Category Archives: Soul

The Dap-Kings Perform A Tribute To Sharon Jones On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Soul Of A Woman was released yesterday. In the wake of her passing one year ago, The Dap-Kings performed a tribute to her on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The band played “Sail On” and “Searching For A New Day” with video of Jones in the background. Soul Of A Woman is Jones’ final album.

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Media Questions Of The Week

“They want R&B but they don’t want it from us.” @iamstephaniemills 💅🏾☕️ #sistercircletv

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Is Stephanie Mills right about the music industry preferring white singers to sing R&B?

Why is Jordan Peele’s Get Out being submitted to the Golden Globes as a comedy when it’s a horror movie about racism?

Im gonna defend my older heads and tell you your not equal. Be as disrespectful as you want. Your not doing what we did,havent accomplished what we accomplished. Our generation didnt experiment with pills or syrup or anything synthetic. Its already written in history. Rock n Roll hall of fame,hip hop hall of fame and museums. Where are you at in any of that? The problem is yall never had respect from the jump. WE ARE THE REASON YOUR WHO YOU ARE AND DO WHATEVER IT IS YOUR DOING! Pay homage to who was before you. Problem is also yall want us to accept music that dont move nothing but the young,when you making music its to inspire everyone not just your era. Only time my pockets on pause is when im streaming yall album. I listen to it and made a decision not to buy yo shit cuz in my opinion being a music maker,there is no substance to the music or lyrics so dont get mad cuz you not cut from the cloth of hip hop pioneers. Lets see how long you can last in this business doing what you doing. You been quiet until you startED running your mouth about old school niccas. Thats corny bro. Just make better music and spit like an MC. Yeah yall different but nothing of what nas krs kane jay z or any official rapper has ever taught you. We saying something about your generation cuz your simply not making heart & soul felt music young nicca! The old head rant is corny. Old heads are special 😎 and i just think yall cant do what we did. 🤷🏾‍♂️ Salute! @wakaflocka

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Do younger rappers need to accept Pete Rock’s challenge to create music with “heart and soul?”

 

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Call On God Official Video

Sharon Jones & The Dap-King’s “Call On God” video is a modest clip of Jones with the band and backup singers in the studio. Jones’ voice is the center of the video as she sings from the heart taking the strength of her gospel training straight into soul music. Soul Of A Woman comes out November 17th close to a year after she lost her fight with cancer.

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Lee Fields & The Expressions Share Unreleased Song From Special Night Sessions

Lee Fields & The Expressions recorded more music than what is on their Special Night album. “Time” is a gut-wrenching single about the way life changes over the years that did not make the final recording. Fields’ vocals come together with horns and a bluesy rhythm arrangement. The band will kick off their European tour this weekend in Switzerland.

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Calvin Richardson On His New Album All Or Nothing (Interview)

Calvin Richardson’s expression of classic soul has resisted fads and an ever-changing music industry since his debut back in the ’90s. In 2009, he made the rare move to salute his musical idol Bobby Womack with a tribute album. Like many artists, Richardson was apprehensive about approaching the work of an idol. The album, Facts Of Life The Soul Of Bobby Womack not only enchanted Womack but was a timely piece because of his 2009 passing. Anyone familiar with Womack can hear his influence on Richardson’s style that still has its own timbre. Richardson’s respect for Womack, gospel training and his stubbornness about following his own muse has kept him working as one of the go-to independent R&B artists of the past 20 years. His breakout song with Angie Stone, “More Than A Woman” is still an exciting introduction point for new fans.

Richardson has just released his seventh studio album, All Or Nothing, which is a collaboration with southern producer and songwriter Willie Clayton. The video for “Treat Her Right” championed Richardson’s vision of old-fashioned romance by putting the woman at the center. The North Carolina native spoke to this website about the making of All Or Nothing and his artistic origins.

“I know what my roots are and I know what moves me” 

 

What’s the backstory to All Or Nothing?

It was just time to you know to get in the studio and create an album again. Willie Clayton’s a blues southern soul artist that’s done pretty well for himself in that particular area but we got together and did “Treat Her Right” and we put it out to radio independently on our own and just got a lot of traction.  The song got a lot of attention we just got in the studio and made an album. There was no inspiration I was just inspired by life in general just as an artist being creative.

How did Willie Clayton come into the project?

 Our paths crossed many times. I work in a lot of markets where he works as well. We have been on shows together and sometimes over the years we’ve become really good friends and had talked about doing some stuff together and so we actually just had a show together in February in Little Rock, Arkansas and we just bumped into each other in the hotel after the fact later on that night and you know we were just talking about doing something let’s just do it and we did it. 

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