C. Robert Walker

 Here we go again.....it's Science Of Soul time.....yet again with my featured artist this week being C. Robert Walker who's new CD "Something Going On" has caused me real problems....in a good way that is...it's just chock-full of great tracks that it was hard to pick just three to include in this weeks show, but don't worry I will be playing more over the coming weeks.This guy is so smooth, kinda like Marvin Gaye but with a style that's all his own. There's no doubt this album is a future classic, checkout C. Robert's biography, I think we gonna hear a lot more about him and my thanks go out to Ms Paris Cesvette for all her help in making this available to us.

Other new material this week comes from the very talented Detroiter Michael Shockley,who's new single "Lets Dance" is so smooth and polished that I can't wait for the album, If this is song is anything to go by. Soul Mop productions artist J Redd has new material out with "Let Your Sex Go," and it fits right into our 'Baby Makin Music Spot' and is exactly what you would expect.

For those with a thirst for all things soulful I thought I might recommended a few books to you that I have enjoyed quite recently; "Hit Me Fred" is Fred Wesley's wonderfull autobiography and gives a real insight into the the workings of the James Brown funk machine plus a whole lot more, Chicago soul lovers will enjoy Jerry Butler's book Only The Strong Survive, it charts his life from his days as a young man to becoming the soul giant that he is and taking the Chicago soul history even further is Carl Davies' book "The Man Behind The Music" it's an essential read for anyone remotely interested in Chicago soul. Carl was at the forefront during Windy City's heyday.  

Gil Scott-Heron was always a controversial figure and the book "The Last Holiday" dips into his often troubled life and sadly his passing that has left a void that will be very difficult to re-fill. Gil was a man I had the privilege to know, he was inspiring and also tragic...a true one of a kind. The real impact of his work is yet to be truly recognised and will out live us all. I must finally, on the book front, also give a mention to Bobby Womack's offering, "Midnight Mover," what a life this man has had and book well worth searching out. I will update you further on some other books you might enjoy soon.

Listener Carmen
My 'Listeners Choice*' this week comes from the lovely Carmen Figueroa Trenas, originaly from Santiago, Chile, but now a resident of Sydney, Australia, where she retired to after working for Qantas Airlines. Carmen often reminds me of songs that I've not played in a while though Facebook. This lady has a wealth of soul as you will see from her selection, I feel sure you will enjoy just as much I did.

Just sit back relax and enjoy the music... [Bridge FM readers Click 4 Podcast]

Playlist for Sunday 28th April 2013

Hour One
Natural Four - How You Been
Pat Brown - Love On Loan
Gerald Levert /Teena Marie - A Rose By Any Other Name
Gene Rice - You Gonna Get Served
Jay McCoy - Don't Let Go
C. Robert Walker - How Can I
C. Robert Walker - Something Going On
Archie Bell & The Drells - Don't Let Love Get You Down
Aretha Franklin - Holding On 
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up*
The Gap Band - Outstanding *
Johnnie Taylor - Your Love Is Rated X *
* Listeners choice for this week.

Hour Two
The Manhattans - We Made It
Michael Shockley - Lets Dance
Mike Jamison - Miracle Worker
Major Harris - Saddest Smile In Town
J. Redd - Let Your Sex Go
C. Robert Walker - How Was It For You
Lou Rawls - If I Coulda Shoulda Woulda
Charles Jackson - The Train
Curt Darin - Grown Up Fairy Tale
Gerald Alston - Take Me Were You Want To
The Dramatics - Thank You For Your Love
Shalamar - Just Stopped By

Biography for C. Robert Walker


The Missing Pieces

  Good to have you back... the show's a little different this week... rather than have a featured artist I've
'The Missing Pieces'
used the program space to play a few tracks I've been wanting to play for some months, being three soul legends who I've never included in the show before. They are: Ronnie Dyson, Ben E King and Wilson Pickett  (the Missing Pieces), I can't understand why it's taken so long to include Ronnie! Benjamin Earl and the Wicked man's material was always a little raw for my taste...that is until "Supernatural Thing" and "Mr Magic Man" jumped out at me. A couple of not often played classics, I hope enjoy them as much as I still do.

Shai Simone
A couple of new releases this week, one from my dear friend Ms Shai Simone with her single "I Love You Baby" , it's been getting a lot of air-play in the Southern States, she's originally from Detroit and now makes her home in Mississippi. Simone is renown for her great live shows and her popularity is on the rise. Great to see Wendell B's album that we featured a few weeks back doing so well , It was so hard picking three tracks from that album, so I've included another song this week.

