15 R&B Artists to Watch in 2019

April 15, 2019 | 7:13 PM
by Stanley M.

PROMKNGHT, Darius Coleman, Bri Steves, Clinton Babers II, LesIsMore, Sebastian Mikael, Kay Lei,  Louis York, Gemaine, Samm Henshaw, Nathan Palmer, Re Lxuse, Hamza Hawsawi, Social House, Phil J, r&b, r&b artist, r&b singer, r&b songwriter, top artists, top r&b artists of 2019, alternative r&b, soul. pop

PLAYRNB brings you fifteen must-watch, Emerging R&B Artists that you should pay attention to right now. These assortment of artists are diverse with mixtures of pop, old-school and alternative/modern elements.

Here's our list below, we're sure they will become big stars one day.



PROMKNGHT is an R&B Recording Artist born in Miami, FL who grew up in the Bronx. He been at work songwriting and crafting his skills in Graphic designing and engineering since the age of 16. He classifies his music as Alternative R&B merged with a hint of 90'S Nostalgia. In 2018, he released his debut EP "KISS", independently. We look forward to seeing what else he has in store in the future.

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Darius Coleman

Darius Coleman, Philadelphia is a gifted singer/songwriter that worked with super producer Timbaland and Becky G. He released his debut EP What I'm Tyina Say back in February. Coleman is only at the beginning of an incredibly bright career in the music industry.

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Bri Steves

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bri Steves spent her youth undergoing classical training and preforming as a violaist in Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She self-taught how to engineer and produce her own records. After preforming on Starr Island Music Group's showcase in 2016, she won their approval and signed to a record deal.

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Clinton Babers II

He mastered 17 different instruments and uses his vast musical knowledge to aid students at Ramsey High in Birmingham, Alabama, where he serves as the assistant band director. Babers, has completed tours all across the global which includes United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, as well as with the BET Music Matters Campaign. Babers has been privileged numerous times to open the main stage at several venues and festivals including One Music Fest (2015), Pepsi FunkFest in 2015 though 2017, amongst others.  He has worked with, and performed with artists like Patti LaBelle, Eric Roberson, Big Boi (Outkast) PJ Morton, and many more. In 2018, he released his last album Hunching 50 Ways of Play.

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LesIsMore is an Canadian recording artist whom consistently released quality music since 2016. His sound is considered Alternative R&B with an Hip Hop vibe. In 2018, he released his last project  an EP titled MORE OR LES 2. He's one of the most exciting prospects to emerge from the independent scene.

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Sebastian Mikael

Sebastian Mikael born in Sweden to a Swedish Father and Ethiopian mother. He grew up in a diverse household where he learned how to love music, fashion and art. In 2012, Mikael was thrown into the spotlight when his song "Beautiful Life" went viral. Since then he experimented with his style and overall sound while living in Los Angeles, where he signed to Atlantic Records. He's new project I C U U C ME Part 1 and 2 is a first introduction to his artistic growth and where he is musically at the moment.

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Kay Lei

Bostonian songstress Kay Lei  released her debut project "9" an 6-track EP featuring her lead single "No Apologies". The teen sensation has a swagger about herself, mature and light-years ahead of her time. On her forthcoming EP, Kay delves into everything from the hang-ups of teenage love to her charismatic transition into womanhood.

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Louis York

Louis York is a Grammy nominated (duo) which includes, singers Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. Their stage name "Louis York" pays homage to where their grew up in East St. Louis and New York City. They're currently on tour with stops in Washington D.C., Raleigh, and Portland just to name a few. Check out full tour-dates here https://www.songkick.com/louisyork

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The 24 year old, Compton Singer released his debut EP Curious in 2015 and the follow-up project "Shift" in 2018. Gemaine's star has been raising with over 80,000 listeners on spotify, with thousands more on soundcloud and youtube. Once you hear his voice, you won't ever forget it.

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Samm Henshaw

Samm Henshaw, South London, is an very accomplished performer that collaborated with several artists including Earthgang, Dr. Dre, Pharell and toured from New York City to Los Angeles. After the release of  "How Does it Feel":, Broke and "Doubt", Samm returns in 2019 with his lead single "Church" A fun and high-energy record that's a prelude to his forthcoming debut album "Reverend's Son".

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Nathan Palmer

Nathan D. Palmer 30,  known as (NaPlam) is a former NFL Player whom also played college football at Northern Illinois. It's clear that he was destined for great things both on the field and behind the mic. His latest album 'Therapy" released in 2018 is a r&b masterpiece. He's one of the most exciting talents we've seen in awhile.

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Re' Lxuse

Re' Lxuise is an Grammy Nominated Songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. Her voice has been defined as soulful with a modern twist. She released her debut project "Dripping Gold" in 2016, D.M.ME (2017), and Nostalagi:199X (2018). Her potential is boundless, and she just touched the surface of what looks to be a promising career.

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Hamza Hawsawi

The 27-year-old rising star won "X-Factor: Arabia" in 2015 and signed to Sony's Middle Eastern division. Hawsawi is currently gearing up to release his highly anticipated debut album and we expect to hear great things from him! Stay tuned.

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Social House

Social House, Pittsburgh is an multi-talented pop/r&b group signed to Sb Projects/Interscope Records. The Duo wrote and produced their debut single "Magic In The Hamptons Ft. Lil Yachty", and a wide range of songs from Dark, Urban and upbeat rhythmic-pop. The music explores their  lifestyle as young men just trying to have a good-time. The group is currently on tour, so check out their dates for a city near you.Visit their Official website for details .http://socialhouseonline.com

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Phil J

Phil J., Mobile, AL is an soulful/funky Artist inspired by Andy Mineo, Jon Bellion any many others. He released his debut EP "Nu Age Soul" back in 2017. His latest track " Worth it", is a fun upbeat record that's bound to make you smile, dance and have a good ole time. If he keeps releasing bangers like this one, he's due for a breakout year.

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