Contemporary R&B Singers

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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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Aaliyah
(Best Known as 'Princess of R&B' & 'Queen of Urban Pop')
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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.

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Camila Cabello
(Pop Singer)
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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.

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Liam Payne
(Singer-Songwriter and a Member of the British Boy Band ‘One Direction’)
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Birthdate: August 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England

Liam Payne is a popular English singer-songwriter who is part of the world-renowned boy band One Direction. Also a well-known philanthropist, Liam Payne has supported Comic Relief and Unicef. In 2020, he helped raise over $10 million for charitable organizations fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to his charity work, he serves as an inspiration to many youngsters across the world.

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Nick Carter
(Musician)
Nick Carter
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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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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.

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IU
(Singer)
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Birthdate: May 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Berry Gordy
(Record Executive)
Berry Gordy
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Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States
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Cynthia Erivo
(Actress)
Cynthia Erivo
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Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom
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Macy Gray
(Singer-songwriter)
Macy Gray
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Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
 10 
Jess Glynne
(English Singer Best Known for Her Singles: ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don't Be So Hard on Yourself)
Jess Glynne
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Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Jess Glynne, named one of Forbes’s Most Influential People Under 30 in 2019, initially rose to fame as a featured artist on tracks such as Rather Be and My Love. She became the first British female solo singer with seven number one UK Singles Chart tracks.
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Michel'le
(Singer-Songwriter)
Michel'le
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Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Compton, United States
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Miguel
(Singer-songwriter)
Miguel
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Birthdate: October 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Pedro, Los Angeles, U.S.
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Thundercat
(Musician)
Thundercat
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Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Sheridan Smith
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Birthdate: June 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Epworth, North Lincolnshire, England, UK
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Tulisa Contostavlos
(Singer-songwriter)
Tulisa Contostavlos
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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.

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

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Bootsy Collins
(Musician)
Bootsy Collins
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Birthdate: October 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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Jacob Anderson
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Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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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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Cissy Houston
(Gospel Singers)
Cissy Houston
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Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
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LeToya Luckett
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Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
 22 
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
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Luke James
(Singer-songwriter)
Luke James
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Birthdate: June 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 24 
Jessica Mauboy
(Her Album 'Been Waiting' Became The Second Highest-Selling Australian Album of 2009)
Jessica Mauboy
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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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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.

 26 
El DeBarge
(Singer-songwriter)
El DeBarge
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Birthdate: June 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Rina Sawayama
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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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Tiffany Hwang
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Birthdate: August 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
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Duncan James
(Singer)
Duncan James
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Birthdate: April 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salisbury, England
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Victor Willis
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Birthdate: July 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
 31 
Daniel Caesar
(Singer, Musician)
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Birthdate: April 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Jason Weaver
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Birthdate: July 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Tisha Campbell-Martin
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Birthdate: October 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
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Victoria Monet
(Singer-songwriter)
Victoria Monet
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Birthdate: May 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.
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Peabo Bryson
(Singer)
Peabo Bryson
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Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
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M. Pokora
(French R&B Singer)
M. Pokora
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Birthdate: September 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

French singer Matthieu Tota, better known as M. Pokora, is often compared to singers such as Justin Timberlake for his singing style. Though initially aspiring to be a footballer, he later found success in music after winning the show Popstars. He has also starred as Robin Hood in a French musical.

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Ella Eyre
(Singer-songwriter)
Ella Eyre
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Birthdate: April 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
 38 
Marvin Humes
(Singer)
Marvin Humes
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Birthdate: March 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK
 39 
Beverley Knight
(Contemporary R&B singers)
Beverley Knight
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Birthdate: March 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, England
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Heather Headley
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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.

 41 
Jody Watley
(Singer)
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Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 42 
Enisa Nikaj
(Singer)
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Birthdate: March 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 43 
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. 

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Heidi Range
(Singer)
Heidi Range
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Birthdate: May 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
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No I.D.
(Disc jockey)
No I.D.
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Birthdate: June 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 46 
Farrah Franklin
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Birthdate: May 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 47 
Sampha
(Singer-songwriter)
Sampha
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Birthdate: November 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morden, London, England, United Kingdom
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Steve Gadd
(Drummer)
Steve Gadd
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Birthdate: April 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Irondequoit, New York, United States
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Diamond White
(Singer, Actress)
Diamond White
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Birthdate: January 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
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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