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Full Names of R&B and Soul Singers

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Full Names of R&B and Soul Singers

Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as simply Rihanna.

Updated September 02, 2011
Have you ever noticed how many R&B singers go by just one name? Sure, singers in other music genres may have caught on to the idea of using mononyms first, but in no other form of music is the practice as widespread in as in contemporary R&B. Some singers are so known by just one name that their last name has been forgotten or become irrelevant. For example, a number of people still remember that Beyonce's last name is Knowles and that Fantasia's is Barrino, but how many folks still know -- or ever knew -- what Aaliyah's surname was? Or what Ciara's is? If you don't and are curious, check out this handy-dandy list of the full names of mononymous R&B singers. And if someone with just one name who you're looking for isn't on the list (like Ginuwine, Tank, Sisqo or another singer who goes by a singular name that's not their real first name) check out the list of real names of R&B/Soul singers to find them.

  • Aaliyah - Aaliyah Haughton. (More about Aaliyah.)
  • Adele (British pop-Soul singer) - Adele Atkins.
  • Ameriie (formerly Amerie, with one 'i') - Amerie Rogers. (More about Amerrie.)
  • Ashanti - Ashanti Douglas. (Read more about Ashanti here.)
  • Beyonce - Beyonce Knowles.
  • Bilal - Bilal Oliver.
  • Brandy - Brandy Norwood. She's the daughter of Gospel singer Willie Norwood and the sister of R&B singer Ray J. (Read more about Brandy here.)
  • Cassie - Casandra Ventura.
  • Cherrelle ('80s R&B singer best known for "Saturday Love") - Cheryl Norton.
  • Ciara - Ciara Princess Harris. Her middle name is how she got the nickname "the princess of R&B."
  • Coko (of SWV) - Cheryl Elizabeth Clemons.
  • Dwele - Andwele Gardner. (More about Dwele.)
  • Estelle (British R&B/hip-hop singer)- Estelle Swaray.
  • Fantasia - Fantasia Barrino.
  • Fergie (of Black Eyed Peas) - Stacy Ferguson.
  • Goapele - Goapele Mohlabane. In the southern Africa language of Tswana, her name means to move forward.(More about Goapele.)
  • Governor (American Soul singer) - Governor Washington, Jr.
  • Jaheim - Jaheim Hoagland. (More about Jaheim.)
  • Jeremih - Jeremih Felton.
  • Joe - Joe Thomas. (More about Joe.)
  • Kandi (formerly of the girl group Xscape and the reality show "The Real Housewives of Atlanta") - Kandi Burruss.
  • Kelis - Kelis Rogers. (More about Kelis.)
  • Kem - Kem Owens. (More about Kem.)
  • Lemar (British R&B singer) - Lemar Obika.
  • Mandisa (Gospel singer, former "American Idol" contestant) - Mandisa Hundley.
  • Mario - Mario Barrett. (More about Mario.)
  • Mashonda - Mashonda Tifrere.
  • Maxewll - Gerald Maxwell Rivera. (More about Maxwell.)
  • Monica - Monica Arnold. (More about Monica.)
  • Monifa - Monifa Carter.
  • Mya - Mya Harrison. (More about Mya.)
  • Nivea - Nivea Hamilton.
  • Oceana(German singer) - Oceana Mahlmann. (The real names of all Dru Hill's members.)
  • Olivia - Olivia Longott.
  • Omarion - Omari Grandberry. (More about Omarion.)
  • Prince - Prince Rogers Nelson. He was named after jazz pianist Prince Rogers of the Prince Rogers Trio.
  • Res (pronounced 'reese,' alternative R&B singer) - Shareese Ballard. (More about Res.)
  • Rihanna - Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
  • Sammie - Sammie Bush.
  • Seal - Seal Henry Samuel.
  • Shanice - Shanice Wilson.
  • Shareefa - Shareefa Cooper.
  • Shontelle (Barbadian singer) - Shontelle Layne.
  • Solange - Solange Knowles.
  • Tamar (former Prince protege) - Ashley Tamar Davis.
  • Tamia - Tamia Washington. (More about Tamia.)
  • Tekita (Wu-Tang Clan associate) - Tekitha Washington.
  • Tyrese - Tyrese Gibson. (More about Tyrese.)
  • Usher - Usher Raymond IV. (More about Usher.)
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