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IT’S THE PRINCIPLE THAT COUNTS...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe first release of 2017 from ERROL HENRY'S SOUND PRINCIPLE is a rousing, soul-filled revisit to his wonderful gospel song 'Because You Love Me'. Many fondly remember the smouldering version from Shirley Jones, but for the new tweak, Mr H turns up the beats and hands the vocals to a great new talent – Miami born, Atlanta based, Phillippia Williams.

Though Phillippia may be new to us, she's no novice and has performed all over the United States for more than 2 decades and has shared stages with stars like Jill Scottand K-Ci& Jo Jo. Errol Henry explains show he found her: "I was sent a demo of Phillippia by my A&R guy in the States and I could not believe that someone so clearly talented had not already been signed. We immediately got Phillippa on the phone and sorted her deal there and then. Her vocals for 'Because You Love Me' were completed a few days later and I am highly delighted with the end-result. I see it as a privilege to be able to provide a platform via The Sound Principle for singers to showcase their abilities. The guys I work with are all seasoned players and know how to create a musical environment that is perfectly suited to the vocalist we are working with at any given moment. The melodic structure of 'Because You Love Me' suited Phillppia perfectly and she brought her own distinct flavour to the table and did an awesome job." ... And "awesome" is an adjective we won't argue with when we come to describe the soul power of 'Because You Love Me'.

THE SOUND PRINCIPLE. feat Phillippia Williams.' Because You Love Me' is released on Intimate Records/i2 Music Group on March 3rd.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:23

 

BUNNY SIGLER: ALIVE AND WELL

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRecent internet reports from certain soul sites claiming that Philly soul stalwart BUNNY SIGLER has died have, thankfully, been proven false and totally denied by the singer's management.

Lloyd Remick, Bunny's lawyer and advisor has posted saying that, yes; the singer has been hospitalised but is now on the road to recovery. He said,  "Bunny is in the hospital and had some tough times but is getting stronger everyday. He is alive and strong, contrary to rumours on the internet."

 

SOLID FOUNDATIONS.....

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSTONE FOUNDATION are a hard-working UK soul band created by Neil Sheasby and Neil Jones who shared a mutual love for all things soulful and like the rest of the team they put together they knew that the real route to success was live work... not the yellow brick road of the TV talent show. So, the Stones gigged consistently round the London circuit and in 2011 the effort paid off when they were invited to open for the Specials on their comeback UK arena tour.

Several long players later the band have built a solid fan base that's set to grow as they prepare to release a brand new album, 'Street Rituals'. There's a real buzz about the new album as it's revealed that the set is being produced by self-confessed soul boy, Paul Weller. That special buzz has been heighted by the just-released single, 'Strange People', which features a cameo vocal from a certain William Bell.

The Stax stalwart says: "It was an absolute pleasure working on "Strange People" with Stone Foundation and Paul Weller for the band's brand new album!"

The Foundation's Neil Jones adds: "'Strange People' was written from the viewpoint of a child growing up in today's society, surrounded by a changing city and an uncertain future. Children never have any preconceptions of race, religion or creed. That's imprinted on their minds by the strange people surrounding them struggling to survive within a society divided by media driven stories and political lies".

The soundscape of the single adds to the urgency of that message. There are hints of classic 60s soul, a garnish of that special Paul Weller sound, even a feel of the great Steely Dan. It all bodes well for the album.

That Stone Foundation's album 'Street Rituals' is released on 31st March via 100% Records... the same day that the band support Paul Weller at his Teenage Cancer Trust headline show at London's Royal Albert Hall. From there, the group go on an 8 gig UK tour... dates below.

The single 'Strange People' featuring William Bell is out now and you can catch the video @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVctu0hNzdY

Thu 27 April Bristol, The Fleece

Fri 28 April Manchester, The Ruby Lounge

Sat 29 April Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre

Fri 05 May Coventry, The Empire

Sat 06 May Brighton, Concorde 2

Fri 12 May Leeds, The Wardrobe

Sat 13 May London, Islington Assembly Hall

Thu 18 May Newcastle, The Cluny

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:06

 

LARRY CORYELL DIES....

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS news agencies are reporting the death at age 73 of jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. It seems that Coryell died in his sleep "of natural causes", on Sunday 19th February.

Born in Galveston, Texas in 1943, Larry played with many jazz greats in his long career. More recently he was planning an extensive tour with The Eleventh House, a band he formed back in the 70s and regarded as pioneers of jazz-fusion.

Larry is survived by his wife, Tracey, four children and six grandchildren.

A full appreciation of Larry Coryell's career here at SOULANDJAZZANDFUNK tomorrow.

 

LET ME BE YOUR’S!

Monday, 20 February 2017 15:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soulstress SHAILA PROSPERE won friends with her first long player, 'In My Shoes' and right now she's working on the follow-up. To get us all ready, the album is heralded by a sweet single, 'Let Me Be Your's'.

The song was penned by Shaila in tandem with Everis Pellius and Phil Phillo (Full Crew/Soul Syndicate) and the whole thing is a heartfelt throwback to the 80s. The special "Soul Syndicate Remix" is even more 80s than the original. Listen in and you should hear little bits of Cheryl Lynn's 'Encore' and Curtis Hairston's 'Morning After'.... a tasty, potential floor filler.

SHAILA PROSPERE: 'Let Me Be Your's' released on Rhythm Records, March 10th

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 15:43

 

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