Black culture is rooted in rhythm, movement, and soulful sounds that have warmed hearts for decades. From Etta James to Lauryn Hill, Black women have given the world some of the best tunes. Jazz, smooth Motown sounds, and R&B have permeated every corner of America with the perfect songs for every mood.
For that reason, it only makes sense to give props to Black women in music for your Black History Month Soundtrack!
By: Leah Thomas
To make your search even easier, here is a list of upcoming Black women musicians to fall in love with this February. Click their Instagram to support and search for their music on SoundCloud and Spotify to add to your playlist.
3. Mikhala Jené
5. The Bloom Experience
Life moves so fast sometimes and you don’t get to let it all soak in. I’ve made so many mistakes. I’ve also made so many beautiful things. Taking a moment now to honor the woman I hope I’m becoming. One of Integrity. Wisdom. Beauty. And most importantly JOY. I want to smile more this year.💕 📸: Kevin Chambers @flashfrequency
7. Mélissa Laveaux
My interview with @griotmag has been posted up on my profile 🙂 I talk about being queer and Haitian-Canadian, Edmonia Lewis and my time spent in residency at the Villa Médici. Big thanks to Griot for working very hard on this and insisting on getting all the permissions to shoot st the Villa. It was no small feat! Photo © Johanne Affricot
Which Black women musicians have inspired you with their music? Share with us in the comments!