The face and sound of R&B are always evolving. These days, if it’s not Beyoncé, it’s the mellow tempos of artists like Jhené Aiko and Tinashe getting millennials all in their feelings. Meanwhile, radio staples like Chris Brown and Trey Songz help keep the VIP libations flowing. And traditional artists (Miguel, John Legend) bless us with timeless records.
But there’s another hidden blanket of talent that isn’t seen or heard as much as those familiar faces. Call it R&B’s secret society. Fill up your playlists with music from these 26 gifted acts who not only offer soulful and eclectic sounds, but also much-needed variety.