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First Listen: Michael Lynche goes to the "End of the Line"

(November 29, 2023) "End of the Line," the new song by Michael Lynche, is a showcase for the vocal talent that powered him to a fourth place finish during the ninth season of American Idol. The song finds Lynche embodying a man who tells his soon to be ex that they've reached the end of their relationship.

Happy Birthday to Will Downing

Happy birthday to Will Downing, born November 29, 1963.

Women love Will Downing.  And men love the women who love Will Downing.  In his two decade recording career, the Brooklyn native has carved for himself a solid career as one of the leading purveyors of unapologetic, unabashed romantic music.  And while this has not translated to crossover success - or even to broad urban radio success - it has gained for Downing a solid musical legacy and a rabidly loyal following of, well...women.

Happy Birthday to the late, great Billy Paul

Happy birthday to the late, great Billy Paul, born December 1, 1934. The Philadelphia singer successfully performed for a half century, but is principally known for a single hit, 1972's huge, controversial smash "Me and Mrs. Jones." It was without a doubt one of the most lauded soul songs ever -- after overcoming some inital controversy -- and Paul made it his own with an expressive delivery over pristine Gamble & Huff production.

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.

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