Best Of 2005

Best Artist to Get You in the Mood: Conya Doss

Cleveland songstress Conya Doss has a voice as slinky and sexy as a little black dress. Her singing is like the sound of silken unmentionables hitting the bedroom floor — especially on sultry slow burners like "Sweet Love (I Don't Know Why)" and "Stay," from her latest, Just Because. But Doss doesn't just sing honeyed love songs. A former schoolteacher who's worked with everyone from Gerald Levert to female R&B trio 3LW, Doss is a sharp, seasoned performer. She can deliver tough-chick kiss-offs that make female empowerment funky — and that strong-woman persona only makes her tunes all the more alluring. Lower the lights, close the blinds, get close to that special someone, and let Doss do all the smooth talking for you.