Famous Black Contemporary R&B Singers

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 1 Aaliyah

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

 2 Teyana Taylor

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 3 H.E.R.

H.E.R.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vallejo, CA

R&B singer Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson, better known to her fans as H.E.R., had initially released a few works under her real name. However, she gained fame only after the release of her first EP, H.E.R. Volume 1, in 2016. The two-time Grammy-winner performed at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award ceremony.

 4 Berry Gordy

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Famous As: Record Executive
Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States

 5 Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom

 6 Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States

American actor, Jussie Smollett is known for his work in television series, Empire, and science fiction film Alien: Covenant. He debuted as a child artist and worked in commercials, television shows like On Our Own and films like The Mighty Ducks before taking a break. He returned after years and proved his talent as an actor and also a singer.

 7 Macy Gray

Macy Gray
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
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 8 Kevin Abstract

Kevin Abstract
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

 9 Bobby Womack

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack began his career with his family band The Valentinos, after gaining a record deal with The Soul Stirrers singer Sam Cooke. He later began a solo career and became famous for tracks such as Lookin’ for a Love. He also contributed to the soundtrack of Across 110th Street.

 10 LeToya Luckett

LeToya Luckett
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 11 Luke James

Luke James
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 12 Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Jazmine Sullivan soared to fame with the Billboard-topping debut album Fearless. Born to a background vocalist mother, she began singing as part of gospel choirs. With 15 Grammy nominations, she has tied with Icelandic singer Björk, for the most Grammy nominations without a win for any female.

 13 Victor Willis

Victor Willis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

 14 Jason Weaver

Jason Weaver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 15 Daniel Caesar

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 16 Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

 17 No I.D.

No I.D.
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: June 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 18 Taio Cruz

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

Taio Cruz is a British record producer, singer, and songwriter. He achieved international recognition after releasing his second studio album Rokstarr in 2009. Over the years, Cruz has won many awards, such as Brit Awards, ASCAP Awards, and Billboard Awards. Taio Cruz is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he works closely with nonprofit organizations like Little Kids Rock. 

 19 Jody Watley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 20 Tisha Campbell-Martin

Tisha Campbell-Martin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

 21 Sampha

Sampha
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morden, London, England, United Kingdom

 22 Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haines City, Florida Haines City, Florida, U.S.

 23 Kelly Price

Kelly Price
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Starting her music career as a background vocalist for singers such as Mariah Carey and George Michael, Kelly Price later made her mark in the industry with albums such as Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror. The Grammy-nominated singer is also known for her breast cancer activism.

 24 Farrah Franklin

Farrah Franklin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 25 Gloria Jones

Gloria Jones
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: June 9, 2006

Known as The Queen of Northern Soul, singer Gloria Jones soared to fame with the track Tainted Love. She also dated British rocker Marc Bolan and played the keyboard and sang for his band T. Rex. She was driving the car which met with an accident and killed Bolan.

 26 Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

 27 Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leighton, Alabama, United States
Died: April 14, 2015

Best known for his Billboard-charting and gold-certified hit When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge began his music career with The Esquires Combo while working as a nurse. He later scored more hits such as Warm and Tender Love and received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award.

 28 Alexander O'Neal

Alexander O'Neal
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.

 29 Roy Ayers

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
One of the greatest vibraphone players of all time, Roy Ayers was a pioneer of jazz-funk and acid jazz. Born to a trombone player father and a pianist mother, he was destined to be a musician. He soared to fame with tracks such as Everybody Loves the Sunshine.

 30 Jermaine Stewart

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: March 17, 1997

 31 Poo Bear

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States

 32 Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

 33 Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: September 29, 2011

 34 CeCe Peniston

CeCe Peniston
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.

 35 Chrisette Michele

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Central Islip, New York, U.S.

 36 Adina Howard

Adina Howard
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

 37 Norman Whitfield

Norman Whitfield
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: September 16, 2008

 38 Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Died: November 18, 2016

 39 Fantastic Negrito

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter whose music spans blues, R&B, and roots music
Birthdate: January 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States

 40 Elle Varner

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Famous As: R&B and soul singer who released her first album, Perfectly Imperfect, in 2012.
Birthdate: February 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 41 Houston

Houston
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Famous As: Known for his hit single 'I Like That'
Birthdate: October 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 42 Sasha Allen

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Famous As: Semi-finalist on the 4th season of NBC's The Voice
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 43 Otis Clay

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Waxhaw, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 8, 2016

 44 Mr. Porter

Mr. Porter
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Famous As: Music Producer
Birthdate: December 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 45 Victoria Kimani

Victoria Kimani
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 46 Misty Jean

Misty Jean
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 47 Issa

Issa
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 48 Monét X Change

Monét X Change
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Famous As: Drag Queen, Singer
Birthdate: February 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 49 Harold James Melvin

Harold James Melvin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States
Died: March 24, 1997