|Happy June SoulTrackers! Well we're all pretty excited here. After months and months of hard work, the new SoulTracks.com is up and running, and the feedback we're getting is terrific. SoulTracks has grown at a tremendous rate, and the new site will allow us to continue to grow and, hopefully, to make your time with us even more enjoyable. June is typically a slower time for new music, but we have a bunch of excellent new albums and artists to talk about, as well as the return of some recent favorites. So kick back and take some time to browse through our new site and check out our reviews of the newest stuff on the street. Chris|
|New CD Reviews Maysa - First as the lead singer for Incognito and then as a solo artist, Maysa Leak has consistently created wonderful, emotive songs that have connected with listeners. She's now back on Shanachie Records with another collection of her interpretations of some of the great songs of the past three decades, Full of Fire. Come see our L. Michael Gipson's review of this hot new disc. |
- Howard Hewett spent nearly a decade as 1/3 of the great dance group Shalamar before embarking on a solo career. He's back with his first non-Gospel studio album this century and our Arnold Stovell has reviewed it
- Joe - Joe has quietly stayed at the top of the R&B heap for years and years. And now he has another hit album. Check out our review
- Randy Crawford - After too long away from the mike, this soul/jazz songstress has teamed with Joe Sample for an excellent new disc, which our Steven Riggs has reviewed.
- Darlene McCoy - This woman does just about everything well, and with her debut album out, Gospel fans are finding out just how great she can sing.
- Mighty Clouds of Joy - After 40+ years together, these Gospel trubadours can still bring it. Check out our review of their new album, Movin'.
- Rick James - His death two years ago brought a sad end to a notable career, and his first posthumous album, Deeper Still, reminded our Detrel Howell of the broad talent he brought for nearly three decades.
- Keite Young - This newcomer is quickly making a big name for himself as one of soul music's great young voices.
- Stephen Marley - His fans have been waiting for an album for a LONG time, and our Les Clarke says he's delivered a dandy with Mind Control.
Where Are They Now? THE COMMODORES
Last month we debuted a new feature called "Where Are They Now," where we update our readers on the whereabouts of classic soul greats who are still making fine music. It was a big hit, and this month we're taking on a group that had a LOT of big hits. We're now looking back and to the present with one of the biggest soul music groups of the past 30 years, the Commodores. Click Here to see our Where Are They Now? Feature
CD of the Month
A couple months ago, our Choice Track was the new Gordon Chambers/Ledisi duet "To Love Again." It became our most downloaded song ever. So we're very honored to be offering the accompanying album, Gordon Chambers' Love Stories, as our CD of the Month, at a special price and with FREE SHIPPING. Click here to listen to or purchase Love Stories.
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|Featured Artist |
Ty Causey won a lot of fans and won a SoulTracks Awards nomination for his Love Notes album a couple years ago, and now he's back with the excellent new album, Expressions, which comes out in a couple weeks. So we're very proud to have Ty as our Featured Artist and to be giving away his new single "Pick Up the Pieces" to SoulTrackers free this month as our Choice Track FREE DOWNLOAD . To see our Featured Artist, click here.
The SoulTracks Top Ten
Newcomer Ryan Shaw has shocked a lot of people with his soulful, retro-feeling debut. But one listen to this fine disc convinced SoulTrackers, who took the album all the way to #1 this month. But Gospel vet Tramaine Hawkins was close behind with her new album I Never Lost My Praise. We also have a bunch of new chart entries, including new discs by J Moss and June April. To see the entire Top Ten Chart, CLICK HERE.