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The legendary Whispers give praise on groovalicious new single

(February 21, 2024) They are on every list of the great vocal groups of the past half-century, and The Whispers are still doing their thing in the 2020s. Now a trio consisting of Walter and Wallace (aka Scotty) Scott and Leaveil Degree, the Whispers have been active in the studio over the past two years re-recording some of their biggest hits as well as putting down some new ones.

Happy Birthday to the late, great Nancy Wilson

Happy Birthday to the late, great Nancy Wilson, born February 20, 1937.

I'll never forget you.  You took me into your arms of love and that made all the difference in the world, to me.” Those are the words that legendary jazz and soul singer Nancy Wilson wrote to SoulTrackers back in the day, when she announced to us her retirement. And those are the words we first thought of when she died on December 13, 2018, at age 81. 

Millie Jackson's daughter Keisha shines again with "On The Floor"

(February 19, 2024) Cue the classic Soul Train line dance setup. And the scramble board. 

Keisha Jackson, the daughter of R&B legend Millie Jackson and part of the supergroup Daughters of Legacy, is setting dance floors on fire with this blazing inferno of sweaty funk. And we are here for it. The new single, “On the Floor,” is contagiously funky and sweltering soulful while mixing Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” percussion with a whole lot of Stax energy.

First Listen: Nao Yoshioka wants to just "Let It Flow"

(February 18, 2024) When Nao Yoshioka pursued her musical aspirations in New York City, U.S. audiences gravitated to her vocal talents. That included an appearance at the 2010 McDonalds Gospel Fest finals.  And the dream for this Osaka, Japan born singer/songwriter eventually aligned with a profitable recording career.

On This Day in 1988: Pebbles arrives and hits the top

February 20, 1988 - Pebbles arrives, topping the charts with "Girlfriend"

She’s had careers both secular and sacred, but Perri A. Reid, better known as Pebbles, had for herself quite a career for several years as a singer, songwriter and music executive. And never was her power as a performer more evident than on this day in 1988, when she began a two week run with her first #1, with the smash hit “Girlfriend.”

Etterlene DeBarge, matriarch of legendary DeBarge family, dies at 88

(February 17, 2024) She was the rock that held together one of the great musical families of our time, even through seemingly endless tragedies. Today we say goodbye to Etterlene DeBarge, gospel singer and matriarch of the legendary DeBarge musical family. She was 88. Daughter Bunny DeBarge simply posted on Facebook “Momma has gone to see her king.”

On This Day in 1990: Bell Biv DeVoe leaves the shadow of New Edition with “Poison”

February 24, 1990 - Bell Biv DeVoe releases “Poison”

As founding members of supergroup New Edition, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe had been in the spotlight for the better part of a decade – though often not as bright a spotlight as group members Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant. So when, during a break in NE’s activities, at the suggestion of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the trio decided to form their own vocal group, the music world looked curiously.

First Listen: Bey Bright will "Love You Down" with new jam

(February 16, 2024) Bey Bright has always been an artist who can put the language of love and romance over an arrangement that will attract people to the dance floor like a magnet pulling metal. Whether he’s using steppers music, funk or contemporary R&B, Bright wants people to be uninhibited on the dance floor.

SoulInterviews.com to return after hiatus

(Press Release - February 15, 2024) We are extremely excited to announce that after an extended hiatus Swedish musical journalist DJ Soulswede is returning to the musical scene with in-depth audio podcast interviews that focus on soul musicians and their music.

At the age of eight DJ Soulswede asked his parents for a copy of George McCrea’s “Rock Your Body”. He knew what music was good for his soul. His father was a church organist, and his record collection provided more fodder appreciation of soulful music.

First Listen: Incredible long lost James Brown song released for new documentary

(February 15, 2024) He is on the Mount Rushmore of 20th Century artists, a singular star who changed the world of popular music with envelope-pushing sounds that presaged funk, hip-hop and progressive soul. Of course, we’re talking about The Godfather, James Brown.

Now more than two decades after Brown released has last single, Universal is issuing “We Got To Change,” a lost track that has been unearthed and will play a role in the upcoming documentary, James Brown: Say It Loud, premiering February 19.