Tank calls out Joe Budden for saying new male R&B artists are ‘trash’

The state of R&B is often a hot topic, and this time it is once again trending because of a provocative statement that Joe Budden recently made. On an episode of “The Joe Budden Podcast” last week, Budden said that he believes all the new generation male R&B artists are “trash.” He also noted that […]

International recording artist Matt B still calls Chicago home

For homegrown talent Matt B returning to Chicago has been a journey that has come full circle. The international performing artist is celebrating the North American EP debut release of “Eden.” This body of work represents his roots and his love of music. Each song showcases his artistic versatility and vocal range and honesty in […]

Singer-songwriter David Gray says music is natural for him

David Gray was raised in Mississippi and currently resides in Atlanta. His interest in music began at a very young age, as he was influenced by his musician father James Douglas Gray, who was a renowned trumpeter. Gray also grew up playing various types of instruments, including the piano, the drums and the guitar.  What […]

Avery*Sunshine ready to share her gift at Riverfront Jazz Festival

As a proud Spelman College graduate and an entertainer in and around the city for more than two decades, Avery*Sunshine is about as Atlanta as red clay. Interestingly enough, the Chester, Pennsylvania-born songstress pondered leaving soon after claiming her bachelor’s degree. With an opportunity on the table that presented an alternative outlook of sunny skies, […]

Rahsaan Patterson shares why he calls his new album a love letter to fans

Known as “The Kid” on the ’80s sitcom “Kids Incorporated” to writing hits for some of our favorite artists such as Brandy, Ledisi and Van Hunt, R&B and jazz singer Rahsaan Patterson continues to operate at a high level. Based in Los Angeles, Patterson returns to the music scene after an eight-year hiatus with his […]

Damar Jackson’s unique skills evident on new single, ‘Believe’

Born and raised in DeRidder, Louisiana, Damar Jackson is an R&B singer and songwriter signed to one of Atlanta’s popular music labels, Think It’s A Game Records. Jackson drew attention in the industry with his big vocals, unique pen game, and instruments he played on a series of mixtapes. His unique pen game landed him a […]

Dru Hill invites you to ‘Christmas in Baltimore’ with new EP

Photo credit: Dru Hill’s Facebook Those Baltimore boys are back and ready to serenade all the R&B fans who’ve waited for this moment. Dru Hill released a nine-track Christmas EP titled Christmas in Baltimore on Nov. 24 to celebrate their “Favorite Time of Year.” We sat down with the group to chat about their new […]

K. Michelle breaks down over new confession

K. Michelle has had a tense week, thanks to her infamous run-in with “The Breakfast Club” host Angela Yee, whom Michelle berated for bashing her during a radio show. Although most fans assume that Michelle has a thick skin and can handle any drama, a new teary-filled confession from the singer revealed that she may not […]

Tamar Braxton disagrees with Rihanna’s R&B Grammy nominations

Tamar Braxton has never been one to bite her tongue when it comes to voicing her opinion on a topic. And as always, Braxton was nothing short of candid when she weighed in on the state of R&B music and explained that she took issue with Rihanna being nominated for R&B Grammys. Braxton’s frank conversation […]

Superstar singer Kem talks overcoming past demons and being an ambassador for R&B music

Internationally renowned R&B singer-songwriter Kem released his first album, Kemistry, on his own Kemistry Records label in 2001. After the independent release sold upward of 15,000 units, Kem was signed by Motown. The label re-released Kemistry, which powered by the No. 1 hit, “Love Calls,” was subsequently certified gold. After a platinum follow-up (2005’s Album […]

Joe checks R&B singers for ‘trying to be too hip-hop’

Joe has quietly been one of the most consistent R&B performers of the last 15 years. The Georgia-born singer-songwriter is prepping his upcoming album Bridges for release on June 23rd, and he spoke to RO about exactly what has kept him in the game for so long and how he feels about the current state of R&B music.

Elle Varner performs at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Elle Varner performed for a sold-out audience at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Elle sang fan favorites such as “Refill,” “Not Tonight” and “Only Give it To You” from her debut album Perfectly Imperfect. Before singing “So Fly”  she explained why she wrote the song; she used to be a size 16 and now is a […]

5 New R&B and soul songs this week: Listen now

Some of our favorite artists have released some great tracks this week to add to our R&B and soul playlists. Alicia Keys celebrated a birthday this past weekend, and she also released part two to “Brand New Me.”  PJ Morton recruited the great Stevie Wonder for his track “Only One,” while Chrisette Michelle and Tweet delivered new music as well. “Love & Hip Hop“‘s Olivia proved that she didn’t need Erica Mena or Consequence as she teams up with French Montana for her latest track, “I Do.” Check it out!