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Lester Rey searches for openness and honesty in his artistic practice.

Singer Marcus Atom talks Musical Upbringings, Being Featured on The Chi, and How Chicago Keeps it Real…

The latest Single comes from the upcoming album “Next To The Sun” out July 12.

L.A. born / Brooklyn bred R&B singer sings farewell to Chicago and hello to London on new EP.

  Genre-blending singer, songwriter and producer Van Hunt visited Reclaimed Soul with an exclusive in-studio performance of stripped down classics from his 2004 self-titled debut (now released as his latest recording, TRIM). Plus, a conversation about his current work and his classic recordings (including 2004’s Van Hunt and 2006’s On The Jungle Floor). Plus, Ayana […]

Ness Heads is the name of the genre-blending project of Vanessa Ortiz whose mix of Electronic, Pop and Hip Hop has been catching attention in Chicago and beyond.

Ness grew up on the West Side and attributes the noise, the backyard parties and the overall chaos of the area to shaping her into an artist she is today. Her latest Single “Paper Town” explores a softer, dreamy side of the rising MC, and features gliding vocal melodies over acoustic guitar and subdued beats. Jill Hopkins spoke with Ness about her Chicago upbringing and eclectic sound.

Chicago is a city that grinds. From sports to politics, it takes pride in being the formative stomping ground of icons like Michael Jordan and the Obamas. Chicago works hard and plays hard, and this is also true of its creative community.

Throughout this month’s Slingshot Scenes, Vocalo Radio will highlight local artists to offer a sense of what Chicago sounds like. Listen and read below for six of Chicago’s finest emerging hip-hop and R&B artists to watch in 2019.

Chicago singer Shawnee Dez evokes a wide range of emotions with her sultry, dreamy voice and sound that straddles between Soul and R&B.

Indie Pop / R&B singer, Emily King, talks to Vocalo Radio about her new album “Scenery”.

Rahkii is a Chicago singer / songwriter whose sound is too big for one genre. She’s worked as a background vocalist for Jennifer Hudson, Eryn Allen Kane and Patti LaBelle, and it’s high time for her to take the center stage.