The New Faces of: R&B (2019 Version)

As a continuation of last year’s: The New Faces: R&B, I bring to you 3 artists I have come across within the last year. If you recall, in last year’s list, I included 3 artists: SiR, Phe, and Lolo Zouai; and if you paid any attention to R&B music last year, you would know that each of these individuals blossomed throughout the year. All original OA readers know this, but if you are new to the site, I have often said that R&B is the genre I hold dearest to me. Although the genre has had a resurgence in the last decade, in the last couple of months, these are some of the overlooked artists I hope will get some shine in 2019. For every artist, I have provided links to their music as well as their social media, so I hope it will influence you to check them out and hopefully you find some good music along the way!




Casedi (formally known as Cassidy) is an upcoming American R&B vocalist coming out of California. Since her musical debut in 2018, the singer-songwriter has released around 6 songs, with the latest, “You On You” released just last week. If you are a fan of musicians like H.E.R, Ella Mai, and Justine Skye – I would recommend checking out Casedi. Aside from music, she is also a public figure on YouTube, with over 45,000 subscribers and an abundance of content surrounding music (behind the scenes, covers, etc.) Make sure to check out her music whether it be on SoundCloud, Apple Music, or Spotify and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook for updates.



JNR. Williams
Although not much is known about Mr. Williams, it is known that he is an upcoming artist from London, England. His debut came at the end of 2018 with the release of “What A Difference”, a rendition of 50’s jazz vocalist, Dinah Washington  “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes”. Although he only has one song under his belt, I would suggest that if you listen to artists like Joy Crookes, Cosima, you will enjoy the upcoming artist. With news of him signing to the newly relaunched Artista Records, you can be sure to hear new music within the first quarter of the year but in the meantime, be sure to follow him on Instagram for updates.



Symphoni Soto
Like Casedi, Symphoni Soto is another musician who found their core fan base through social media, specifically YouTube. With a career spanning almost a decade long, the R&B/Pop singer released her first project All I Know in September 2018. As of January 2019, (my) personal favorites off the project are “Don’t Feed My Ego” and “Feelings”. If you are interested in hearing the project, it can be found on both Apple Music and Spotify and be sure to follow her on Instagram for updates.

Honorable Mentions

  • Billie Bodega
  • Amaal Nuux
  • Tanerelle
  • Rimon
  • Mikhala Jene
  • Arzlee
  • Christian Kuria
  • Hanna Lashay