Blog 76: 8- Some Of The Most Under Rated & Overlooked Soul/RnB Composer In The Last 30 Years

Part 8

Welcome back everyone, we are back with part 8 of our wonderful soul and RnB singers’ diary with focus on the last 30 years. These genius are evidently forgotten by the monopolized music business of today, if you are just joining us please take your time to check out parts 1-7 and let us know what you think.

In today’s article we will be looking at a Teddy Pendergrass reincarnate, when we talk about a family bloodline of musicians the first name that comes to mind is either the Jacksons or the Osmonds, bet you wouldn’t even think to mention the Hoaglands right? So would I.

We will then touch a guy that I really think can out sing R. Kelly, although not in the same league as Kells in terms of body of work but in my opinion as good a singer if not better, blinded on one eye, this genius started singing acapella to strangers on the street who cared to listen, he went on to make his mark as an authentic soul star with unique album and track titles like Aijuswannasing, Juslisen and Halfcrazy.

Lastly, This singer in my opinion depicts three words  ‘fine human being’ . The first time I saw her in the mid 90s with Bryce Wilson in the video Tell Me, all covered up in white, killing the notes while just bopping her head and shoulders in effortless swag, all I said to myself was Whoa!

Jaheim

 

Soul music has never sounded better when Jaheim Hoagland sings and it is not the same if he isn’t. His beautiful sounds, fantastic writing skills and ability didn’t just come out of nowhere. It runs deep in the blood starting with his grand father Hoagy Lands

Hoagy Lands made a name for himself in the 50s and 60s as a reputable solo soul singer and with the group The Drifters. Listening to Hoagy Lands records you can see where Jaheim picked his flair for effortlessly belting out notes that will make any woman weak in the knees.

Signed to Kay Gee’s Divine Mill records he debuted in 2001 and hasn’t stopped bringing heat to the soul genre ever since. As good as his first two albums where Jaheim didn’t get the shine he deserves until his third in 2006 titled Ghetto Classics which made #1 with 153 thousand copies sold. Since then he has not been seen on the charts but real music heads still know where to find his latest work. I have every and anything he has put out including his 2016 album Struggle Love.

Musiq Soulchild

You don’t know Musiq? and you call yourself an soul/rnb enthusiast?

Then I don’t know what to tell you, this man in my opinion sings better that R. Kelly. He was so frustrated with the music business and drop in sales that he had to resort to an alter ego The Husel, a rap/hip hop act.

This really broke my heart because his reason was he needed to feed his family and no one was checking for soul music anymore plus the radio refused to play good music to fans and since the radio spun meaningless rap lyrics he had no choice but to join in.

The powers that be need to feed real music to fans because they are not going to tell me tracks like Just Friends, Buddy, Half Crazy and Who Know are not radio worthy.

Amel Larrieux

 

You have got more appeal than any man in this whole world and baby, I’ve got to know how you feel….Tell me if you want me to, give you all my time I want make it good for you cos you blow my mind, I promise boy that I’ll be true cos you are the perfect find so tell me if you want me to

Listen to those words and tell me in the feminist, twerking world of today who says this to their man? Which female artiste writes songs like this these days from Beyonce to Rihanna?

Those words are serious taboo if women utter then to their men in 2017, people keep talking about chivalry been gone while that is true what about when women made their men felt special?

All I can say is God please take all these trash out of the radio and bring Amel Larrieux back. ASAP!

She still makes great records like this as a solo artiste, if it’s your thing all you have to is take a pick from her catalog

Infinite Possibilities released 2000
Bravebird released 2004
Morning released 2006
Lovely Standards released 2007
Ice Cream Everyday released 2013

Please leave a comment and see you in Part 9

Author: FR76

Exciting blog, great mixed music content!