Hello readers! I love listening to music of all genres on a daily basis. I can’t go a day without popping on some headphones and listening to some upbeat tunes while I dance around my room or relax from a long day by listening to calming songs. In my segment “What I’m Listening To” I share some of my favorite song picks with you in a mini-playlist consisting of five tracks.
This month’s personal playlist new, upcoming, and lesser known (non-mainstream) black music artists in light of Black History Month. It was hard to pick just five tracks as it is with all of these playlists, but I hope you enjoy this mix of dance, ballad, and soulful tracks.
1) Sax by Fleur East
Fleur East is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and fitness model. She competed on the The X Factor in 2005 as a member of the girl group Addictiv Ladies and again in 2014 as solo artist where she placed runner-up. Just last year she released her first album, Love, Sax and Flashbacks. Sax is a funky and fun dance track with a brass filled sound. The vibrant tones, along with energetic choreography used in the MV match the tone of the song very well.
2) Hidden Agenda by Craig David
Craig David is an English R&B singer-songwriter who worked with a variety of artists during his career such as Tinchy Stryder, Kano, Jay Sean, Rita Ora and Sting. In this mid-tempo track with a Latin sound and feel Craig sings about a guy who sees a girl who is stuck with a boyfriend who doesn’t deserve her. His beautiful voice is sure to make all the ladies swoon.
3) Fall For You by Leela James
One of the many singers who I think has such a talented voice and doesn’t get enough attention is Leela James. Her deep and rich vocals have drawn comparisons to Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, and Tina Turner. Fall for You is one of the singles off her 2014 album of the same name. In the video, Leela can be seen singing her heart out to lyrics that describe the feelings of falling in love with someone.
4) Cry, Cry, Cry by Judith Hill
Next up on the playlist is a bluesy track by Judith Hill. Cry, Cry, Cry is her first single off of her debut album Back in Time which was produced with Prince. She has provided backing vocals for such artists as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Josh Groban. She also competed in the singing competition The Voice in 2013. Listeners will fall in love with Hill’s soulful vocals.
5) Can You Do This? by Aloe Blacc
To end this playlist I chose an upbeat and fun retro sounding track by Aloe Blacc. Blacc is an American soul artist, vocalist, songwriter, actor, record producer,and musician. He is best known for his singles I Need a Dollar, The Man, and for writing and performing vocals on Avicii’s hit track Wake Me Up. I love his voice and this song makes me want to dance!
With that last song, that ends this month’s edition of “What I’m Listening To”. What are some of your favorite Black artists to listen to? Recommend some songs and singers in the comment section below! 🙂
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