First Listen: Tweet returns on "Neva Gonna Break My Heart Again"
(September 27, 2021) It’s been said that “hearts get broken all the time,” but there comes a time when enough is enough.
First Listen: Tanqueray Hayward vows to love until "The End of Never"
(September 25, 2021) Powerhouse vocalist and Philly native Tanqueray Hayward has been on our radar here at SoulTracks for quite awhile and we really dig her style. As a matter of fact, she won New Artist of the Year in the 2020 SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards.
First Listen: Deniece Williams returns with a "Kiss"
(September 24, 2021) One of the true musical darlings in the 1970s and 80s, Deniece Williams brought her crystalline soprano voice and her underrated songwriting skills to the R&B world, topping the charts with such diverse, irresistible songs as "Silly," "Black Butterfly" and countless other gems. She then followed with an equally impressive Gospel career that helped establish her as one of the great voices of her generation.
First Listen: The Temptations and Smokey Robinson team on nighttime gem
(September 24, 2021) When two Hall of Fame legends get together, magic can happen. And as the iconic quintet The Temptations belatedly celebrate their 60th anniversary, Otis Williams and company have brought in their longtime friend and Motown hitmaker, Smokey Robinson, to help create some enchantment. Robinson wrote the group's first hits more than a half century ago, and he returns as composer and co-performer on the brand new single, "Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No," the first release from the Tempts' recent studio sessions.
Today in Music History (September 28): Stevie Wonder releases "Songs In The Key of Life"
September 28, 1976 - Stevie Wonder releases Songs In The Key of Life
First Listen: José James previews upcoming Holiday Album, tour
(September 23, 2021) Jazz artist José James (Rainbow Blonde Records) will release his first ever Christmas album Merry Christmas from José James on November 19th. The contemporary album celebrates the holiday season while honoring classic jazz and pop records of the 1950s. Today James releases the first single, “My Favorite Things,” a joyful rendition of the John Coltrane staple. A 13 date tour to support the album will launch at SF Jazz in San Francisco on November 27th and conclude at New York’s City Winery on December 14th.
First Listen: CeCe Winans and Lauren Daigle "Believe" together
(September 23, 2021) If there is a ‘bigger than life’ anthem that motivated and healed many souls in 2021, “Believe For It” by gospel music icon CeCe Winans qualifies on the highest level. In fact, SoulTracks reviewed the album of the same name that immediately hit number one on the Billboard Gospel charts – not bad for the first ever praise and worship project recorded live in Nashville, where live concerts in other genres are the norm.
First Listen: Soul man Curtis Harding captures Motown vibe on "Can't Hide It"
(September 22, 2021) Curtis Harding is an artist who has raised soul revivalism to an art form. His music captures the sound of late 1960s and early 1970s soul and funk, both instrumentally and vocally. Lyrically, his songs tell stories tell stories about people facing personal crisis or who are trying to exorcise their own demons. That was true of the tunes found on his very good 2017 album Face Your Fears and it’s also the case for “Can’t Hide It” Harding’s new single from his upcoming album If Words Were Flowers.
First Listen: Ronnie Wright and Joyya Marie are "In Awe"
(September 22, 2021) Over the past six years, visitors to this site have come to learn about and appreciate the soul music talent that comes from Portland, Oregon. And perhaps no person has done more to bring that talent to the forefront than Ronnie Wright. In 2015, Wright lead the collaborative effort Bespeak Love, a highly regarded album that featured some of Portland’s talented R&B performers. Three years later, Wright returned with a.k.a Bespeak, his debut solo album.