Angela Johnson

It's Science of Soul time once again and I have got some great music for you this week. Angela Johnson's latest offering is getting great reviews everywhere and its not hard to see why, "Naturally Me" I feel her most accomplished album to date. I just had to share it with you and  I will also be dipping into the latest sets by Sir Charles Jones, Gwendolyn Collins, Lacee and Ty Juan. I feel its important that we promote new music along side the classics that we have grown up with - Talking of classics Marvin Gaye's album from way back in the day "Romantically Yours" is full of great music, have included a track from that album just to remind you how great Marvin was.

New singles from Howard Hewett who needs no introduction and a gentleman who I was introduced to for the first time this week Victery Tutson, his single "Let Somebody Love You" taken from is forthcoming album is pure soul eaven...Cant wait for the album.Thank you as always for sharing the Science of Soul link its vital to continue the growth of the show, and all the great feed back that lets me know you enjoy the mix Ok on with the show sit back relax and thanks for being part of the Science of Soul family...click for Podcast.

Playlist for Sunday 24-08-2014

Hour One (Orange=featured album)
Ronn Matlock - I Cant Forget About You
The Main Ingredient - Won't Let You Do That
Lacee - I Got Your Back
Curt Jones - Spend Some Time
Howard Hewett - Better Guy
Angela Johnson - Handz
Angela Johnson - To Love Again
Victery Tutson - Let Somebody
Kurt Ealing -  You Send Me
Quin Golden - I Just Wanna Do it.
Black Smoke - Sunshine Rose's & Rainbows
Courtship love ain't love
The Continental Four - Loving You Is The Next Best Thing to heaven

Hour Two
 Sir Charles Jones - Sunshine
Freddie Jackson - I Love You
Glen Jones - I've Been Searching
Angela Johnson - I promise
Marvin Gaye - Stranger In My Life
Gwendolyn Collins Ft Ty Juan - Mars
Ty Juan - Lets Do IT
Elements Of Life - What About Our Love
The O'Jays - Your Body's Hear With Me
Tyrone Davis - In The Mood
Randy Brown - I Thought Of You
Isaac Hayes - Eye Of The Storm

Angela Johnson Biography:
It was Summer of 2003. Thirty years earlier urban radio had been the delivery vehicle for one of the most creative periods of modern music, with artists ranging from Al Green to Donny Hathaway to Aretha Franklin delivering culture changing songs, both lyrically compelling and musically superb. Now those same stations seemed obsessed with the trivial and the profane. 50 Cent was rapping "In Da Club" while Nelly was taking his clothes off in "Hot In Herre." And the broadcasters who were once a unifying force for a generation were now aimed squarely at the lowest common denominator. The situation was so dire that at our website, SoulTracks.com, we had pretty much settled on becoming an "oldies" community, eternally focusing on the same artists and songs that provided the foundation for soul music three decades earlier. - See more at: 



I am sure by now most people are aware we lost a music industry giant last week in Mr Henry Stone, he was 93 yrs old. Not gonna bore you with pages of statistics regarding Henry's career but over the years he launched in excess of 100 record labels and generated over 100 million record sales...and yes, I that did say a 100 million record sales! Henry and people like the Chess brothers along with Ahmet Hertegun, Jerry Wexler , Al Bell, Berry Gordy, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff came way before the major corporations showed any interest in black music as a business, Henry was the man who took James Brown to King records, he was also a major player in the early years of Ray Charles career.

He went on to form his own distribution company's unheard of at that time,  they handled product for Motown, Atlantic and pretty much every other independent label at that time. It was Henry's T K Record label along with it's subsidiaries like Glades and Alston that created that whole Miami sound, with artist's like Betty Wright, Latimore, George McCrae,  K C & The Sunshine Band, Timmy Thomas and a host of others got there first breaks via Stone. Henry was a man of vision and will assured his place in popular music history...Be at Peace Mr Henry Stone. I will be featuring some music from his vast legacy in this weeks show. [in a gray colour]

Featured artist this week is a young lady from Detroit, Michigan, ZanYe' [Reece], it's her second album "Conversations" that has just hit the streets. An album full of emotion and is obviously very personal to her life! If you like your soul with meaning this one's for you. Other new music this week comes from rising stars Ingram Street who album is due soon and I will also be dipping into The Revelations latest "Cost Of Living" and a track from Club Nouveau new album "Consciousness," so sit back and enjoy and please share the Science Of Soul links with friends - thanks.
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Sunday's playlist 17-08-2014

Hour One (Gray = Henry Stone)
The Controllers - Listen To The Children
B. Grant - Who Are You Going To Love
Zalmac - See What Your Love As Done
The Revelations - Mama
Club Nouveau - I'm So Happy
ZanYe' - Mistake + Conversations
Ingram Street - Don't Disturb The Groove
Wilson Pickett - The Best Part Of A Man
Bobby Caldwell - What You Wouldn't Do For Love
Timmy Thomas - Why Cant We Live Together
Betty Wright - The Best Girls Don't  Always Win
Gwen McCrae - Love Without Sex

