Famous Black Contemporary R&B Singers

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 1 
Jason Derulo
(Best Known for His Singles “Whatcha Say,” "In My Head" and "Wiggle")

Jason Derulo
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Birthdate: September 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miramar, Florida, United States

American singer Jason Derulo is one of the best-selling and popular musicians of present times. His forte is pop, but his music also encompasses R&B and hip-hop. Whatcha Say, Don't Wanna Go Home, Talk Dirty, In My Head, Savage Love, The Other Side and Wiggle are some of his smash hit songs. He also acts in movies and television shows.

 2 
Berry Gordy
(Record Executive)

Berry Gordy
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Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States

 3 
Cynthia Erivo
(Actress)

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

 4 
Macy Gray
(Singer-songwriter)

Macy Gray
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Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

 5 
Keri Hilson
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Album ‘In a Perfect World’)

Keri Hilson
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Birthdate: December 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States

Keri Hilson is an American singer, vocal arranger, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She is known for writing songs for popular artists like Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears. She often creates music that glorifies love, sexual intimacy, and womanhood. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hilson has contributed to various charities and relief efforts for natural disasters.

 6 
Emeli Sandé
(R&B Singer Best Remebered for her Album 'Our Vision of Events')

Emeli Sandé
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England

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LeToya Luckett
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Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
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 8 
K Michelle
(Singer-songwriter who Rose to Fame as Breakout Star of 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta')

K Michelle
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Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 9 
Jazmine Sullivan
(R&B Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Debut Album 'Fearless')

Jazmine Sullivan
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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.

 10 

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

 11 

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

 12 
Daniel Caesar
(Singer, Musician)

Daniel Caesar
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Birthdate: April 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 13 
Ella Eyre
(Singer-songwriter)

Ella Eyre
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Birthdate: April 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

 14 

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

 15 
Beverley Knight
(Contemporary R&B singers)

Beverley Knight
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Birthdate: March 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, England

 16 
Taio Cruz
(Pop Singer-Songwriter Famous for His Albums 'Departure' and 'Rokstarr')

Taio Cruz
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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. 

 17 
Jody Watley
(Singer)

Jody Watley
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Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 18 
No I.D.
(Disc jockey)

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

 19 

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

 20 
Sampha
(Singer-songwriter)

Sampha
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Birthdate: November 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morden, London, England, United Kingdom

 21 
Sevyn Streeter
(Singer-songwriter)

Sevyn Streeter
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Birthdate: July 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haines City, Florida Haines City, Florida, U.S.

 22 
Booker T. Jones
(Musician)

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

 23 
Monét X Change
(Drag Queen, Singer)

Monét X Change
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Birthdate: February 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 24 
Alexander O'Neal
(Singer-Songwriter)

Alexander O'Neal
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Birthdate: November 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.

 25 

Jermaine Stewart
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Birthdate: September 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: March 17, 1997

 26 
Jeffrey Osborne
(Singer-songwriter)

Jeffrey Osborne
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Birthdate: March 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

 27 
Poo Bear
(Singer-songwriter)

Poo Bear
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Birthdate: September 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States

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

 29 
CeCe Peniston
(Singer-songwriter)

CeCe Peniston
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Birthdate: September 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.

 30 
Brooke Valentine
(Known for Her 2005 Hit Single 'Girlfight')

Brooke Valentine
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Birthdate: October 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 31 
Chrisette Michele
(Singer-Songwriter)

Chrisette Michele
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Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Central Islip, New York, U.S.

 32 
Adina Howard
(Singer-songwriter)

Adina Howard
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Birthdate: November 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

 33 
Norman Whitfield
(Songwriter)

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

 34 
Sharon Jones
(Singer)

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

 35 
Fantastic Negrito
(Singer-songwriter whose music spans blues, R&B, and roots music)

Fantastic Negrito
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Birthdate: January 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States

 36 
Elle Varner
(R&B and soul singer who released her first album, Perfectly Imperfect, in 2012.)

Elle Varner
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Birthdate: February 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 37 
Houston
(Known for his hit single 'I Like That')

Houston
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Birthdate: October 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 38 
Shola Ama
(Singer who made waves in the R&B scene with her 1997 cover of Turley Richards' "You Might Need Somebody.")

Shola Ama
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Birthdate: March 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 39 
Sasha Allen
(Semi-finalist on the 4th season of NBC's The Voice)

Sasha Allen
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Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 40 
Otis Clay
(Singer)

Otis Clay
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Birthdate: February 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Waxhaw, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 8, 2016

 41 
Mr. Porter
(Music Producer)

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

 42 
Victoria Kimani
(Singer, Actress)

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

 43 
Misty Jean
(Singer)

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

 44 
Issa
(Singer)

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

 45 
Harold James Melvin
(Singer)

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