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In 2012, R&B was making a strong comeback to the forefront of music. Especially with a lot of attention being focused on the underground and rising newcomer status. As we get comfortable into 2013, the public appears to be growing a strong attachment to the not so normal radio-friendly R&B. More and more newcomer are evolving the style and making it a huge success crossover with both the mainstream heads and indie addicts. Female R&B has been making a vast comeback as well, it has grown to be undeniable, and attractive once again. The new ladies are bringing the heat and giving the icons new energy, which has them enlisting the fresh faces creativity. Today we showcase some of today’s new leading ladies in R&B that you all should know about because they have a very successful future ahead of them. This is not ranked in any particular order, so let’s get familiar shall we.
1. ROCHELLE JORDAN
While Drake and Bieber dominate the top side of the Toronto sound, the Queen of Underground Alternative R&B Rochelle Jordan is on the verge of becoming the mainstream wonder woman for the classification. Pain has always been apart of R&B; however, Jordans and a few others have transformed the genre into an evolved sound of dark themed melodies and suicidal drug depression hits. Jordan delivers a rare breed of R&B that is unsurfaced, untapped, and evolutionary to the general public. Through her content selection and ability to push the boundaries like she did in her latest project, Pressure. Beginning 2013, Jordan dropped a couple new freestyles to maintain her presence at the new music forefront, set to drop a brand new project later 2013.
2. SEVYN STREETER
The new Chris Brown protégé has had her fair share of the industry. Riding around in the group lane as a former member of both RichGirl. Streeter broke off the group trail and began focusing on her penmenship which worked out very beneficially. Over the past few years, Sevyn has accumulated hit records as she co-wrote radio monsters for Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, and Chris Brown. It was through this collaboration which landed Sevyn the opportunity to have Brown take her under his wing and sign her to CBE imprint. Her signing with Atlantic records came to follow shortly after linking with Chris. Now with a label situation and on her own, Sevyn began recording her debut project and in the beginning of working on her first effort Sevyn landed a hit single in her debut record “I Like It”. The song has received genuine positivity on airwaves and the video has bloomed to the top spot on popular video countdowns. All the stars aligned, Sevyn is at a level expectation that will generate a large amount of first week sales. Her songwriting abilities delivers an impression that is so unbound, raw, and electric feel. Of course she is easy on the eye but her vocals are what keep you hypnotized and bouncing, an evidence of longevity. The excitement drawn to her debut is the challenge that Sevyn needs to be classified as the greatest.
3. RAVAUGHN BROWN
Ne-yo has mentored many up and coming artists at his Compound label; however, none have yet to go on and have the relatively equal amount of success as the Grammy winning singer/songwriter. All they may look to change in his new protégé Ravaughn Brown. The Compound Ent/Columbia recording artist began popping up on the R&B scene at Ne-yo side in late 2012 while he made his promo campaign run on his new album R.E.D. While accompanying him, Brown received a monumental opportunity that a new artist could dream of when she assisted her mentor Ne-Yo in a duet paying homage to King of Pop himself performing “I Can’t Stop Loving You” at Michael Jackson’s 25th Anniversary of the Bad album release. Brown then released a new record “Better Be Good”, a brief introduction record that featured an undeniable attraction to the song with Maybach Music’s Wale presence. Shortening her stage name to Ravaughn, the Los Angeles singer/songwriter dropped a slept-on EP ‘Love Always… The Introduction’ and her record, “Same Ol BS” has made the hit film, ‘Think Like A Man’. 2013 takes Ravaughn from the studio to the forefront of music. Ravaughn has been working hard and been in the studio working with the greatest penmen in today’s music in The Dream and Ne-yo. Ravaughn sound is her ability to connect with the public and deliver relatable situations and possible solutions to those situations through her music. Her music is a form of therapy to her fans and that is why they enjoy her so much. It will be an amazing 11 months to witness this star come into her own and flourish to greatness.
