Australia #2: Carmen Hedricks

Thanks for stopping by the Science of Soul. I am still living it up in Sydney, Australia but its not all play I'm working on a project with some close friends that is looking very positive. I thought due to the fact I'm here it would be rude not to feature the Australian based Carmen Hendricks who's latest set "Timing" is a pretty polished affair, it slides into a lot bags ...a very contemporary piece of work.

Thank you to all the people who continue to promote and share the SOS link in particular Jay Gordon - Lombardi your help is much appreciated. Not much chat so sit back enjoy the soul...

New book out...King of the Queen City is the first comprehensive history of King Records, one of the most influential independent record companies in the history of American music. Founded by businessman Sydney Nathan in the mid-1940s, this small outsider record company in Cincinnati, Ohio, attracted a diverse roster of artists, including James Brown, the Stanley Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Redd Foxx, Earl Bostic, Bill Doggett, Ike Turner, Roy Brown, Freddie King, Eddie Vinson, and Johnny Guitar Watson. While other record companies concentrated on one style of music, King was active in virtually all genres of vernacular American music, from blues and R&B to rockabilly, bluegrass, western swing, and country. A progressive company in a reactionary time, King was led by an interracial creative and executive staff that redefined the face and voice of American music as well as the way it was recorded and sold. Drawing on personal interviews, research in newspapers and periodicals, and deep access to the King archives, Jon Hartley Fox weaves together the elements of King s success, focusing on the dynamic personalities of the artists, producers, and key executives such as Syd Nathan, Henry Glover, and Ralph Bass. The book also includes a foreword by legendary guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dave Alvin.

Playlist for Sunday 25-01-2015

(Sorry - due to a tech problem Bill only talks after track 7) Hour One
Willie Hutch - Never Let You Be Without Love
James Tillman - Shangra La
Frank McComb - Somebody Like You
Natural Four - How You Been
David Washington - Ready For Your Love
The Four Tops - Strung Out On Your Love
Betty Wright - Why Do We Do What We Do
Carmen Hendricks - Timing
Carmen Hendricks - Heart Break Again
Keith Robertson - God Sent Me An Angel
Fortitude - The ? is
Archie Bell/Drells - Go For What You Know
Greg Perry - Come On Down

Hour Two
The Sequence - I Don't Need Your Love
James Brown - Never Can Say Goodbye
The Whispers - Say Yes
Carmen Hendricks - Through My Eyes
Lou Courtney - Why
Switch - I Wanna Be Closer* video under
Betty Wright - Old Songs
Tevin Campbell - Can We Talk
Barry White - Love Making Music
Billy Paul - Everybody's Breaking Up
Con-funk-tion - Promise You Love

Carmen Hendrix's biography:

2000-2002 Australia
Started performing rhythmic soul music at gigs across Melbourne with a number of residencies at various Melbourne venues
One year playing the role of Diana Ross with Off Broadway Productions of Motown
2003 South Africa
Invited back home to Cape Town South Africa to be the special guest artist at the Standard Bank Jazzathon with a 15,000 strong audience.
Began the process of preparing to write and record an album in South Africa
2004-2005 UK and South Africa
Released a house track ‘Till I See the Sun’ with DJ Jorj which was signed to a UK label and was track listed as Europe’s Summer Anthem for 2004.
Wrote and recorded first album called ‘Rhythmic Soul Revealed’ in Cape Town South Africa. One of the tracks on the album 'Forbidden Love’ came 6th in the APRA song writing awards
Held a soft launch of the Rhythmic Soul Revealed album at Melbourne’s Federation Square during the Midsumma Festival, headlining on the final day of the festival.
Started touring with Kate Ceberano performing in larger shows around Australia.
Performed regularly on Good Morning Australia, Melbourne. More at CarmenHendicksmusic.com


Australia #1

The Science of Soul will be coming to you from sunniest Sydney in Australia for the next three weeks, I'm working on some projects to take some soul down under, so rest assured I will keep you updated.

It's a very mixed bag music wise this week because I had to plan the show in advance, and just a little reminder for independent artists please keep us up-to-date on your projects 'cause new music is of vital
importance to my shows.

