Music has been a key component in my life since I was little. I can remember the sound of R&B and Gospel playing in the kitchen while my parents were cooking family meals. My father played Jazz in the car while driving my sister and I to various events. I would sing to my baby brother while rocking him to sleep in my arms. In elementary school, I joined a choir and sang gospel songs. Once I entered high school, I decided to pick up an instrument just like my father who played clarinet in high school. My choice of instrument was the guitar. Now in college, I sing in the shower, go to concerts, and DJ mini dance breaks in my room. I am saying all of this, just to say that I love music and I could never pass up a moment to admire it.
As we all know, the summer is the best time to check out new music. The radio is blasting the song of summer and a few other hits. However, this music is mainstream and shadows other brilliant musicians who are not invested in today's music business formula of creating hits. During the month of the June, I am compiling a list of musicians who I feel do not get enough shine- some be new artists and some old artists. The month of June is also Black Music Month. Since I love showing love to Black Musicians, this list will only have Black Musicians and instrumentalists that I listen to regularly or have heard one or two songs by them. Enjoy!
1.Chaka Khan 2.5 Heartbeats 3.Stevie Wonder 4.R. Kelly 5.The Whispers 6.SWV (Sister With Voices) 7.The Temptations 8.Martha and The Vandellas 9.Ray Charles 10.Marvin Gaye 11.The Supremes 12.Donny Hathaway 13.Musiq SoulChild 14.Al Green 15.Smokey Robinson 16.Jill Scott 17.Janet Jackson 18.Twista 19.Floetry 20.Maxwell 21.Aliyah 22.Keith Sweat 23.Tyrese 24.Shanice Wilson 25.Eve 26.Keke Wyatt 27.Avont 28.Kelly Price 29.Lil' Kim 30.Mary J Blige 31.Mary Mary 32.Yolanda Adams 33.Stephanie Mills 34.Anthony Hamilton 35.Ashanti 36.Ja Rule 37.Nelly 38.MC Hammer 39.Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes 40.Faith Evans 41.Minnie Riperton 42.Donna Summers 43.Anita Baker 44.Sade 45.The OJs 46.Luther Vandross 47.Tamar Braxton 48.Toni Braxton 49.Lil Mo 50.Missy Elliot 51.TLC 52.K-Ci and JoJo 53.Lauren Hill 54.India Arie 55.Janelle Monae 56.Erykah Badu 57.Corinne Bailey-Rae 58.Nas 59.Deborah Cox 60.Donnell Jones 61.En Vogue 62.Tank 63.Jazmine Sullivan 64.Keyshia Cole 65.New Edition 66.Bell Biv Devoe 67.Usher 68.Alicia Keys 69.Logic 70.Joey Badass 71.Common 72.Lyfe Jennings 73.NWA 74.The Isley Brothers 75.LL Cool J 76.Brandy 77.Queen Latifah 78.Salt N Pepper 79.Tink 80.Bessie Smith 81.B.B King 82.Jimi Hendrix 83.Natalie Cole 84.Aretha Franklin 85.Gladys Knight 86.Patti Labelle 87.Louis Amrstrong 88.Billie Holiday 89.Nat King Cole 90.Jennifer Holliday 91.Quincy Jones 92.D'Angelo 93.Angie Stone 94.Chrisette Michele 95.Fantasia 96.Elle Varner 97.MC Lyte 98.Yo-Yo 99.Michel'le 100.Jodeci