Aaliyah (1979 - 2001). She was so musically ahead of her time that artists are still trying to catch up (especially her last album). It's crazy how one artist can be so influential outside of their own genre. In addition to her shaping modern R&B, her music inspired artists like The xx, Maroon 5, Adele, The Weeknd and many more. I'll always appreciate her smooth and haunting vocals. Definitley one of my favorite voices.
Wax Poetics Issue 59 - Aaliyah: Veteran music journalist Michael A. Gonzales looks back twenty years on Aaliyah’s debut album, the controversy with R. Kelly, and the follow-up album with Timbaland that changed the landscape of R&B. Includes never-before-published photos of Aaliyah by photographer Jonathan Mannion.