Hour Two (Orange = Tribute LP)
ZaNye' - I'm Gonna Keep You
Williams Brothers - Still Here (Gospel-Spot)
William DeVaughn - You Can Do It
Melting Pot - All This Love
The Notations - Just Me & You
Gerald Levert - Your Smile
Enchantment - Silly Love Song
Johnny Bristol - Do It To My Mind
Heaven Sent & Ecstasy - Were Together Again
Al Green - Strong As Death (Sweet As Love)
Jerry Butler - Just Because I Really Love You
Shirley Brown - If This Is Goodbye
The Chi-Lites - Living In The Footsteps Of Another Man

ZanYe's Biography:
ZanYé (pronounced: ZAHN-yay) is not afraid to be real. She had a difficult childhood. She’s raising a family. She knows marriage takes work. And she’s lost a loved one to tragedy. She’s learned we don’t go through life alone, and the only way to cope is to be real. She also knows the flip side to hard times is joy. And to get there, and stay there, sometimes we have to talk things out. “Conversations,” her new SoundThought Recordings release is about relationships, the good, the bad; relationships with life, and romantic relationships – what it takes to stay in one, and keep the fire burning. As her second CD, there was no better time than now for “Conversations.” “It’s a project of healing, of real life experiences, and real relationship experiences,” says the singer. Her aim was to create songs that are counter to a lot of the music of the day. Music that, in her impression somewhat glorifies the “’I don’t need you’ concept. That’s just not realistic,” she says. So ZanYé offers what she says are songs that dive below the surface and sing of the all too well-known emotions of what love really is in “Crazy Love,” “Extra Ordinary,” “I’m Gonna Keep Ya,” and “Mistake.” And tracks that bounce back up and make you want to dance for the sheer joy of living like “Feels Like Rain,” “Keep It Moving,” and “Celebrate.”  More @ http://www.zanyemusic.com/



Benny Latimore
Welcome to the Science of Soul, I mentioned a couple of weeks back that my soul brother Melvin Jordan has recently interviewed the legendary Benny Latimore, well it's now available and you will find the Podcast on Melvin's FB pages, I got chance to sit and listen last week , he did a great job. This week's featured album has that Southern soul flavor and it's also the fifth album from Memphis based Ms Lacy Yvonne Reed, better known as Lacee, certainly a star on the rise a very popular live act and always in-demand guest vocalist. Lacee has put together a very consistent set with this latest project called "Beautiful," well crafted songs solid productions and top notch vocals. I have been listening to this for a couple of weeks now...don't let it slip by.

I am sure most people are aware that The Chi-Lites founding member Marshall Thompson suffered a stroke some time back but the good news is he is making a steady recovery and it's great to that the group will be featured on the new season of "Unsung" the USA TV show. The link will be available via the Science of Soul site just as soon as it becomes available...I'm looking forward to this one.

Music today from new albums of Leela James, Steven Russell Harts, B Thompson, & The Revelations, plus I had to slip in a classic by the Dramatics that I heard along with The Whispers, who tore up Chene Park in Detroit last weekend ...I really need to relocate, lol.

OK on with music as always thank you to all the people who share the Science of Soul link you help us to continue to grow.

This weeks playlist 10-08-2014

Hour One

Russell Thomkins Jr. - By The Time The Night Is Over
Leela James - Stay With Me
The Revelations - The Game Of Love
Clifton End - So Far Away
D. Goss - Old Skool Love
Conscious Plat - Black Pharaohs
Lacee - Mr Wrong / Beautiful
The Stairsteps - You Don't Love Me
Phil Geston - Pick Up The Phone
Satisfaction Unlimited - Let's Change The Subject
Steven Russell Harts - When Was The Last Time
Little Beaver - Give A Helping Hand

Hour Two
Paulette McWilliams - Main Squeeze

The Softones - Sweet Dreamer
Hershel Boone - I Tried
The Green Brothers - Sweet Lovin Woman
B. Thompson - Hooked On Your Love
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Be For Real
Mebeus - Loves Journey
Tommy Tate - I Can't Do Enough For U Baby
The Dramatics - And I Panicked
Clay Hammond - I Know What Love Is
Charles Jackson - I'm In Heaven
Lacee - I Don't Know Were Your At
R Kelly - Heaven I Need A Hug

Lacee's Biography:

Lacy Yvonne Reed (A.K.A Lacee) born July 1, is an American R&B, Soul and Blues singer and songwriter. Her first album was released in 2006 by the internationally known funk group the Bar-Kays, Archie and Lillie Love with Loveland Records. That same year she won the International Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Jackson Music Award in Jackson, Ms. She has been nominated for several other awards such as: Best New Female Vocalist in Atlanta, Georgia at the Just Blues Awards, and Best Female Vocalist in Memphis, TN. Lacee has performed in several musical plays in the Memphis area. She has the graced the stage with greats such as: J. Blackfoot, Bobby Womack, Glen Jones, Howard Hewitt, Tyrese, Lenny Williams, Theodis Ealey. Lebrado, Shirley Caesar, Smokie Norful and R&B Prince of Soul Calvin Richardson jut to name a few.

