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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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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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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PRESTON GLASS Presents "LOVE & COMPASSION" (SoulMusic Records/Platinum Garage Records)

PRESTON GLASS Presents “LOVE & COMPASSION” (SoulMusic Records/Platinum Garage Records)

Track listing:

1. “LOVE ALWAYS WINS” – EUGENE COLE
2. “HOOKUP AT THE HEART” – TONY LINDSAY
3. “IN THE MEANTIME” – WILLIE BRADLEY feat. GERALD ALSTON
4. “PEACE IS MORE” – CLIF PAYNE
5. “WITHOUT A DOUBT” – VOICES OF GLORY
6. “WELCOME TO THE HUMAN RACE” – FREDA PAYNE
7. “GHETTO CHILD” – BRANDON WATTZ
8 . “WEAPONS OF LOVE – JACNIQUE NINA
9. “LOVE WILL GET US THROUGH THE TIMES” – LaTOYA LONDON
10. “LIKE FAMILY” – RAGS MOODY III
11. “FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER” – BISHOP WAYNE
12. “EMPOWERED” – DAVID NATHAN
13. “GIVE EACH OTHER LOVE” – DOMONIQUE BROWN & THE FAM
14. “AMEN TO THAT” – STEPHANIE ANGELIN
15. “SOMEDAY IS NOW” – AIYANA LEE
16. “LOVE IS” – AMY KEYS
17. “THE PATH OF COMPASSION” – CHUBBY TAVARES

SoulMusic Records (SMR) in association with Platinum Garage Recordings is proud to release PRESTON GLASS Presents LOVE & COMPASSION, songs to feed your soul in these everchanging times. There is a void in the world’s landscape today, of what used to be “basic human ingredients of love and compassion…..The need for these qualities is what sparked the inspiration for award-winning producer and songwriter Preston Glass to put together (along with some dear friends with great musical gifts) this collection of amazing, moving and heart-tugging songs. With stellar contributions by both established artists and newcomers in the soul music realm, SOUL MUSIC RECORDS/PLATINUM GARAGE RECORDINGS is proud to bring these songs of ‘Love’ and ‘Compassion’ to music lovers the world over.

“Love & Compassion” includes the 2017 UK soul music-charted single, “In The Meantime” by Willie Bradley featuring Gerald Alston (of The Manhattans) and original recordings by the legendary Freda Payne (of “Band Of Gold” fame),Chubby Tavares (of legendary group Tavares), Clif Payne, LaToya London, David Nathan and Amy Keys.

Other artists featured are Eugene Cole (of the Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole family) and Domonique Brown & The Fam (with members of Marvin Gaye’s family). Other new recording artists include Tony Lindsay, Voices Of Glory, Brandon Wattz, Jacnique Nina, Rags Moody III, Bishop Wayne, Stephanie Angelini and Aiyana Lee (granddaughter of Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin).

Executive-produced by award-winning producer and songwriter Preston Glass (who wrote/co-wrote all but one of the tracks, a cover of The Spinners’ “Ghetto Child”) and SoulMusic Records’ founder and artist-in-his-own-right David Nathan, this superb collection of songs with a universal message includes a number of guest players including producer/artist Reggie Calloway, Temptations’ vocalist Ron Tyson and renowned saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

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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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Eric Benet 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview with David Nathan

Eric Benet 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview with David Nathan

Eric Benet has been a consistent presence on the global music scene for just over two decades as a purveyor of contemporary soul music that hearkens back to the tradition of vocalists like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and later Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross, creating nine albums that showcase his skills both as a singer and songwriter. On the occasion of his visit to London in October 2017, Eric shares with David Nathan (who began interviewing him in 1999 when his milestone “A Day In The Life” album was released) about his latest self-titled project, being a label owner and more…