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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Recent Examples on the Web My Life, which remains not only one of her most personal and raw album to date—touching on her experiences in an abusive relationship, struggles with addiction, and more—but also effectively changed the course of hip-hop and soul music. Christian Allair, Vogue, 24 June 2021 Irving has a busy calendar this weekend, with soul music, a fashion show and pop-up market and family hike. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 11 June 2021 In recent years, Legion Field has been the location of Birmingham Funk Fest, a multi-artist show that leans to R&B, rap, funk and soul music. Mary Colurso |, al, 26 May 2021 Old-school soul music plays from speakers across the street. Dwight Weingarten, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2021 Stone will receive the soul music icon award; Ginuwine, the urban music icon award; Sapp, the gospel music icon award; and Lewis, the legends award. Paul Grein, Billboard, 30 Apr. 2021 Upon returning from service and changing their name to the Night Shift, the members of War got a gig backing NFL football player Deacon Jones’ between-season foray into soul music. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Not all of that is going to come back all at once, but Lynne is already working on some programming within city pandemic guidelines, including the return of the daytime soul music party, Hard French, on May 15. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2021 The coaches love the song choice, too, and both Kelly and Nick turn their chairs for Awari, a single dad with a smooth, warm tone, great for R&B and soul music. Maggie Fremont,, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of soul music

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soul music was in 1959

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15 Jul 2021

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“Soul music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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