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Raheem DeVaugn
Raheem DeVaughn released The Love Experience in June 2005. The album with the singles “You” and “Guess Who Loves You More” regularly spun on some of the more adventurous R&B stations across the U.S. Love Behind the Melody followed in January 2008. Its first single, “Woman,” was his biggest hit yet and was nominated for a 2008 Grammy in the category of Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. DeVaughn’s The Love & War MasterPeace debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200, and was Grammy nominated for Best R&B Album.
Club Nouveau
Club Nouveau formed in Sacramento in 1986, including Jay King, Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Pratter, and Valerie Watson. King was the creative force behind the hit “Rumours” by the Timex Social Club in 1986, and formed King Jay Records for Club Nouveau. They made some good disco-flavored and funk tunes, and had four consecutive hits in 1986 and 1987: “Jealousy,” “Situation #9,” a cover of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” and “Why You Treat Me So Bad.” The last two both reached the number-two spot on the R&B charts.
With only a couple of albums under their belt – 2012’s Be Free and 2014’s Please Rewind – horn/reed players Andris Mattson, Max Bryk, and Amber Navran of the jazz and soul trio Moonchild have built a considerable following among both the neo-soul-hungover crowd and traditional jazz lovers who don’t mind the genre’s evolution. For much of this, we have lead singer Amber Navran to thank, whose voice whistles and whooshes in and out of the band’s soul claps, horn melodies, and synth shades. This is most evident on Please Rewind’s “Don’t Wake Me,” “Just A Minute,” and “Nobody,” on which Navran’s voice evokes Erykah Badu-esque charm, but with a vocal-defying soprano that’s almost too cool for jazz and too controlled for soul.
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