December Soul Music Newsletter!

 
 
SoulTracks Soul Music Newsletter December 2007
 
 
SoulTracks Soul Music Newsletter December 2007
 

Happy December SoulTrackers! 

  Well, SoulTrackers all over the world are getting ready for Christmas, but we're still recovering from last month's 2007 Readers' Choice Awards.  It was quite a night of performances and fun, and was the highpoint of our year.  Thanks to all of you who played a part in making it so special for us.  And we now have pictures to show you!  
November was also the biggest month we've ever had on our website, with SoulTrackers checking us out over 325,000 times.    But now, we're in December and we have a whole lotta good stuff to talk about, including a bunch of new soul music and holiday CD releases.  So kick back and enjoy your monthly dose of Soul!  

Chris

 

New Music Reviews patti labellePatti LaBelle-  She's a legend who has stayed fresh more than 40 years into her career, and now Patti has returned with a Christmas CD that may be the best holiday album you'll hear this year.    

Mikelyn Roderick - She's not well known in the US, but she should be.  See our review of the wonderful soul/jazz album by this talented singer.  

Alicia Keys - Her newest album has debuted at number one, Alicia Keysand Alicia has hit her stride as one of the most talented singer/songwriters of today. See our review.  

Luther Vandross - Two years after the death of this generation's finest pure singer, a four-disc retrospective reminds us of what was so special about Luther Vandross  

Elliott Yamin - The "nice guy" from American Idol season fiveelliott yamin has released an album that is surprising, both in the quality of the material and the soulfulness of Elliott's voice. Check out our review.  

John P. Kee is a Gospel legend, and his great work comes alive in a new disc of his "Essentials." See our review.  

Deitrick Haddon is the pride of Detroit, and returns to his deitrick haddonroots and his group Voices of Unity on his newest disc, Together in Worship. See our review.  

Cheri Maree - This bright new vocalist has been under the radar, but our Howard Dukes says her time has come with her new album, Pure Voice.  

Randy Muller - The force behind two legendary funk groups, Randy MullerBrass Construction and Skyy, returns with his solo debut, a smooth, soulful effort that shows him to be a fine musician and visionary.  

Rachel Brown - This Florida-based singer is both attractive and a solid vocalist, as she shows on her new album, Love Life and Relationships.  

Beverly Crawford is a longtime Gospel favorite, and she delivers nicely on her new Live in LA album.  

Joss Stone - This young British singer took her lessons from Joss StoneBetty Wright and has made a name for herself on both sides of the Atlantic with her expressive, soulful chops.    

And check out our News Section for stories on an upcoming Angela Bofill benefit concert, Kevin Harewood's new Orange Soul Sheet, an interview with Donnie and a Soul Communicator piece on Vonnie Woods of Honey Soul.

 

Where Are They Now?  ISLEY BROTHERSIsleys Christmas

The Isley Brothers have been the longest lasting, and one of the most influential, soul groups of the past half century.  And that is how long they've been around, with five decades of smash hits and a number of musical styles behind them.

The remaining group members, Ronald and Ernie Isley, are back with a new Christmas album that is burning up the charts, and so we thought it appropriate to both look back at their amazing career and bring SoulTrackers up to date on this legendary group.     Click Here to see our Where Are They Now? Feature

CD OF THE MONTH - Ola Onabule

OlaOla Onabule has been a soul music favorite in the UK for years, but only began to make waves a couple years ago in the US with his excellent In Emergency Brake Silence.

His newest album, The Devoured Man, has been available in the UK for a few months, but is just now hitting the US, so we're very proud to be offering a limited number as our CD of the Month at an incredible price and with Free Shipping to boot.  So click here to listen to or purchase this fantastic release.

SoulTracks Popularity Index

Peabo smallPeabo Bryson is undoubtedly a soul legend, with three decades of hits.  Last month, his fans flocked to SoulTracks to read about his newest album, Missing You, making him the most popular artist on SoulTracks during November.  Click Here to see this month's Popularity Index.

 
   
Featured Artist

James Taylor

James Taylor is a master at the Hammond B-3 organ, and his brand of funky soul has won fans on both sides of the Atlantic for years now.  So folks were eagerly anticipating his newest take on classic Motown tunes, Don't Mess With Mr. T.  And we like him enough to make him our Featured Artist this week.  To see more, click here.

 
The SoulTracks Top Ten CDs Ann Nesby  Ann Nesby

Soul veteran Ann Nesby nabbed our top spot on the SoulTracks charts this month with her newest album, "This is Love," but close behind her were new albums by Patti LaBelle, the 3 Tenors of Soul and Deitrick Haddon.   

To see the entire Top Ten Chart, CLICK HERE.
 
Choice Track seven  Seven With a touch of Prince and a dash of Stevie Wonder, Seven has become an international favorite who is now crossing over to the US with a great new album, Home, that features such guests as Conya Doss and Rahsaan Patterson.  So we're proud to be offering his new hit "On & On" as this month's Choice Track FREE DOWNLOAD.  So come check it out!
 
Holiday CDs  keith sweat Keith Sweat  Well, it's that time of year again.  The weather is turning colder and folks are beginning to think about the holidays.  We're up for that too, so we've put together a page with dozens of our favorite Holiday CDs, including new Christmas discs from the Isleys, Patti LaBelle, Keith Sweat and others.  Click here to check it out.
 
Album of the Month - Chris Jasper - For The Love of You
Featured Album - Jonas and Scratch Professer - 4ward to the Future
Featured Album - Marlon McClain - Funky Fridays, Vol. 1
Video of The Month - KEA - "Being With You"

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