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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Musical Muses of Note

Yes, I know...it's been a while. I've decided to re-emerge because I've recently been inspired by a few musical muses that I think you need to know about, if you don't already know them. Today I'm introducing you to four artists that are making waves in the new age r&b scene. They've been around for a while, but I don't think enough people are truly aware of their music and raw talent. So since it's my birthday in two days, all I ask is that you give these ladies a listen! Also, in the past month, I've been told that I sort of look like both H.E.R. and Ella Mai so I'm gonna milk that.

H.E.R.


Having Everything Revealed, H.E.R. was born Gabriella Wilson. This 21-year-old African-American/Filipino singer, songwriter from California started her career on Radio Disney. Her debut album was released in 2016 and she won two Grammy Awards in 2019 for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album (her Grammy look might just be my Halloween costume this year). Addressing the secrecy of her identity, H.E.R. has said: "I really just wanted it to be about the music, and get away from, 'Who is she with? What is she wearing?'"

Give H.E.R. a Listen
As I Am
Hard Place
Losing
Focus

Ella Mai

This 24-year-old English singer, songwriter made 2018 her year with her hit single "Boo'd Up" which won her a 2019 Grammy for Best R&B Song. Being named after Ella Fitzgerald, this artist of Jamaican and Irish descent has music in her veins and says that some of her biggest influences are Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys. I have a similar pink coat so I'm thinking about recreating this photo.

Give Ella Mai a Listen
Boo'd Up
Trip
Gut Feeling (feat. H.E.R.)

Eryn Allen Kane

Being raised on classic soul music and the cultural music of Macedonia - where her mother is from - Eryn Allen Kane has had a wide range of musical knowledge. Her songs have appeared on both TV and movie soundtracks. You'll definitely hear a variety in her tunes, from folksy alternative sounds to choir-like melodies. Someone go make this woman a Wikipedia page!

Give Eryn Allen Kane a Listen

SZA

Solana Imani Rowe, better known as SZA, has been a musical force since her debut studio album CTRL was released in 2017, which was ranked as the best album of that year according to Time magazine. Her music has been described as neo soul/alternative r&b with elements of cloud rap, witch house and chillwave. Raised as an orthodox Muslim, SZA takes her stage name from the Supreme Alphabet and hopes to one day be comfortable enough to rock her hijab in her music videos. I listen to at least one SZA song a million times a day.

Give SZA a Listen
Broken Clocks
Drew Barrymore
Love Galore

Adding these two as honorable mentions, not because their music isn't great, but because you should definitely know who they are already!

Tessa Thompson
You know Tessa Thompson as an actor in movies and shows like Creed, Thor: Ragnarok, Dear White People, Westworld, Sorry to Bother You, Annihilation, Selma and the upcoming Men in Black: International! So yeah, she's quite known. But did you know that she sings, too?

Give Tessa a Listen

Willow
Obviously, we have all heard of Willow Smith. She comes from a vert famous family. But what you might not know is that there's more to Willow than just a silly song about whipping her hair from almost a decade ago. When I first heard these songs I didn't even know it was her. She's come a long way and you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Give Willow a Listen
Marceline
9 (feat. SZA)
Wait a Minute

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56 comments

  1. Every artist mentioned is a favourite of mine. Especially H.E.R and Eryn Allen Kane. Eryn has a song with Thirdstory which is absolutely beautiful :)

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. I just gave that one a listen (the acoustic version). It's lovely!

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  2. Oo I definitely want to check these ladies out! And you do resemble them! You are afterall gorgeous! Thanks girl for sharing this!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  3. Oh I love H.E.R. Sooooo good!! I'll give these other ladies a listen too. I enjoy hearing new music to listen too!! x

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  4. Super love your selection of artists. I am a huge fan of Ella Mai, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    Chad
    www.mosaicslab.com

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  5. Your selection of artists is fab. I will for sure check them out.

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  6. I have to check these ladies out. I'm sure I have heard their songs, but I don't know who these pretty ladies are. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

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    1. I feel like you've probably heard songs by SZA. I feel like she's the most known of all of these great musicians.

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  7. I love your taste! I havent heard of Eryn Kane but the rest are favorites of mine! Ill have to check her out

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  8. Hey thanks for the heads up on these lovely ladies I will look them up on Pandora and YouTube. Glad to see you have reemerged and Happy Birthday!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  9. 😄😄😄 This article makes me feel old. Gone are the days when I was current and up to date about music.
    They're all beautiful girls, and I sure would like to see you recreate that look with the pink sweater(gorgeous shade of pink)
    Thanks for sharing. I will check them out

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    1. Lol, this time last year I had only heard of one of these ladies (SZA) so don't feel old. And yea, I'm thinking about recreating some looks for sure.

