First Listen: Sydney Raneé is ready to "Go Back"
(May 7, 2021) There are songs that immediately resonate with people based on the music, and there are other songs that resonate because of the lyrics or story. In the case of LA-based singer/songwriter/producer Sydney Raneé's latest single "Go Back" it is clear that it connection with listeners on both levels.
First Listen: Jarrod Lawson's "Change" gets changed magnificently
(May 7, 2021) Last year, we were proud to premiere for the world the incredible Jarrod Lawson song, "Be The Change," one of the most lauded songs of 2020, and for many the initiation to this uber-talented Portland-based singer. The accompanying album was an absolute gem, as well as a hit in country after country.
"Got to Have Your Love" singer Wondress dies at 56
(May 6, 2021) Today we say a sad goodbye to Wondress Hutchinson, better known simply as Wondress, who wowed fans in 1990 with her electric vocal performance on the song “Got To Have Your Love,” working with funk group Mantronix. She was 56, and the cause of death is unknown.
Legendary Philly singer Carla Benson tells us "why" on new single
(May 6, 2021) She was part of one of the most iconic vocal trios of soul music history. As one-third of the famed Sweethearts of Sigma, Carla Benson performed on virtually every great song to come out of the Philly soul scene in the 80s by such artists as The Spinners, Patti LaBelle, The Stylistics, Lou Rawls and many more. Along with her other work, Carla has been cited as possibly having appeared on more hit records with more name artists than any other vocalist in history.
First Listen: Teri Tobin says "Thank You" in time for Mother's Day
SoulTrackers know what big fans we are of singer and songwriter Teri Tobin, whose ballad “You Are” we recently featured as our Song of the Month for April.
Now, in time for Mother’s Day, Teri has released a beautiful song that is a tribute to her material grandmother, Essie Hinton. It is a song honoring the characteristics that so many ancestors bring: emotional support, self-sacrifice, and unconditional love.
"Tighten Up" singer Archie Bell of The Drells suffers stroke
(May 5, 2021) The great Archie Bell was one of the iconic singers of the Golden Age of Soul Music and he has been a true ambassador for the music community of Houston, Texas. We are passing on information and asking for prayers from SoulTrackers, as Archie has reportedly suffered a stroke and is ailing
The following was posted on Archie’s Facebook Page:
New collections celebrate classic funk group Dyke & the Blazers
Los Angeles, CA (May 5th, 2021) - Craft Recordings announces the release of two new collections celebrating the music of pioneering funk band Dyke & The Blazers.
First Listen: Marcus Machado will "Get By" with great new single
(May 5, 2021) Marcus Machado has been lending his guitar licks to vocalists and instrumentalists for years. If you want to find a young millennial musician who will hit you with some straight blues picking that will remind you of B.B. King, or who can give you some hard rock distortion, Machado is your guy. Rolling Stone magazine recognized that back in 2014 when the bible of all things music named him as one of their Young Guns – or guitarists that we should be watching.
Gregory Porter can sing, but can he cook? See new show preview
(May 5, 2021) Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and Blue Note recording artist Gregory Porter began his career in New York as a chef before he got discovered as a musician. Porter puts as much soul into his cooking as he does his music—both rich with family traditions, imbued by real-life experience, and inspired by a global sense of community.
First Listen: Raymond Coats wants to know "What It Is"
(May 6, 2021) Sometimes an artist simply lives by, for and in the groove. For Raymond Coats, it is all about the West Coast Groove (named after one of his backing groups), a musical zone with which he is most than familiar through his solo performance catalog of singles and E.P.s including the 2016 release, Just Friends. That is why he claims as his motto, “You know before you go.”