Choice Cut: Cleveland P. Jones headlines all-star "Kiss of Freedom"
There is so much goodness going on with "Kiss of Freedom," it is tough for us to contain our enthusiasm. First of all, we always look forward to any song that includes singer supreme and SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award winner Cleveland P. Jones. And when he is singing a song from fellow winner James Day (under the name JD's Time Machine), you know something special is in store. And finally, an all-star band including U-Nam, AgapeSoul and Makalani moves this into "must listen" territory.
First Listen: Hit 70s band Raw Soul Express returns with new single
(February 28, 2021) It’s been forty five years since the Miami-based Raw Soul Express recorded their debut album for the famed T.K. Records. Although the band didn’t become a household name like their fellow label mates KC & the Sunshine Band and George McCrae, the band’s roster has weathered the test of time and remains unchanged with multi-instrumentalist Rick Washington, keyboardist Chris Perkins, guitarist Tommy Johnson, saxophonist John McMinn and bassist Albie Manno still on board.
First Look: Ingram Street is "Keepin' It Special" with new single and video
(February 27, 2021) Over the past half decade or so, we’ve seen the steady emergence of certified 'soul brothers' Woody and Minquel Ingram, aka Ingram Street. The Columbus, Ohio siblings grew up digging the sounds of 80s R&B, and they have won over fans around the world for their incorporation of classic soul vibes into their 21st century music.
First Listen: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis return with a pair of Beatles tributes
They are legends two times over, and a model for longevity in an industry where that comes at a premium. And we are extremely happy to welcome back the great Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis , to SoulTracks.
First Listen: The Voice's Shawn Sounds beams on "Sunshine"
(February 26, 2021) You may remember him as a semifinalist in season sixteen of the US version of The Voice, and now Houston native Shawn Sounds is a vocalist ready to break forward with his solo career. With that in mind and February being a month of love, Shawn is ready to share his vision and insight on it with the release of his debut single, "Sunshine."
First Listen: Binky Womack gets bluesy "Again"
(February 26, 2021) It is gospel truth to say that Binky Womack learned from the best. His surname is testament to that fact. The accomplishments of his father and uncles are too numerous to list, but the Womack family contributed much to gospel and soul music. Those accomplishments could have easily intimidated Binky Womack, and he could have wilted under the pressure. Yet, Binky Womack has embraced the family trade and made his own contribution to the Womack family legacy.
First Listen: Terisa Griffin wows us again with "Angel"
(February 25, 2021) If you’ve been a SoulTracker for awhile, you’ve no doubt heard the music of Terisa Griffin. The talented Chicago singer and songwriter has won over fans among our readers over the past decade and a half for her keen sense of melody, her appreciation of timeless glamor, and, most of all, for that voice – a classic instrument that would have won over soul or jazz music fans of any era.
KEM, Teddy Riley and more on new season of TV One's "Uncensored"
(SILVER SPRING, MD) - February 25, 2021 - TV One announced the spring lineup of its original, critically-acclaimed auto-biographical series UNCENSORED, with all-new episodes premiering on Sunday, March 21 at 10 p.m. ET/9C.
First Listen: Shardella Sessions wants "Everything"
(February 24, 2021) It might not be that much of an industry secret anymore, but in case you missed it: the future of R&B is female. 2020 proved to be quite a remarkable year for female talent in the world of R&B (e.g. H.E.R., Jhené Aiko, SZA, Kehlani, SZA, Chloe x Halle), and this year is already shaping up to be a repeat performance. Already on the short list of vibrant new releases, Shardella Sessions drops “Everything,” a mellow slow jam oozing with sexy come-hither commands. There’s definitely a H.E.R.
Today in Music History: Bell Biv DeVoe leave the shadow of New Edition with “Poison”
February 24, 1990 - Bell Biv DeVoe releases “Poison”
As founding members of supergroup New Edition, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe had been in the spotlight for the better part of a decade – though often not as bright a spotlight as group members Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant. So when, during a break in NE’s activities, at the suggestion of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the trio decided to form their own vocal group, the music world looked curiously.