sexy and i’m ready to change – MUSIQ Soulchild, contemporary

When I feature an artist for the first time, I generally like to start with the artist’s iconic or most popular hit. But today will be a day of changes. Musiq Soulchild is a contemporary neo-soul, soul, and R&B artist, best known for R&B ballads like Love from his debut album Aijuswanaseing (2000) and Dontchange from his second album Juslisen…

to be better than the rest – Raphael Saadiq, contemporary

CONTEMPORARY ( – present) One of my favorite contemporary artists is Raphael Saadiq (born Charles Ray Wiggins; went by Raphael Wiggins for a short time).  Unlike some of the 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…

remember me – Timothy Bloom, contemporary

CONTEMPORARY ( – present) Many artists begin not as starlit natural performers. Many spend years in other roles within the music 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…

let me in, in on this mystery – Anthony Hamilton, CONTEMPORARY

Another singer who in recent years has made a name for himself is Anthony Hamilton, a singer whose vocal quality is as unique today as the voice of Nina Simone or Otis Redding was back then. He sings as if his vocal chords are sinuous extensions of a mountain of experiences, joy, sorrow, heartbreak, despair, all of…

Give Me Another Start (Leon Bridges, 2015)

It’s really exciting when I hear a new sound from an artist I’ve never heard of, especially in the soul tradition. There have been times when such an instance would occur, and I would discover that the artist really isn’t new at all; (s)he is just new to me, and I hadn’t heard of him/her simply…

Said 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 of convention 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…