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My own personal fav: Lisa Stansfield.
Jessie Ware. Gonna happen, no doubt.
Who's worthy? DiScuss.
Too cool and detached, too smooth.
Surely you are looking for people who convey a kind of wracked, melodramatic romanticism?
I nominate Billie Holliday, Jacques Brel, Scott Walker, Billy McKenzie, Marc Almond, Antony Hegarty and the guy from Wild Beasts.