If you’re looking for a little something to add to your fall playlist (especially now that those new iOS 7 updates are out with iTunes radio!), then look no further. Janelle Monáe’s successful release of her second album has shown that there’s a market for new, quirky black songresses, and she’s not the only one in it. Below are a few acts who, whether in style or substance, are changing music both here and across the pond.
THEESatisfaction (Seattle, WA & Brooklyn, NY)
This talented duo started their careers in Seattle when they met at the University of Washington. Since then, they’ve been on a roll, performing with Erykah Badu, releasing new music, and hosting Brooklyn’s popular Black Weirdo party.
KING (Los Angeles, CA)
What’s better than one talented singer? Twins songstresses who decide to form a group together. A few years ago, Paris and Amber Strother caught the industry’s attention when their 2011 song “The Story” went viral. Now they’re on tour with with British soul singer Laura Mvula.
Ebony Bones (London, UK)
This writer, producer and actress does a little bit of everything, but gained a following in the states after performing at SXSW a few years ago. She just released her second album, “Behold, A Pale Horse,” which got rave reviews from the good folks at NPR’s First Listen.