The Most Distinguished At Essence Festival 2015
Hot Right Now Superlounge
The name says it all. The artists to touch this stage are new, fresh, and hungry for their time. Nico & Vinz performed their international hit "Am I Wrong" here and Sevyn Streeter gave us flawless vocals with her set, performing songs like "Don't Kill The Fun".
He's young and talented - Raphael Saadiq thought it too so he took him under his wing. Adrian Marcel is an Oakland native and with mixtape "7 Days of Weak" he was able to build his fan base and he eventually signed with Republic Records. Marcel sang his club record "2AM" and some songs from the mixtape but most notably, he wowed the Press Room by singing a new song a cappella.
Lianne La Havas
The English-born singer and multi-instrumentalist made her name by singing backup for others, most notably Paloma Faith. Having signed her own deal, Lianne La Havas debuted her album "Is Your Love Big Enough" receiving great reviews for a harmonious blend of soul and jazz, compounded by gritty R&B feeling. Havas sang her new single "Unstoppable" and had the crowd buzzing with her showmanship of unfiltered and powerful vocals.