Over the years lines that would have ordinarily distinguished one sound from the other have become blurred. About a decade ago, music genres were much easier to tell apart; however, with the convergence music is experiencing, it seems as though artists have gained more control over their sound causing music to evolve. Take a closer look at some of today’s most creative talent (Click pictures to see videos):
New Orleans own Dawn Richard got her start on Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ “Making the Band” series on MTV. As a strong vocalist for Danity Kane, it came as no surprise that after the DK disbandment, Ms. Richard decided to re-launch her career as a solo artist. With a relatively different sound from DK, while still adopting the pop flavor, Dawn has blended a multitude of sounds, only understood whilst listening to her. Only greatness can come from such a strong vocalist.
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Music has Scotland to thank for birthing Calvin Harris. Harris has been making music since 1999 and with him, hits like We Found Love and Feel so Close were given life. Harris takes us back to the disco days, and reassures his ability to manipulate and blend sounds. His latest album, 18 Months, is like an hour-long dance marathon—blending multiple genres and featuring powerful vocals without diminishing the sound of the track.
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At the age of sixteen, this Barbadian beauty landed her first record deal. It was her Good Girl Gone Bad 2007 LP, featuring the iconic “Umbrella” hit, that paved the way for her permanent stay in the music business. Rihanna is no stranger to experimenting with an array of sounds-from traditional instruments to digital production. Hailing from the islands, Rihanna incorporates the classic Reggae sound in her music, which showcases her versatility and ultimately, expands her fan base. Needless to say, Rihanna continually dominates the charts, and of course, is unafraid with taking risks.
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Hailing from Chicago, IL, Wilco is categorized as an alternative rock band. Although Wilco is categorized as such, they definitely have a country influence, possibly stemming from their Uncle Tupelo roots. Wilco’s latest album, The Whole Love is pure brilliance from start to finish. Any fan of music, would be a fan of Wilco.
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For over a decade, John Legend has been a powerhouse in the music industry. Legend has the ability to hit nearly every human emotion, known and unknown. No matter what music he crafts, Legend truly lives up to his name. His music suits virtually any occasion, whether cruising in the car with the windows down, meeting up with friends, or relaxing, Legend is your man. Thank you Springfield, Ohio. Full stop.
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