First Listen: Lynne Fiddmont adjusts nicely to a "Christmas for 2"
(November 28, 2020) She’s an artist who is adored by her peers and who has also amassed a loyal fanbase for her jazzy adult soul stylings. We always look forward to hearing new music from Lynne Fiddmont, and is even more special when it happens in the special holiday season.
First Listen: Gregory Porter and Paloma Faith make us smile with bouncy "Christmas Prayer"
(November 28, 2020) It’s almost trite to say that Gregory Porter could sing the telephone book and make is sound good, but it’s kinda true. Both on his own and as a frequent collaborator with other artists, he has provided us with a decade of greatness, culminating with yet another Grammy nomination this past week for his most recent album Rise Up.
First Listen: Cleveland P. Jones provides a powerful, melancholy "Holidays"
(November 27, 2020) We’ve been tracking the independent soul journey of talented singer and songwriter Cleveland P. Jones for awhile now. The former SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards New Artist of the Year has established a strong following among SoulTrackers for his unique tenor voice as well as the insightfulness of his songs about love and life.
First Listen: George Clinton and the Smudge All-Stars have a "Headache"
(November 27, 2020) The Smudge All-Stars is a funk collective and the brainchild of Richie Stevens. Stevens had a vision of making a funk album in 2020 that captured the essence of the energy that the music created in the 1970s when giants such as the P-Funk family ruled the earth. Stevens had a connection to that era through living legends such as George Clinton, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley.
First Listen: Tanqueray Hayward knows that "It's Christmas"
(November 26, 2020) It seems that 2020 has been the year of Tanqueray Hayward. The Philadelphia singer has seemingly come from nowhere to become a favorite on the indie soul circuit. Her strong alto voice and her sense of melody have served her well and vaulted her in the view of her new adult soul fans.
First Listen: Ronnie Wright is grooving "North of Cali"
(November 25, 2020) Ronnie Wright’s “North Of Cali” is a love letter to his home region that begins with an acknowledgement to his unexpected response when people attempt to figure out where he is from. Wright hails from Portland and he proudly represents the entire region, from The City of Roses to Seattle on “North Of Cali.” Of course, SoulTrackers have long about the talented artists residing in the unlikely soul hotspot of Portland – in large part because of the efforts of Ronnie ‘aka Bespeak’ Wright.
Today in Music History (November 25): The Bodyguard's record-setting release
November 25, 1992 – “The Bodyguard” begins its record setting run
Whitney Houston was already a music star, but the world wanted more. Her beauty, her voice and her presence clearly screamed that she was capable of even greater stardom, and her movie headliner debut, The Bodyguard, proved our guesses were right.
First Listen: Craig Godwin expresses it all in "Love That Girl"
(November 24, 2020) In our current space of R&B and Soul music, sometimes there's a question of whether there is room for a flat flooted song that simply shows the love a man has for a woman. If such a space exists, Craig Godwin is ready to fill in with his latest single "Love That Girl."
First Listen: We love Alex Harris's "New Age Soul" music
(November 25, 2020) Okay, this one is my fault. I’ve been hearing the buzz about singer Alex Harris for a few months now, however his music remained on my “stack,” unlistened to. But I discovered - later than I should have - that this R&B vocalist is the real deal, with a sound that has equal parts classic soul and Gospel. He calls it New Age Soul music, a style that combines compelling sounds with a message of spiritual revival to uplift humanity.
World Premiere Video: Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics sing of the "Lost Lady Usa"
(November 24, 2020) We’ve been following the incredible Atlanta-based soul and funk band, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics for a couple years now, and SoulTrackers have shown that they are hooked on the band’s Stax-style Southern soul. Ruby Velle’s strong, sultry voice stand out up front, and it is supported by full-bodied arrangements that include powerful horns and a killer rhythm section.