Live Performance of the Week: The SOS Band spreads love again
(May 18, 2021) Like millions of others around the world, we've been big time fans of The SOS Band for nearly four decades. With a discography of now-iconic songs filled with tight instrumentation and great vocal performances, they are all-timers who still happen to sound good today. We recently informed SoulTrackers of lead singer Mary Davis's illness and planned retirement from the group. That makes the band's recent live studio performance with Mary all the more special.
Today in Music History (May 18): Jeffrey Osborne goes solo
May 18, 1982 - Jeffrey Osborne releases releases his solo debut album
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Sounds of Blackness and Ann Nesby to perform together at Billboard Awards
(May 17, 2021) Billboard Magazine today announced that iconic hitmakers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will be performing the 1991 hit "Optimistic" with Sounds of Blackness and former SOB lead singer Ann Nesby at this year's Billboard Music Awards.
First Listen: Sherree Patrice is the "Deep Type"
(May 17, 2021) If there was an entry in Webster's Dictionary for "vocal chameleon," Sherree Patrice's name and face would be on that page. Her career has encompassed working with legends across multiple musical genres. From her beginnings with Nancy Wilson, to singing with artists such as Whitney Houston, George Michael and Faith Hill, to touring with David Foster and Mariah Carey, Sherree has made considerable contributions to everything she has touched. This pedigree has set the stage for her latest release, the enticing single "Deep Type."
First Listen: Reel People & Paula give a cool "Vibe"
May 16, 2021 — The gifted UK soulsters Reel People are back, this time with a new EP, Hearts Collide. The band is, as usual, in top form, and the guest vocalists are among the leading lights of indie soul.
We feature here the track “Vibe,” on which Atlanta chanteuse Paula delivers a dynamite, nuanced lead vocal amid smooth, guitar-driven 70’s atmospherics. Enjoy.
By Robb Patryk
Album of the Month: Derrick "Doc" Pearson shines on "A Family Man"
Derrick “Doc” Pearson is a musical triple-threat: As a producer, songwriter and musician, he has made a name for himself beyond his home DC area. His touch can be found on music by The O’Jays, The Whispers and The Dells, and he has served as a bass guitarist with countless others.
After a 1990 spiritual conversion, Doc focused his talents on Gospel music, and he has released three Billboard top 10 albums in the past decade alone.
"Any Way (You Bless Me)" hitmaker Terry Garmon dies
May 15, 2021) While never getting national attention in the U.S., Indiana singer and pastor Terry Garmon had a moment of glory in Europe, where he scored a major 1995 hit with the Gospel single, “Any Way (You Bless Me),” which became a major R&B hit. We are sad to report today the passing of Garmon, as was announced by his wife, Cornisha Garmon, on Facebook.
First Listen: SoulTrackers, meet Vague Detail
(May 15, 2021) In an image-conscious, social media-driven world, one that seemingly fuels careers and industries with "shares" and "likes," imagine performers more concerned with their sound rather than their style. It's likely no coincidence that such a collective would remain under the radar and call themselves---wait for it---Vague Detail. Their name may become a misnomer soon enough, ironically, based on the slick yet soulful music that they've created together as Kaleem Taylor (vocalist) and The Code (producer), such as the new "How Does It Feel."
First Listen: Jeff Bradshaw and Frank McComb find a "Superwoman"
(May 14, 2021) Jeff Bradshaw’s recently released album Stronger is a sparkling example of what happens when a talented artist draws a group of equally talented musicians and singers into his orbit.