The line up for this years Chi Town Blues-Fest as just been announced It includes T K Soul and Shirley Brown along with Bobby Rush and a host of others,  due to take place in early March at the Star Plaza in Merriville .... trying to work out how I can make it over there. lol.
As always my thanks go to Mickey for keeping everything ticking over whilst I am away. I know it's short and sweet this week but I got packing to do, lol. Enjoy the music ... share the link ... spread the word. Podcast link here

Playlist for Sunday 17-02-2015

Hour One
The Whispers - Are You Going My Way
Hill Street Soul - That Way
Christon Ingram - Bet You Thought
Johnny Gill - 5000 Miles
L.T.D. - Where Did We Go Wrong
James Brown - I Need Help
Eric Nolan - I Miss You
Dangerfield Newbies - Heaven Sent Your Love
The Temptations - Way You Do The Things You Do
Anita Baker - You Bring Me Joy
Average White Band - Soul Searching
Bobby Taylor - Malinda
Charlie Wilson - There Goes My Baby
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - To Late To Turn Back Now
Deniece Williams - Let's hear It For The Boy

Hour Two
Club Nouveau - I'm So Happy
The Revelations - The Game Of Love
Freddy Gorman - I Can't Live Without Your Love
9th. Creation - Suburban Blues
Kem - It's You
Ronnie Henson - Where & When
Reggie B - Like A Dream
Calvin Richardson - More Than A Picture
Kevon Edmonds - Oh
Milestone - All I Need
Raw Shaw - I'd Rather Go Blind
The Chi-Lites - Tell Me Where It Hurts

I'm only 10,573 miles away from home this week


Carol Riddick

It's Science of Soul time and once again thanks for stopping by. This weeks show I 'll be featuring the new album from Ms Carol Riddick, My Legend107 brother Melvin Jordan dropped this in my in box this week and It blew me away ... what a great way to start 2015, entitles "Love Phases" it is Carol's second album and as you know I normally play 3 tracks from my featured artist,  but time I had to stretch it to 4 !!!!,  and believe me that was a tough choice 'cause the whole album is great. Philly soul lady Carol Riddick is gonna have a busy year on the back of this album, not that she is ever quiet! ... her collaborations with artists read like a who's who of soul music. Don't miss this album.

I have received a copy of George Clinton's "Brothas Be,  Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin Kinda Hard on You?" Just from the title you know it's gonna be fun, lol. George is truly a one of a kind character, he held his book signing at United Sound Studios in Detroit..very fitting as this was were much of the Parliament/Funkadelic sound was created I am looking forward to the read.
As some of you may be aware I am off to Australia so the next three programs will come from Sydney .... now I know you think it's hard, but somebody as to do it, lol. But rest assured it will be business as usual nothing stops the Science of Soul... Ok on with the good stuff. Click here for Podcast.

Playlist for Sunday 11-01-2015

 Hour One 
Gene Chandler - Please You Tonight
The Temptations - Truly For You
9th Creation - Truth Trust Love & Happiness
Heather Hayes Experience - Closer
7 Hy Koo ft Len Walston - The Weight
Carol Riddick - Never To Late
Carol Riddick - Why Does It Feel Like This
Willie Tee - Man That I Am
Anthony Hamilton - Total XTC
Charlie Wilson - Good Night Kisses
Kem - Tonight
Joe - I Wanna Know
The Jacksons - Blues Away

 Hour Two 
Sylvia Robinson - Distant Lover
The Montclairs - Make Up For Lost Time
Matt Covington - We Got One
Mystique ft Ralph Johnson - Fill You Up
Hinda Hicks - You Think You Own Me
Keith Robertson - All That You Have To Be
Carol Riddick - Turn Around Go Back
Carol Riddick - I Feel So Much
Millie Jackson - There You Are
Smokey Robinson/Miracles - Here I Go Again
Tyrone Davis - I Can't Wait
Enchantment - Silly Love Song

Carol Ridick's Biography:

