Ari Lennox – A New Addition to NeoSoul

Introduction Ari Lennox is not just a woman of self-worth, but also self-value. This is felt in her songs and seen through her mannerisms. March 26, 1991, Courtney Shanade Salter, known by her stage name, Ari Lennox, was born. A Washington D.C. native, she was exposed to many different music forms such as (Go-Go music, […]

Jill Scott – Queen of Neo-Soul

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Musiq SOULchild

Thesis Musiq Soulchild is a male artist who has made various projects that have truly implemented the concept of soul into his music. In this post, the career of Musiq Soulchild as well as the impact of R&B/soul has played in his upbringing.  Aijuswanaseing Musiq Soulchild was born as Taalib Johnson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He […]

Folk Music Traditions and Neo-Soul Music

Folk Music Traditions and Neo-Soul Music For generations, folk music has been used as a form of expression for African Americans to describe their experiences and struggles as Black people in America. Throughout different periods, this music genre, which originates from negro spirituals sang by enslaved Black people, has been used by African Americans as […]

Hip Hop Soul

What is Hip Hop Soul? Hip Hop Soul is a Subgenre of R&B music made most popular during the 1990s. Hip Hop R&B fuses the soul of singing with hip hop productions. Origin Story Hip Hop Soul evolved from new jack swing, another form of R&B popularized by artists and producers like Keith Sweat, Bobby […]

Jazmine Sullivan

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Alannah Ross: Erykah Badu

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Erykah Badu Thesis Statement:  Eryka Badu is an iconic artist who birthed what we now know as neo-soul; through this, she has continued to inspire many other artists in the music industry. Artist History: Erica Abi Wright, also known as Erykah […]

Passing the Torch: Black Women Activism through artistic outlets

In Chapter 5 of The Songs of Black (Women) Folk: Music, Politics, and Everyday Living, Rasheedah Quiett Jenkins is determined to highlight the connections between several black female artists that have been enlisted in carrying on the tradition of Black women activism. These women all stem from whom Jenkins deems as one of the first to do […]

Masego, he can do it all!

Masego Micah Davis, “Masego”, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in a Christian community in Newport News, Virginia. “Masego” means “blessed” in Tswana, the official language of Botswana. Masego is a 22 year-old multi-instrumentalist, as well as vocalist. He specializes in Saxophone, both tenor and alto, but also plays other instruments such as the […]

ThisIsQTZ. Takes Spelman College by Storm

Jada Henderson, also known as QTZ., is a graduating senior, singer, and songwriter at the illustrious Spelman College.  I was privileged enough to be able to attend her senior recital where she performed original songs she just released on her new EP.  I really enjoyed the concert/recital in its entirety because it was original, and […]

Introducing: Maxwell

The well known musician, record producer, and actor Maxwell was born as Gerald Maxwell Rivera on May 23rd, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York. He is most commonly credited as shaping a part of R&B known as “neo soul” which rose to prominence during the late 1990s. Maxwell began his career performing on the New York […]

Jasmine Sullivan

Jasmine Marie Sullivan is an African-American singer/songwriter born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 9, 1987.Jasmine began her music career as a backup singer for Philadelphia International Records and later released her debut single “Need You Bad”, which was produced by Missy Elliot and reach #1 Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Some of her music influences include […]

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez was on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was born into a musical family who performed a Las Vegas style set to entertain tourist at Waikiki Beach. As a child he began learning the guitar, piano, and drums while also learning to sing and dance like his idols, […]