I have to thank my homegirl GANGSTARRGIRL for reminding me of Res’ beauty, but I’ve had a celebrity crush on her for years. For those that don’t know, Res (born Shareese Renée Ballard) is a Philly singer who mixes elements of rock and soul. Her debut album, How I Do, dropped in 2001 to little fanfare but still she’s had my heart ever since.

Well, my heart and my eyes. Despite being a talented vocalist, Res has never been able to get mainstream radio love besides "GOLDEN BOYS," her sole underground hit with the bohemian set (written by SANTOGOLD). Aside from that record, most people would probably know her more for her ultra sexy modeling campaign with Ecko from a few years back than her music. It’s okay, Res, you’ll always have me to feign over you.

I mean look at her, she’s got the washboard stomach, dreamy come-hither eyes, the sexiest pouty mouth created, a beautiful mahogany complexion, all topped off with flowing multi-color locks. Yeah, so while most folks might not have a clue who she is, Ms. Res definitely makes it into my celebrity eye candy list.

Although I’ll admit that I know more about Res’ looks than I do her lyrics (sorry, babe, please forgive me) I am pleased to hear that she’s once again doing things on the musical front. Not only is she part of the new rap/R&B duo Idle Warship with Talib Kweli (that "Black Snake Moan" song sucks though), but she’s moved out to Cali and been doing her thing on the independent scene. A few months ago she dropped her sophomore album Black. Girls. Rock. online and constantly puts out music on her MYSPACE page, including "There's No Way" (video below).

Good to hear my baby is back on track. Maybe she’ll make her way back East to come sing for me, or better yet, surprise me by rockin’ a stunning outfit like the one below for our first date.

Hey, Res, if you’re reading, call me…

Sincerely yours,

Your biggest fan, NWSO