CHUBBY TAVARES 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

CHUBBY TAVARES 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

As one of the founding members of the global family supergroup that bears his last name, Chubby Tavares’ distinctive voice has been heard literally by millions of music lovers the world over. He began recording solo projects a few years back at the same time, continuing constant performances with his brothers. Chubby’s great third album marks a reunion with award-winning producer/songwriter Preston Glass and work with up-and-coming LA producer Brandon Wattz as well as with UK hitmaker Nigel Lowis. Released through SoulMusic Records in association with Platinum Garage Records, “Amazing Ride” includes a wonderful duet with Pattie Brooks as well as remake of the Charlie Chaplin standard, “Smile” which has gained popularity among UK soul music listeners…

Phone interview with David Nathan conducted June 14

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WILL DOWNING, NAJEE & MELI'SA MORGAN - SOUL SUMMIT

WILL DOWNING, NAJEE & MELI’SA MORGAN – SOUL SUMMIT

On the special occasion of the much-anticipated London concerts (June 22nd and June 24th at Islington Assembly Hall) by a trio of outstanding U.S. performers – Will Downing (in the UK for shows for the first time in many years), Najee (who appeared on a great show with Gary Taylor a couple of years ago) and Meli’sa Morgan (who wowed UK audiences on shows with Patti LaBelle, The Whispers and Melba Moore within the last few years), David Nathan caught up with all three for a ‘Soul Summit’…in two parts since Najee and Meli’sa were on the call on one day and Will the next…

NAJEE & MELI’SA

WILL DOWNING

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JAMES MTUME 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

JAMES MTUME 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

The multi-faceted and multi-talented James Mtume has been contributing to the world of music for some five decades: best known to soul music audiences in particular as the creator of the group Mtume in the late ’70s, his work as a producer with partner Reggie Lucas on stellar recordings by Stephanie Mills, Phyllis Hyman, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway is just part of the story. As a member of the legendary Miles Davis’ band and born into the jazz royalty family, The Heath Brothers, Mtume’S musical resume is singular, stretching all the way into the ’90s when he was the musical director for the popular TV series, “New York Undercover.” 2018 represents the 35th anniversary of the much-sampled massive Mtume group hit, “Juicy Fruit” and the airing of an episode on Mtume via TV-One’s popular “Unsung” series in the US.

Sad footnote: this phone interview was conducted on May 11 and just over a week later, Mtume’s renowned collaborator, Reggie Lucas passed away. We salute Reggie for his exemplary contribution to the work he did with James Mtume in the band Mtume and as a part of one of the most successful production/songwriting teams of the ’70s and ’80s.

Clif Payne 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

Clif Payne 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

With the late 2016 release of “No Payne, No Gain,” his duet with the legendary Freda Payne (not related as far as the pair can tell), Harlem-born, Bay Area-based Clif Payne (who has worked with an array of artists over the years including Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Tony Bennett and Bobby McFerrin) achieved international recognition, particularly in the UK where it became a Top 10 soul hit). Now comes his second CD, “Too” (the follow-up to his debut album “Welcome To My World”), produced by Preston Glass and Larry Batiste and released through SoulMusic Records in association with Platinum Garage Records. Clif shares with David Nathan about the new album (which includes a new duet with Freda, “Yesterday’s Payne, Tomorrow’s Joy”) and more…

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Nadia Cole 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

Nadia Cole 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

Eighteen-year old international R&B / gospel recording artist Nadia Cole has been performing since she was five-years-old. She appeared on ” America’s Got Talent” when she was just nine along with her two equally talented brothers Michael & Avery Cole. The siblings known as Voices Of Glory rose above 100,000 contestants to finished as the top five finalists. Her very first solo single, the upbeat “Today” – produced by award-winning music man Preston Glass – has just been released via SoulMusic Records in association with Platinum Garage Recordings. In this interview with David Nathan, Nadia shares all about her surprising musical influences, her career to date and more…

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Soul Talkin': Bettye Lavette 2018 SoulMusic.com

Soul Talkin’: Bettye Lavette 2018 SoulMusic.com

“I can sing, I know a lot of songs, I got a lot of dresses, a lot of wigs and high heel shoes!” Bettye Lavette, March 2018 on being a soul survivor, in every sense of the term

Remarkably, with five decades of recording to her credit, the indeed remarkable Bettye Lavette has actually only had full album releases with two other major labels up until now – a 1972 LP for Atco that never saw the light of day until decades later and a 1982 set for Motown.  On the famed Verve imprint, Things Have Changed is Bettye’s take on a dozen songs penned by Bob Dylan, given her own distinctive and uniquely soulful interpretation.   In this interview with SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan (who has been listening to Bettye since 1965 and interviewing her since the ’70s), the tell-it-like-it-is one-of-a-kind song stylist shares about the project and a career that has finally taken her into prominence within the last decade…

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Terry Dexter 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

Terry Dexter 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

In 2017, Singer/songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist Terry Dexter recorded “I Remember,” a powerhouse duet with ‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist Johnny Manuel, written and produced by award-winning music man Preston Glass. The digital single – released through SoulMusic Records’ association with Preston’s Platinum Garage Recordings – has done well on the UK soul radio charts. In this interview with David Nathan, Terry (whose name has appeared on recordings by a wide range of artists including Patti Labelle, Jaheim, Eric Benet, Wynona Judd, Micheal McDonald, Eminem, Paul Taylor, Will.i.am and George Duke among others) shares about her most recent activities and what it takes to sustain a career as an independent recording artist….

 

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Preston Glass: Love & Compassion - January 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

Preston Glass: Love & Compassion – January 2018 SoulMusic.com Interview

Throughout the decades, soul music has been the birthing place for recordings with potent lyrical messages that have touched listeners worldwide – think Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, James Brown, producer/songwriters Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and others.  Award-winning producer, songwriter and musician Preston Glass has created a wonderful compilation of new recordings by a bevvy of established and new artists aptly entitled “Love & Compassion” and SoulMusic Records (SMR) has released this 17-track set in association with Preston’s Platinum Garage Recordings. In this interview with David Nathan, he shares about the project’s creation and some of the artists involved including SoulMusic Hall of Fame inductees Freda Payne and Gerald Alston as well as the UK Top 5 soul charted single, “In The Meantime” by Willie Bradley…

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Johnny Britt 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Johnny Britt 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Multi-faceted music man Johnny Britt first established himself with modern-day soul music lovers as the founder and one-half of the group Impromp2 in the mid-90s, signed to Motown’s MoJazz label and creating a following on both sides of the Atlantic. Subsequently, Johnny’s worked with The Temptations, launched his own solo career and in addition to his solo work, is the newest (and youngest!) member of the legendary group, Little Anthony & The Imperials. In London in November for a sold-out show at The Hideaway and promoting his latest project, “Marvin Meets Miles,” he sat down with David Nathan (who wrote the first Impromp2 bio back in 1995) for a catch up…

Ruby Turner 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Ruby Turner 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

On the occasion of her recent much-deserved induction into The SoulMusic Hall of Fame by public vote and the new release of the sumptuous SoulMusic Records’ 2-CD anthology, “Livin’ A Life Of Love” (compiled by Justin Kantor), UK black music pioneer Ruby Turner spoke with David Nathan just before embarking on a UK tour with Jools Holland and his Orchestra…

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