1 would not see release until 2000, she co-wrote and sang on "You Got Me" (the 1999 hit single by hip hop band The Roots) and received further exposure as a supporting performer on the band's tour that year. Daley. Its mainstream presence declined during the 2000s, although newer artists emerged through more independent means of marketing their music. Neo-soul artists tried to look both backward and forward, acting in the belief that a continuum might exist. Though it's roughly analagous to contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul artists pay more devotion to the era of classic soul, often seeking a sound and a style of songwriting with few concessions to events in the music world post-1975. From Nick Hakim to KeiyaA to Ari Lennox, here are 23 contemporary artists pushing neo-soul forward in 2020. Club discerns "a line of revelatory, late-period neo-soul albums" with the releases of Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night (2009), Badu's New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) (2010), Bilal's Airtight's Revenge (2010), and Frank Ocean's Channel Orange (2012). She is singer-songerwriter, producer and actress. Find album credit information for Neo Soul - Various Artists on AllMusic The minute you start talking about any type of “greatest†list, the notion immediately invites loud debate. View reviews, ratings, news & more regarding your favorite band. [3][8][16][40][41][42] According to Farley, D'Angelo's album "gives a nod to the past, ... mints his own sound, with golden humming keyboards and sensual vocals and unhurried melodies ... His songs were polished without being slick and smart without being pretentious", while Badu "brought an iconoclastic spirit to soul music, with her towering Afrocentric headwraps, incense candles, and quirky lyrics". [5][10][11] Neo soul also incorporates elements of electronic music,[12] jazz fusion, funk, rap, gospel, rock, reggae, and African music. 21/12/2020. As such, albums were shelved or delayed or retooled and artists were dropped from major labels and forced to go it alone, making the first decade of the 21st century the least 'soulful'—however you define it—decade for the industry itself in ... well, decades. Too futuristic to be neo soul, but still too soulful for the pop crowd, these indie artists are tapping into a cross-section of market that's only focused on the music being good. With male Neo Soul artists being in a genre that may get overlooked by R&B, Rock and, of course, Hip Hop, male Neo Soul singers have long proven to never disappoint when it comes contributing to good music. Uk Soul Artists Lisa Stansfield. [8] In Kelly's song "When a Woman's Fed Up" (1998), the singer incorporated a more soul-based sound and referenced Badu's 1997 song "Tyrone" in the lyrics. She is not just a singer but also a song writer, a poet and an actress. Her acting roles are most know from the film “Sister Act 2”. What distinguishes neo-soul from, simply, soul is the broad palette of sounds that it incorporates. Jill Scott Jill Scott. Or alternative. Next. Toné! Toné!, Rich and Maxwell relied on traditional soul and R&B values of songwriting and live performances, discarding the synth-heavy productions of the late '80s and early '90s". Most artists in this genre have an impressive vocal range, and they are some of the best singers in the continent. Some of us released some of the craziest records of our career. However, although he said neo soul is still essentially soul music, Massenburg felt there was a need to market artists of the genre for listeners to have an understanding of what they were buying. Jill Scott is also on of my favorites. [17] Jason Anderson of CBC News called neo soul a "sinuous, sly yet unabashedly earnest" alternative and "kind of haven for listeners turned off by the hedonism of mainstream hip-hop and club jams. [30] American artists during the early 1990s included Zhané, Groove Theory, Joi, Tony Rich, and Me'Shell NdegéOcello. Incredible List of Top 8 Stunning Female Neo-soul Artists. Two of his most famous tracks are "Fortunate" (from the 1999 Life soundtrack) and "Pretty Wings." He released his debut studio album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite in 1996 to widespread critical acclaim … Soul is timeless.” The word was doomed to fail from the get go. [29], According to Christopher John Farley, Prince had been "carrying a torch for neo soul for decades, refusing to make R&B that played by the rules or fit into comfortable formats. [61] Erykah Badu and Maxwell returned from their respective hiatuses and released well-received albums, her New Amerykah albums and his 2009 album BLACKsummers'night, and they subsequently toured together. The Neo Soul is for the true soul lovers who enjoy and appreciate music with a deeper feeling. Not since the emergence of neo-soul in the late 90s have we witnessed such a powerful surge of artists who are pushing the boundaries of the genre. Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart are the funky divas behind the neo-soul duo Floetry. Let’s have a look at the most favored Neo Soul artists from the last decade (or so). Toni! Or goth rock. There is a new class of singers, many of them women, who are setting the soundtrack for Tumblr cool kids, #carefreeblackgirls (and boys), and music snobs alike. They recorded a couple of studio albums together but then went their separate ways continuing to make awesome music. 388,744 listeners. But Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Cee-Lo picked up D's mantle and ran with it". Neo-soul artists include India Arie, Alicia Keyes, Babyface, and Joss Stone. [8][31][32][33], NdegéOcello's 1993 debut album Plantation Lullabies was later credited as the beginning of neo soul;[34] according to Renee Graham of The Boston Globe, it was "arguably the first shot in the so-called 'neo-soul' movement". | AllMusic: Review, "A Tribe Called Quest's Soundtrack to the Resistance", Radio 1 Listeners Top 50 Albums of 1993–2003, Boston.com / A&E / Music / Soul searching, Neo-Soul's Familiar Face; With 'Voodoo,' D'Angelo Aims to Reclaim His Place in a Movement He Got Rolling, "Neo Soul Icon Jill Scott Announces First Ever Australian Tour", "The 100 Moments That Rocked Our World: 78), "Bilal Is the Future (And the Present…And the Past)", "Maxwell Tabs Erykah Badu to Support Select Summer Tour Dates", "Reevaluating Nineties Music: Trivial or Noteworthy? [72], In August 2019, Okayplayer journalist Keith Nelson Jr. published a piece highlighting 11 recording artists who are "on the precipice of pushing neo-soul forward" into its third decade of existence: Steve Lacy ("cut from the abstract neo-soul cloth of Frank Ocean where you’re just as likely to have a jam session as you are to hear philosophical quips"), Mahalia ("singer-songwriter, with honeyed vocals … songs of love and anguish typically exist in narratives, similar to Jill Scott, who paved her path"), Adrian Daniel ("experimentation and vulnerability that is reminiscent of fellow Brooklynite Maxwell"), VanJess ("sister duo float between the soulful chemistry of Floetry and the unapologetically assertive of City Girls … artful sexual empowerment"), Donovan ("avant-garde singer and instrumentalist … bedroom intimate vocals and [emotive] production"), Ari Lennox ("can make Tinder plights sound rich with soul … akin to Erykah Badu"), Marco McKinnis ("Anthony Hamilton meets D'Angelo … hazy ambient sounds"), Baby Rose ("exquisitely guttural voice makes [love] palpable"), Kyle Dion ("a register so high it sounded like tearful begging"), Lucky Daye ("his love odes are imbued with a Raphael Saadiq-esque adventurousness"), and Iman Omari ("a faint Bilal tinge … music that leans heavy on a jazz/hip-hop").[73]. [68] In the 2010s, other neo soul acts included Fitz and the Tantrums,[69] Mayer Hawthorne,[70] Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats,[71] and Amos Lee. There will no doubt be debate as to who comes in first as the best R&B and soul artist. Under the Radar Blues, Rock, and Southern Soul Music You Must Hear 2019. He also took a long (8 year hiatus) and came bakc with the award winning album “Black Summers Night”. Inspired by Neo-Soul greats like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, [ K S R ] meshes on classic R&B with nostalgic Neo-Soul while infusing his tracks with a delightfully unique vulnerability. All the neo-soul artists, in various ways, perform balancing acts, exploring classic soul idioms while injecting a living, breathing presence into time-tested formulas. Toni! [54], Other successful performers marketed as neo soul at this time included Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, India.Arie, and Alicia Keys, who broke through to broader popularity with her debut album Songs in A Minor (2001). These neo soul musicians are known to many as being the best in the genre and are the names closely associated with the genre. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head and the signing of a recording … Toné!