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Best Local R&B/Soul Act

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Atlanta's best local R&B/soul acts.

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

2018 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
An eclectic mix of smooth jazz and soulful R&B stylings culminate in a spiritual awakening when Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics take the stage. Whether performing live, or at any point throughout the group's latest album, State of All Things, Ruby Velle's voice rings out with bravado and a presencemore...

An eclectic mix of smooth jazz and soulful R&B stylings culminate in a spiritual awakening when Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics take the stage. Whether performing live, or at any point throughout the group's latest album, State of All Things, Ruby Velle's voice rings out with bravado and a presence that transcends the decades. Backed by the Soulphonics, the ensemble gives a nod to Stax Records' rich legacy of Southern soul, funk, and R&B, and plants it firmly in the here and now, with sass, sophistication, and an unbeatable sense of style.

Photo courtesy of Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics Facebook page

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Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

2018 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Mother's Finest

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2017 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2016 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2015 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Men in Blues

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2014 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Men in Blues

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2012 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2011 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Soulphonics & Ruby Velle

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2010 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Janelle Monae

www.jmonae.com


Runner-up: Gritz & Jelly Butter


www.myspace.com/gritzandjellybutter

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2009 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Rahbi

www.myspace.com/rahbi
Runners-up
Tie
Noot d' Noot
www.myspace.com/nootdnoot
and
Janelle Monae
www.jmonae.com
and
Ruby Velle
www.myspace.com/soulphonics

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

2008 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Usher

Best R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

2008 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Rahbi

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

2008 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Janelle Monae

Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

2007 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Rahbi

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2007 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Rahbi
When RAHBI takes the stage with a swagger that’s part pimp, part drag queen, it’s obvious why his arrival has caused such a stir among Atlanta’s staid soul scene. The background singer for Donnie stepped out of the shadows this year to unleash his own brand of “glamourmore...

When RAHBI takes the stage with a swagger that’s part pimp, part drag queen, it’s obvious why his arrival has caused such a stir among Atlanta’s staid soul scene. The background singer for Donnie stepped out of the shadows this year to unleash his own brand of “glamour soul.” It bears no resemblance to the singer/songwriter school of thought most of his Atlanta-based peers graduated from. Instead, Rahbi takes his cues from Prince — lace glove and all. During his “Strange Fruit” show in early 2007, he employed a pole dancer and stripper pole in his act. Yet his flamboyant stage show doesn’t overshadow the dramatic vocal ability he honed singing at his granddaddy’s Pentecostal church as a youngster. His appropriately titled live album, Rahbi-Raw, is scheduled for a fall release.


www.myspace.com/rahbi

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Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Entropy

Local R&B/soul Act BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Algebra
It took damn-near forever, but local soul vocalist ALGEBRA finally broke onto the national scene. Born and raised in Atlanta, Algebra has been kicking around locally for years. She signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records while still a student at North Atlanta High School, then spent a year onmore...

It took damn-near forever, but local soul vocalist ALGEBRA finally broke onto the national scene. Born and raised in Atlanta, Algebra has been kicking around locally for years. She signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records while still a student at North Atlanta High School, then spent a year on Motown Records — all without releasing an album. But check VH1 Soul or BET-J and you’ll see her video, “U Do It for Me,” in heavy rotation — and that’s a rare feat for A-town soul folks. Expect to hear much more of her Southern rap-meets-soul stylings after her debut album drops sometime this fall on Kedar Entertainment.
www.myspace.com/algebrablessett.

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Best Local R&B/Soul Act BOA Award Winner

2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Anthony David

Best R&B/Soul act BOA Award Winner

2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Slick & Rose

Best R&B Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

2000 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Perhaps our readers choosing OutKast, Atlanta's greatest rap group, as the city's best R&B band, is no mistake. After all, Dre and Big Boi have been learning to play their own instruments in the past few months, and their forays into instrumentation on the forthcoming Stankonia are undeniably funky,more...
Perhaps our readers choosing OutKast, Atlanta's greatest rap group, as the city's best R&B band, is no mistake. After all, Dre and Big Boi have been learning to play their own instruments in the past few months, and their forays into instrumentation on the forthcoming Stankonia are undeniably funky, as on "Ms. Jackson," the mind-unraveling ode to baby's mama's mama's everywhere. less...

Best R&B Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

2000 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs
OK, he's not actually a performing artist, but in this day and age, we all know it's the writers and producers who are the real stars in R&B. And though you might not recognize him if you passed him on the street, Ske'kespere, co-author and producer of recent irresistible hits such as TLC's "No Scrubs"more...
OK, he's not actually a performing artist, but in this day and age, we all know it's the writers and producers who are the real stars in R&B. And though you might not recognize him if you passed him on the street, Ske'kespere, co-author and producer of recent irresistible hits such as TLC's "No Scrubs" and Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" — plus a label and music company exec in his own right — is fast becoming one of urban music's biggest names. less...

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