I can’t live without is music. Take away television, social media, even books (just not the Bible). As long as I have access to music, I’m good. Thanks to my Mom, ever since I was younger, music has been a huge part of my life. In middle school, I would rush home to watch 106 & Park, TRL, and The Box Music Television. I would get in so much trouble ordering music videos on The Box. I also used to save up my ALL of my allowance just to purchase CDs and cassette tapes from Sam Goody. Talk about the good ol’ days.
Fast forward many years, and my love for music still remains. While I can listen to just about any genre, my preferred genres are R&B, Smooth Jazz, and NeoSoul. These days I don’t listen to the radio much, but I do get a healthy dose of my favorite genres thanks to Spotify and Apple Music. I’ve been listening to a lot of female artists more and more, and there are 5 albums and EP’s that I have on heavy rotation. I believe these are currently some of the most underrated female albums & EP’s. I can easily listen to each album or EP straight through, no skips. Granted some of their singles can (finally) be heard on the radio, but these artists deserve more play than just a 1 or 2 of their singles. Their work deserves to be celebrated and recognized.
1. (2014) VII (Delux) – Teyana Taylor
- The album itself is very grown and sexy and I’m here for it! Teyana’s velvety soft and sultry voice has incredible range. The beats on this album are SICK, she delivers each song beautifully, and they each tell a story.
2. (2016) Change – Ella Mai
- I was first introduced to this British singer about a year ago, thanks to Sirius XM Radio. Signed to DJ Mustard’s label, Ella Mai is another songstress who knows how to tell a story with her simple and memorable lyrics. Her sound is reminiscent of the classic 90’s R&B days. So, of course, I’m a fan!
3. (2016) Lauren – Keke Palmer
- I’ve always been a fan of Keke, but when she dropped this EP I saw her in a different light. Gone are the Akeelah and the Bee days! Keke is all grown up, and she proves this to be true with each song. The songs are all different and like a true artist, Keke knows how to paint a picture through her vulnerable, fearless, and sometimes playful, lyrics. I also thoroughly enjoyed the visual EP, Lauren.
4. (2017) H.E.R. – H.E.R. Vol. 2– The B Side
- A little sultry, a little neo-soul, this album, from start to finish, is superb! This singer-songwriter delivers her soft and breathy lyrics effortlessly. It’s very easy to get lost in her soothing voice.
5. (2018) Fate – Tammy Rivera
- Tammy teamed up with Executive Producer Rico Love to create this transparent and very well-produced EP. You can hear every emotion in Tammy’s voice, and with each song comes a catchy hook. Her lyrics are honest and relatable, and while the beats are mostly slow to mid-tempo, they will definitely have you nodding your head back and forth.
Listen to some of these albums and EP’s, plus a few other underrated female artists below.
So tell me, what do you think about these albums and EP’s? Which female artists do you think are underrated? Let me know!
Thanks, as always, for reading and commenting and until next time, be blessed and stay safe.
Love & light…xo!