Had to do a second part to this because I forgot two of my favorites. After being at the center of a major label bidding war, 16-year-old prodigy Karina is Def Jam's newest princess and with good reason- she's been playing piano since age three and names music legend Quincy Jones among her fans. Think Alicia Keys meets Tiffany Evans and you've almost got the picture, but check the first single "16 @ War" (produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream) to get a better view of what this young musician's bringing. And last, but certainly not least, is Philadelphia's own Jazmine Sullivan. Originally signed to Jive Records several years ago, she hit a roadblock when the label couldn't figure out how to market her remarkably mature voice to a young audience (Jaz is only 20!). After taking time to develop her sound and writing skills (remember Christina Millian's "Say I"?), she has now re-emerged under super-guru Clive Davis and his J Records label. The first single from her highly anticipated debut album is Missy Elliott-produced "Need U Bad". I get a serious Lauryn Hill vibe from this one, and if you don't know, that's a good thing. Just search her name on YouTube and you'll know she's got the vocal goods to back that comparison up. So... who's got a hit?
Karina - 16 @ War
Jazmine Sullivan - Need U Bad