soul music


: music that originated in African American gospel singing, is closely related to rhythm and blues, and is characterized by intensity of feeling and vocal embellishments

Examples of soul music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, Philadelphia’s soul music scene was on the brink of exploding onto the national stage. John Morrison, SPIN, 9 May 2024 Andre Thierry will close out the Town Park Plaza stage with his accordion soul music; his set will be followed by a songwriters concert at Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company featuring Ren Geisick and Chris Motter. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 But there’s also so many other influences within the piece, like the Clark Sisters and gospel and R&B and 70s soul music. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 23 Apr. 2024 Growing up in the segregated South, Martell had sung R&B and soul music. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 Now and throughout its career, The Lone Bellow’s trademark has been its stirring, three-part vocal harmonies, which are inspired as much by classic soul music as by country and bluegrass. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024 The composition, a blend of neoclassical movements and soul music, ultimately was a success. Lisa Vernon Sparks, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Two restaurants attract foodies as house and soul music fill the air: Meet Dalia and Alma Cubana. Essence, 4 Dec. 2023 In addition, chromaticism was used to underscore the energetic excitement of Lang Lang’s 88-key runs and to connect to musical content reflective of American jazz, blues and soul music. Daniel Kany, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soul music was in 1959

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“Soul music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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soul music

: music that originated in Black American gospel singing, is closely related to rhythm and blues, and is characterized by intensity of feeling and earthiness

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