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First Listen: Bradd Marquis pleads for "No War"
(April 3, 2020) We’ve been following singer, songwriter, producer and actor Bradd Marquis for several years. The powerful-voiced vocalist has been a consistent concert draw around the US, both for his own material as well as for his critically acclaimed Sam Cooke tribute show.
Music giant Bill Withers dies at age 81
(April 3, 2020) It is with a heavy, heavy heart that we inform SoulTrackers of the death of the great singer and songwriter, Bill Withers, at the age of 81. Known for a string of iconic songs and albums that touched on authentic human emotions in a way that acutely resonates now, four decades after his commercial peak, Withers became one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century.
First Listen: Ledisi makes our week with "Anything For You"
(April 3, 2020) Ledisi is one of the most awarded and beloved singers to emerge during the past decade-plus, and for good reason. A dynamic vocalist and performer, she's consistently delivered stunning music, whether in traditional soul, jazz, blues or even contemporary R&B.
Her much anticipated tour with Gregory Porter has been put on hold (we're crossing our fingers that their rescheduled June Detroit date can still happen), but she is committed to not staying on the sidelines. So she has delivered a new single to her fans that is all that.
Eric Roberson is "Here" with a new musical gift for fans
(April 3, 2020) So, if you've been a SoulTracker for any period of time, you definitely know we love Eric Roberson. The "King of Indie Soul" has been gracing our site since the beginning, with his brand of perceptive yet groovalicious music.
First Listen: Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman cools out on "All I Do"
(April 2, 2020) The guys from Boyz II Men have been a staple in R&B circles for a quarter century, and they have done almost everything together. So it is notable this week that BIIM member Shawn Stockman has released a solo song that anticipated his solo album debut, Forward.
World Premiere: Flevans has "Ambition Like Cream" on dance single
(April 2, 2020) During the last year we’ve gotten to know the music of Brighton, UK-based DJ Flevans, via his breakout album Part Time Millionaire. SoulTrackers loved our world premiere of the song “Invisible” with Laura Vane, and we couldn’t wait to hear more.
First Listen: Klymaxx knows “How to Survive”
(April 1, 2020) It’s difficult to imagine ‘80s R&B without the defining impact of trailblazing female band Klymaxx. The self-contained outfit—in addition to contributing unforgettable crossover hits ranging from the funky “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies’ Room” to the endearingly romantic “I Miss You” and “I’d Still Say Yes”—crushed imposed cultural restrictions on women’s images and roles in the production and presentation of commercial music.
R.I.P. Motown singer and songwriter Ronn Matlock
(April 1, 2020) The past month has just been devastating to soul music fans, with the passing of so many greats. Sadly, today we add to that list former Motown great Ronn Matlock. The native Detroiter was best known as a songwriter, and he was part of the Motown stable of talent, working with The Originals, Eddie Kendricks, and Bobby Taylor, and continued his work with former Motown producer Michael Stokes on some of the 70s recordings by Enchantment.
Legendary trumpeter Wallace Roney dies at 59 from coronavirus
(March 31, 2020) In a week that has brought much mourning around the world for the damage done by the COVID-19 virus, we have another sad report, as legendary trumpeter Wallace Roney has died of the disease at age 59. He was one of the great trumpeters of his time, and was the only trumpet player that Miles Davis ever mentored.