In case this hadn’t crossed your mind, a soulful interpretation of a song comes from within. A tone that touches the soul of another person is perhaps the most wonderful gift from God that only you, the singer, endowed with the gift of voice can deliver. The definitive school of soul music that has inspired a multitude of genres and transcended generations in the last half a century—the way I see it, goes back to the 1970s. And if you really want to know, the record label that brought us the greatest soul music of all time in that era was Barry Gordy’s Motown Records. In this article, I’m going to give you some tips on the music you ought to be listening to IF you want to ignite that soulful flare from within. Learning from a stable of legendary singers like 70s Motown pre-computer, pre-auto tune productions will have you experience your growth possibilities as a singer take on a whole new dimension.
In my first installment, looking at my own definitive 70s Motown record collection, I draw inspiration from Stevie Wonder with Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Detroit Spinners with It’s A Shame; Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough; Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin And John; Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – Stop Look And Listen; The Supremes – Stoned Love; The Commodores – Brick House; The Commodores – Flying High; The Commodores – Zoom and last but not least, Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way.
I will be listing more Motown material in my next installment, but for now, what I’d like you to do is to run a search for these songs online to get a feel for the way songs were delivered back then—with so much passion, so much soul… and be inspired to develop your own soulful style by learning from the greats!
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