First Listen: Saxappeal and Kenny Wesley want to "Dance"
(January 21, 2021) Detroit based musician Saxappeal puts a lot to elements in his tune “Dance The Night Away,” a track from his latest recording Black Gold. The song sports the banging energy of a club anthem with thumping bass and pounding percussion. The tempo swells and then washes ashore, transitioning into a smooth R&B pace with Saxappeal’s improvisation on the axe.
R.I.P. Edgar “Gemini” Porter of the popular duo Men At Large
(January 20, 2021) Men at Large was one of most beloved R&B's acts of the 1990s. And while he may not have been there during the group’s halcyon days, Edgar “Gemini” Porter found surprise and pleasing success in the duo’s revival in the past decade. Today, we say a sad and too-early goodbye to Porter, one half of a latter day version of Men at Large.
World Premiere Video: Adryon de León looks for an “Ally”
(January 20, 2021) SoulTrackers may know Adryon de León from her seven years singing with the highly regarded group Orgone, where she proved herself a vocal powerhouse. Now performing as a solo artist, Adryon has a lot to say, and she says it beautifully in her new single, “Ally.”
First Listen: Conya Doss and OsKeyz team on "Happy Valley"
(January 19, 2021) 2021 is off to a fast start on the music front with an unexpected collaboration EP between Indie Soul heavyweight Conya Doss and super musician/producer Oskeyz. Their project 6019 was released earlier this month and it is led by their captivating single entitled "Happy Valley."
First Listen: BarKays lead singer Larry D is "Good"
(January 19, 2021) Soul/funk icon and former Bar-Kays front man Larry Dodson isn’t slowing down at all. Just days away from his 70th birthday and yet another milestone – the 50th anniversary of his first LP with the Bar-Kays (Black Rock), the “Freak Show on the Dance Floor” singer is embarking a bold new career move. A solo album is finally in the works, and the first single to come out of the sessions has arrived.
R.I.P. "S.O.S." singer Winfield Parker at 78
(January 18, 2021) We are sad to inform SoulTrackers that legendary singer and musician Winfield Parker has died of COVID-related illness. The Baltimore-based Winfield was a staple on the soul and gospel circuit for six decades. He was 78.
First Listen: Sir Jonathan Williams finds his "Dream Girl"
(January 18, 2021) Sir Jonathan Williams and The Rimshots provided the instrumental accompaniment for some R&B and soul heavy hitters. That list includes The Moments, Etta James and Brook Benton. That means The Rimshots know how to play a ballad. On Williams’ 2020 single, “Your Place or Mine,” he showed that he knows how to perform one. That track possessed a mid-tempo steppers’ arrangement and told the story of two people trying figure out where to spend their first night together.
SoulTracks Sneak Peek: Debórah Bond returns gloriously with "Radio"
(January 18, 2021) She’s the pride of DC and has been one of the undisputed leaders of the indie soul movement for more than a decade and a half. About the only negative thing we can say about singer and songwriter Debórah Bond is that we don’t hear her enough. But after a six year stint touring with Incognito, she has returned with a brand new single that should have her fans around the world grinning ear to ear.
Today in Music History (January 18): Minnie Riperton releases her signature song "Lovin' You"
January 18, 1975 – Minnie Riperton releases “Lovin’ You”
She was a perfectly angelic singer who left the earth far too soon, but on this day in 1975, the incredible Minnie Riperton displayed her five-octave soprano voice on what would become her signature song, the lovely “Lovin’ You.”