Category Archives: Soul

Throwback: Peabo Bryson-Can You Stop The Rain

Peabo Bryson’s powerhouse voice has made him one of the prime vocalists of the 20th and 21st century. His tenor is known for transforming soundtrack songs into epic hits, cultural moments and bench marks of vocal excellence. “Can You Stop The Rain” came 15 years after he debuted in 1976 with his Peabo solo album. He had already established himself as a major balladeer with songs like “Feel The Fire” and “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again.” Bryson’s hits in the ’80s were steady and “Can You Stop The Rain” brought him into the ’90s with class and it happened earlier in the year before the fanfare of his “Beauty And The Beast” duet with Celine Dion. Can You Stop The Rain was also the album’s title and it was his first to hit number one on the R&B chart. Bryson’s career went into a powerful second phase in the ’90s because of his soundtrack work. All the years of being exclusively successful in the R&B world were the foundation for film songs that put him in front of a pop audience for the first time. He took on opera in ’98 with a role in the Michigan Opera Theater’s 100th-anniversary production of Porgy And Bess. Peabo Bryson is still touring in 2017 and his most recent studio album is 2007’s Missing You.


Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Because Of Sickness

Charles Bradley has canceled his tour because his stomach cancer has spread to his liver. The cancer has not returned to his stomach but he is taking time away from music to receive treatment. His third album Changes was released last year to critical acclaim and his performance on CBS This Morning: Saturday earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding On-Camera Musical Performance In A Daytime Program. Bradley left a message for his fans regarding the break:

“I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” notes the 68-year old. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”

                                     Charles Bradley Canceled Tour Dates 

                                              Sep 08 Uncasville, CT – The Wolf Den

                                              Sep 09 Brooklyn, NY – OctFest

                                              Sep 13 Buenos Aires, Argentina – NICETO Club

                                             Sep 15 Sao Paulo, Brazil – SESC Pompeia Choperia

                                             Sep 16 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Rock In Rio 2017

Sep 22 Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Kickoff @ Memorial Hall

Sep 23 Chicago, IL – Goose Island 312 Block Party

Sep 28 St. Paul, MN – MPR @ Fitzgerald’s

Sep 29 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling

Oct 01 Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival

Oct 07 Santa Barbara, CA – SB Polo & Wine Festival

Oct 20 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Halifax Pop Explosion

Oct 25 Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Center For The Arts

Oct 26 Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre

Oct 28 Suwanne Park, FL – Hulaween Festival

Oct 29 New Orleans, Louisiana – Voodoo Festival

Nov 10 McDade, TX – Sounds On Sound Festival

Nov 11 Cocoa Beach, FL – Rootfire Festival

Nov 21 Paris, France – La Cigale

Nov 23 Porto, Portugal – Coliseu du Porto

Nov 24 Vigo, Spain – Superbock Underfest Vigo

Nov 25 Lisbon, Portugal – Mexefest Festival at Coliseu de Lisboa

Nov 28 Berlin, Germany – Astra

Nov 29 München, Germany – Muffathalle

Nov 30 Köln, Germany – Live Music Hall

Dec 02 Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit 36

Dec 03 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma

Dec 05 Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso

Dec 06 Nijmegen, Holland – Doornroosje

Dec 08 Rotterdam, Holland – Annabel

Dec 09 Tilburg, Holland – 013 Popcentrum

Dec 10 Groningen, Holland – Oosterpoort

Dec 12 Zurich, Switzerland – Kauflauten

Dec 15 London, England – O2 Forum

Dec 16 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma

Dec 29 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore

Dec 31 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center (w/ My Morning Jacket)


Watch Avery Sunshine Pay Tribute To Patti Labelle At The 2017 BMI R&B Hip-Hop Awards

Last night Patti Labelle was honored with the BMI Icon Award at the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards and Avery Sunshine performed Labelle’s “Love, Need & Want You.” The ceremony took place in Atlanta at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall. Ledisi, BeBe Winans, Kierra Sheard and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard all performed songs from Labelle’s catalog as part of the tribute. Labelle surprised the audience with a spontaneous performance of “Over The Rainbow.” Sunshine’s church-nurtured vocals were ideal for the tribute and dazzled the excited audience. Avery Sunshine’s Twenty Sixty Four is out now.


Isaac Hayes Being Honored With New Retrospective: The Spirit Of Memphis 1962-1976

Isaac Hayes is being recognized with a new four-CD collection called The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976). The set covers his career at Stax as a songwriter and producer and his rise as a solo superstar. A 60-page hardcover book holds the music, archival photos and liner notes written by Robert Gordon, who is the author of Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion. There are unreleased recordings and a replica 7″ vinyl single of Hayes’ first commercially-released recordings.

Hayes was a pioneer of the concept album in soul music and led the way for Black artists to make music for films with his Academy-Award winning soundtrack to Shaft which was his fourth platinum album.

The first disc is focused on his days as a songwriter for Stax and his legendary collaborations with David Porter including Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man.” The second one chronicles his breakthrough as a solo artist with the song “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and hits like “Never Can Say Goodbye.”  The third disc highlights his ability to own certain cover songs including his versions of “I Stand Accused” and “Stormy Monday.” The last disc has the never heard “Black Militant’s Place” from Shaft and unfinished versions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.”

This album is a cornerstone in the year-long initiative to celebrate Stax’s 60th Anniversary. Hayes’  contribution to Stax Records and his solo career continues to inspire and shape Black pop. The Spirit Of Memphis (1962-1976) can be pre-ordered from Amazon.


Amerigo Gazaway Presents The Video For A Common Wonder’s Sugar By The Pound

 Amerigo Gazaway has released the first video from his A Common Wonder project for “Sugar By The Pound.” Vintage footage of Common, Stevie Wonder, A Tribe Called Quest and Redman are put together to create a fast-moving visual. Watch the video and stream the whole album below.