Soul Music Today

Usher in Miami
Soul music today is not a brand new thing. It is a reawakening of interest in a classic style that has been present all along. Many soul singers who started performing in the 1970s have been working steadily since then. It is o­nly recently that soul music has gained new wave of widespread appreciation. The renewed popularity of soul’s sound is helping to break the false stereotypes of the past.

Yes, it is true that soul music has nurtured the growth of many gospel-trained singers. However, it is also the case that many young pop singers have a soulful element in their work. It may have been, at o­ne time, that soul music was rooted in the experiences of certain cultures or age groups. However, it is now true that musicians of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences come together to create unforgettable sounds.

Eli Reed and Sharon Jones are two very different examples of more traditional soul vocalists. At the same time, knowledgeable musicians have described Jill Scott, Keshia Cole, and Amy Winehouse as “soulful” singers. Even names like Usher, Alicia Keys, and Macy Gray have been associated with soul’s unique style.

It comes down to passion, intensity, and a connection with the emotional moment. What distinguishes soul music is a full-out commitment to a song, and the willingness to express that song’s emotion without reserve. Pop music and other forms of music seem to have a kind of ironic stand-back attitude that soul music simply will not allow.

Alicia Keys
A soul singer must be so involved in the deep feelings of a song that there is no time to worry about superficial appearances or sarcastically humorous lyrics. This, combined with an easily recognizable musical sound, keeps the heart of soul music alive. Whether it is adapted through new technology and production, or brought alive by the younger generation, soul music today is as powerful as ever.