Contemporary R&B Singers

The music genre which combines R&B with elements of hip hop, pop, funk, electronic music, and soul is known as Contemporary R&B or simply R&B. Contemporary R&B features pitch corrected vocals and drum machine-backed rhythms. Combining R&B rhythms with pop and hip hop elements is a recent trend in Contemporary R&B music. Here is a list of some of the most famous 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 Camila Cabello

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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cojímar, Cuba

Cuban-American singer and songwriter, Camila Cabello, first gained fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She is also a solo artist and released her debut solo album in 2018. She is the recipient of Billboard Women in Music award for Breakthrough Artist. She is also an upcoming actress who has appeared in a few TV shows.

 3 H.E.R.

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States

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 Nick Carter

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States

Nick Carter is an American singer, musician, and actor. Best known for his association with the popular vocal group the Backstreet Boys, Carter achieved popularity as a teen idol throughout the mid and late-1990s. Also known for his charity work, Nick Carter has been playing an important role in raising awareness about the environment and its oceans.

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 5 IU

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 6 Berry Gordy

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

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

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walsall, West Midlands, England

Jorja Smith is an English singer-songwriter whose first studio album Lost & Found featured on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at third position. One of the youngest and most exciting talents in the music world, Smith is the recipient of the 2018 Brit Critics' Choice Award. In 2019, she won the Best British Female Artist award at the Brit Awards.

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 9 Michel'le

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Compton, United States

 10 Macy Gray

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

 11 Miguel

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Pedro, Los Angeles, U.S.

 12 Thundercat

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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 13 Paloma Faith

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Paloma Faith is a British singer, actress, and songwriter. She is best known for her album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which received double-platinum certification in the UK apart from earning Faith her maiden BRIT Award nomination. Renowned for her eccentric style, Paloma Faith has also received prestigious awards like the ASCAP Award.

 14 Sheridan Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Epworth, North Lincolnshire, England, UK
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 15 Bootsy Collins

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 16 Tulisa Contostavlos

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Camden Town, London

Tulisa Contostavlos is an English singer, television personality, songwriter, and actress. She achieved popularity after appearing in the popular reality television music competition series The X Factor, where she served as one of the judges. Her life and career inspired the 2014 documentary, Tulisa: The Price of Fame, which premiered on BBC Three.

 17 Emeli Sandé

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Famous As: R&B Singer Best Remebered for her Album 'Our Vision of Events'
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England

 18 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.

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 19 Jacob Anderson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 20 LeToya Luckett

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

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Famous As: Gospel Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

 22 K Michelle

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter who Rose to Fame as Breakout Star of 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta'
Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 23 Luke James

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 24 Jessica Mauboy

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Famous As: Singer She Was the Runner-Up on the Fourth Season of Australian Idol, Her First Number-One Single, "Burn" Became The Second Highest-Selling Australian Album
Birthdate: August 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Jessica Mauboy is an Australian singer, actress, and songwriter. She started hogging the limelight after finishing second in the fourth season of Australian Idol, which was aired in 2006. One of the most successful female artists in Australia, Mauboy has received several awards, such as ARIA Music Awards.

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 25 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.

 26 Rina Sawayama

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Niigata, Japan
Rina Sawayama is known for her unusual blends of pop with R&B, club music, nu-metal, and other genres. Born in Japan, the singer/model moved with her family to the UK at age 5. She is also a Cambridge graduate and a queer icon who identifies as pansexual and bisexual. 
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 27 El DeBarge

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 28 Tiffany Hwang

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 29 Victor Willis

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

 30 Jason Weaver

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

 31 Victoria Monet

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.

 32 Duncan James

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salisbury, England

 33 Daniel Caesar

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

 34 Peabo Bryson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, USA

 35 Una Healy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland

Una Healy initially rose to fame as part of the 5-member girl group The Saturdays. The Irish singer is the niece of country music star Declan Nerney. A talented swimmer, she gave up the sport at 13 to switch to music. She has also scored solo hits such as Stay My Love.  

 36 Marvin Humes

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK

 37 Ella Eyre

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

 38 Heather Headley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidadian-American singer-actor Heather Headley is best known for her Tony- and Drama Desk-winning performance in the musical Aida. The Northwestern University drop-out was also part of the theatrical version of Whitney Houston’s movie The Bodyguard and won a Grammy for her gospel album Audience of One.

 39 Tisha Campbell-Martin

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

 40 Beverley Knight

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Famous As: Contemporary R&B singers
Birthdate: March 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, England

 41 Betty Wright

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Bessie Regina Norris, better known as Betty Wright, ruled the American gospel, R&B, and soul scene for 6 decades. The Grammy-winning artist joined her family gospel group at age 2, gained fame with the track Clean Up Woman at 17, and had her own record label by the 1980s.

 42 No I.D.

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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: June 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 43 Eumir Deodato

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: June 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian composer, pianist, record producer, and arranger. He is best known for his 1973 instrumental Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001), which won the Grammy Award under the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category in 1974. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

 44 Jody Watley

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

 45 Heidi Range

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 46 Enisa Nikaj

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 47 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. 

 48 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.

 49 Farrah Franklin

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

 50 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.