Listen Up: New R&B Album Must-Haves

Forget auto-tune and stage theatrics. Real music is all about emotion and harmony. With a blend of live instruments and soulful, sultry voices, these old- and new-school artists are working hard to bring the R&B sound back to its former chart-topping glory.

Will Downing, Silver


Celebrating his 25th year as a recording artist, the singer/songwriter delivers this mix of something old and new. “Ooh Baby Baby” will set a mellow mood while “Stuff  That I Like” is great for a fun, flirty groove.

Donell Jones, Forever


The Chi -Town crooner’s sixth studio album reflects his contentment with everything from matters of the heart to his own maturity as a man. The standout tracks “Forever” and “Sorry I Hurt You” serve as deep manuals on love— as well as how to cherish it.

Tamar Braxton, Love and War


Like a rollercoaster ride of feelings, this project explores passion and the tumultuous nature of relationships. Expect to do plenty of head bopping and slow dancing as you experience this musical journey, chock-full of heartfelt sentiments.

India.Arie, Songversation


Prepare to be inspired and enchanted by beautiful ballads including “Cocoa Butter,” which is as tantalizing as a lover’s caress on a romantic evening. Thematically, the tracks are easy on the ears, heartwarming and filled with nourishment for the spirit.

TGT, Three Kings


The sensual supergroup composed of  Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank offers up seductive songs like “Sex Never Felt Better” and “I Need.” Ladies, be ready for a cool-down after listening because this talented trio is ready to heat things up.

Jaheim, Appreciation Day

Jaheim Album- Appreciation Day

Fans of the raspy singer will enjoy this compilation of classic R&B-styled tunes. Laced with feel-good messages, the songs pay homage to grown and sexy  women every-where. Tracks like “Age Ain’t a Factor” are a prime  example.

Earth, Wind and Fire, Now, Then and Forever


After an eight-year hiatus, the legendary band returns with their signature combo of energetic, soulful, socially and spiritually uplifting music.  Songs to keep on repeat include the lovely “My Promise” and the funky “Dance Floor.”

Raheem DeVaughn, A Place Called Loveland


Honest. Titillating. Intense. Those words perfectly describe the Washington, DC native’s fourth LP, which is loaded with steamy love songs that are guaranteed to make any space feel like a hot summer night.