JT at  Bentley's, Dudley
Our 'Listeners Selection' comes from a long time friend of both myself and Mickey, his Facebook name is  D Jay Tee, but most people know him as 'JT' or Jeff Turner. His selections today give us a glimpse into his jazzy nature and I love how varied his tracks are. Week-to-week I really enjoy the listeners choices, as I am sure the other listeners do! Jeff has a long history with Soul and Jazzfunk and has been a club and radio DJ from time-to-time in the local Birmingham/Coventry areas for many years and a man I have a lot of respect for. His selection is marked as '*'.

In the 'Gospel Spot' this week I've selected ex-Shalamar singer Howard Hewitt, why?, because he's just an amazing vocalist and so underrated in my opinion. I personally would include him among the greats of any era.

Bobby Womack
I was just  thinking 'bout all the great music that Bobby Womack has given us over the years and it's so nice to see him rise in popularity again. For our British followers it was great to see him on mainstream television on the Jonathon Ross show, although his new album in my opinion is not one of his most soulful ones. It though has been one of his most successful in a long time, so lets hope we get another album but with more input from Bobby himself in the near future.

Music time ... as always back to the music enjoy......
This Sunday's track-listing, 21st April 2013

Hour One
Gene Rice - Love Is Calling You
Shai Simone - I Love You Baby
Wilson Pickett - Mr. Magic Man
Carl Sims - 17 Days Of Loving
Peggy Scott Adams - Mr Right Or Mr Wrong
Wendell B. - Get To Know You
Ben E King - Supernatural Thing
Darien Dean - Nowere
*Michael Franks - Eye Of The Storm
*Anita Baker - Rapture
*Bob James - Woman Of Ireland
Clarence Carter - You've Been A Long Time Coming

Hour Two
G.C. Cameron - Nights Like This In Georgia
Lakeside - Bullseye
Lonnie Hill - Could This Be Love
First Choice - I Know I Love More
Eugene Henderson - I'll Make It Rain
Ronnie Lovejoy - I'm In Need Of A Good Woman
Howard Hewitt - Your Love
Ronnie Dyson - I Think I'll Tell Her
Gerald Levert - Answering Service
Johnnie Taylor - Just One Moment
Deniece Williams - Waiting
Johnny Bristol - She Came Into My Life


Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor
 Welcome back Science of Soul friends it's always good to see you. First up let me thank you for all the lovely emails and F/B messages about the photo's I posted their this week All Mickey's work I might add, for those of you that are new to my page and there are many, seems we get a lot of new followers every week, let me tell you a little about my pal Mickey Nold, he's a MAJOR part of the Science of Soul, he takes care of all the technical things including the podcast. He also puts so much time and work into it, without him it would just be a UK based soul radio show.

The site has allowed us to grow at an amazing rate we now have listeners and visitors from all over Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. Even as far as Australia and South America, in fact places I never even heard of. Make sure you also check out the links to Mickey's own sites, so much great stuff to explore. If you want to listen to older shows the links are all here on the side bars also interviews, many of which have not been heard in over 25 years. Make sure you visit my Facebook page on regular basis because it's updated almost daily.

Kenny's selection this week
Onto the music for this week, featured artist is Lisa Taylor, a young lady from Santa Cruz, Ca USA. Whose new album: Let Love Shine is receiving great reviews. I've picked three tracks to include in this week show, so be sure to check-out the rest of the album you won't regret it.

 'The Listeners Choice' this week comes from my good friend and a real soul brother, Kenny Green and he's from Chicago. Kenny is a life long soul man and what a great place to live, Chicago, the city with a rich soul history, as is Kenny himself, just check-out the photo he sent me, in it you can see; Roy Ayers, James Brown, Kenny, Scotty from the Whispers and Maceo Parker.... now that's history. I love Kenny's selections and I'm sure you will too [all marked*].

Remember if you want to pick your three tracks, you can Email me at: bill.randle@thebridgeradio.net or message me on Facebook, just send me the title's and a little bit about yourself and I'll do the rest.

New music in this weeks show includes; Theodis Ealey, The legendary Ronnie Isley, Oh and listen-out for Doc Powell and Ollie Woodson... Just beautiful. My 'Gospel Spot' this week comes from Charles Halt with the powerful title track from his album I am.

