soul music


Definition of 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

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Franklin was—and still is—a soul music tour-de-force who remained a staple on the charts and radio for more than six decades, accumulating 18 Grammy Awards along the way. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "18 Powerful Tributes to Aretha Franklin’s Music," 16 Aug. 2018 The routine itself is only ninety seconds long, but the 21-year-old athlete jumped, flipped, turned, and showed off her incredible talent across the floor to a mashup of R&B and soul music like Michael Jackson and Tina Turner. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I'm Obsessed With UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi," 14 Jan. 2019 When Bruno Mars, who is Puerto Rican, Filipino, and Jewish, was accused in March of appropriating funk and soul music from African Americans, R&B legends such as Charlie Wilson came to his defense. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The cultural appropriation debate has changed. But is it for the better?," 18 Dec. 2018 In 1956, Franklin released her first album, Songs of Faith, kicking off a six-decade reign of soul music. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away at 76 Years Old," 16 Aug. 2018 This weekend, though, the sonic situation at the peer gets a cool upgrade, courtesy of Chi-Soul Fest, the Chicago soul music festival that celebrates the city’s illustrious history of black music. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 28 June 2018 The nationally celebrated and award-winning local band ThunderSOUL Orchestra played a high-energy set of live funk and soul music for all to enjoy. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Annual Bayou Greenway Day attracts about 4,000 people to Tidwell Park," 11 Apr. 2018 Motor City Soul Stomp (Photo: John Froelich/Special to the Detroit Free Press) A trio of connoisseurs of superb soul music join forces each month at the Marble Bar for an all-vinyl dance party. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music this weekend: Free summer festivals deliver the sounds," 7 June 2018 People get aggressive, so show up early to stake out a spot—soul music from singer/songwriter Klez begins at 7 p.m., and the flick starts 8:30. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands Down," 31 May 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of soul music

: a popular style of music expressing deep emotion that was created by African-Americans

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