Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969 in Buffalo, New York) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and one of the prominent singers of his years, specializing in pop and R&B. He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the piano, guitar, and trumpet. Embracing an effortless eloquence and cocoa butter smooth persona, the music of Brian McKnight has defined the true meaning of an American soul-man since 1991. Like his spiritual Motown godfathers, this upstate New York native has a velvety voice and silky style that captures the vibe of vintage soul without being old fashion.
Kamaljit Singh Jhooti (born March 26, 1981 in Southall, London), better known by his stage name Jay Sean, is a British R&B singer-songwriter and actor signed to Cash Money Records. He released his debut album, Me Against Myself in 2004 and his sophomore release, My Own Way, in 2008. His third studio album, All or Nothing, was released November 2009. The first single from the album, Down, featured Lil' Wayne and hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Labrinth (b. Timothy McKenzie), is a UK rapper, singer-songwriter & producer (currently, signed to Syco). He rose to national fame in 2010, for his work with Tinie Tempah, on: chart-topper Pass Out & #2-hit follow-up Frisky. Let The Sun Shine, Labrinth's début solo single, was released on September 27th 2010 and debuted at #3 on the UK Singles Chart after a highly publicised chart battle with long-time collaborator Tinie Tempah.
Andwele Gardner (born February 14, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan), better known simply as Dwele, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and producer known for his work with Slum Village, J Dilla and Kanye West. After self-releasing the demo tape Rize in 2000, he released his debut studio album Subject in 2003 through Virgin Records, his second album Some Kinda followed in 2005 and his third studio album Sketches of a Man was released in 2008. His fourth studio album W.W.W. (W.ants. W.orld. W.omen) was released in 2010.
Musiq Soulchild (born Taalib Johnson on September 16, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American, neo soul and R&B artist, and was one of the most popular artists on the Def Jam/Def Soul label. Since 2001, he has gone by simply “Musiq”, he dropped the “Soulchild” from his moniker, because he said he had not mastered his craft yet, and thus was not yet “music’s soulchild”. Besides being a successful recording artist, Musiq is notable for his disregard for normal rules of capitalisation, punctuation...
A post-pseudo psychedelic band from Wellington, New Zealand, formed in 2008 by school chums Aaron Cope (Lead guitar), Geoff Doyle (Bass Guitar) and Matt de Wit (Rhythm guitar). Penguins are an experimental, guitar based, rock band influenced by a variety of bands ranging from The Mars Volta, Arctic Monkeys and Neutral Milk Hotel. With an innovative post-psychedelic sound, Penguins often verge on Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd, yet they maintain the striking solidity of Nick O'Malley's Bass lines. Many have also compared their vocals and lyrics to that of Jeff Mangum.
Macy Gray (born Natalie McIntyre September 6, 1967) is a Grammy Award winning neo soul/R&B singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. To date, Macy has released five studio albums, one compilation album and a live album. She has acted in a number of movies including Training Day, Idlewild, and Lackawanna Blues, Gray is best known for her international hit single "I Try", taken from her multi-platinum debut album On How Life Is. Other hits include "Sweet Baby," "Do Something," "When I See You," and "Beauty in the World."
Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas) is an American R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. She is best known for her singles "You Got Me" her collaboration with The Roots, as well as her own songs "Tyrone", "Love Of My Life", "On & On", "Bag Lady", "The Healer", "Honey" and "Soldier". Her lyrics are highly personal urban philosophy which throw emotional challenges in the face of the listener. She weaves unusual musical influences together creating a rich texture of sound.