First Listen: Tanqueray Hayward knows that "It's Christmas"
(November 26, 2020) It seems that 2020 has been the year of Tanqueray Hayward. The Philadelphia singer has seemingly come from nowhere to become a favorite on the indie soul circuit. Her strong alto voice and her sense of melody have served her well and vaulted her in the view of her new adult soul fans.
First Listen: Ronnie Wright is grooving "North of Cali"
(November 25, 2020) Ronnie Wright’s “North Of Cali” is a love letter to his home region that begins with an acknowledgement to his unexpected response when people attempt to figure out where he is from. Wright hails from Portland and he proudly represents the entire region, from The City of Roses to Seattle on “North Of Cali.” Of course, SoulTrackers have long about the talented artists residing in the unlikely soul hotspot of Portland – in large part because of the efforts of Ronnie ‘aka Bespeak’ Wright.
Today in Music History (November 25): The Bodyguard's record-setting release
November 25, 1992 – “The Bodyguard” begins its record setting run
Whitney Houston was already a music star, but the world wanted more. Her beauty, her voice and her presence clearly screamed that she was capable of even greater stardom, and her movie headliner debut, The Bodyguard, proved our guesses were right.
First Listen: Craig Godwin expresses it all in "Love That Girl"
(November 24, 2020) In our current space of R&B and Soul music, sometimes there's a question of whether there is room for a flat flooted song that simply shows the love a man has for a woman. If such a space exists, Craig Godwin is ready to fill in with his latest single "Love That Girl."
First Listen: We love Alex Harris's "New Age Soul" music
(November 25, 2020) Okay, this one is my fault. I’ve been hearing the buzz about singer Alex Harris for a few months now, however his music remained on my “stack,” unlistened to. But I discovered - later than I should have - that this R&B vocalist is the real deal, with a sound that has equal parts classic soul and Gospel. He calls it New Age Soul music, a style that combines compelling sounds with a message of spiritual revival to uplift humanity.
World Premiere Video: Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics sing of the "Lost Lady Usa"
(November 24, 2020) We’ve been following the incredible Atlanta-based soul and funk band, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics for a couple years now, and SoulTrackers have shown that they are hooked on the band’s Stax-style Southern soul. Ruby Velle’s strong, sultry voice stand out up front, and it is supported by full-bodied arrangements that include powerful horns and a killer rhythm section.
First Listen: Kandy Apple Redd wants to "Do Things"
(November 23, 2020) All of us have 'The One'...you know who we're talking about: he pulls out chairs, opens doors, rubs those feet and knows just how you like your takeout, with that extra dash on the side. Not only is he a stone cold gentleman, he loves you like no other and always does 'that thing, that thing, that thiiiiiiing' when you need it most. That sublime type of sweetness what this pair of cousins, Kandy Apple Redd, is singing about in their hypnotic Isotopia label debut single, "Do Things."
First Listen: Michael Dunston is very 2020 on "Can't Believe It's Christmas"
(November 22, 2020) I remember when we came to the end of 2019. We spent the Christmas season hoping that the next year would be better. Well, we know how that wish went. Now, we approach another holiday season and the that means that musicians and singers are releasing their Christmas singles and albums as they try to capture the spirit of the season and get their listeners in the spirit. They’re going to have their work cut out from them.
First Listen: Robert Harper is "All About That Funk"
(November 21, 2020) Bassist Robert Harper grew up in quite a creative environment. His upbringing in Carson, Calif. allowed him to cross paths with artists like Chuckii Booker and Wilton Felder, Jr., the son of founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, Wilton Felder, Sr. Harper also worked with legendary bassist Louis Johnson. So Harper’s life and career means that he is musically conversant in genres ranging from New Jack Swing, to jazz fusion to funk.
First Listen: At long last, Sonny Green "Begs Your Pardon"
(November 21, 2020) Sonny Green is a blues and soul survivor, who made the trip taken by many Blacks by migrating from Louisiana to California, ending up in Los Angeles. Green is a blues and southern soul singer in the vein of Johnnie Taylor and ZZ Hill, but unlike those legends, he never cut an album.