Noel Gourdin

Welcome to an Easter edition of the Science of Soul, I hope everyone's enjoying their holiday break. My featured album this week comes from Noel Gourdin "City Heart Southern Soul," it's his most accomplished yet, the man from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It has a style all of his own Neo Soul overtones mixed with an R&B old school flavor, works very well for him and maybe gives him the edge over some of his contemporary rivals, I think you will like what you hear.

Gospel song: Trin-I-Tee 5:7
I haven't played a Gospel track in awhile and with it being Easter and all I thought this week was a good time and the one. The one I've picked comes from Trin-I-Tee 5:7 and is a wonderful piece of work co written by Taalib Johnson who you will know better as Musiq Soulchild, It's lifted from there 2002 set  "The Kiss " If contemporary Gospel is your thing I suggest you check there back catalog because there's lots of nice things to discover.

Also in the mix this week is new music from Ty Juan a gentleman based in Chicago I believe, thanks to my dear friend Breezy Love for getting tracks from his latest album " No Regrets" to me. My other new music comes from the Floacist, Liv Warfield and (new-old music if that makes sense from the group) Elbowed Out " Just Wanna Be With You " is a mid tempo gem, recorded back in the day but only just getting its first release on Soul Junction the UK based label that consistently find great music to share with us...well done gentlemen keep up the great work.

If your out Atlantic City way on May 11th, The Whispers & Howard Hewitt will be in concert at the Circus Maximus Theater, that's gonna be hell of a show and the night before my good friend Rick Coley is co promoting the legendary Jazz Soul man George Benson at the T D Bank Art Center in Sewell, New Jersey...a busy couple of days.

 Ok enough from me, have a great Easter and on with the music, PLEASE remember to share the Science of Soul link and give the gift of music..click 4 podcast

Track listing for Easter Sunday 20th April 2014

Hour One
Major Lance - I Never Thought I'd Be Losing You
Darryl Miller - This Thing Called Love
Yemi Marie - Saturday
Ashford & Simpson - Send It
Kevin Flint Jackson - Go With Me
Noel Gourdin - No Worries & Foxy
True Image - It Ain't Fair
Garland Green  All She Did Was Wave Goodbye
Ty Juan - Handle My Business
Charles Earland - Take Me Away
Elbowed-Out - Just Wanna Be With You
Nu-Cleus - Needing A Woman
Isley Brothers - Choosy Lover

Hour Two
Joe [Thomas] - Sexy
Otis Clay - Gonna Take My Hearts Advice
Joshie Jo Armstead In The Right..
                         ... Place (miki-mix)
Liv Warfield - Stay
Detroit Spinners There's No One Like you
Noel Gourdin - Patience
The Floacist - Good Love
The Moments - Sunday
Toni Braxton ft. Babyface - Sweat
Trin-I-Tee 5:7 - Lord
Alton McClain & Destiny - Why..
    .. Did You Let Me Love You
First Class - What About Me

Noel Gourdin Biography:
Soul and R&B singer Noel Gourdin did not have a traditional childhood. He was born in Brockton, MA but spent his summers with family in Pachuta, Mississippi. The result is a man who is city to the heart but southern to the soul. He honed his skills in Brockton, MA, and by the age of 24 scored a deal with Sony and had his first album in stores. His first exposure to the vocal arts came in church and he was introduced to the larger canon of soul music by his father (who introduced him to the classics, such as Otis Redding) and his brother (who turned him on to the sounds of new jack swing). Noel is influenced by classic soul as well as the contemporary sounds of R&B and hip-hop. Therefore his music is a seamless blend of each genre. “Listening to so much music from so many different eras really helped me put my style together,” explains the gifted singer-songwriter.

As a high-school student in the Boston-neighboring Brockton, Gourdin performed in talent shows and did work (and shows) for the Boys and Girls Club. Noel signed a management deal with Stalin Entertainment in 2002, signed a production deal with Trakaddix, and shortly thereafter was linked to producer Kay Gee. Gourdin contributed the song ‘Family Reunion’ to the soundtrack of “The Cookout”. A meeting with Sony Urban in 2005 led to a summer showcase and in 2008 Noel released his debut offering, "After My Time". His first album is a refreshing mix of timeless R&B with a modern, youthful feel. Armed with commanding, rich vocals and a solid collection of intimate, soulful songs, this budding new talent is positioned to make an indelible mark on music’s landscape by bringing together listeners across all generations and genres.

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