R.I.P with the losses of Don Blackman (22/4/13) and Vince Montana (23/4/13) this week, both will be missed by music lovers everywhere!

That's it from me, sit back and enjoy the music and thank you for being part of the Science of  Soul family.

This Weeks playlist Sunday 14th. April 2013

Hour One
Maze/Frankie Beverly - I Can't Get Over You
Kool & The Gang - Pass It On
J. Redd - Lose My Good Thing
G. Q. - Don't Stop The Feeling
Theodis Ealey/Lacee - You And I Together
Lisa Taylor - Let Love Shine
Lisa Taylor - Wake Up To You
Major Lance - Stay Away From Me
*Earth Wind & Fire - I Rather Have You
*The Whispers - Oivia
*Teddy Pendergrass - Love TKO
The O'Jays - Imagination

Hour Two
Lou Rawls - Early Morning Love
Charles Jackson - Love Of You
Lisa Taylor - Funny Feelings
The Four Tops - Just In Time
Bobby Womack - American Dream
Charles Holt - I Am
The Spinners & Dionne Warwick - Just As Long As We Have Love
David Sea - Love Me Down
Doc Powell & Ali Ollie Woodson - Tell Her Love As Felt The Need
David Peaston - Take Me Now
Ronnie Isley - Dinner & A Movie
Tyrone Davis - Lets Be Closer Together
* Kenny's selection

Lisa Taylor's Biography:
From the Big Island of Hawaii, Lisa Lehua Taylor has been singing her entire life. Growing up in a household where she was exposed to Theatre at a very young age and her parents played everything from Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and The Beatles to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, she was always encouraged to pursue her love of music.

Lisa finally started performing at the age of 10 and hasn't stopped since! After years of making a living as a Vocalist in her home state, and performing with some of the best musicians the State has to offer, she's also performed in Japan, Korea and Singapore. Since moving to Santa Cruz 8 years ago, Lisa has quickly built a name for herself on the Central Coast and Bay Area. As the lead vocalist for her band SoulCity, she is also a regular vocalist with The Joe Sharino Band as well as Steve Ezzo and The Monterey Bay All Stars.

On top of all of the performing, She has lent her vocal talent to many recording projects and completed her debut album "LT" in 2010. Her new release "Let Love Shine" was released February 1, 2013. Already a top seller on both the neo-soul and urban R&B charts on cdbaby, the album also has three singles on Amazon UK's mp3 chart for neo-soul. "Let Love Shine" made it's debut on the UK Soul Chart at #21 and by week two had jumped to #14. This new release has been receiving rave reviews. Lisa Taylor is an artist to watch.

website: http://www.lltmusic.com/


Charles Bradley

 Science of Soul time yet again and I'd like to say  it's been great to hear from so many of our listeners from all over the world and it still amazes me... I have to say thank you to everyone for sharing our links with friends, please, please continue to do that 'cus, so much soul still to share.

Lizli Valentine & Bert Keys
It's a real privilege this week to have on our 'Listeners Choice spot,' Ms Lezli Valentine from Columbus Ohio, USA. Many of you old school soul folks will remember Lezli from her work with Sylvia Robinson in New Jersey (the Stang/All-Platimum labels), Lezli sang backgrounds on pretty much all of those stable releases as well as co-writing many classic songs, including "Love On A Two Way Street," a song she wrote with Bert Keyes and Sylvia Robinson, that they insistently failed to credit her with! Lezli actually recorded the original version of the song, some twelve months before the Moments put it out (it's included in this weeks show.) I'm honored that Lezli listens to show and took on the sizable task of picking just three songs, it's much harder than you might think!

Marvin Sapp
There's a few interesting live dates coming up at London's Jazz Cafe' soon, also Dwele is stopping over for three nights; April 17, 18, and 19th, then May see's the lovely Melba Moore making another rare UK appearance, that's on the 2nd and 3rd, shows well worth checking out I think. It's important we support live shows were ever we can or sometime later we end up looking back saying; "I wish I'd had gone to this or that show". In our gospel, 'G' spot this week we have music from the incomparable Marvin Sapp. I have been lucky enough to see this man live, an incredible experience. The track I've chosen gives you just a glimpse of this man's amazing presence. Remember If you have a gospel track that I need to hear just get in touch either via the Facebook page or via bill.randle@thebridgeradio.net

