178/biography

Photo: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7736383/kevin-ross-says-first-billboard-no-1-is-a-gift-from-god-as

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ZESHAN B

By RollingStone

Sounds Like: Memphis R&B, Chicago blues and a jolt of raw South Asian soul.

For Fans of: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Arif Lohar

Why You Should Pay Attention: First generation Indian-American Zeshan Bagewadi has sung for two presidents: Jimmy Carter deemed his version of the national anthem “best ever,” and Barack Obama invited him to the White House. Obama came up in Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, with whose choir Zeshan B closed out Black History Month this year. The gospel roots of this powerful soul singer are apparent on his new Vetted, which debuted at Number Eight on Billboard‘s World Music chart. World music? Well, in addition to cover versions and originals dealing with frequent soul-music concerns such as lust, alienation and resistance, Vetted includes “Meri Jaan” (My Baby), a sexy original sung in Urdu, and “Ki Jana” (Who Knows), a 200-year-old Sufi poem in Punjabi. Horns and strings also accommodate a droning tanbur and harmonium in Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City,” which Zeshan opens with an improvisatory Indian-classical alap.

He Says: “The singers I idolize – Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway – all started singing in church. I grew up with devotional music. I was a cantor in my mosque as a kid and I sang in a gospel choir during high school. I was taken in by Chicago’s black Baptist community and have a strong relationship with Trinity United and the Reverend Otis Moss. But India and Pakistan have their own type of soul music that’s not as commercialized as Bollywood. It’s down-home, raw, and visceral, especially in Pakistan, where most of the population lives in abject poverty. People sing about unrequited love, urban despair, and oppression – just like here. It’s all about that feel, that groove, bro. It comes from a deep place. I’m into all music that serves a greater purpose, whatever that may be.”

Hear for Yourself: George Perkins’ response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral was “Cryin’ in the Streets”; Zeshan turns in a stately version for the era of #BlackLivesMatter. Richard Gehr

This article originally appeared on RollingStone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-new-artists-you-need-to-know-april-2017-w477527/zeshan-b-w477532

Photo: http://www.bandsintown.com/ZeshanB

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JAHKOY

By Chris Mench, Eric Diep

Jahkoy has spent the last couple years reinventing himself. Trading in his MC ambitions, released under the name Raheem, for a more soulful sound, Jahkoy has been productive since transitioning to R&B and leaving his hometown of Toronto for L.A. He’s an advocate for love on warm tracks, especially on his last record, Foreign Waters, which features his love letter to Cali, “California Heaven” with ScHoolboy Q, and the tropical “1000 Times.” Now, the 22-year-old Def Jam artist has his debut album, Glory Child, on the way, which could very well cement his place as one of R&B’s new innovators. —Eric Diep

Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/magazine-feature/7453573/best-country-artists-songs-albums-all-time-george-strait-florida-georgia-line-and-shania-twain-top

Photo: http://www.gripmagazine.com/jahkoy-feat-scholboy-q-california-heaven-new-music-alert/

Photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jahkoy_Palmer

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