SPARKLING SOUL…

Back in 2021 UK soul connoisseurs were in thrall to a new tune from veteran soul singer SHIRLEY DIAMOND. Her ‘You Don’t Know  (Who You Sleeping With)’ became an instant classic, thanks in some ways to exposure via web sites like Toby Walker’s www.soulwalking.co.uk.

At the time we knew very little about Shirley but we learned that she’s from Atlanta and she was mentored by Gladys Knight. Shirley  was sometime lead singer with Brick and she’s shared stages with people like Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Bland and Denise LaSalle. Shirley’s previous recordings include the CD album project ‘Shirley Diamond With Magic Mushroom’ entitled ‘You Don’t Have To Be Sad, To Sing The Blues’ which included credible cover versions of Tyrone Davis’s ‘Homewrecker’ and Marvin’s ‘Inner City Blues.’ In 2016 she released the ‘Strong Woman’ album on Phat Sak Records which was followed by the Harvey Scales penned song ‘Are You Setting Me Up’ . Quite a CV and good enough for us!

Right now Shirley’s currently working as a E.I.P also known as an Education Support Teacher working with students who are experiencing learning difficulties. She also continues performing  and recording most notably,  2021’s  sublime ‘You Don’t Know  (Who You Sleeping With)’ which  was a collaboration with Con-Funk-Shun’s Felton Pilate and if you missed out on it back in 2021, those nice people at SOUL JUNCTION RECORDS are now offering you the chance to get your hands on a lovely 7” of the song (actually two versions of the song… see below).

The SJ 45 offers the original ’21 version of the song on one side, while the flip delivers a re-recording  in duet format – the duettist being none other than long standing Soul Junction artist and pal of Shirley, Jesse James. The producer on the new take is none other than Felton Pilate who adds some extra instrumentation to make the version just a little different but none the less soulful. Between them these two takes of ‘You Don’t Know  (Who You Sleeping With)’ make up a genuine double AA sider. Proper sensuous  soul that might remind you a little of Shirley Brown’s ‘Woman To Woman’!

We believe that a further Shirley and  Jesse duet entitled ‘Another Love Lay Over’ will soon be featured as part of a future Soul Junction Jesse James project. In the meantime, the ‘You Don’t Know  (Who You Sleeping With)’ single wins release on February 26th. Pre-orders now!

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