Diana Ross to release first new music in 15 years this week - hear snippet
(June 14, 2021) Legendary songstress Diana Ross has announced that she’ll be issuing a new song this week. The Queen of Motown teased the track “Thank You” on Twitter.
“My new single is coming June 17. The Title is ‘Thank You.’ To You, For You, From Me. #thankyou”
SoulTracks 3 Minute Update: The Temptations
Three Minute Update is the newest SoulTracks feature. It is designed to give classic soul fans a chance to catch up with what’s going on with their favorite soul music artists of the 60s, 70s and 80s. All in three minutes. We begin our series with a 3 minute update on: The Temptations. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section and hit us up with your suggestions of future 3 Minute Updates by using the "Contact Us" button below.
First Listen: JSWISS basks in a "Beautiful Morning"
(June 14, 2021) Hip-hop artist JSWISS is one of the most creative voices in the game these days. He’s got a flow that is both smooth and rapid fire. His 2019 album Every Word is a Dollar showcased his skills as an emcee who has a unique take on the kind of topics regularly addressed in rap music, from the existence and meaning of God to the giving proper perspective to the importance of money and the tragic fame received by black men and women killed by police.
First Listen: Mike Maurro mixes up a Trammps classic
(June 13, 2021) When thinking about the Disco Era of the mid to late 70s, music fans get to The Trammps pretty quickly. The group pioneered the Disco sound, with Earl Young's four on the floor beat, and with prototypical Philly full-bodied production keeping the train moving on.
So when mixmaster supreme Mike Maurro was looking for the right music for his most recent labor of love, he went right to the catalog of singer Jimmy Ellis and company, landing on their now classic dance cut, "Soul Searchin' Time" (backed with "Hooked for Life").
First Listen: Funk legend Marlon McClain is "Funkin" again
(June 12, 2021) Move over, Uptown Funk! Former Pleasure bandmate, Dazz Band guitarist and established R&B songwriter Marlon “The Magician” McClain is giving us a slice of Downtown funk with his newest single.
World Premiere: Conya Doss and Eric Roberson make it "Easy" for us
(June 11, 2021) If you've spent any time on SoulTracks over the years, you've heard plenty of music from the great Conya Doss, a SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award winner and one of the true independent soul music leaders.
We've been hearing previews over the past few months -- including the hit single "Wishful Thinking" -- and they have gotten us and all her fans excited about Conya's upcoming album, Through Rose Colored Glasses, coming out on Sunday, June 13, which just happens to be Conya's birthday.
First Look: Leela James says to "Put It On Me"
(June 11, 2021) We've been following the talented Leela James since the early days of SoulTracks. Her ability to bring a timeless soul feel to modern R&B is a gift, and she has consistently delivered, album after album, for nearly 20 years.
Leela had a hit earlier this year with "Complicated," and now she returns with producer-supreme Rex Rideout for another sassy gem. "Put It On Me" is the tale of a woman who ignored all the signs and went for love with the wrong man, and now is fessing up:
Robb’s Picks: The Best of 2021 (So Far)
June 12, 2021 — Somehow, remarkably, it’s already June. Many of us are now “vaxed,” the summer approaches, and thankfully the pandemic has not dampened the creative spirits of the soul artists whom we so enjoy. The first six months have resulted in a plethora of compelling new songs, and I’ve assembled here my 4th annual Spotify playlist of the best of them “so far.”