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 earthiness

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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 Drawing from classic rock and folk influences, Venice offers a hybrid of folk, rock and soul music. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Welk reopens with Beatles and 'Forever Plaid'," 26 May 2018 Founded in 1957 by white banker Jim Stewart (Robert Lenzi) with financial and emotional help from his sister Estelle Axton (Mary Jo Mecca), the label became a magnet for black artists creating a distinctive brand of soul music. Tim Smith,, "New jukebox musical 'Soul' delivers stacks of hits in vibrant production," 14 May 2018 Yet, this seems like the perfect time to celebrate someone whose voice resonated in the early days of soul music and got even stronger during the Civil Rights Movement. Troy L. Smith,, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2018: 10 things to love (and hate)," 13 Apr. 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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