Sounds Like: Ne-Yo, Mario

Influenced By: Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye

Why He's Blowing Up OurStage: Kevin Ross has just what R&B needs: a fresh, meaningful voice and charisma. Originally from Washington D.C., the singer-songwriter is honing his craft at Boston's Berklee School of Music while putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, 'Beautiful Imperfections,' due this summer.