The featured artist this week is Charles Bradley who's new album Victim Of Love has a great retro feel yet manages to sound also fresh, he is also found featured in a new film/documentary about himself who has been struggling for success for some 48 years and now in his 60's, things are now moving for him! (film trailer above - DVD out in May, 2013)

This a really great time for soul music and there's so much new product that refuses to follow trends. It's been a long time since we had such a wealth and variation in our music. At the Science Of Soul we try to showcase as much as possible. Got a couple of new releases from Dave Welding's Soul Junction label this week, that consistently put out solid product and these are no exception. The David Washington 45 is a real double header so I will playing both sides. My thanks to Soul Junction records for keeping us up to date. Myself and Mickey were trawling through the archives this week to find you some classic slow jams, I hope you enjoy what we found because we had a great time looking anyway!

Thanks for being part of our Science Of Soul family... now sit back enjoy the music.

Playlist for Sunday the 7th April 2013

 Hour One 
Eric Gable - I Can Make You Feel Good
The Temptations - Some Enchanted Evening
David Washington - Games
Audio/Vince Broomfield - Don't Move A Muscle
Lezli Valentine - Love On A Two Way Street
The Moments - Somebody Loves You Baby
Eddie Kendricks - Not On The Outside
Susan Phillips - Key In The Mailbox
The Originals - Oh, You Put A Crush On Me
The Four Tops - Strung Out For Your Love
Charles Bradley - Hurricane / Victim Of Love
David Washington - Ready For Your Love

 Hour Two 
Johnson & Branson - Midnite Lady
Gene Chandler - Haven't I Heard That Line Before
Teena Marie - Dont Turn Your Back
The Four Mints - Row Your Boat
Bunny Sigler - Can I
Greg Walker - Thank You
Charles Bradley - Let Love Stand A Chance
The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You
Ed Townsend - How Could You Do It
Marvin Sapp - Best In Me
Bobby Womack - If You Think Your Lonley Now
Charles Bradley biography:
Most artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. “I want them to know how much they have helped me grow," notes Bradley when discussing Victim of Love, the follow up to his widely praised debut album No Time For Dreaming. The “Screaming Eagle Of Soul” is set to release the 11-track set April 2 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

By now, Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented – how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs – most famously as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs – before finally being discovered by Daptone's Gabe Roth. The year following the release of No Time For Dreaming was one triumph after another: a stunning performance at South By Southwest that earned unanimous raves; similarly-gripping appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and Outside Lands (to name just a few); and spots on Year-End Best Lists from Rolling Stone, SPIN, GQ, Pasteand more.

Victim of Love is a continuation of that story, moving past the 'heartache and pain' and closer to the promise of hope. Where the last record opened with the apocalyptic "The World (is Going Up in Flames), Victim begins with the “Strictly Reserved for You,” a track where Bradley grabs his girl, jumps in a car and hits the highway for a romantic getaway. "You Put The Flame on It" sees Bradley backed by a horn chart that sounds like it was lifted from a lost Four Tops single. And on “Victim of Love,” the track that lent the album its name, Bradley sings over a gentle acoustic guitar, "I woke up this morning, I felt your love beside me.”

The new album also brings a broader musical scope. Where Dreaming hewed close to the rough-and-ready R&B sound Daptone has become known for, Victim is stylistically more restless, edging closer into the kind of psychedelic soul The Temptations explored in the early '70s. "People are not going to expect this. There's a lot of psych influences on this record, a lot of fuzz guitar," notes Thomas Brenneck of Menahan Street Band, Bradley's producer, bandleader and co-writer. "Confusion” most exemplifies the new direction of the album, opening with an echo-drenched vocal and charging rhythmic cadence.

The album’s closing track "Through the Storm" best summarizes Victim’s message. Over a deep gospel groove, Bradley expresses his gratitude – to his fans, his friends and to God – for their support, their dedication and their devotion. "When the world gives you love," he sings, "It frees your soul."

This is the new message of Charles Bradley, the Bradley who has emerged from the heartache stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. This is Charles Bradley, victim of love -- gratefully returning the joy that has been given to him. His site: www.thecharlesbradley.com


FaLisa JaNaye

Falisa JaNaye
Hello to all our Science of Soul family, thanks for stopping by another week and checking me out. I hope you y'all having a soulful Easter. On this weeks show I feature a young lady by the name of FaLisa JaNaye.... this lady just blew me away - great voice and presence a superstar in waiting I think. I'll be including three tracks from her in this weeks show, also check out her web site and Youtube video's. Thanks going out to my dear friend over there in Meridian, Mississippi, Shai Simone (who I'll will also be featuring in the very near future) for hooking us up. 

