Best New R&B Singer

Alison Carney
By day, Alison Carney is an early-childhood educator to a classroom full of boys. After hours, she performs in venues like Blues Alley, Ben’s Next Door, and Bohemian Caverns. Despite the perpetual exhaustion associated with both occupations, Carney’s stage presence is explosive. “I love both—each one in their own way keeps me sane,” says Carney of her dual career. Her petite frame belies a voice that is anything but meek. With a debut album in the works, the District native could soon solidify a spot among artists like Raheem DeVaughn, Yahzrah, and Wayna, all of whom she’s performed with. She’s certainly versatile enough: She can be a smooth elixir, as on the self-penned “More Than,” or a mean medicinal, as with her cover of the Eurhythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”