-member Raphael Saadiq later embarked on a solo career and produced various works of other neo soul artists. [18], According to music writer Peter Shapiro, the term itself refers to a musical style that obtains its influence from older R&B styles, and bohemian musicians seeking a soul revival, while setting themselves apart from the more contemporary sounds of their mainstream R&B counterparts. [8] It impacted more mainstream-oriented R&B radio, while influencing contemporary R&B acts, such as R. Kelly and Aaliyah,[30] to incorporate some of its textural and lyrical elements. These neo soul songs, with influences of smooth jazz and R & B – these mantras and anthems, Dorian says, “…are the lessons I extract out of life! They more outstanding together with hits like “Say Yes” and “Getting Late”. D’Angleo is an singer / songwriter and multi instrumentalist. [60], In the latter part of the decade, emerging artists such as Heather Headley, Anthony David, J Davey, Eric Roberson, and Ledisi signed to independent soul labels and received exposure through independent retailers, neo soul-oriented web sites, college and public radio stations, city club venues, cable networks such as Music Choice and BET J, and publishing deals as writers and producers for major label-recording artists. Kelela. Each has a full discography available for download Your email address will not be published. [8] Other female artists broke through with their debut albums, including Macy Gray, Angie Stone, and Jill Scott. Melodyful enlists some of the top female neo-soul artists, who are known for their phenomenal contribution to this field of music. As such, transatlantic collaborations, recordings and performances helped strengthen the sound on both sides of the pond. Toni! [7] Hill followed-up her 1998 debut—considered the best-selling neo soul album—with a combative, confessional live album (2002's MTV Unplugged No. Enjoy the sounds of the artist of New Soul. So unsurpassable that it'd be eight years before we'd hear from Erykah Badu and Maxwell again, while Hill and D'Angelo remain missing. [25][26] The band was part of a new wave of British R&B-oriented artists during the late-1980s and early 1990s that also included Soul II Soul, Caron Wheeler, The Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, and Lisa Stansfield. [20] Neo soul artists during the 1990s were heavily inspired by the eclectic sound and mellow instrumentation of Gil Scott-Heron's and Brian Jackson's collaborative work in the 1970s. Unlimited free music and no commercial interruptions! According to music journalist Mark Anthony Neal, "neo-soul and its various incarnations has helped to redefine the boundaries and contours of black pop. [11] Miles Marshall Lewis commented that 1990s neo soul "owed its raison d'être to '70s soul superstars like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder", adding that "in concert, Erykah Badu and D'Angelo regularly covered Chaka Khan, the Ohio Players, and Al Green, to make the lineage crystal clear. [38] Kierna Mayo, former editor-in-chief of Ebony, said that alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest's early 1990s albums The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders "gave birth to neo-everything  ... That entire class of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and Lauryn Hill". 21/12/2020. Neo-Soul emerged in the 90s as a style of soul music. These are the rankings I have come up with. 487 names. His 2nd album Love Behind the Melody was released in January 2008. [24][58] DeVaughn has described himself as an "R&B Hippy Neo-Soul Rock Star", viewing it as a reference to his eclectic musical style. First, the issue of what is neo soul arises. This is a list of soul musicians who have either been influential within the genre, or have had a considerable amount of fame. The Best Neo-Soul Albums of 2019. She adds a very strong jazz vibe to her music with a touch of the 50’s or 60’s sound too. Who Is Jill Scott? Male Neo Soul Artists List of the Top Male Neo Soul Singers. Neo soul is a musical mix of 'rhythm and blues' and music pertaining to the soul. Jul 26, 2014 - Explore Dana Jackson's board "R&B/Neo Soul Artists" on Pinterest. 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”. Toni! 1, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation. The Neo-Soul and R&B artist is the daughter of Bobby McFerrin, the jazz vocalist, and the granddaughter of Robert McFerrin, Sr., the first black man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. Your email address will not be published. ", "VH1 Soul is More Soulful Than Ever in Its Third Installment of 'SoulStage: Erykah Badu presented by Infiniti' Premiering Tuesday, February 26 at 9PM*", "India Arie: Brings International Appeal to VH1's 'Soulstage, "Raheem DeVaughn: R&B Hippy Neo-Soul Rockstar", "Dangerbird inks neo-soul act Fitz & the Tantrums", "Mayer Hawthorne Is A Musical 'Man About Town, "Neo-Soul 2020: 11 Artists Pushing the Sound into the New Decade", "Afrofuturism and post-soul possibility in black popular music", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Neo_soul&oldid=995093152, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 December 2020, at 05:06. Along with fellow musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has been credited as an originator of the "neo soul" movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s. He is one of the most lauded and commercially successful neo-soul artists of the late 1990s and early 2000s. 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