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Bettye LaVette.

Listen Bettye LaVette On Mountain Stage

April 14, 2014 – Recent albums have helped the veteran Detroit soul singer find a huge new audience.


Curtis Harding in a scene from his video for the song "Keep On Shining."

Watch Curtis Harding, 'Keep On Shining'

April 14, 2014 – The Atlanta soul singer becomes a grooving marionette in his surreal but infectious new video.

Kelis' new album, Food, comes out April 22.

Read First Listen: Kelis, 'Food'

April 13, 2014 – A new album by R&B's resident provocateur is proof she can't be molded to fit inside one genre.

Jesse Boykins III's new album, Love Apparatus, comes out April 22.

Read First Listen: Jesse Boykins III, 'Love Apparatus'

April 6, 2014 – The Soulquarian-influenced singer weaves earthy vocals and new-age production into a dreamy future.

Kelis gave her first U.S. performance in years at the 2014 SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.

Read For Kelis, Music Is Back On The Menu

March 21, 2014 – The "Milkshake" singer has a new album, and recently gave her first U.S. performance in years.


Lake Street Dive.

Listen Lake Street Dive On World Cafe WXPN

March 20, 2014 – Hear a characteristically energetic performance from the show-stopping Boston band. WXPN


St. Paul and The Broken Bones is led by singer Paul Janeway (front).

Watch From Preacher To Grass Cutter To Earth-Shaking Soul Singer

March 20, 2014 – The leader of St. Paul and the Broken Bones says a strict upbringing is key to the artist he became.


Beyoncé on stage Aug. 3 during "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" at the Barclays Center in New York City.

Read How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You: The BeyHive

March 17, 2014 – Just as intriguing as Beyoncé's flawless image is the depth of devotion shown by her fans.

Pharrell Williams

Read Get Lucky On St. Patrick's Day With These 25 R&B Songs

March 16, 2014 – Kiss more than just a blarney stone this St. Paddy's Day.

Kelis, seen here at NPR Music's SXSW Showcase in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night, performed her first show in America in almost four years.

Watch Kelis, 'Breakfast' (Live At SXSW 2014)

March 13, 2014 – Watch the R&B star play "Breakfast" at her first U.S. show in more than three years.


Mayer Hawthorne performs live for KCRW.

Watch Mayer Hawthorne, 'Her Favorite Song' (Live) KCRW

March 13, 2014 – Like funky bass? Zebra stripes? And grown-ups in PJs? We've got video for you. KCRW

Luther Vandross is one of many classic R&B singers you'll hear on our "I'll Take You There" channel.

Read I'll Take You There: R&B From NPR Music

February 10, 2014 – A 24/7 channel that spans six decades of R&B and soul, from doo-wop to today's best slow jams.

Allen Toussaint.

Listen Allen Toussaint On 'Song Travels'

February 7, 2014 – The New Orleans pianist and composer plays some of his songs, including "Get Out of My Life Woman."

Sam Cooke in 1964, performing on the ABC variety show Shindig! just a few months before his death that December.

Watch Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

February 1, 2014 – The story of "A Change Is Gonna Come" is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.


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