Category Archives: Soul

Chaka Khan: Hello Happiness Album Stream

It’s been 12 years since Chaka Khan’s last solo album Funk This. Today she returns with Hello Happiness which pairs her with producers Sarah Ruba and Switch. Her 12th studio album kicked off with the dancefloor single “Like Sugar.” The whole of Hello Happiness projects Khan’s funk foundation through just enough modern changes to land into 2019 without trendiness. The Queen of Funk spoke to The Guardian about Hello Happiness and some of the changes in her life since her last album like the passing of her friend Prince. 

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India.Arie: Worthy Album Stream & Lyric Video For What If

India.Arie’s Worthy has arrived and it comes with the lyric video for “What If.” The album has Arie’s signature earthy soul and a collection of songs that function as entertainment and affirmations. Worthy follows her 2017 album SongVersation: Medicine. The video for “What If” is black and white with photos of every notable person she sings about in succession. The neo-soul veteran has plans to hit the road and will announce Worthy tour dates soon. 

 

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Media Questions Of The Week

Is Jennifer Lopez the best choice for the Motown tribute at the Grammy’s?

Was James Brown murdered

Who will take home the Grammy for Album of the Year? 

 

 

 

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The Isley Brothers, The Jacksons, Johnny Gill & More Join 2020 Soul Train Cruise

 

Television viewers are receiving a history lesson right now with BET’s American Soul series about Don Cornelius’ Soul Train music and dance program that ran from 1971 to 2008. One day after the series premiered on BET, the lineup for the 2020 Soul Train Cruise is announced.  A list of soul stars who have appeared on Soul Train through the decades will entertain the attendees. The Jacksons, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Gill, War, Peabo Bryson, Cameo, Regina Belle, host Tony Cornelius and the original Soul Train dancers will take part in the moves, fashion and music that has influenced pop culture for decades. 

The Soul Train Cruise will have over 50 live performances and more than 25 celebrity interactive events. There will also be live interviews, dance classes with the original Soul Train dancers, cocktail receptions, a Gospel hour, costume parties, Q&A sessions, wine-tasting and more. 

The cruise will take place on luxurious Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam ship and the cabin prices start at $1,900 per person. Tickets and more details about the cruise can be found at SoulTrainCruise.com.

Tony Cornelius

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R.I.P. James Ingram

Singer and songwriter James Ingram passed today at age 66 from brain cancer. Debbie Allen, who is a longtime friend Ingrams’s announced his passing on Twitter. Ingram’s voice blazed through some of the most popular pop and R&B song of the ’80s and ’90s as a solo singer and collaborator. The singer started his life in Akron, Ohio and later relocated to Los Angeles where he and his brother Philip, who was a founder of the band SWITCH, started their music careers. He was keyboard player who had played for Ray Charles until Quincy Jones called him about a demo he sang of the song “Just Once.” Ingram emerged as a singer on Quincy Jones’ The Dude album with “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways” the latter of which he earned a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance. His first recognized duet was “Baby, Come To Me” with Patti Austin and then a year later in 1983 he won another Grammy for “Yah Mo B There” with Michael McDonald.  Ingram’s voice could be full and soulful and just as quickly go into a very underrated falsetto range. Jones presented Ingram’s vocal strength once  again on the Quiet Storm classic “The Secret Garden.” Their decades-long collaborations also extended to songwriting and together they co-wrote “P.Y.T.(Pretty Young Thing) for Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

By the late ’80s, Ingram started becoming known for his work on soundtracks which began with the duet “Somewhere Out There” with Linda Ronstadt from the animated film An American Tail. The song won two Grammy awards for Song Of The Year and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture or television. In the ’90s, he had more soundtrack hits with Melissa Manchester, Dolly Parton and Carnie Wilson. He received two Oscar nominations for “The Day I Fell In Love” from Beethoven’s Second and “Look What Love Has Done” from the movie Junior

Ingram’s last solo album, Stand (In The Light) was released in 2008. 

 

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