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Whitney Houston named first Black artist with three RIAA Diamond albums

New York, NY – October 28, 2020 - Whitney, the artist's second studio album, has been certified RIAA Diamond (10x Platinum), joining Whitney Houston and The Bodyguard (Soundtrack) to make Whitney Houston the first Black recording artist (male or female, solo or group) with three Diamond albums in her discography.

First Listen: Rai C finds a "Love at First Touch"

(October 27, 2020) Durham, North Carolina native Rai C makes the most of this spike in "quarantine creativity" by dropping "Love At First Touch," the lead single from his recently released album Audiomatic. 

First Listen: Durand Bernarr and Ari Lennox are "Stuck"

(October 28, 2020) It is one thing for a potential artist to grow up with the sounds of music throughout the household.  It is something else to have a vocal coach at your immediate disposal, which singer Durand Bernarr had in his mother.  That is certainly reflected in his flexible silky pipes, which first graced the underground soul/R&B industry on AlcoholHarmony: The Mixtape, which was reviewed by SoulTracks in 2009.

First Listen: Kimberly Brewer delivers another "Sweet" gem

(October 26, 2020) Kimberly Brewer has spent much of her storied career providing background vocals for such superstars as Vanessa Williams, Will Downing, and Earth Wind & Fire, but she is best known for her years of work with the great Stevie Wonder.

First Listen: Tony, Toni, Tone's Elijah Baker and Park Avenue take a thoughtful "Ride"

(October 26, 2020) Elijah Baker, Jr. may not have had it all, but it would be understandable if someone thought that he did. Baker is a founding member of the legendary R&B group Tony, Toni, Tone. He played the bass and served as the choreographer for one of the groups that helped define the 90s sound that fused R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop. Baker had it all and then he lost it all after spending four years in prison in 2008 following his conviction for a white-collar crime, but Baker made use of the time that he spent behind bars.

Live Performance: H.E.R. slays on "Saturday Night Live"

October 25, 2020 — We’ve followed the rise of the superb artist H.E.R. from the beginning, and we would be remiss if we did not celebrate from our rooftop her recent live performance on Saturday Night Live as the featured musical guest. There are few other peaks to climb once you’ve landed on SNL!

We feature here her performance of the song “Hold On,” in which she shows what makes her special: rich and smooth vocals, depth of feeling, and gifted, liquid guitar playing (on her own “signature” Fender model Stratocaster).  Enjoy. 

First Listen: Jonny Tobin takes us through an "Odyssey"

(October 25, 2020) Jonny Tobin is back at it! The jazz-funk keyboard fusionist and beatmaker has dropped a new single on our ears and it is living up to its title. “Odyssey,” a collaborative work showcasing a slate of young emerging talent, displays a versatile funk that snugs perfectly into any cool lounge playlist.  It takes off with Vancouver rapper Kapok sliding showcasing both a clever mix of raspy rhymes and vocals and is anchored down by The Drum Temple’s hip-hop swag and go-go percussion.

Angela Bofill is alive and well, and we LOVE her.

(October 24, 2020) There have been rumors floating around this week that a good friend of SoulTracks and an all-time great singer, Ms. Angela Bofill, had died. We are VERY happy to let SoulTrackers know that those rumors are totally untrue. Angie posted the following in levity on Facebook today:

First Listen: Miss Washington gives unlimited love on "No Cap"

(October 24, 2020) Berklee educated, Bay Area based singer and songwriter Miss Washington has more than a hint of 90s soul in her music, recalling elements of En Vogue or SWV in her R&B groove. And she brings her infectious sound to the brand new EP, F.A.T.E., being released today.

Miss Washington’s work thematically goes through the ups and downs of relationships, with a message that overall challenges with listener to accept the good and bad of relationships as a means of growth.

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