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The Chairmen of the Board's Thomas Hunter delivers an "Unforgettable" song

(October 3, 2023) It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Thomas Hunter, although soul music fans hear a lot from Hunter as a member of the legendary singing group The Chairmen of the Board. However, Hunter’s last solo release came in 2009 when his album Eros dropped. Hunter is making a strong return to the public consciousness in 2023. He’s dropped a sweet ballad titled “Unforgettable Moments” that comes on the heels of the funk rocker “In Case It Rains.”

First Listen: Myriam-Catharina give cool Neo Soul vibe on "I Miss Me"

(October 3, 2023) Myriam-Catharina’s “I Miss Me” is a song about pulling out at that point when a person realizes that they’re in deep but have not reached that point of no return. And like most songs of the ‘leaving you for me’ variety, the German born singer and songwriter notes that “I Miss Me” was inspired by actual events.

The song revolves around a unique connection. I envisioned the connection deepening, but it didn't work out as I hoped. I found myself lost in my emotions, which is why the song is titled 'I Miss Me.’”

First Listen: K'Jon returns with the soulful "Can't Live"

(October 3, 2023) Singer-songwriter K’Jon has always possessed a strong sense of self. That is a quality that he needed to have in a market that often treats the kind of music he makes as an afterthought. That belief in himself and the type of music that he wanted to create prevented K’Jon from chasing trends or throwing up his hands and walking away.

First Listen: Jef Kearns and Aria Zenua update a Jackson 5 classic

(October 2, 2023) Jef Kearns has been using his flute to take a deep dive into the music of Motown. It has long been Kearns’ mission to explore the places where jazz improvisation and instrumentation intersect with the groove of R&B. And we all know that there is no place that possesses more groove than music label known as the Sound of Young America.

First Listen: Ruben Studdard spells out his love on "W.I.F.E."

(October 1, 2023) It’s been 20 years since Ruben Studdard wowed the world and won the top prize in the second season of American Idol. Studdard has gone on to have a successful career that includes Grammy nominations as a critically and commercially successful solo artists. He’s branched off into acting on stage and film. Studdard and season two runner up, Clay Aiken, appeared on the season finale of American Idol in May.

SoulTracks Sunday Gem: Monica and Fred Hammond shone with James Fortune on "Hold On"

Back in 2012, a lot of folks were discovering James Fortune and FIYA, and their popularity blew up even more with a beautiful song of faith and perseverance. "Hold On" was all that, a song that made listeners want to stand up and give praise.

Today in Music History: Lionel Richie leaves the Commodores to go solo

October 6, 1982 - Lionel Richie goes solo with debut album

He was on top of the world as the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Commodores, but on this day in 1982, Lionel Richie completed a much anticipated career move, becoming a solo artist and issuing a massive selling self-titled solo debut album. It began an enviable solo career that continues now, four decades later.

Happy Birthday to iconic singer and songwriter India Arie

Today we celebrate the birth of the great singer/songwriter, India.Arie, born on October 3, 1975.

The Colorado born sister emerged in the early 2000s as a fresh voice whose music transcended genres and really spoke to the depths of human identity. With a career that's not just about music but also about self-love, empowerment, and spiritual growth, India.Arie has touched the hearts of millions.

Happy birthday to jazz and R&B great Ronnie Laws

With Ronnie Laws, it has always been a family affair, and he and his siblings have, in their understated way, been among the most influential jazz artists of the past half centurey. Born on October 3, 1950, in Houston, Texas, Laws' musical journey began when he picked up the saxophone as a child, a path he shared with his talented siblings.

First Listen: Will Downing returns with a smooth new jam

(September 30, 2023) He is the most awarded artist in the history of the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, and more than three decades into his storied musical career, legendary singer and songwriter Will Downing is as productive and effective as ever.

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