Inspiring Change


1). Patti LaBelle. Initially as a group member and later on as a solo artist, the Philadelphia music icon's been belting out her classics for over four decades. From her "New Attitude" in 1985 to her first gospel album in '07, Patti LaBelle's unparalleled voice has always kept her ahead in the game and the city's No. 1 R&B Soul singer.



2). Teddy P


3). Boyz II Men. The Philly quartet (Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, Wayna Morris and Michael McCary) is the most commercially success R&B male vocal group of all time, selling over 60 million albums. During hip-hop music's peak, Boyz II Men kept R&B Soul alive. 



4). Jill Scott. Her original music has been pleasing, pure and compelling to the ear from Day 1. "The Way," "A Long Walk" and "Golden" are just a few timeless songs over the last decade by the brilliant North Philadelphia singer, songwriter, poet and now actress.




5). Musiq Soulchild. The Philly artist records nothing but smash hits. From "Just Friends (Sunny)" in 2000 to "Ifuleave" in '08, Musiq (Taalib Johnson) has supplied us with classic slow as well as fast joints. Out of his five albums, two went platinum and two were certified gold.


6). Vivian Green. In 2002, she blew music listeners away with "Emotional Rollercoaster" on her first CD, A Love Story. Her vocal chops on her sophomore effort, Vivian, were actually crisper and stronger, though the album didn't get the credit it deserved when when released in '05.



7). Jaguar Wright. Last month, an Associated Press story tapped her '02 debut CD, Denials, Delusions, Decisions, the best album of the decade which says it all. While Wright's not a household name within the industry, she's cherished by her fans and those who know music.She also tours with Jay Z and other A list artist 

8). Jazzyfatnastees. Originally from Los Angeles, the Jazzyfatnastees (Tracy Moore and Mercedes Martinez) caught their big break opening shows for Philly's own The Roots. Their '99 debut, The Once and Future, may be the best R&B Soul album you've never heard. 


9). Jazmine Sullivan. The amazing 22-year-old songwriter has penned R&B hits for Fantasia, Christina Milian and Jennifer Hudson. On her 2008 debut CD, Fearless, she brought us the unforgettable tracks "Need U Bad," "Bust Your Windows," and "Lions, Tigers and Bears." She is the now future of philadelphia.


10). Kindred The Family Soul. With such comforting, inspiring songs like ''Far away  from here'' "Where Would I Be?" and "House of Love," Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon give real meaning to love in their music. The married couple's that fresh breath of air for those struggling in their relationships.

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