Indie Rotation: Top 10 Independent Singles Led by Demetria McKinney, Marcus Cooper & Lil Mo

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Day26's two week reign was ended this week by Demetria McKinney. The "House of Payne" actress foray into music has been in the making for several years; McKinney released "Get Your…Ish" in 2011. Don't label her an actress turned singer because music has been a constant passion in her life.

This week she shipped out "Work With Me", the official lead single from her forthcoming EP 'Officially Yours'. On the airy ballad, Demetria harshly lays her flaws on the line and shows appreciation for the man who accepts her imperfections, insisting, "please work with me."

The new track is the follow-up to "Still Believe in Love", a duet with Musiq Soulchild, which may be placed on the upcoming project.

In the second position on Singersroom's Indie Rotation chart is a man who has been absent since releasing his debut solo album in 2009. Marcus Cooper (aka Pleasure P) can always be found on Twitter or in Miami, but now his voice can be found on the new MP3 entitled "Kiss Me." He varied away from typical R&B instrumentation for a romantic reggae riddim suitable for an island rendezvous. Mr. Cooper hopes to spread a simple message: "Give that person you love a kiss, tell them that you love them forever."

R&B Diva's like most reality television shows is built on drama, and the smart cast members take advantage of attention to push their career agenda. Lil Mo is no different; now that her name has been on people’s minds she drops the perfectly titled track "I'm A Diva." The self-proclaimed Godmother of Hip Hop and R&B self-confidence is reassured on the sassy cut.

The artists that round out the top independent singles of the week are Senze, Orlando Dixon, J. Holiday, Planet IV, Olivia, Yamisse and Candice Nicole.

Singersroom's "Indie Rotation" is a weekly evaluation of the latest singles, leaks and releases from independent artists. Each Saturday we will deliver a list that showcases the week's hottest records based on our editorial staff, listeners’ feedback and spins.

Demetria McKinney - Work With Me

Demetria McKinney – Work With Me

NAACP Award nominated actress and R&B singer Demetria McKinney follows up her collaboration with Musiq Soulchild on “Still Believe In Love” with her official first single “Work With Me.”

Marcus Cooper - Kiss Me

Marcus Cooper – Kiss Me

The former Pretty Ricky lead singer sets the romantic mood to get things back on track with his boo. “Kiss me, let’s fall in love all over again tonight / kiss me, let’s kiss like we’re in paradise,” he proposes. How sweet!

Lil Mo - I'm A Diva

Lil Mo – I’m A Diva

You’ve heard the theme song to TV One’s “R&B Divas: LA,” now hear the full version performed and written by cast member and self-proclaimed Godmother of Hip Hop and R&B, Lil Mo. The sassy song trumps being a “diva” in the sense of having confidence, striving for your goals, and succeeding.

J. Holiday - After We F**k

J. Holiday – After We F**k

Now an independent artist, J. Holiday is preparing his upcoming album Guilty Conscience, set for release on November 11 with a no-holds-barred single called “After We F*ck,” a tune guaranteed to heat up your boudoir.

Orlando Dixon - Sing About Me (Kendrick Lamar Cover)

Orlando Dixon – Sing About Me (Kendrick Lamar Cover)

Singer/songwriter and season four “The Voice” contestant Orlando Dixon tells what he wants his legacy to be on “Sing About Me” (Remix), taking Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me” from Good Kid mAAd City on a dope R&B ride, adding his own lyrics for a more personal spin.

Candice Nicole - I Luv This Sht (August Alsina Cover)

Candice Nicole – I Luv This Sht (August Alsina Cover)

Candice Nicole is a songwriter and demo vocalist who has made her name as a background vocalist on records for the likes of Flo Rida, David Guetta and B.o.B. Listen to the female spin of her remake of August Alsina’s “I Love This Sh*t.”

Yamisse - Tell Me What You Know

Yamisse – Tell Me What You Know

Produced by Grammy award winner Edwin Ramos of ER Music Productions, the record showcases the singer-songwriter’s strong vocal delivery, and musical prowess, all while sticking to her objective of singing “of empowerment and help boost the self esteem of others.”

Olivia - Love Like This

Olivia – Love Like This

On the spellbinding track, produced by Cisco Rosado, the songbird expresses confusion about all things love, going back and forth with Tank about love’s perplexities.

“Love Like This (Remix)” is the first single from Rosado’s upcoming compilation album.

Planet IV - Spell On Me

Planet IV – Spell On Me

The R&B/Hip-hop masterminds have dropped something of their own in the form of “Spell On Me,” a ballad about being hypnotized by love’s vapors. The hazy production accentuates the lyrics which express being enchanted in love.

Senze - Slow

Senze – Slow

Houston, Texas native by way of Mobile, Alabama crooner SenZe offers up the brand new single “Slow,” a track from his forthcoming EP, the follow up to 2010’s ‘The Preface’ and 2012’s ‘Golden Ticket’.