Brenda Vaughn

Reveal the world by Brenda Vaughn

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Brenda Vaughn released a great track called Sistas Shakin Up and t she seems to have been a big hit in Tokyo. She was born in Starkville, Mississippi and even had a day name after her!

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Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones - She Knew About Me

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She Knew About Me

Shirley Jones was at one time the lead singer in The Jones Girls. They were all sisters who disbanded in 1984 and Shirley went on to sing solo.

Wikipedia: Shirley Jones (R&B_singer)

Johnnie Mae Matthews

Johnny Mae Mathews - I Have No Choice

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I Have No Choice  (1967)

Johnnie Mae Matthews – a respected name in soul music. Curious name Johnnie for a woman, but she was heralded the  “Godmother of Detroit Soul”.  A big influence of many artists in the city who later signed to Motown.

We think the ‘B’ side of I have No Choice is even better – sung by her  daughter.

Info @ Soulful Kinda Music

Find out all about this great Soul lady @ Soulful Detroit.

Wikipedia: Johnnie Mae Matthews

Magic Lady

Magic Lady - Betcha Can´t Lose With My Love • TopPop

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Betcha Can’t Lose (With My Love) – 1988

Magic Lady were a girl group formed in 1980 consisting of Linda Stokes, Jackie Stokes and Kimberly Ball. They don’t seem to have recorded anything since the above.

Macy Gray – Happiness


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We all know Macy Gray’s distinctive singing style. This is a beautiful soulful ballad. Her real name is Natalie Renee McIntyre. So far she’s released 10 albums and is talented in many directions including songwriting, acting and producing. This instrumentation on this track is reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield (For What It’s Worth). Just fabulous.

Wikipedia: Macy Gray

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On

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Put Your Records On

Corinne Bailey Rae is a Sweet Soul singer and song writer from Leeds, Yorkshire, England. She graduated from Leeds University in 2000, and her debut album was Corinne. She has a wonderful, almost child like voice that can affect even the most hardened cynics among us. Long may she continue to sing and play.

Soulvation Army – Flora Wilson

Soulvation Army feat: Flora Wilson - Dancing On A Daydream.mpg

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Dancing On A Daydream
Flora Wilson -Dancing On A Daydream

Soulvation Army Band released Dancing On A Daydream as an instrumental on the A side and sung by Flora Wilson on the B side. The same track both as a song and instrumental has been done many times before of course – how about You Can’t Sit Down, instrumental by Phil Upchurch and the song by The Dovells. This track is a bit reminiscent of Archie Bell in its rhythm if nothing else.

Su Kramer

Su Kramer - You've Got The Power

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You Got The Power

Su Kramer is another of those wonderful things, a German black soul singer. However, the song You Got The Power feels like it owes more to ABBA than Aretha! No wonder it’s popular in Europe…

Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson - Silly, wasn't I

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Valerie Simpson is a song writer and performer. She was the Simpson in the Motown song writing duo – Ashford and Simpson who also performed as a duo.

Let’s Go Get Stoned – 1964 for Ray Charles

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 1966 for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel

Wikipedia: Ashford and Simpson

Valerie Simpson