Wednesday, 30 August 2017 19:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soul singer MELISSA BELL died on Monday 28th August aged 53. A diabetic, she had suffered with kidney problems. Melissa had been a member of Soul II Soul, recorded as a solo artist and was the mother of Alexandra Burke (the pair are pictured together above). Indeed it was Ms Burke who announced her mother's passing via Twitter: "It is with the heaviest and saddest of hearts that the family inform you our beautiful, funny and loving mum, Melissa Bell, has passed away. Our beautiful mother gained her wings on Monday 28 of August 2017, a day that changed our lives forever. We will never forget her unconditional support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her life. We are eternally proud and thankful to call her our mummy."

Born in London, Melissa Bell enjoyed moderate success with her solo single, 'Reconsider'. Her delivery convinced Soul II soul's Jazzy B to enlist her into his collective in 1993. Melissa was lead voca on Soul II Soul's 'l 'Wish' and a year later on 'Be A Man.'

Ms Bell is survived by her four children.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 19:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTwo times Gospel Music Award winner, TED WINN is about to release his latest album, 'Stand In Awe'. The long player, which features guest input from Hezekiah Walker and Lisa Knowles, allows Winn a platform from which to expound his socio/religious philosophy and to raise consciousness and fight for Social Justice. Ted has never been one to just sing about his faith as he believes too many gospel stars do. He asks rhetorically: "Do you just go on stage and sing five worship songs and then, go home? Is that all you do?"

He adds that 'Stand In Awe' is his "response to the trend of blanching Black gospel music...I want to inspire people to think more, to engage more, to laugh more and to be more focused and intentional on living the best life that they can live."

TED WINN'S 'Stand In Awe' is released on Shanachie on September 1st.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 19:26



Tuesday, 29 August 2017 18:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIf your memory's better than mine, you may well remember the hit 'Fuck it... I Don't Want You Back'. That was about ten years ago and the artist, of course, was the enigmatic EAMON. Well we didn't get much more from young Eamon after that... and the man himself is honest enough to explain why: "I had a problem. I was a young kid with a lot of money who didn't know how to deal with fame." A familiar story yes... Eamon admits that the demands that come with fame derailed him for a time and he says that life quickly became a struggle.

Now though, Eamon's getting things back on track and he's all set to release a new album on September 15th. The 10 song set is called 'Golden Rail Motel' and it's stuffed with music that's right on the current R&B vibe... a tough, organic sound that's contemporary but with its roots in soul's Golden Age. Producers Stoupe and Dan Ubick have used Connie Price and the Keystones as the band throughout and with Eamon in top form they've achieved a sound that will please fans of the whole Daptone thing. Have a listen to the bouncy 'Run' to hear what I mean.

Two other soul highlights are 'Be My Girl' and the obviously named 'I Got Soul'. Both are homages to soul's early days and both boast more than hint of classic doo-wop. "My father and his friends had a doo-wop group" recounts Eamon. "Growing up, in my house was always filled with music. On any night you'd have four guys singing doo-wop in the living room. This was my normal".

Normal or not, Eamon's back and meaning business. You can check into the GOLDEN RAIL MOTEL from September 15th. The album's released on Huey Ave Music/Enemy Soil Records.


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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGREGORY PORTER has just announced a return to the UK for a 12 date tour in April 2018. The tour opens on April 5th/6th, 2018 at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. The tour also includes dates at the Royal Albert Hall .... April 18th/19th – where Porter and his band will (for these shows only) be accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.

Dates are: (all April 2018)

5/6 Birmingham, Symphony Hall

7 Liverpool Empire

8 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

10 Nottingham Royal Court Hall

11 Cardiff St David's Hall

12 Manchester Apollo

13 Leeds Direct Arena

15 Sheffield City Hall

17 Bournemouth BIC

18/19 London Royal Albert Hall

Tickets go on sale: 9.00am - Thursday 31st August, 2017

Now the mystery. At the end of last week several US music sites announced that Porter was about to release a new album – a tribute to Nat King Cole, with Porter offering his twist on a set of Cole classics. By the weekend, those articles had disappeared and the singer's official site and his social media mentioned nothing about any new material... be it Nat King Cole covers or anything else.... strange.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:49



Monday, 28 August 2017 15:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest single from TOM GLIDE'S successful 'Divas Got Soul' album is 'Soul Train' with, as you'd expect, an exceptional vocal from HIL ST SOUL.

If you know the album you'll know the song is relentless groove with predictable choo-choo effects but for the single Tom has commissioned two new mixes from Ashley Beedle in his North Street guise. They're nicely different and you can also check out Monsieur Glide's own dub mix.

Everything available from September 8th

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