Philadelphia’s best kept secret is out of the bag! Carol Riddick has released her solo debut album Moments Like This for all the world to hear. The singer/songwriter has graced stages from her hometown of Philadelphia to across the globe, winning fans and admirers with her extraordinary voice. Highly regarded in the music community for her vocal dexterity, mesmerizing performances, and genuinely warm personality, Carol Riddick’s time is now. Born and raised in South Philadelphia, music has always been a part of her life. It was in her early adulthood that the industry took notice of her vocal talent when she got her start touring with Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff. Since then Carol has blessed the tracks of many notable artists. She is featured on records by Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Norman Brown, and Kindred. Most recently her distinct vocal delivery can be heard on Musiq’s “Soulstar”, the title track on his multi-platinum album, and now with the release of her debut album, Carol has evolved into an artist in her own right. More at Reverbnation


Johnny Gill

No .. it's his fault
Welcome to the first edition of the the show for 2015, both myself and Mickey would like to say thanks for all the support that you gave the program and website in 2014, and a Happy New Year for 2015 too. Now all the festive stuff is over it's back to the real deal and this week I'll be featuring the new album from Johnny Gill, that's "Game Changer," and it's been a while since Johnny had some new product out, and I have to say this album is a grower .. kinda gets under your skin after a few plays. Been in rotation in my car over the last few weeks and I find myself looking for it ... always a good sign, lol. I've selected, as always, 3 tracks I think you might enjoy.

Motown's Tiller guys!
Other new music to start the year comes from Donell Sullivan. Karen Bernod and Mr X [Safford.] Something that is not quite in the normal 'S-O-S bag,' is a new release by Lysa & Chip ft Lill' Runt, an interesting take on the Denise Williams' classic 'b' side " 'Cause You Love Me," like I say not normal S-O-S but I like it. This years format will stay pretty similar, the old school classics lined up right next to the new product that's hitting the streets. Please remember to let me know if I miss something new, it's vital we hear new music ... that's tomorrows old school! look out for a couple of Motown classics from David Ruffin and Paul Williams, being two of the all time great singers ... looking back to when they're apart of the Temptations, just truly superb. Take a moment to watch the video at the foot of this page, just people we lost in 2014.

Ok on to the good stuff sit back and enjoy , I say it time and time again please share the Science of Soul link with a friend it helps us to continue to grow...the more we reach the more we teach.. (Pod link)

Playlist & Podcast for 4-01-2015

Hour One
Freda Payne - Tell Me Please
Luther Ingram - You Were Made For Me
Karen Bernod - Chillax
Donnell Sullivan - Party
Jeff Floyd - Throw Her Love To Me
9th Creation - Sexy Girl
Johnny Gill - Game Changer
Johnny Gill - Gonna Cost

Terri Tobin/Debbie Nelson - Where Would I Be
Little Jimmy Gandy - I'm Not Like The Others
Mr X - Ooh Ooh Wee
Darrow Fletcher - It's No Mistake
Archie Bell/Drells  Mama Didn't Teach Me That Way
Lysa & Chip ft Lil' Runt - Cause You Love Me Baby

Hour Two
Denise LaSalle - Why Am I Missing You
David Ruffin - Just Let Me Hold U For A Nite
Paul Williams - Once You Had A Heart
Barbara Mason - If You Knew Him Like I Do
The Moments - Baby Let's Rap Now (full vers)
Johnny Gill - What Is This
D J Rogers - I've Been Saved By Love
The Whispers - Welcome Into My Dreams
The Escorts - Lets Make Love At Home
David Hudson - Your My Dream Come True
Lou Rawls - I Wish It Were Yesterday

Johnny Gill's biography:
Gill's recording career began in 1983, at the age of 17, when his childhood friend, singer Stacy Lattisaw, convinced him to record a demo. This demo fell into the hands of the president of Atlantic Records, and his self-titled debut album was released shortly thereafter- featuring the minor hit "Super Love". On this album, Gill played guitar, bass, bongos, and drums in addition to performing lead and background vocals. Gill then teamed up with Stacy for a duet album, which featured their first hit together- the title track, "Perfect Combination". A second album on Atlantic Records yielded the song "Half Crazy". More at Wiki

A Tribute To The Legends Who Passed In 2014 from Colton Thomas on Vimeo.