soul music

noun

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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My goal is to sort of reenter mainstream R&B and soul music by next year. Chris Malone, Billboard, "Billy Porter Talks Season Two of 'Pose', Red Carpet Fashion & His New Song 'Love Yourself'," 14 June 2019 And what fan of soul music would miss the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, home of Stax Records, where stars like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Isaac Hayes recorded music? Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "You can visit, as long as you promise not to sing ‘Walking in Memphis’," 16 July 2019 Muscle Shoals tells the story of how a tiny Alabama town on the Tennessee River became the site of some of the best rock and soul music recordings of the 1960s and 1970s. Andrew Martin, The New York Review of Books, "Andrew Martin," 7 Mar. 2019 Hutchings’ background includes classical music training and extensive workshopping with revered British saxophonist Soweto Kinch, but also heavy doses of rock, electronic and soul music. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Shabaka Hutchings rides a new kind of jazz comet," 13 June 2019 The annual festival takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion for a weekend, with multiple outdoor stages and hours of jazz and soul music. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 7 June 2019 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

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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soul music

noun

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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