Bella Brown & The Jealous Lovers Release Debut Album


Bella Brown & The Jealous Lovers have emerged with their debut album Soul Clap. Singer and actress Carol Hatchett fronts the Los Angeles-based funk and soul band.  The group is one of Hatchett’s many projects as she was recently heard singing backup on Jon Batiste’s Grammy-winning We Are. As Bella Brown her artistry is inspired by blaxploitation soundtracks, ’60s soul, and classic funk. Producer, bassist, and songwriter Daniel Pearson leads the band through its various groove tributes. The songs are not exceptionally long but sound like jam sessions more than radio-ready singles. “Coming For You” takes its rhythm cues from James Brown and has an organ that would make Booker T. Jones proud. Brown sings with a resolute smoothness that changes into a rap fit for quiet storm R&B. Her retro swag has the kind of juice Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings brought to their recordings and kinetic live shows. “Soul Clap,” the single, reheats Hamilton Bohannon’s “Let’s Start The Dance” with a renewed party vibe for 2024. Brown’s style also comes from the same world as Parlet, the all-woman Parliament-Funkadelic offshoot. The band slows things down for the ballad “There Is Love” and Brown declares the existence of truth and rainbows for all who need to hear it. Their homage to The Stylistics is more than a simple throwback in the presence of Brown’s glowing vocals. Soul Clap reintroduces pieces of music history in a set of compositions that entertain and also remind you that school is in session.