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First Listen: Iyamah recalls Badu vibe on "8 of Swords"

(April 22, 2024) All of the songs on In Two Worlds, the very good album by Iyamah, the Brighton born-London based singer/songwriter, were inspired by a Tarot card reading. “8 of Swords,” the song featured in this First Listen, draws its inspiration from the first card that Iyamah pulled. The picture on the card showed a woman bound by ropes and chains standing in front of eight swords. A castle was in the background.

On This Day in 1974: The Ohio Players hit the big time with "Skin Tight"

April 23, 1974: The Ohio Players release their first #1 album

One of the funkiest groups in the funkiest decade, the Ohio Players became the template for a generation of Midwest jamming groups. And on this day in 1974, the group finally hit big time pay dirt, releasing their signature album and their first #1 disc, the iconic Skin Tight.

Gospel and "American Idol" star Mandisa dies at age 47

(April 19, 2024) The music world is mourning the far too young death of Grammy-winning Gospel singer Mandisa at age 47. She was found dead in her Nashville, home, with her cause of death currently unknown. The Franklin, Tennessee Police Department is currently investigating.

First Listen: Nicolay from The Foreign Exchange wants to "Roll Up"

(April 19, 2024) If someone had told the people who started celebrating 420 back in the 1970s and 80s that people would be able to openly smoke without facing legal repercussions in many American cities, those cannabis pioneers would have thought that person had some really good weed.

Well, here we are. Half of the states in our nation have fully legalized recreational use of marijuana and a handful of other states have at least legalized CBD oil.

Happy Birthday to the late, great Luther Vandross

One of the all-time great soul music vocalists was born April 20, 1951. Luther Vandross became the voice of a generation of adult soul music artists, scoring dozens of hits and providing breathtaking interpretations of the past hits of others. First achieving fame as a studio backup singer and a part of the group Change, Vandross became a solo star with his now historic solo debut album, which featured the smash "Never Too Much," and a breathtaking 7 minute cover version of Dionne Warwick's "A House Is Not A Home" that announced to the world that a new star had arrived.

Tavares founding member Arthur "Pooch" Tavares dies after ALS battle

(April 17, 2024) It is news that we knew would be coming, but it was a gut punch, nonetheless. Today we say a sad goodbye to Arther "Pooch" Tavares of the legendary group Tavares, who has died of ALS at age 80. Pooch's deep baritone anchored a decade of hits for the family group Tavares and made their brotherly harmonies so special.

First Listen: Christian de Mesones and Nes Powers make us want to "Stay"

(April 17, 2024) Jazz/funk bassist Christian de Mesones makes multiple statements by titling his upcoming album You Only Live Twice. de Mesones is a fan of James Bond films and the album’s title is a nod toward the fifth movie in the 007 franchise.

First Listen: Hil St. Soul celebrates old school with "Back In Tha Day"

(April 16, 2024) Nostalgia will always have a powerful hold on music fans. We have all those old songs on the albums and CDs stacked in crates in our music rooms. We have many of those same songs and some newer classics on our computer hard drives or on streaming services located in the cloud.

SoulTracks Lost Gem: Enchantment shines on "Love Struck"

Enchantment was undoubtedly one of the hottest products to come of Detroit in the late 70s. With hits like "Sunshine," "Gloria" and "It's You That I Need," the group combined lush arrangements, great compositions, and the unique falsetto stylings of lead singer E.J. Johnson to become a fan favorite.

First Listen: Vanessa Williams helps Chris "Big Dog" Davis go "Easy"

(April 16, 2024) Chances are if one looked back at the top of the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts since 2008, multi-instrumentalist Chris “Big Dog” Davis was a constant presence as production guru for many recognizable urban voices like Maysa and Will Downing.  And the Waterbury, Connecticut jazzman formed a long partnership playing keyboards for saxophonist Gerald Albright. Through it all, Davis has touched many SoulTracks readers with his own impeccable way around soul, gospel and whatever else the mood may strike. 

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