Better Than the Rest: Raphael Saadiq, 2008

One of my favorite contemporary artists is Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins; went by Raphael Wiggins for a short time).  Unlike some other contemporary artists we have profiled, Raphael differs in his age and experience.  He has been in the industry for some time with a musicality that spans the genres and reaches many…

remember me: Timothy Bloom ft. V. Bozeman, 2010

Many artists get their start not as starlit natural performers, but instead after spending years in other roles within the industry before becoming discovered, or more often than not, forging their own path and breaking away independently. Isaac Hayes, who started as an instrumentalist, song writer, and producer for Stax is only one example of…

Another Start: Leon Bridges, 2015

It’s really exciting when I hear a new sound from an artist I’ve never heard of before, especially if the artist abides by the soul tradition. Sometimes I would dig a little more deeply only to find out that the artist really isn’t new at all, and that the artist is new only to me. …

Goodbye With Words: Amy Winehouse, 2006

Today, we feature an artist who has carried on the legacy and lasting impact of soul music since its apogee in the 50s and 60s with a defiance that Otis Redding demonstrated with his authenticity. She would have the vocal genius to carve out her own purview of soul, blues, funk and jazz with unrivaled — and effortless — musicality. Amy…