I had quite a few comments about my playing Yolanda Adams last week, all good comments so I might add that I hope to include a contemporary gospel track in each show from now on. It seems there is a demand for gospel and I have to say I'm personally a fan of contemporary stuff. My knowledge though is limited but my mind is open - so please let me know  the tracks that I need to hear. 

Listen out for Isaac Carree this week's 'G' track, "Chances" is a powerful statement that I am sure hits the spot for so many of us. Thank you Mickey Nold for bringing this one  to my attention. Quite few people have been in touch about my 'Listeners Choice Spot' over last week and it seems a lot of people want to take part - great! 

Thanks to Yozi my soul brother over there in Japan for picking three great tracks and getting the ball rolling to a flying start. This week my good friend from Shreveport Louisiana, Louis Brossett as been kind enough to try the impossible and pick just three tracks, Lol..... and a fine job he as done too. Next week a soul legend picks her choice but more about that then. 

This weeks play list is a very mixed bag....that's because I've have had a mixed kinda week you see ...but I hope you'll all enjoy them. Remember to check-out my Facebook page because it's updated daily, so always something new to see or hear there too. Facebook is such a great way of staying in touch. I must also this week welcome our new friends in France, looks like we're spreading so please keep sharing my link.The more we reach the more soul we spread.

Ok... again happy Easter and on to the good stuff.......

This weeks playlist, Sunday 31st March 2013

 Hour One 
The Duncan's - Let Me Be
Lonnie Hill - Galveston Bay
Adrena - Another Woman's Man
Will Downing - La La La Means I Love You
Mr Sullivan - You Shoulda Treated Me Right
Earth Wind & Fire - Reasons
Stephanie Mills - I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love
Kindred Family Soul - As Of Yet
Clarence Carter - Warning
FaLisa JaNaye - Tonight's The Night / Can't Nobody
Alexander O'Neal - Sleepin'

 Hour Two 
Gil Scot-Heron - I Think I'll Call It Morning
David Simmons - The World Belongs To Me
Gary Taylor - What Kind Of Fool
Friends Of Distinction - I Really Hope You Do
Isaac Carree - Chances
FaLisa JaNaye - Sweet Love
Z Z Hill - I Don't Want Our Love To Be No Secret
L. V. Johnson - We Belong Together
The Four Mints - Do You Really Love Me
Patrice Rushon - Didn't You Know
Marlena Shaw - Go Away Little Boy
Townsend, Townsend, Townsend & Rogers - Playground Of Love

FaLisa JaNaye biography
Vocalist, Writer, Entertainer, Actress & Model, FaLisa JaNaye’ the New Face of Tomorrow’s Music Today. This recording artist is best described as Soulful and Original with a heavy Hip-Hop influence. Resting on the soothing power of her sultry voice FaLisa JaNaye brings an electrifying stage performance to her audiences. FaLisa JaNaye’s musical talents were inspired by watching the power of Shirley Cesar, the grace of Whitney Houston and the showmanship of Michael Jackson.
By combining pure elegance with a powerful voice, FaLisa JaNaye’ has quickly gained notoriety from audiences across the world with both live and televised appearances. FaLisa JaNaye’s range in music has allowed her to travel the U.S. and Europe sharing the stage with many of the top acts in both the Gospel and Southern Soul markets. She has been billed with such greats as Gospel Award Winner Keith “Wonder Boy” Johnson and Blues notables Bobby Rush, Willie Clayton. Her love for fashion has allowed FaLisa JaNaye to model extensively in the U.S. and Europe. She has served as lead model for Mrs. Carol’s Hair Salon of Hanau, Germany and for Total Transformation Hair Care Products of North Carolina (modeling at the 2006 Hair Extravaganza- Atlanta, GA). She is currently spreading her wings and venturing into the film industry with a role in the Independent film entitled “The Governor’s Daughter” directed by Lawyer Henderson of Atlanta, GA.
With the recent release of her debut CD under MiLaJa Records entitled ”Sweet Love”, a 2010 Jus Blues Foundation “Most Popular Southern Soul Artist (Female)” award nomination, and a featured article in Signature J Magazine (www.signaturejmagazine.com ; SEP/OCT/NOV pg 72-73) FaLisa JaNaye’ is poise. Web page: http://www.reverbnation.com/falisajanaye