Southern Soul legend Roy C dies at age 81
(September 17, 2020) We are sad to report to SoulTrackers the death of Southern Soul legend Roy C. Hammond, known to music fans as Roy C. Best known for his 1965 hit, “Shotgun Wedding,” Hammond had a long and fruitful career. He was 81.
First Listen: Earth Wind & Fire's "September" gets a 2020 remix
New York, NY - September 17, 2020 - Legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announce the release of "September" 2020. The evergreen EWF global hit has been remixed by acclaimed production master Eric Kupper and executive produced by PRO MOTION The Brad LeBeau Company, Inc. The “September" 2020 remix is now available for streaming and download.
World Premiere: Ryan Shaw and Valerie Simpson team for a stunning ballad
(September 17, 2020) It’s been more than a decade since vocal powerhouse Ryan Shaw simply blew us away with his debut album, This Is Ryan Shaw. With one foot in classic soul and another into today, he delivered one of the year’s best albums and was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards.
First Listen: Yolanda Parker loves "Everything You Do"
(September 16, 2020) Yolanda Parker has released a single that crosses multiple generations, yet preserves a classic and consistent R&B sound. Inspired by a Motown classic, "Everything You Do Blows My Mind" is a midtempo song that will be as comfortable on radio rotations as it will be on socially distanced dance floors.
First Listen: Anthony Brewer sings of justice on new single
(September 16, 2020) In this time of serious social discourse following the deaths of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor and others, many artists have expressed their frustration through song. Add to that list Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Anthony Brewer, a talented vocalist made a name for himself as a background for many of Gospel music’s greatest singers, from Marvin Sapp to Yolanda Adams to Brian Courtney Wilson.
First Listen: Makalani breathes the "Oxygen of Freedom"
(September 15, 2020) The year 2020 has illustrated the how systematic racism, economic and health disparities combine to choke the life the country and its citizens. That sad reality is summed up in on three-word phrase - ‘I can’t breathe.’ Those were among George Floyd’s final words when a police officer put the full weight of his body into Floyd’s back – suffocating him. Many of the estimated 192,000 people who died from COVID-19 thus far this year said some form of that phrase, as have the people who wear masks to minimize their chances of contracting the virus.
Blues Foundation appoints Patricia Wilson Aden as new leader
First Listen: Ronnie Herel and Dannis Winston find "Another Way"
(September 14, 2020) London-based DJ Ronnie Herel has been in the game for over three decades. Before his current gig as presenter on BBC Radio’s “1Xtra RnB Show,” he worked his production prowess on an impressive array of soulful house tunes, earning him several prominent awards and nominations in the British dance and R&B landscapes.
Today in Music History (September 13): Billy Paul released “Me and Mrs. Jones”
September 13, 1972 – Billy Paul releases “Me and Mrs. Jones”
Billy Paul had quite a career as a jazz and soul singer in his 81 years of life, but nothing defined his place in soul music history quite like his incredible performance on this day in 1972, when he released the quintessential adult soul ballad, “Me And Mrs. Jones.”
Edna Wright, lead singer of The Honey Cone, dies
(September 13, 2020) She was part of one of the great “girl groups” of the early 70s, and the sister of one of the most notable singers of the 20th Century. Today we say a sad goodbye Edna Wright, best known as the lead singer of the Honey Cone, and the sister of the legendary Darlene Love.
Love posted the bad news on Facebook, “I’m in complete shock and so heartbroken by the sudden loss of my beautiful baby sister.” And now so is the rest of the world.