From The Cocoa Lounge
//sounds like: Chaka Khan, Karen Clark Sheard
Imagine the voices of Chaka Khan, gospel-great Karen Clark Sheard and Mary J. Blige rolled into one. Now open your ears, that voice is Jazmine Sullivan. Hailing from Philadelphia, Sullivan possesses one of the purest tones we've heard in the last few years and if the industry is ready for her, she's definitely ready for it. (Photo by Laura Kicey)
Her soul-stirring live rendition of Andre 3000's "Prototype," leaves the track virtually unrecognizable.
Listen: (Jazmine Sullivan, Prototype (Live))
//Sounds like: Joi, N'Dea Davenport
With one of the most entertaining back stories this side of Gnarls Barkley, Tiombe Lockhart is a legend in the making. The Atlanta native, who holds a degree in vocal jazz performance and attended high school for the performing arts, has a flair for the theatrical that is evident on and off the stage.
She's been featured on tracks with Detroit hit-makers Platinum Pied Pipers, but if Tiombe Lockhart has her way, she and her Army of Love will take your ears hostage and "have a whole lot of sex with your earlobes."
Listen: (Platinum Pied Pipers feat. Tiombe Lockhart, Stay With Me)
//sounds like: Jill Scott, Billie Holiday
New York native, Chrisette Michele, recently made the music radar when her collaboration with Jay Z "Lost Ones" became the second single released on the rapper's highly anticipated comeback CD. Now, the 22 year-old Def Jam artist is looking to strike on her own, and with the help of such hip hop heavyweights as Nas and Kanye West, Chrisette Michelle is building enough buzz to put honeybees out of business.
Listen to her jazz-inspired collaboration with Nas "Can't forget About You."
Listen: (Nas feat. Chrisette Michelle, Can't Forget About You)
//sounds like: Tweet, Davina
After several mixtape hooks and indie collaborations wet our appetite, the Nu Soul world finally got a taste of Choklate with her self titled summer release. The Seattle-based singer's debut album is a solid one; her sweet singing and songwriting abilities are showcased like a Godiva 'Choklate' gift box.
Listen: (Choklate, Incredible)