Neo Soul makes a change from what you hear on the radio or TV daily or what’s in the Billboard charts. The Neo Soul is for the true soul lovers who enjoy and appreciate music with a deeper feeling.
Let’s have a look at the most favored Neo Soul artists from the last decade (or so). These are the rankings I have come up with.
1. Jill Scott
Definitely one of my favorite Neo Soul artists. She is not just a singer but also a song writer, a poet and an actress. Her albums have been a hit since 1999. He music is a mix of R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz and sometime Blues with beautiful vocals.
2. Erykah Badu
I fell in love with Erykah Badu’s sound as soon as I heard “On & On”. It was something so different and fresh. She adds a very strong jazz vibe to her music with a touch of the 50’s or 60’s sound too. She is also very hip hop influence and sometimes raps as you can hear in some of her later albums.
One of the most well known names in the Neo Soul Genre with his smokey Jazz / Soul hits such as “Brown Sugar”. And his Prince like falsetto voice. He took a very long 15 year break in his career and came back recently with an awesome album entitled – Black Messaih. D’Angleo is an singer / songwriter and multi instrumentalist.
Another classic Neo Soul artist from the 90’s and also with a very high falsetto voice. Also and singer songwriter and muli-instrumentalist but with a slight different vibe from D’Angelo, Maxwell is more of the quiet storm type. He also took a long (8 year hiatus) and came bakc with the award winning album “Black Summers Night”.
An awesome an original due here. Floetry consisted of a singer Marsha Ambrosius and spoken word Natalie Stewart. They more outstanding together with hits like “Say Yes” and “Getting Late”. They recorded a couple of studio albums together but then went their separate ways continuing to make awesome music.
6. India Irie
India Irie is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, and producer from the States. She has sold million records in the US and even more worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards.
7. Musiq (Soul Child)
Musiq is also very popular even outside the Neo Soul genre due to beautiful ballads such as “Love”. He is a grammy award winning singer-songer writer, musician and producer. His sound is similar to Stevie Wonder is certain tracks, especially on the Soulstar album.
8. Lauren Hill
Lauren Hill because famous at first from being the group “The Fugees” led by Wyclef. She both sang and rapped and people recognized her vocal talent from the cover track “Killing me softly” which was a huge hit. She then left the Fugees to persue her successful solo career but suddenly departing the music scene. She is singer-songerwriter, producer and actress. Her acting roles are most know from the film “Sister Act 2”.
9. Anthony Hamilton
Anthony Hamilton is an American R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer who became popular from with the platinum-selling second studio album Comin’ from Where I’m From, which featured the track “Comin’ from Where I’m From” and the follow-up “Charlene”. He is also well know for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained
10. Raheem Devaughn
Raheem Devaughn is an American Neo Soul singer and songwriter. His album The Love Experience, reached No. 46 on the Billboard 200 album chart. And featured the singles “Guess Who Loves You More” and “You”. His 2nd album Love Behind the Melody was released in January 2008. It features the singles “Woman”, and “Customer”. He has a very laid back style of music which is easy to relax to.
Anyway this is my list, what do you think?