SOUL / R&B

  • Nicole Brings Aretha

    By Chris Wells on June 4, 2019
    US jazz and soul vocalist Nicole Henry will visit the UK in October to perform a series of shows in celebration of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Nicole will be accompanied by a UK six-piece band led by Musical Director and guitarist Nick Fitch. Band members are: Michael Underwood [saxophones]; Freddie Gavita [trumpet]; Nick Fitch [electric & acoustic guitars]; Joe Hill […]
  • Ends To Means

    By Chris Wells on June 3, 2019
    Steve Nichol, founder of the acclaimed London soul pioneers Loose Ends, is back after a 30-year hiatus and working on a new solo album project, SON One. Due in early 2020, the new set will feature production and writing collaborations with UK soul artists Soulpersona and George Anderson, as well as US acts, including Parice Rushen. Vocals will be supplied […]
  • There Is Hope

    By Chris Wells on May 23, 2019
    Lasperanza are to play their first ever live date at the Hideaway, Streatham, SW16 on July 4. Mainman Rico Garofalo reports the show will see the whole of the Seeds album performed – and eight of the nine vocalists featured on the album will be on stage. Tickets from www.hideawaylive.co.uk  
  • Get The Jen

    By Chris Wells on May 7, 2019
    Boston’s ace singer-songwriter Jen Kearney, now residing in South London, is bringing her quartet to the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London on May 25. https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/jen-kearney-quartet Jen has further dates throughout the year too. If you can’t get to this month’s London gig, check her at one of these: London, Under The Bridge [July 5]; Southend-on Sea, Village Green Festival […]
  • To The Lighthouse

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2019
    Lighthouse Family are back – with a brand new studio album in May and a live tour this autumn. After a gap of 18 years since their last recording, original LF members Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker have reunited to cut a whole album’s worth of new material, Blue Sky In Your Head. It will be released on May 3 and contain and […]
  • Word Up

    By Chris Wells on February 11, 2019
    What’s being termed their final album, The Last Word is coming in April from the legendary Philly soulsters The O’Jays.Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant have already dropped the first single online: I Got You is a trademark O’Jays slice of PIR-style soul music, on this occasion produced by Betty Wright as well as Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini and Sam HollanderThe album will be available from April 19 and is currently available for […]
  • Electric Dreams

    By Chris Wells on February 3, 2019
    Billed as ‘The UK’s Greatest Soul and Funk Celebration’, The Electric Soul Festival is set to close out the summer in fine style at London’s O2 on Saturday, September 7.Headliners so far announced are, from the US, Kool & The Gang, and Brits Level 42, Brand New Heavies and Heather Small, all presented to you by your MC, top DJ/broadcaster fellah Trevor Nelson. More special guests will be […]
  • Deeper Lisa

    By Chris Wells on February 3, 2019
    Continuing her active resurgence into the Autumn of 2019, class act Lisa Stansfield has a long list of shows already inked into the diary.Catch Rochdale’s finest at:Southend, Cliffs Pavilion [Oct 21]; Guildford, G Live [22]; Brighton, Dome [23]; Bath, Forum [25]; Salford, Lowry Lyric Theatre [26]; Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall [28]; Birmingham, Symphony Hall [29]; London, Royal Albert Hall [31]; and Cardiff, […]
  • Broken English

    By Chris Wells on November 8, 2018
    Promoting their latest album Young Sick Camellia, St. Paul & The Broken Bones are to play a series of five shows around the UK this month. Catch the guys from Birmingham, Alabama at: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [Nov 14]; Albert Hall, Manchester [15]; Barrowland, Glasgow [16]; Rock City, Nottingham [17]; and Roundhouse, London [19]. Tickets here: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/St-Paul-and-the-Broken-Bones-tickets/artist/1856904
  • Hot Pepper

    By Chris Wells on May 24, 2018
    Acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Judith Hill has just released her new single and video The Pepper Club. Written and produced by Hill, the track presages a handful of UK live dates in mid-summer. Catch her at: Manchester, Night & Day [July 15]; Liverpool, Shipping Forcast [16]; Pizza Express, Birmingham [17] and Pizza Express, London [18/19]. The Pepper Club is the […]