4 Underage R&B Up-and-Comers You Need to Hear Now

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Kehlani attends the FADER FORT presented by Converse during SXSW on March 20, 2015 in Austin, Texas. 

Name: Kehlani

Age: 20

From: Oakland, Calif.

Who: The female Frank Ocean, with more tattoos than you can count (including one of Lauryn Hill's face)

The Buzz: In April, Kehlani -- who first found fame as a 16-year-old finalist on America's Got Talent -- announced a deal with Atlantic and released You Should Be Here. She called it a mere mixtape, but it's the first great R&B album of 2015, featuring the singer's uncensored takes on love and lust. "It's the way you love, the way you f--," she sings on the floating "The Way" featuring Chance the Rapper, just one example of the lines she's willing to cross.

Kehlani Releases the Year's First Great R&B Album With 'You Should Be Here'

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Name: Alessia Cara

Age: 18

From: Brampton, Ontario

Who: A YouTube-cover graduate boasting a raspy vibrato and an outsider's POV

The Buzz: The Def Jam signee's "Here" is one of the most intriguing debut R&B singles in recent memory, highlighted by a moody, Portishead-cribbing beat and Cara positing herself as a loner who would rather turn inward than turn up: "Oh, God, why am I here?" she moans, sulking with arms folded in the middle of a party in the song's video.

Jazmine Sullivan Extends Reality Show Tour

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Name: Jordan Bratton

Age: 20

From: Long Island, N.Y.

Who: An electro-zapped chanteur who channels vintage R&B greats

The Buzz: The RCA-signed singer-keyboardist's chops already have the attention of rap and R&B elites, with singles featuring Fabolous and Chance the Rapper, and a tour with Jazmine Sullivan. Debut EP Youth, released in May, has hints of 1980s Michael Jackson and 1970s Stevie Wonder.

Justine Skye Debuts "Everyday Living" EP, Celebrates with Family and Media

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Name: Justine Skye

Age: 19

From: Brooklyn

Who: A less enigmatic but just as sensual version of Tinashe

The Buzz: The self-proclaimed "Purple Unicorn" (a nickname inspired by her hair color) developed her hazy bedroom sound by posting songs on Tumblr for feedback. The DJ Mustard-produced "Collide," featuring Tyga, reveals the Atlantic Records signee singing about her "dark side" and demanding that her man "put it down" with the lights on.

This story originally appeared in the June 13 issue of Billboard.