Friday, May 23, 2008

R&B's Most Underrated Songbirds

Tamia . This R&B starlet has been making beautiful music since 1998. Her amazing voice is best known for the huge hit, Stranger In My House”. Just her voice alone should garner more attention than it does. Tamia’s songs tell stories of life and love. She has been nominated for numerous Grammy’s and she is a national spokeswoman for the disease, Sickle Cell Anemia. Now granted Tamia is married to Grant Hill, a very successful NBA player, so she does not have to work as hard as her not so fortunate counterparts. Nonetheless, I think she still should receive more attention for the media. Her most recent LP is “ Between Friends” and it is a stellar album.

Kelis has been a trendsetter since her burst onto the music scene in 1999. With her explosive debut single, “ Caught Out There”, Kelis cemented herself as the anit- R&B chick. Her eccentric music, style, and image has made her a standout im a genre full of singers all going for the same image, song, and video. Kelis’s raspy, sexy voice has been featured on numerous collaborations with top Hip-Hop artist. She is best known for her international hit, “Milkshake”, for being the spouse of the successful rapper, Nas. Kelis is well known international and will continue to be a trendsetter bringing the world alternative music that only she could. Her most recent LP was, “ Kelis Was Here”.

Jill Scott is also known internationally as a singer/songwriter/budding actress. Her latest album , “ The Real Thing” released in the summer of 2007 was indeed the real thing. Her music is among the most authentic, imaginative, creative, meaningful and stunning music existing today. Jill Scott is in al league all of her own. She has made the list because her brilliant music does not receive the attention it should. There is little radio airplay and her videos receive little airtime as well. Jill Scott has definitely been a trailblazer for R&B music and hopefully her star will continue to soar. Her music is definitely something to behold. She has parlayed her music career into a budding acting career. She starred in the groundbreaking Tyler Perry Film, “ Why Did I Get Married” and delivered a brilliant performance. With multiple acting roles and music in the future, please look out for Jill Scott and support this amazing woman.

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