Meet 'Kingfish,' The 15-Year-Old Blues-Rock Royalty-In-Training

January 6, 2015 3:08 PM

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After firmly establishing himself in mainstream ears with the Avicii megahit "Wake Me Up," singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc worked double-time to ensure you remembered his face this year. The Southern Cali native delivered a major-label debut in "Lift Your Spirit" that is equal parts soul, folk and pop. The anthemic "I’m the Man" delivers just enough braggadocio to remind you who he is and where he's been and the overall album borrows a Bill Withers sound and sensibility to stand out in 2014.

Solana Rowe, otherwise known by her performing name SZA dropped an underrated debut in "Z" this year. The St. Louis-born artist crafted a neo-soul type effort with the 10-track album, working with artists like Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad and Kendrick Lamar for a minimalist, chilled-out and high...

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