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First Listen: Tortured Soul is "Runnin' Back To You" on hot new one

(November 28, 2023) "Runnin' Back To You" is the kind of song that long time listeners of Tortured Soul have come to expect from that band. By that, I mean 
"Runnin' Back" to you is a high energy fusion of disco and funk that draws fans to the dance floor.

The song puts an upbeat musical arrangement on the story of a man who recognizes the error of his ways - hopefully not too late - and now hopes he has the words and actions that will convince his woman to stay.

First Listen: Detroit's Pato Magnetic arrives

(November 27, 2023) Motown is the first music label that comes to mind when thinking about great Detroit musical institutions. There is a good reason why Motown, the music made there and the artists who called the label home, loom large in the public’s consciousness. The music was great and the artists iconic.

First Listen: Sandra St. Victor helps Marcus Machado on "Bittersweet" song

(November 27, 2023) Songs have power because they convey messages.  Those messages can be of love, loss, hope, celebration and more.

Choice Cut: Fred Reed Music returns with a soulful gem

In many ways, Wilmington, Delaware singer and songwriter Fred Reed is an old soul. It shows up in his tireless commitment to community service in his hometown, and it is displayed just as clearly in his music, which is a stunning blend of old school sounds and contemporary clarity.

"Mr. Big Stuff" singer Jean Knight dies at age 80

(November 27, 2023) Today we say a sad goodbye to Jean Knight, the powerful singer best known for the 1971 smash hit, “Mr. Big Stuff.” She was age 80.

Happy Holidays! The Best Soulful Christmas Playlist

Is there a time of year that is more special than Christmas? We don't think so. It is a time of faith, of family and, of course, of music.

So, we've gathered a collection of soulful holiday favorites from many of our favorite artists, and made the SoulTracks Christmas Playlist on Spotify. It is some of the all-time best soulful Christmas songs, along with newer -- less familiar but equally fantastic -- releases.

We'll be adding new songs over the holidays, so if you have some suggestions of additions, use the "Contact Us" link below.

Happy Birthday to "So Fine" singer Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson is a singer whose talent goes way beyond the handful of hits for which he is best known. Born on November 28, 1956, in Miami, Florida, Johnson began his musical journey at a young age, displaying a natural inclination for singing.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Howard Johnson rose to prominence as a lead vocalist for the Niteflyte band, contributing to hits like "If You Want It" and "You Are." And that success opened the door for a terrific, but somewhat understated, solo career.

Lost Gem: The Crusaders and Nancy Wilson knew "The Way It Goes" in brilliant collaboration

When tracing the evolution of female singers from Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and the great jazz vocalists of the 40s and 50s to the modern jazz and soul stylists of artists such as Anita Baker and Diana Krall, all roads run through the late, great Nancy Wilson.  Physically beautiful and a uniquely gifted song stylist able to interpret jazz, soul and pop, Wilson stands among the greatest performers of the 20th century.

Happy 94th Birthday to Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.

Happy birthday to Berry Gordy Jr., born November 28, 1929. 

When it comes to impact on the music of America in the 60s and 70s, there was Berry Gordy, Jr., and then there was everyone else. A former boxer and factory worker in his hometown of Detroit, Gordy went on to create perhaps the most iconic music label of the 20th century, Motown. And now, more than 60 years after the label was founded, its accomplishments seem even more otherworldly than when they originally occurred.

First Listen: 70s hitmaker Pat Stallworth is "Sneakin" with Kinsman Dazz Band

(November 24, 2023) Pat Stallworth's entry into the music world yielded one great song. Can she be called a one hit wonder? If the definition of 'hit' is a song that reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Charts, "Questions," the 1974 soul ballad sung by Stallworth and written by Cleveland news anchorman Bill Jacocks, might not qualify as Stallworth's one hit.

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