4. JHENE AIKO
Capitalizing on her breakout mixtape; Sailing Souls. Jhene spent majority of 2012 building her popularity. She established her footing under her new label home of Def Jam and hitting the road with two iconic musical figures in Nas and Lauryn Hill. Jhene pacts an amazingly smooth R&B sound similar to a neo soul format. Her look is an innocent beauty that hasn’t been seen in music for a recent period. Aiko delivered some amazing live performances for reviewers; however, didn’t really release a large amount of new music in 2012. Now that her previous success has reached the E mark, Aiko is refreshed and keeping her fans satisfied with new visuals like her “Burning Man 3:16” and guest work with popular artists Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, and more. It has been arranged for Ms. Aiko to birth her first project in 2013 and it is already classified as a highly anticipation.
5. TAMAR BRAXTON
While 2012 was a development process for the sister of R&B legend Toni Braxton. 2013 is officially Tamar’s year to be music’s biggest songstress. Her debut single “Love and War” is receiving remarkable feedback since it was previewed on the reality star’s Tamar and Vince, even topping a few charts with the single. In a matter of hours “Love and War” grabbed a number one spot on iTunes. Backed by her reality television fans and her successful A&R husband, Tamar left 2012 on the promo run for her upcoming album. She has been highly- decorated news and talk shows like Good Morning America, Wendy Williams, and 106 & Park grooming into an incredible recording artist. With the support of her Tamartians, the singer has manifested into powerhouse that may soon rival her sister’s Toni’s legendary status. Tamar aura and attitude is surely unique, it is a persona that the world cannot get enough of. Tamar may not be the greatest vocalist nor is she attempting to make that claim; however, she has found her lane and made smart musical decisions that have had fabolous results. 2013 underway, Tamar is setting her sights on having the best year yet. “Love and War” continues to climb up the charts. Tamar has plans to release her debut album in February. Tamar has a new single on the verge of release in club influenced “Hot Sugar”, which she feels will do equally well as her debut. While making moves on the music front, Tamar will be adding host to her resume as she will be the new host to Centric’s new music series ‘Culturelist’.
The South Carolina bred singer/songwriter caught a break and a grammy nomination early on in her career; however, once the record ran its course, it seemed her opportunity in the spotlight did as well. However, Torica refused to quit, sharpen her pen, and began writing powerful ballads that landed her in the presences of a lot of big names. Torica has accompanied some of the biggest in Hip-Hop: Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, and Polow Da Don on some of their biggest records. Through her achievements, Torica linked up with A0ne and began polishing up her debut up. When the album hit the public in late-summer 2012, it was reviewed as a great creative jumpstart by critics but was slept on by the public. Although this is a similar situation that happens to artists who go on to be mega-stars. Torica is quoted by industry superiors as an phenomenal songwriter, a trait that will keep you relevant in this business a lot longer than most. Torica’s material is really in-depth and indulges heavily in female social-awareness. With a larger promotional push, Torica will surely become a heavyweight contender in the current female R&B genre. Torica is currently parading her latest project, ‘A Beautiful Mess’ around the country also continuing to lend her writing abilities to other artists currently developing new projects. A follow-up project is in the works and will be looking for a 2013 release.
7. LEAH LABELLE
Discovered by music moguls, Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri during her YouTube showcase. JD and Pharrell have been like two mad scientist working on Leah for her 2013 debut and with these two successful track record to any and all of the iconic figures in music throughout the 21st century. It surely will not be a surprise to see Ms. Labelle shoot up the top of the charts like a rocket this year. Leah look is irreplaceable, nothing short of perfection to match her talented vocals. Her look alone could send her into gold status. Following the release of some truly astonishing songs Leah is working on her debut album due this year, and fans can’t wait to hear what’s to come. Expect a mixtape from Ms. Labelle shortly to feed your appetite towards the debut.
