Janelle Monáe & Mayer Hawthorne-Rising Stars of R&B
Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by fillups
If you like great R&B, you need to check out two of my favorite albums of 2013.
Janelle Monáe (top, left) has been a major creative force with her unique take on R&B. She continues exploring the boundaries of R&B with her fusion of classic R&B, hip hop and science fiction in The Electric Lady
Her video "Q.U.E.E.N." with Erykah Badu seems to be almost bursting with vitality and invention AND it just received a Soul Train Award as the best of the year.
Mayer Hawthorne (top, right) has received less attention but has created his own distinctive brand of R&B. Hawthorne's approach has been the opposite of Monáe's. He is really exploring classically structured 60's-70's era R&B for a contemporary audience. His latest effort is Where Does This Door Go which contains extensive collaborations with Pharrell Williams.
His musical style, remarkable voice and sense of humor are all on display in his video, "Her Favorite Song."