Category Archives: Soul

Amerigo Gazaway Presents Nina Simone & Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation Of Eunice Waymon

Amerigo Gazaway commemorates the 20th anniversary of Lauryn Hill’s debut album by imagining a recording session between Hill and Nina Simone. The Miseducation Of Eunice Waymon is almost a flashback to Hill’s performance of Simone’s music earlier this year at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s induction ceremony. Gazaway offers a preview of the project with his treatment of Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Watch the video teaser and stream “Feeling Good” which can be downloaded. The Miseducation Of Eunice Waymon will be available November 9th.


Liam Bailey Returns With Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her (Audio)


Liam Bailey returns with his new single, “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her” after coming off Paloma Faith’s Architect Tour. Bailey worked with longtime collaborator Maverick Sabre on his new single that came from a recently ended personal relationship. The English singer stated in a press release: 

I was inspired to write the song after getting out of a long and painful situation that I was in with someone. We loved something other than ourselves and it led to a toxic place. I didn’t mean to write the song, I just let things go in the studio and see what happened. I have known and worked with Maverick Sabre for years, and it was a blessing to work with him on this record.”

It was eight years ago when Bailey emerged as an artist on Amy Winehouse’s Lioness Records. Their connection was responsible for the release of Bailey’s first two EPs. “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her” is from Bailey’s fourth EP coming out November 9th and it follows his 2014 debut album, Definitely Now




Soul Train Cruise Expands Superstar Lineup with Heatwave, BT Express, Meli’sa Morgan, Dazz Band, and Clifton Davis

Meli’sa Morgan

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla (September 26, 2018) — The 2019 Soul Train Cruise adds five legendary entertainers to its superstar lineup as Heatwave, BT Express, Meli’sa Morgan, The Dazz Band, and Clifton Davis join Smokey Robinson (in a special appearance on 1/23/19), Gladys Knight and more when it sails through the Caribbean from January 20-27, 2019. George Clinton, in one of his final performances before he retires, The Ohio Players, Stephanie Mills, Morris Day & The Time, The Chi-Lites featuring Marshall Thompson, Bloodstone, New Birth, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Al McKay All Stars performing the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and Jacob Lusk (a tribute to Luther Vandross), along with Cruise Host Tony Cornelius, The Urban Guerilla Orchestra, co-host Angela Stribling of Pillow Talk, co-host Jerry Wells, original Soul Train Dancer Cheryl Song, The Soul Train Cruise comedy club presents A.J. Jamal and Kivi Rigers and music executive Chuck Gamble will also spend the week with fans, delivering the vacation experience of a lifetime. In all, over 50 concerts will play throughout the Soul Train Cruise as it departs from Ft. Lauderdale and sails to the Dominican Republic, San Juan, and the beautiful private island of Half Moon Cay on Holland America Line’s luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam.

“When we were invited to join the 2019 Soul Train Cruise, we were just as excited about performing for fans as we are about watching all of the other concerts onboard,” says Eugene Phillips of Heatwave. “The amount of star power on this cruise is ‘mind-blowing.’” Formed in 1975, Heatwave is best known for their string of funky dance hits, “Boogie Nights,” “The Groove Line,” “Mind Blowing Decisions” and the classic ballad, “Always and Forever.”

Singer, producer, actor and longtime Christian minister Clifton Davis will also join the Soul Train Cruise to lead a series of special gospel and worship events, including:

·         A praise and worship concert honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

·         A gospel service backed by The Urban Guerrilla Orchestra

·         A tribute concert honoring the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin

“Gospel music is such an integral part of our lives, and the Soul Train Cruise producers have taken great steps to make sure the voyage is enriched with the music and the messages of faith,” says Davis. “I am grateful and humbled to be a part of bringing this experience to everyone on the ship.”

Clifton Davis


The CBCF Posthumously Presents Aretha Franklin with the Inaugural John. R. Lewis Award of Courage


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Left to right: Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Congressman John R. Lewis (D-Georgia), Sabrina Owens, and Vaughn Franklin


Throwback: Otis Redding-(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

Otis Redding and Steve Cropper wrote, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” in reference to Redding’s experience of living on a houseboat in 1967 not long after his famed Monterrey Pop Festival performance. Redding sang about leaving his home in Georgia to perform in San Francisco. He noted the ships he saw coming and going as well as the seagulls in the sky. His performance at the festival and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” were turning points in his career taking him from a mostly Black audience into the white mainstream. Redding was inspired by The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and told his wife that he wanted to try a different sound. Some of his colleagues feared that the song would ruin Stax Records’ reputation as a soul label and alienate Redding’s Black fans. The November recording sessions would be his last because he died in a plane crash December 10th.”(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” became the first song to hit the number one spot posthumously in the history of the charts. It was also Redding’s only song to take the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Otis Redding is one of the few artists referred to as the King of Soul along with James Brown. His influence went beyond his peers and his legacy is alive in the powerful emotion embedded in every relevant soul and R&B artist to emerge since his passing. Redding’s music is still talked about and he has been honored with a memorial statue in his hometown of Macon, Georgia, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a bridge, a library, Billboard’s Otis Redding Excellence Award and placement into Hollywood’s Rockwalk. The Otis Redding Foundation was created in 2007 by his widow, Zelma Redding, and its mission is to empower youth through music education.