Many may not be too familiar with the San Diego songbird but Abrina has shared the same stage with popular recording artist Jeremih, Kirko Bangz, and more. At the end of 2012, Abrina stamped her solo independence with the release of her debut single “Dat Good”. The video and single has showcased Abrina as the total package of a future superstar: great look, catchy tune, and confidence. While the record may appear poppy; however, the wordplay delivers that seductive imagery that makes R&B the soul of music today. Abrina has no problem expressing herself on record and that is what has built her strong fan base foundation leading into 2013.
9. RACELLA DE GUIA
Delano, California native Racella De Guia has been building a resume of very impressive YouTube covers over the last couple years, delivering star studded renditions of hits from Beyonce, Jessie J, Adele, Jazmin Sullivan, Drake and many more. The L.A. resider has been working on her own material behind the scenes as well. Her wide range vocals have made her a hometown celebrity who has been performing with her frontrunner position with band Love Revolution as well as solo at California colleges and local festivals. A big draw among the Filipino community. Fans of the YouTube sensation are eagerly awaiting a debut project which is scheduled arrival in 2013. She is looking to make a major impact with the upcoming project, currently untitled. With strong talent as both a singer/songwriter and easy on the eyes, you should pay attention to this rising star like her over 600k views.
This songbird by way of Jacksonville has been making herself a popular fixture on the underground Atlanta music scene. Promise Ramsey had built a strong fan base in 2012 with her seductive ballads and steamy stage presence. Although Promise hasn’t reached airplay, a popular record from the singer/songwriter is “Body Count”. Promise previous collaborators include former Akon protégé R&B singer Ray Lavender and has shared the stage with another ATL breakout in B.O.B. Promise’s material is more soulful than your average R&B beauty, heavy influences of old-school R&B soul can be recognized in her sound. A brand of music that has been seriously lacking in today’s R&B. Over her three-year presence in ATL, the soulful songstress has released a previous project in The Pinky Project in 2010 and became a popular draw on the live music circuit. Back by a small loyal fan base, in 2013 anticipate a major push forward for Promise. She has been delivering a consistent of incredible music. A promising breakout record is her “Behind Closed Doors”, a brilliant sexually expressive ballad that Promise really takes charge on. With the right amount of promotion, the song can do amazing in nationwide radio rotation. Stay tuned to what this rising star brings to 2013.
11. BRIDGET KELLY
The Roc Nation signee grew a name for herself being discover by Jay-Z and assisting him on tour as the vocalist for his hit record “Empire State of Mind”. Ms. Kelly became a notable name through her rendition of what was at the time her record “Thinking Bout You” written by Frank Ocean. Although she was hit with a setback with Ocean taking back the record, Kelly still delivered a memorable female version of the track that left fans intrigued by what hit she can pull out next. In 2013, Bridget Kelly has been promoting her summer 2012 debut Special Delivery and proving to fans that she is truly a talent to take charge in the new year. Critics co-sign Bridget with comments like, “She brought back a reminiscent sound of R&B that is too often overshadowed in today’s music.” Backed by a great team at Roc Nation, the material Kelly produce in 2013 will determine how far this star will rise. Definitely plan for her to become a popular house hold name.
12. STACY BARTHE
Singer/Songwriter Stacy Barthe, who has penned songs for Rihanna, Britney Spears, Brandy and more, is finally stepping into her own light. She released her second EP, ‘In the InBetween’ earlier this year, and created a stellar buzz with her soothing vocals and deep lyrics. Stacy creates great imagery in her songs and makes you feel exactly what she’s singing. Hopefully in the New Year people will get more familiar with her artistry because she’s truly amazing. – M.G.
13. GINETTE CLAUDETTE
Newcomer Ginette Claudette is one of those special artists that are rare to come by. Her mixtape, ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses,’ was released in the spring of this year. Though not a major release, some people are still discovering this hidden gem, and after the first listen they will become instant fans. Ginette Claudette is definitely an artist that music lovers need to keep on their radar. – M.G.