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The Isley Brothers and Earth Wind & Fire recording new music together
(April 18, 2021) Their recent VERSUZ episode was an unadulterated success, as fans around the world celebrated two great and influential groups - The Isley Brothers and Earth Wind & Fire.
First Listen: RJ Griffith gives family tribute with "You Turn Me On"
(April 17, 2021) It’s always a good feeling when a young person discovers a good old song. Many of us probably recall rifling through our parents or grandparents record collection and hearing some classic soul from the 1950s or early 60s. The song connected with you, and you thought that you had found something of great value, kind of like a musicologist Indiana Jones.
Award winning Angela Johnson single goes to the club with remix
(April 17, 2021) Eleven years ago, singer/songwriter/producer Angela Johnson was in the middle of one of her great runs as an artist, resulting in two victories at the annual SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards. Angie got the nod for Album of the Year for her disc It's Personal, as well as Song of the Year for her sultry duet with rising vocalist Darien Dean on "All In Me."
First Listen: Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Ciara give praise together
(April 17, 2021) Tasha Cobbs Leonard takes gospel music in directions that some in the genre would rather not go. Her willingness to collaborate with artists who have made the name in secular R&B and hip-hop likely rubs purists in the genre the wrong way. Still, the move allows Leonard to take the good news of the Gospel into the places where it is likely that it would have otherwise been unheard.
Soul and Blues legend Lou Wilson dies at 87
(April 16, 2021) He is an icon to deep soul fans, and he kept working right to the end. We are sad to report today death of the great Lou Wilson at age 87. The Mississippi native made a name for himself after he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan as a teenager, plugging into the region’s rich soul and blues scene.
First Listen: ConFunkShun's Felton Pilate is "Waiting Just to Dance"
(April 16, 2021) Felton Pilate has secured his place in the R&B history books for his pioneering work in ConFunkShun, taking the lead vocals on many of that band’s biggest hits.
But he has continued to work writing and producing other artists and, occasionally, releasing his own music. It’s always a treat to hear new music from him, so we’re excited that he’s delivered a new dance jam that will get his fans moving at the club.
First Look: Beth Macari has "Gotta Get Back" to love
(April 16, 2021) A little over a year ago, our lives were forever changed as the COVID-19 pandemic altered every facet of our existence. The good news is that we are slowly seeing signs of life with restaurants, parks, schools, stadiums and some music venues reopening. With this social construct as the backdrop, UK singer Beth Macari drops her latest single, the appropriately titled "Gotta Get Back."
First Listen: Raja-Nee returns to "Get This Love"
(April 15, 2021) Once signed to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis’s Perspective Records, Raja-Nee made inroads to urban radio with the 1994 club-powered “Turn It Up. Thanks to landing a spot on the motion picture soundtrack of the Keenan Ivory Wayans comedy/action film, A Low Down Dirty Shame, the song soared into the Top 40 on the R&B charts. But shortly after, the label suddenly shuttered and Raja-Nee faded into the background.
First Listen: Son of Pearl grooves "Black Licorice Ice Cream"
(April 15, 2021) The way that Tedi “Son of Pearl’ Robinson figures it, a man can never go wrong or too far in extolling the virtues, beauty and sensuality of his woman. He often does so by getting in that lane that nods toward 1970s and 80s era funk. And he brings both to the party with this latest record, “Black Licorice Ice Cream (She Lights It Up).”
Today in Music History (April 15): Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams team for a #1 smash
April 15, 1978 – Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams hit #1 with “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”