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

Examples of soul music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But White, who has been releasing blues and soul music for years as Lady A, complained publicly that the band never reached out to her before changing their name. Washington Post, "Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name," 8 July 2020 The only sound in the car was her mother’s soul music radio station, 106.5. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Her pregnancy was already high risk. Then she gave birth on a ventilator.," 10 June 2020 During that same stretch of time, when hip-hop was looking to expand its emotional authority and range, the genre found myriad ways to import soul music, whether via a sample, or a collaboration with a singer, or sometimes just an off-key warble. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Rod Wave Sings Through the Pain," 9 Apr. 2020 My parents listened to a lot of gospel and soul music. New York Times, "Bob Dylan Found Them, Whether They Knew It or Not," 25 Feb. 2020 In 1968, a group of people protested a Tuskegee, Ala., radio station for not playing soul music. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Exit Interview: Radio Pioneer Tom Joyner On Why He Signed Off After 50 Years Behind the Mic," 19 Dec. 2019 Cohen explores the connections between the growth of Chicago soul music in the 1960s-'80s and black empowerment, drawing on star names such as Curtis Mayfield and Chaka Khan, but also many local musicians who merit rediscovery. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "82 new books for holiday gifts in 2019, from Prince to Susan Sontag," 22 Nov. 2019 Mom would put on her soul music first thing Sunday morning. Tiphanie Yanique, The New Yorker, "God’s Caravan," 28 Oct. 2019 Show business has long exploited gospel and soul music for its own inveigling purpose. Armond White, National Review, "Kanye West’s Faith Triumphs Over Political Bitterness," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of soul music

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Soul music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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