5 R&B And Soul Songstresses To Look Out For

These five rising stars have what it takes to dominate the genre.

The Soul Train Awards is a time to celebrate the best  in the world of R&B and soul, but there's a group of rising female songstresses inching their way towards the front of the stage. Some of these ladies have already been acknowledged by the Soul Train family, while others are continuously pushing out melodies and increasingly growing their fanbase. It will only be a matter of time before these five young women start cleaning house come award season.

From soft lyrics of a heartbroken lover from the United Kingdom to a double dose of soul and vocal technicality from a sultry sister duo, be sure to check out these five female R&B and Soul artists that are well on their way to shake up and own the genre.

  • Alex Isley

    Alex Isley comes from a line of music royalty. Being the daughter of Ernie Isley of the iconic musical group the Isley Brothers, Alex is holding her own in the world of R&B and soul.

    Her musical talents have already been displayed on shows such as HBO’s Insecure and in records like “Good & Plenty” with collaborator and friend Jack Dine, and the trap-jazz prince himself, Masego.

  • Nao

    East London’s Nao, whose real name is Neo Jessica Joshua, is one of those rare artists whose studio projects don't even begin to compete with her live shows—let’s start there.

    We suggest hopping on the wave now. After listening to songs like, “Another Lifetime,” “Orbit,” “Bad Blood”and “Messy Love,” we guarantee you, once you press play, you won’t want to hit stop.

  • Mahalia

    This British singer-songwriter had been writing songs since she was eight and even snatched herself her first record deal in her early teens. Since making her breakthrough with a track titled  “Sober” which talks about heartbreak and embracing the present moment, Mahalia hasn’t slowed down her streak of soulful bops.

    With songs like, ”I Wish I Missed My Ex,”  and “What You Did ” featuring Ella Mai and samples Rose Royce’s “I’m Going Down,” Mahalia appears to be cementing her position as both a vocalist and songwriter.

  • Victoria Monét

    Victoria Monét's weapon of choice has already been proven to be her pen game. Her knack for word play and her effortless usage of metaphors is seen all throughout tracks “Ass Like That” and “Moment.”

    She’s also a hustler in her own right, having written for mega stars like Ariana Grandé , Chris Brown, Chrisette Michele, and more.

  • Van Jess

    The sultry R&B and soul duo have steadily been making head way onto the music scene and have been featured on popular tracks with artists such KAYTRANADA and Masego

    The sister duo’s impressive vocal range and not to mention,  stage presence and beauty,  commands any crowd they’re entertaining. Their record  “Slow Down” featuring 2020 “Soul Train Awards” performer Lucky Daye finds the duo fully in their element.

    Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

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