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Top 12 Bay Area R&B Artists: 2022’s Best Bay Area R&B Singers

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List of the Top 10 Bay Area R&B Artists

Representing the entire Northern California are a great many of Bay Area R&B singers that have become the faces of rhythm and blues music, from places like Oakland to even Sacramento, which sits right outside of the Bay. A place where Bay Area R&B artists like Keyshia Cole, Tony! Toni! Toné!, En Vogue, Sheila E., and Chanté Moore grew up and started their careers. Now, moving into the 2020s, rhythm and blues remains instilled in the heart of the Bay Area’s music scene, led by great talents like Kehlani, H.E.R, and many more.

Top 12 Bay Area R&B Singers

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1. Kehlani

After a short run with teen group Poplyfe and appearances on America’s Got Talent, the Oakland native would have her share of ups and downs before linking with Nick Cannon and eventually beginning a prosperous solo career. Starting with the 2014 release of Cloud 19 and the 2015 release of You Should be Here, Kehlani’s career would gradually rise over time, especially following the releases of her freshman and sophomore albums, SweetSexySavage and It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.

Follow on Instagram: @Kehlani and watch on YouTube: Kehlani

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2. H.E.R.

A Bay Area singer that was destined to be a star, with accolades and achievements during her childhood performing at the Apollo Theater and numerous day time talk shows, while also making a few acting appearances. As most of her life has been consumed by music and entertainment, H.E.R has become one of the most seasoned female R&B artists.

Follow on Instagram: @H.E.R and watch on YouTube: H.E.R

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3. Victoria Monet

Sacramento native Victoria Monét has become one of the most accomplished and gifted songwriters as her songwriting credits include Ariana Grande, K-Pop group Blackpink, Chloe x Halle, T.I. and many more. Her debut as an artist was 2014’s Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1. Since, she has continued a promising career as an artist, releasing six EPs with Jaguar being her most successful.

Follow on Instagram: @Victoria Monét and watch on YouTube: Victoria Monét

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4. Marc E Bassy

A mixture of pop and rhythm and blues, singer/songwriter Marc E. Bassy began during the late 2000s with the soulful pop band 2AM Club as the lead singer. Since the groups last release, the Bay Area native has been transitioning into a career as a solo artist after years of songwriting for some of the world’s most notarized artists and performing as the lead for the once 2AM Club.

Follow on Instagram: @Marc E. Bassy and watch on YouTube: Marc E. Bassy

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5. Audrey Mika

Years of covering songs on YouTube, rising Pop and R&B artist Audrey Mika finally made the transition into professionalism and the music industry with the release of her 5 A.M. EP in 2020. While still up and coming, Audrey Mika exceeds the levels of talent of most mainstream artists, showcased on songs like “Just Friends”, “Y U Gotta B Like That,” and “Excuses.”

Follow on Instagram: @Audrey Mika and watch on YouTube: Audrey Mika

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6. Marmar Oso

This Sacramento native has been making his rounds through the R&B carousal. A mixture of hip-hop and R&B with a street edge, Marmar Oso is one of a kind artist, representing a new wave in R&B music. With the smash hit “Ruthless” and the release of four albums, Good Intentions (2022), Marvin’s Room (2020), Love Don’t Cost a Thing (2020), and Oso Different (2019), there is a large enough sample size to come to the conclusion that Marmar Oso is a star in the making.

Follow on Instagram: @Marmar Oso and watch on YouTube: Marmar Oso

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7. Destiny Rogers

On the outskirts of the Bay Area, just north of Stockton, CA, was the small Northern California town that helped raise Pop/R&B artist Destiny Rogers. A similar path to music, a guitar and a camera covering YouTube songs at a young age, Destiny Rogers has since risen into stardom with her debut hit single “Tomboy”. A combination of both Pop music and R&B music, Destiny has collaborated with top rappers, like Coi Leray, Guapdad 4000, and Kalan.FrFr, and released two well acclaimed projects, The Great Escape and EP Tomboy.

Follow on Instagram: @Destiny Rogers and watch on YouTube: Destiny Rogers

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8. Thuy

Another of the top rising Bay Area R&B singers, thuy is an undiscovered gift to music, especially to rhythm and blues music, while she has been slowly gaining traction. Releasing music over the past few years, thuy eventually came into the spotlight with her debut album i hope u see this, released in 2021.

Follow on Instagram: @thuy and watch on YouTube: thuy

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9. Rozzi

With a strong and powerful voice that lures in fans and listeners, Rozzi is possibly one of the most underrated artists on the list. A San Francisco native that made her start through Adam Levine and Maroon 5, Rozzi’s approach to music gives the vibe of an old soulful blues singer. Beginning her career during the early 2010s, Rozzi has continued to release music into the 2020s, gaining much respect for her artistic abilities among her peers and fans.

Follow on Instagram: @Rozzi and watch on YouTube: Rozzi

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10. Adrian Marcel

Oakland native Adrian Marcel began making a name for himself during the early 2010s. Renowned for his craft and artistry, Adrian Marcel is famously known for hits like “2AM,” “My Life,” and “Spending the Night Alone.”

Follow on Instagram: @Adrian Marcel and watch on YouTube: Adrian Marcel

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11. Rayven Justice 

Well known and well respected within the music scene of the West Coast, the veteran and Oakland native Rayven Justice has become a seasoned artist. Collaborating and working with some of the biggest names in the industry, while releasing classics like “Hit or Nah” and “Slide Thru,” Rayven is a balance between today’s R&B music and modern day West Coast hip-hop.

Follow on Instagram: @Rayven Justice and watch on YouTube: Rayven Justice

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12. Rayana Jay

Growing up in Richmond, California is the beautiful and talented Rayana Jay, an artist that debuted in 2016 with the release of “Nothing to Talk About.” With an extensive catalog, Rayana Jay has grown her fanbase through projects Sorry About Last Night, Morning After, Love Like Me, and Last Call, while also being featured on multiple major platforms.

Follow on Instagram: @Rayana Jay and watch on YouTube: Rayana Jay

Honorable Mention Bay Area R&B Artists

Elujay Instagram: @Elujay and YouTube: Elujay

Samaria Instagram: @Samaria and YouTube: Samaria

Larrenwong Instagram: @Larrenwong and YouTube: Larrenwong

Zyah Belle Instagram: @Zyah Belle and YouTube: Zyah Belle

Latoya London Instagram: @Latoya London and YouTube: Latoya London

Numi  Instagram: @Numi and YouTube: Numi

Katana  Instagram: @Katana and YouTube: Katana

Journee  Instagram: @Journee and YouTube: Journee

Najja Iman  Instagram: @Najja Iman and YouTube: Najja Iman

Tree Thomas  Instagram: @Tree Thomas and YouTube: Tree Thomas

Siaira Shawn  Instagram: @Siaira Shawn and YouTube: Siaira Shawn

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