See the Finalists: 2022 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards

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    (October 21, 2022) Okay, this is the best election of the year. The time is coming for the 2022 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 2022.  To be nominated, an artist must have released music (or had the music reach its commercial peak) between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022. And all nominees must have released their music independently (i.e., not on one of the three major labels or their subsidiaries).

    (October 21, 2022) Okay, this is the best election of the year. The time is coming for the 2022 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 2022.  To be nominated, an artist must have released music (or had the music reach its commercial peak) between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022. 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 4. 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 #SoulTracks2022.

    Album of the Year

    Ascendant - Yellow
    Avery Sunshine - Four Songs & a Bootleg
    Boney James - Detour
    Chris Jasper - Raise the Bar
    Cornell CC Carter - Next Life
    Deborah Bond - Bonded Sessions 2020
    Eric Roberson - Lessons
    Jamison Ross - Jamo
    Kim Tibbs - The Science of Completion
    Mamas Gun - Cure the Jones
    PJ Morton - Watch The Sun
    Samuel Archer - Soul Music Vineyard

    Song of the Year

    "A Feeling So Beautiful" - Hil St. Soul
    "Coastin" - Boney James feat. Lalah Hathaway
    "Contagious" - Ty Causey
    "FriendZone" - DMo! and Amber Navran
    "I Gotta Pinch Myself" - Frank McComb & Kathy Kosins
    "It's Gonna Be Alright" - Acantha Lang
    "Lost for Words" - The Womack Sisters
    "Love's My Ammunition" - Son of Pearl
    "One Day Closer to Home" - William Bell
    "So in Love" - Melba Moore
    "Tell Me You Love Me" - Jamison Ross
    "Turn It Up" - BluDazz

    Female Vocalist of the Year

    Acantha Lang
    Alex Isley
    Avery Sunshine
    Beth
    Candace Woodson
    Hil St. Soul
    Kim Tibbs
    Lindsey Webster
    Lizz Wright
    Maysa
    Melba Moore
    Sidibe

    Male Vocalist of the Year

    Brother Reggie
    DMo!
    Eric Roberson
    Frank McComb
    Jamison Ross
    Jarrod Lawson
    Joe Leavy
    Parkes Stewart
    PJ Morton
    Sargent Tucker
    Son of Pearl
    Ty Causey
    William Bell

    Duo or Group of the Year

    Alain Zane
    Algebra and Anthony David
    Ascendant
    Incognito
    Laura Rain & The Caesars
    Mamas Gun
    Output/Input
    Parlor Social
    Sensere
    The Buttshakers
    The Fatback Band
    Young Gun Silver Fox

    New Artist of the Year

    Alexa Givens
    BeMyFiasco
    Dana Williams
    Dione Bullard
    Eric Seats
    MARIAH.
    Mervin Mayo
    Mica Millar
    Semaje
    Sophia Bromberg
    The Womack Sisters
    Val B. King

    Instrumentalist of the Year

    Boney James
    Christian de Mesones
    Eric Essix
    Jamison Ross
    Jason Peterson DeLaire
    Johnny Britt
    Justin-Lee Schultz
    Marlon McClain
    Marqueal Jordan
    Najee
    Rhonda Smith
    Tim Bowman
    Wade C. Long

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    To Be Announced Soon!