10 Blue Eyed Soul Singers Who Looks Very Attractive
Blue Eyed Soul singers have existed in Soul and R&B music since these genres became popular. Simply put, Blue Eyed Soul refers to Caucasian artists.
Both Soul and R&B are predominately African American genres that were built, refined, and popularized by artists in that demographic. Like with most American music genres, after a certain period, various Caucasian artists also started to gain prominence within them.
However, unlike with Rock music, African American artists are still the dominant demographic making Soul & R&B. As such, whenever a Caucasian person starts becoming popular within the genre, they are then denoted as Blue Eyed Soul.
So, the title has less to do with actual physical features, and more to do with classification, although some artists neatly fit both descriptions.
Blue Eyed Soul Singers
1. Robin Thicke
|Spotify Listeners:||4.9 Million|
Blue Eyed Soul singer Robin Thicke is the ur-example of the category. Thicke ruled the charts in the 2010s with his soulful voice and ear for hits.
Born on March 10, 1977, the 46-year-old is the son of famous Canadian actor Alan Thicke. However, Robin, who incidentally also has blue eyes, quickly carved out his own career in Soul and R&B.
Though he has released eight albums that showcase a wide range with the singer tackling common genre themes like love, lust, and longing, Thicke is best known for his 2013 hit, Blurred Lines featuring singer/producer Pharell Williams and rapper T.I.
Despite a public fall from grace after his big hit, the singer continues to perform and even write for other artists. Though he may never reach the heights he once did, he has still penned one of the most successful songs in the world.
2. Michael Bolton
|Spotify Listeners:||3.7 Million|
Michael Bolton was the premier singer of Blue Eyed Soul in the late 80s and early 90s. Bolton's soul ballads are still popular to this day.
Despite initially starting out as a singer in genres like hard rock and heavy metal, Bolton switched to soft pop rock, and eventually blue-eyed-soul in the late 1980s.
Though a jarring change to contemporary fans, the switch proved extremely lucrative, as the singer went on to be a hit machine, and has since sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Not only that, but the singer has 8 Top 10 albums and two number 1 hits to his name. To many, Bolton is still the face of the genre.
3. Sam Smith
|Spotify Listeners:||65.9 Million|
Sam Smith is an English singer who started their career as the poster child for British Blue-Eyed soul. Many saw Smith as the male version of Adele.
Born on May 19, 1992, Smith started their career in 2008 but gradually gained prominence in the early 2010s through the release of mournful songs of love and loss, a classic in the genre.
Despite initially coming out right around the time of their ascension, Smith's popularity was not hampered, and many even found them to be more endearing due to the fact.
In recent years, Smith has moved away from soul to dancier music but retains the style that made them popular in their deep cuts. They recently won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group performance earlier this year for their song Unholy with Kim Petras.
4. Justin Timberlake
|Spotify Listeners:||29.6 Million|
Justin Timberlake is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Timberlake has also had a fruitful acting career alongside his music.
However, both the artist, his critics, and his fans know and accept the fact that Timberlake achieved his massive success through emulating and working with African American artists and especially producers.
African American influence on Timberlake's career arc can be seen through his four studio albums. In the first one, Justified, Timberlake saw success only with the more R&B and Soul-infused songs.
The singer's second and third albums were huge hits precisely due to the fact that he was working closely with Hip-Hop producer Timbaland. The fact that his most recent album was a huge flop, and the only one not influenced by R&B is very telling.
5. Christina Aguilera
|Spotify Listeners:||23.3 Million|
Christina Aguilera is another pop star who is a student of Blue Eyed Soul. The singer is known for her powerful voice and immense range.
As with Timberlake, Aguilera gained more success when she started emulating and working with African American artists. In her case, the singer's voice has always been seen as more akin to vocal powerhouses like Aretha Franklin than any of her contemporaries.
Unlike most pop divas, Aguilera has experimented a lot throughout her decades-long career with blue-eyed-soul being a notch in a discography that features dance and Latin music.
However, at the core of her music, there will always be soul and R&B, and the singer and her fans would not have it any other way.
6. Michael Buble
|Spotify Listeners:||11.6 Million|
Michael Buble is one of the main people responsible for renewing interest in blue-eyed-soul. In fact, the genre has become his entire identity.
Many artists on this list have incorporated soul and R&B into their larger repertoire of music, but with Buble, the inverse is true. Buble's music is filled with traditional pop standards that even many African American artists don't touch.
The singer is best known for his deep, baritone voice, which is a standard in the genre, and something he has inherited from his influences like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sam Cooke.
Suffice it to say, the singer is in a lane all his own, and it is a lucrative lane for he is a four-time Grammy award winner. Aside from acclaim, the singer is also closely associated with Christmas music.
|Spotify Listeners:||50.5 Million|
Adele is a British songstress who many believe to be the best singer in history. With 100 million records sold worldwide, it's hard to deny the claim.
However, at the core of all her success is Adele's unique take on blue-eyed soul that mixes her powerful vocals with intense, dramatic musical accompaniment and tales of love, loss, jealousy, and regret.
In a career now spanning over 15 years, the singer has released 4 albums, each titled with the age she recorded them at, from her debut 19 to her most recent 30. It is Adele's superb talent that she has been able to hold the public's attention in the sometimes half-a-decade time she has taken between albums.
Given that she has been called the Queen of Soul by many, one can rest assured that the singer will always have a place in modern music.
8. Meghan Trainor
|Spotify Listeners:||35.7 Million|
Meghan Trainor is an American singer known for her nostalgia-bait music. Like Buble, she takes inspiration from old-school pop and soul music.
The singer first gained fame in 2014 with the release of her debut single All About That Bass, which topped the Hot 100. The song was a mix of doo-wop and soul, both a far cry from the EDM-drenched charts of the day/
Though Trainor has never eclipsed that early fame, she has continued to have a solid career releasing songs and albums powered by her throwback sound.
In fact, just this last year, she saw a major resurgence in mainstream popularity with the release of her single, Made You Look, which still carries the blue-eyed soul sound they first became popular for.
9. Amy Winehouse
|Age (at Death):||27|
|Spotify Listeners:||14 Million|
Amy Winehouse embodied soul in life as she has since done in death. Winehouse is one of the most beloved singers of blue-eyed soul.
In fact, when the British singer first started gaining popularity many couldn't believe that she was not of African descent. Winehouse wore the mask well and when people found out that she wasn't it didn't matter.
Through a powerhouse voice and songs that were dripping with soul, the singer quickly took over the charts and became, for many, their first introduction to soul music.
Sadly, the heartbreak and addictions she sang about came to fruition and the singer would tragically lose her life at the age of 27, on July 23, 2011, from alcohol poisoning.
10. David Bowie
|Age (at Death):||69|
|Eye Color:||Blue/Brown (Due to Heterochromia)|
|Spotify Listeners:||16.7 Million|
David Bowie was one of the most believed and respected Rock stars of his day. Bowie's legacy has far eclipsed his life, and he remains adored to this day.
In a life filled with chameleonic switches in genres and styles, the one most relevant to this article is a period from 1974 to 1976 when Bowie, who was then best known for being Glam Rock, completely changed his music and style to something he called Plastic Soul.
All of a sudden, Bowie started singing soul music, performed in Soul Train and took cues from Motown artists. The singer himself dubbed plastic soul as a Caucasian artist impersonating a historically African American genre.
Of the two albums released in this period, the first called Young Americans was received warmly but the second album Station to Station is considered by many to be when he transcended blue-eyed soul to create something much darker and dangerous, and a sizeable part of his fanbase believe it to be his best album.
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