See the Finalists: 2021 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards

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    (October 21, 2021, 8:00 pm ET) Okay, this is the best election of the year. The time is coming for the 2021 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, the biggest awards in the world dedicated to independent soul music.

    We've gathered all the suggestions from readers and our industry friends and have chosen a fantastic group of finalists -- superb artists who represent all that is great about Soul Music in 2021.  To be nominated, an artist must have released music (or had the music reach its commercial peak) between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. And all nominees must have released their music independently (i.e., not on one of the three major labels or their subsidiaries).

    (October 21, 2021, 8:00 pm ET) Okay, this is the best election of the year. The time is coming for the 2021 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, the biggest awards in the world dedicated to independent soul music.

    We've gathered all the suggestions from readers and our industry friends and have chosen a fantastic group of finalists -- superb artists who represent all that is great about Soul Music in 2021.  To be nominated, an artist must have released music (or had the music reach its commercial peak) between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. And all nominees must have released their music independently (i.e., not on one of the three major labels or their subsidiaries).

    To make sure the results are accurate and fair, all voting is by individual ballots. One ballot per person. Voting ballots will be sent out to all SoulTracks email subscribers on Friday, November 5. If you're already a SoulTracks email subscriber, you're all set. If you're not, you can sign up at the top of this page before that date. It's free and we will never share your email address with anyone else.

    Congratulations to all of the artists. Share this with your friends using #SoulTracks2021.

    Album of the Year

    Acantha Lang - Sugar Woman
    After 7 - Unfinished Business
    Anthony Hamilton - Love is The New Black
    Conya Doss - Through Rose Colored Glasses
    Jarrod Lawson - Be The Change
    Jeff Bradshaw - Stronger
    Leela James - See Me
    The Baylor Project - Generations
    The Shindellas - Hits That Stick Like Grits
    Will Downing - The Song Garden
    Yola - Stand For Myself
    Zo! & Tall Black Guy - Abstractions

    Song of the Year

    "When You Call My Name" - Alexander Morris
    "It's Not Over" - Ascendant feat. Angela Johnson
    "Kiss of Freedom" - JD's Time Machine feat. Cleveland P. Jones
    "Radio" - Deborah Bond
    "Lessons" - Eric Roberson
    "Be The Change" - Jarrod Lawson
    "All Systems Go" - Jonas
    "What Happened to Us" - LaTasha Lee
    "Complicated" - Leela James
    "Melodic Harmony" - S.E.L
    "Sending My Love" - Sheena O. Murray
    "Cascade" - Stokley
    "All I Want" - Such

    Female Vocalist of the Year

    Alex Isley
    Arietta Ward
    Candace Woodson
    Conya Doss
    Deborah Bond
    Kea Michaels
    LaTasha Lee
    Mary Cross
    Nao Yoshioka
    S.E.L
    Sheena O. Murray
    Teri Tobin
    Tracy Cruz
    Yola

    Male Vocalist of the Year

    Binky Womack
    Bradd Marquis
    Cleveland P. Jones
    Cornell CC Carter
    Eric Roberson

    Jarrod Lawson
    Jonas
    Kevin Ross
    Kwaku Asante
    Lamone
    Son of Pearl
    Stokley
    Ty Causey
    Will Downing

    Duo or Group of the Year

    After 7
    AgapeSoul
    Ascendant
    Kindred the Family Soul
    Laura Rain & The Caesars
    Loose Ends
    The Pockets
    The Shindellas
    The Tibbs
    Tristan

    New Artist of the Year

    Acantha Lang
    Akeylah Simone
    Alex Harris
    Alexander Morris
    Ania Garvey
    Beth Macari
    Joshua Henry
    Krishawna
    Laura Rain & The Caesars
    Tatiana Mott
    The Shindellas
    Tygressa

    Instrumentalist of the Year

    Christian de Mesones
    Derrick "Doc" Pearson
    FKAjazz
    Gary Palmer
    Jason Peterson DeLaire
    Jeff Bradshaw
    Johnny Britt
    Keith Slattery
    Marcus Machado
    Marlon McClain
    Michael J. Calhoun
    Vladimir Cetkar
    Zo!

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    To Be Announced Soon!