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  10. They sound amazing, I will have to check them out! I haven't been keeping up on music so this is a great article for me to jump back in!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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  11. HER sounds so much like Lauryn Hill and I LOVE it!

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  12. I feel like I've listened to HER and Ella Mai. Will give the others a listen!

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  13. These are some gooooodies! I need to give Eryn Allen Kane a listen. I'm really vibing to Ari Lennox. She gives me such a mood. :]

    // Carmen

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  14. I feel a little inspired and they are all great ladies
    https://www.melodyjacob.com/2019/02/rumination-practicing-emotional-hygiene.html

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  15. Great choices. I love Ela Mai...my daughter introduced me to her recently and I have been enjoying a lot of her music.

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  16. You do sort of look like both H.E.R. and Ella Mai :) These ladies all sound so talented and inspirational! Happy early birthday Cheryl!!!

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  17. Some great tunes I didn't knew about and I am enjoying Ella Mai. will listen to the others next. Thanks Bunches!

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  18. These are such amazing musicians. Thank you so much for sharing! XO

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  19. I hadn't hard of these artists before so thank you so much for sharing! Hope you have a happy birthday when it arrives :)

    Hope that your week is going well and you have a nice weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue

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  20. Wut?!?!?! Tessa sings too? Dayum!
    Anyhoo, always great to see you blog, Cheryl:) Advanced Happy Bday. Thanks for the heads up on these ladies. SZA is the only one I've heard of so I'm definitely out of it.
    Have an awesome bday, girl:)

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  21. So many artists I've never heard of... though I did recognize Tessa Thompson right away. I didn't know she sang though.

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  22. I have only heard of Willow but I love learning about new artists. I need to check out all these ladies. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. I didn't realize Tessa Thompson sang too! Wow; what a talent! And Willow's hair song was a decade ago? Wow, time is fleeting. Thanks for sharing; learn something everyday!

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  24. It's amazing how individual people can influence a culture so much. Music is definitely an inspiring avenue for people

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  25. Interesting read. Loved your musical muses and the way you described them.

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  26. I really need to expand my music so this is extremely helpful! Thank you lady!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://louellareese.com

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  27. While I have heard some of these names and seen them in magazine and shows, I have not listened to their music. I will, upon your recommendation. What plans for your birthday?

    ❥ tanvii.com

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  28. Such a solid list. I love these women, especially Ella. I have to listen to Willow a bit more, but I'm sure I'll love the songs you suggested. Thanks for sharing!

    Whitney | www.whitneynicjames.com

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  29. I didn't know these ladies but reading this, I think they have made immense contribution to music culture.

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  30. GIRL POWER!! Love this post - I am actually obsessed with Ella Mai & SZA!! Thank you for sharing I can't wait to give these ladies a listen!

    xoxo Sarah

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  31. Beautiful ladies. I love H.E.R and SZA. Their music and sound is giving me pure r&b. Which I love.

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  32. Gonna go listen to these now!! Thanks!!!

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  33. I haven't been listening to a lot of music lately, and I'm not familiar with these artists. It's always nice to learn about new music.

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  34. i tend o only listen to the same old music. this is a good list of different artists for me to check out

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  35. I would love to check these out. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  36. I'll try listening to this one, great
    choice of musical muses although im not familiar to others

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  37. That was define what a Music Muses are. They were so pretty and stunning. I love them all especially H.E.R

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  38. I'll have to see what they're about. I love checking out good music.

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  39. Wow! this is really awesome. I am a huge fan of Ella Mai!! Such an amazing women.

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  40. Great list you have here dear. Can't go wrong with any of these amazing artists.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  41. I love all music, from Haitian to Salsa to country. So I will be adding these to my playlist. :)

    Xx, Nailil
    thirtyminusone.com

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  42. Great feature on making these women known to women who would not even recognize them. All of them are true artist and truly is what Black Girls Rock is all about.-Chastity

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  43. Yes, I have heard of all of these women and agree, this is a great list. I've only listened to H.E.R most recently, but have been a fan of Eryn and SZA for awhile, plus Ella looks a lot like my cousins, lol.

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  44. So many gorgeous + talented ladies! And you totally do resemble H.E.R! Total twin babes. Happy belated birthday!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  45. Ohhh I didn't know Tessa is a singer. Gotta check her out. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl. I like Ella Mai.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

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  46. What an amazing group of talent! Also happy belated birthday!

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  47. I'd been wondering where you were Cheryl!

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    1. Hey Lorena! I'm around. Maybe will be here more in the spring. :)

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  48. SUCH a great roundup of women!!! love this.

    xx rebecca // the crystal press

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