Pacific Northwest Artists

Top Seattle R&B Artists and Portland R&B Artists

While Pacific Northwest artists have been dominated by rock bands, being the birthplace of two iconic rock legends in Jimi Hendrix and the group Nirvana, Portland R&B artists alongside Seattle R&B artists are among R&B’s most eccentric, mastering a craft of following your own artistic intuition despite the consequence of not receiving massive mainstream coverage and promotion.

Basically, in the Pacific Northwest’s two states of Washington and Oregon resides a handful of R&B’s most underrated and underappreciated artists. Overlooking the numbers and the size of followers, R&B artists from Oregon and Washington break barriers for artists to not follow trends and what is popular, but to naturally create from within.

At the lead, UMI transmitting positive energy through her artistry, the Seattle R&B artist has become a true treasure in rhythm and blues. Making her debut in 2017 with “Happy Again,” UMI’s career standout moments would be a selective number of hits like “Friendzone,” “Butterfly,” “Remember Me,” “Love Affair,” “Down to Earth,” and “wish that I could.”

As the spotlight shines greatly on the talented UMI, other Portland and Seattle R&B artists should not be overlooked. Sam Rivera inspiring and motivating through his music as it is his sole purpose. True musician and rising Seattle R&B artist Malia providing listeners with soul-touching sounds since debuting in 2015. Portland R&B artist TYuS providing the perfect sounds of love. From the quiet storm of Jessica Domingo to the joyous sounds of Reva DeVito, to Parisalexa representing for the next generation of R&B artists, there is no shortage of talent in the Pacific Northwest.

Top 8 Seattle and Portland R&B Artists

Seattle R&B Artists Umi

1. UMI

UMI, a Seattle-born singer and songwriter, has managed to carve out an impressive niche for herself. Her music, often characterized by its soothing melodies and introspective lyrics, speaks to a generation grappling with self-identity and emotional complexities.

She seamlessly blends elements of lo-fi, R&B, and pop to create a sound that is undeniably unique. In 2021, she released her debut album Introspection Reimagined, and followed it with her sophomore project in 2022, Forest In The City.

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Sam Rivera

2. Sam Rivera

Sam Rivera brings a different flavor to the R&B scene. Through popular tracks, like “If You Only Knew!,” “A.M.O.R.,” “Rise,” or “Drive,”  Sam has showcased a fusion of styles that is both refreshing and engaging.

Originally covering songs on YouTube, his soulful voice combined with his profound storytelling abilities makes him an artist to watch in the Pop and R&B space.

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3. Malia

On the west coast, Malia has been making waves in the R&B genre since her debut in 2015 with the song “Lovestruck” and her self-titled EP Malia.

With the release of three EPs and three albums, Late Bloomer (2017), Unpolished (2021), and What’s After ‘I Love You?‘, she become known for her sultry vocals and jazz-infused tracks.

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Portland R&B Artists TYuS

4. TYuS

TYuS, an Oregon-based singer, has been creating well received music with his sensual brand of R&B.

Garnering attention from major labels and industry insiders, TYuS has been praised for his emotive lyricism and smooth vocal delivery that harkens back to the golden era of R&B. Debuting in 2015 with a host of singles, TYuS has recently released his latest project, 2022’s Synergy.

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Bailey Bryan

5. Bailey Bryan

Bailey Bryan is not your typical R&B artist. Originally a country singer from Washington, Bryan has successfully transitioned into the R&B genre, blending her country roots with soulful rhythms and heartfelt lyrics.

Her lovely sound and songwriting have earned her a a name in the music business.

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Reva DeVito

6. Reva DeVito

Reva DeVito, another Oregon native, offers a fresh take on R&B with her eclectic influences that range from jazz to electronic music.

Known for her velvety vocals and innovative production, DeVito has made a name for herself as a versatile artist unafraid to push boundaries in her music.

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Jessica Domingo

7. Jessica Domingo

Jessica Domingo, a Seattle-based artist, has gain a number of fans through her time covering top pop and R&B songs.

Starting her career on YouTube, she has steadily built a solid fan base and has released several successful projects, Moonplay (2016), Floral Mind (2018), Butterfly Paradise (2021), showcasing her artistic versatility.

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8. ParisAlexa

ParisAlexa, another Seattle-based talent, has been on the rise in the R&B scene. Recognized for her impressive skills, ParisAlexa’s music is often centered around music that is relatable to a broad audience. She made a significant impact with her debut project Bloom in 2018, which was followed by 2020’s 2 Real, and has since gained widespread recognition for her musical prowess.

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