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Top 12 Bay Area R&B Artists: 2023’s Best Bay Area R&B Singers

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Bay Area R&B Singers

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, and 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.

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2. H.E.R.

A Bay Area singer that was destined to be a star, H.E.R. obtained numerous accolades and achievements during her childhood, ranging from performing at the Apollo Theater to appearing on numerous day time talk shows, even making a few minor acting appearances. While most of H.E.R’s life has been consumed by music and entertainment, she has now become one of the most seasoned R&B artists in the business.

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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 includes 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.

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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.

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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.”

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6. Thuy

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

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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.

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8. Lolo Zouaï

Singer and Songwriter Lolo Zouai has been on a steady climb since her first introduction to music in 2017 with the single “So Real.” While being one of R&B’s most overlooked, Lolo Zouaï’s talent can cast a shadow over the biggest names in music. Receiving much fanfare from her 2019 album High Highs to Low Lows, Lolo Zouaï most popular songs have been “Desert Rose,” “Moi,” “High Highs to Low Lows,” “Brooklyn Love,” and “Caffeine.”

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9. 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.

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10. 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.

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11. Adrian Marcel

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

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12. 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.

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Honorable Mention Bay Area R&B Artists

Rayana Jay Instagram: @Rayana Jay and YouTube: Rayana Jay

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

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

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*Unofficial Order. The more popular artists that have a combination of the most followers, streams, views, and most recent releases are near the top.

*If any artists are missing from the list email media@kulturevulturez.com