Lacee was born in Memphis, TN. She’s the daughter of JoAnn Reed (deceased since 1988) and Reverend Joe Reed (deceased 1987) she was the only child born to the Reeds’ but has an older brother, (Dennis Belcher). She was raised as a Baptist. She finished school in Batesville, MS. Lacee cites Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and Aretha Franklin as her overall biggest influences. She got her start in performing by singing in the church and with her mother. primetimepromotions.com


Gwendolyn Collins

100 Podcasts to date
Well.....The Science of Soul has made it's centenary blog, the same week as WWI's century!, in fact it last week but I so busy, just forgot Lol, I can't let the occasion pass without saying a massive thank you to my great friend of many, many, years, Mickey Nold, he came up with the idea for the Science of Soul website and the amount of time and work he as devoted to the site as been a major factor in the growth of the show, without him it would be just another soul show on local radio, I regularly have listeners all around the world through the Podcasts and 'live' on FM radio at 9pm every Sunday. Thank you Mickey for all that you do and most of all the friendship and patience you shown [Oooah  - Ed] . Alex Totney and Mark Williams at 102.5 The Bridge radio for having faith in the show and allowing me to pretty much do as I choose, also my soul brother Melvin Jordan at Legend107radio.com for taking the show to a new audience and your continued support. Must also mention my friends who spread the link and tune in every week from the USA, Japan, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Canada, Australia and of course here in the UK you are such a major part and I look forward to another 100.

Bigg Robb
This week I feature Gwendolyn Collins excellent new album "Story Telling Side 1..The Simple Things," I did sneak a track in last week but this week there's no sneaking,  got three songs so you can get a taste of just how good this album is. New music too from the king of Cincinnati soul Bigg Robb, the man who puts fun the music, B Thompson has a new album "For The Love" plus new album releases from Dee Robinson, Lacee and Dionne. My aim is always to mix new music with the classics we all grew up with and love, representing the classics is Walter Jackson, The Notations, Teddy  Pendergrass and so much more..so sit back and enjoy the Science Of Soul...Bridge readers click here for Podcast page/blog home

Sundays play list for 3-7-2014

Today's Spotlight album
Hour One
Winzell Kelly - # One Love
Dionne - Real
Lacee - Call Me
Marc Stagger - L O V E
Eddie Floyd - Your Love Is So Heavy
Bigg Robb - Hotter Than Cat Fish Grease
Gwendolyn Collins - Be Happy
Gwendolyn Collins - The Simple Things
Dee Robinson - I Like It
Woods Empire - Destiny
Walter Jackson - Forgetting Someone
B Thompson - Lets Get Away
Luther Ingram - Love Ain't Gonna Run Me Away

Freddie Jackson
Hour Two
The Notations - Baby I Like Your Style
Yvonne Fair - Stay A Little While Longer
Gwendolyn Collins - Heaven Sent
Curt Jones - Maybe Its Love
Impact - Sister Fine
Z Z Hill - Just Because Were No Longer Lovers
Freddie Jackson - Slow Dance
Bloodstone - Outside Woman
The Originals - Just To Keep You Satisfied
Will Downing - Something Special
Johnnie Taylor - This Is The Night For Making Love
Teddy Pendergrass - Now Tell Me That You Love Me

Gwenolyn Collins Biography:

Gwendolyn Collins. Born just across the river from New York City in the Garden State of New Jersey, Gwendolyn Collins was blessed with the gift of singing from her biological mother that was nurtured and matured by her adoptive parents. Gwendolyn has been singing since she was able to talk and at an early age began performing with the Church choir where her Father is a Deacon and later with the chorus in high school. It wasn’t until Gwendolyn moved to Maryland, just outside of the United States Capital, Washington, DC that that she began performing, writing, and recording music that would attract fans of all music genres.

Since arriving in the DC metro area, Gwendolyn’s diverse musical path has included fronting large national and international bands to accompanying intimate jazz trios. In 2006, Collins performed as a finalist in the Fortune Magazine “Battle of the Bands” at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Gwendolyn has also written and produced scores for two national authors. In 2008, she co-wrote and co-produced, “This Condition Called Love” for a video-release of the book “Joy Happened” by Stephanie Williams. She also co-produced the musical score for the video track for the book, “El Capitan” by Carlos Solari. More at CDBaby