There was a time when soul music was sung by artist of the *clears throat* chocolate nature. Now, soul music flows from the mouths of artist of all races. Especially the Caucasian race. Proving that music is a great equalizer. This is not a racial article by any means. In fact, maybe I should .
What exactly is soul music you ask? Some define soul music as a music genre that is a combination of gospel, rhythm, and blues. I go a little deeper. I define it as hip shaking music that cause you to fall in and out of love.
Artist like Jon B., Remy Shand, and Robin Thicke have been melting the hearts of women all around the world for years. With voices so unbelievably organic, it makes it hard to believe they are “completely white. Causing their audience to think “they must have some black in them.” Robin Thicke is a prominent sex symbol in today‘s music. He has been the cause of sexual fantasies among women since he was riding his bike around the streets of Manhattan singing “When I Get You Alone.” Now he has Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters fighting over him at the dinner table. I could only imagine how many panties have been thrown at him on stage.
Since there are no white soul singing artist to compare them to, they have been compared to some of the greatest black singers of our time. For example Robin Thicke has been called the Stevie Wonder of the 21st century due to his pure singing voice, talent for writing, and gift of playing the piano. Justin Timberlake has been compared to Michael Jackson time and time again due to his ability to sing and dance. Remy Shand has been described as the new Maxwell.
Now, I would be wrong if I did not mention the ladies. Artist like Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Adele, and Duffy have all crossed the Atlantic and flooded the western world with mind blowing ballads. Joss Stone, who is best known for performing bare foot on stage is best known for songs such as “You Had Me” and “Spoiled.” She was even a headliner for VH1 Divas in 2004 at the young age of 17. Adele hit the scene with her chart topping debut single “Chasing Pavements” in 2008. I don’t even know what crafty words to use to describe her one of a kind voice. Even if they combined 5 fat ladies, their voices could not even come near the power and raw emotion in her voice. Amy Amy Amy…. *smh*. One of my personal favorite artist period. Mostly known because of her song “Rehab” she and her powerful vocals burst on the music scene in 2003. Now where is she? Who knows. Hopefully she leaves that rock alone soon, because my iTunes needs another LP from her.
By: Jahaira D.