As the year is coming to an end we all are celebrating the holidays with our friends and families. Some of us make those New Year’s resolutions that most people never keep. Myself, on the other hand, take this time to look back on the music of the year and which songs stood out the most to me. I don’t pick my stand out songs based on how many views the song has on Youtube, what number it is currently sitting on the Billboard charts or how many times we’ve all heard the same song on the radio. Nope! This list is just based off the love I have for music. Every artist I am about mention impacted my musical journey of 2015. Check out part 1 below.
1. Bryson Tiller – Don’t
Before this song became the huge radio hit that is today, I remember hearing Don’t on apple music R&B station. It was something about this song that was so different from the music on my phone and the radio. When I flipped my phone over I was introduced to Bryson Tiller. Don’t began to rise up the charts and brought more listeners wanting to know more about this young singer from Louisville, Kentucky. On October 2nd Bryson released debut solo album Trap soul, if you want to know what Bryson has to offer besides Don’t, check out his other stand out tracks like Exchange and Right My Wrongs.
2. Erykah Badu – Cel U Lar Device (HotLine Bling Remix)
Not just anybody can remix a song that was remixed from another song and still make a hot and unique song out of it? Erykah Badu did exactly just that when released Cel U Lar her version of Drake’s hotline Bling. Infusing the song with her signature Baduizm and recruiting her son to co-write the song, Erykah made is all forget this song was even a booty call anthem.
3. Kehlani – You Should Be Here
2015 was a huge year for singer/songwriter Kehlani, as she released her second mixtape “You Should Be Here,” which had lot of people opening their eyes and ears to this young singer from Oakland California. We can expect a lot from Kehlani in 2016 as her mixtape was nominated for a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album and the singer’s debut album, is also slated to be released early next year as well.
4. Sevyn Streeter – Don’t Kill The Fun
If there is one artist out there that’s doing it all from singing, dancing and writing a hit songs, Sevyn Streeter definitely comes to mind. Since releasing her debut single I Like It back in 2012, Sevyn Streeter has been on a roll, establishing herself as an artist and behind the scenes as a songwriter. At the top of 2015 Sevyn released Don’t Kill The Fun, and when I first heart the full single I instantly feel in love with the song. What I love most about this song was that Sevyn was not afraid of bringing a different sound to mainstream music. Don’t Kill The Fun proved that Sevyn has a lot to offer musically and I cannot wait to see what she has to offer in 2016.
5. Dawn – Dance
Since Danity Kane disbanded for a second time in 2014, Dawn has not looked back since. The singer/songwriter got right back to her solo career and she did not disappoint. While wasting no time Dawn Released her sophomore album BlackHeart. A few months after releasing the album, Dawn was ready to start working on the final chapter of her Heart themed trilogy album. In September of 2015 Dawn unleashed her Ester Dean penned single “Dance,” which is a little more mainstream than what we are used to from Dawn’s solo music, but it works. Dawn did not stray to far away from the sound that fans love her for. If Dance is any indication of what we can expect to hear on Redemption Heart, this might be one of Dawn’s best album from the trilogy.