Originally released in 1991, the million-selling-plus “Private Line” album was the launching pad for soul man the late Gerald Levert’s solo career following his success with the group Levert. SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan and renowned entertainment journalist Janine Coveney discuss Gerald’s heritage as the son of Eddie Levert of The O’Jays, his appeal to the loyal female audience he built as a solo artist and the legacy of great soul music he left.
Special Guest MARCUS MILLER!
Join us for a deep dive into the music and stories of your favorite Soul and R&B artists. David Nathan, noted soul music historian, joins host Bethany Dawson every other week to chat about the lives of the people who made the music that continues to move our souls.
With an incredible career as an ‘A’ list musician, songwriter, producer, film composer and recording artist in his own right, Marcus Miller has worked with some of the true legends and icons within contemporary music including Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn and many others.
In this extensive conversation with SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan (who first met Marcus in 1981 when Luther Vandross was on the verge of jump-starting his solo career), the multi-award winner recalls just a few of the many highlights of his career to date from his days of playing on a non-stop round of studio sessions in the late ‘70s to co-writing the 1982 now-classic Jump To It with Luther for Aretha and producing the Miles Davis breakthrough album, Tutu.
A recent inductee into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, Sylvester played a pioneering role as a black and openly gay artist in the late ‘70s, contributing such classics as “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real” and “Over & Over.” SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan and acclaimed performer, producer, journalist and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Jason King discuss Sylvester’s influence on popular culture and his groundbreaking work that opened the doors for some of today’s ‘out and proud’ artists and performers.
Originally released in 1969, “First Take” served as the iconic Roberta Flack’s introduction to international music audiences. SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan and renowned entertainment journalist Janine Coveney discuss in depth the 2020 deluxe edition of the LP and Roberta’s song choices, some of which are as relevant today as ever. FIRST TAKE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is available exclusively here.
Originally released in 1980, “Give Me The Night” provided the multi-talented George Benson with a new level of global success. Produced by Quincy Jones, the LP included timeless dance floor classics such as the hypnotic title cut and “Love X Love.” As SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan and music industry veteran Michael Lewis discuss, the multi-million-selling album showcased George’s artistry as a musician and vocalist appealing to R&B, jazz and pop audiences worldwide.
Originally released in 1983, Stompin’ At The Savoy represented the end of an era for groundbreaking group Rufus with the iconic Chaka Khan. As SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan and longtime colleague Michael Lewis discuss, the LP captured the band’s dynamic energy and Chaka’s fiery vocals and also gave us the timeless anthem, “Ain’t Nobody".
Join SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan and music industry veteran Michael Lewis as they discuss the role that black music pioneers such as Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and others have played in creating timeless songs that have empowered, uplifted and inspired generations globally in the quest for equal rights, justice and freedom.
SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan is joined this week by powerhouse producer and songwriter Preston Glass to discuss his work with the legendary Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire. They're joined by Jeff Vasishta, 'Variety' magazine contributor, for a lively discussion about Maurice's work and global impact on the world of music.