Bringing Back Soul


Seventies soul has been a staple musical era for years, many artists over time drawing inspiration from people like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding etc. whose music is still relevant and popular today. Aside from classic soul artists’ music still having popularity today, we are starting to see a resurgence of the genre today. There have been elements from soul implemented into music for the past several years such as the popularization of modern R&B and the use of samples in rap by artists such as Kanye West or Tyler, The Creator. However, recently more and more artists are coming to the spotlight whose music isn’t just reminiscent of the 70s, but sounds like they should have been made in the era itself. 

     One of the artists leading the resurgence of Soul is the Grammy award winning Leon Bridges. Bridges has been compared to those such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. He gained attention in 2015 when his track “ Coming Home” received great critical and commercial success. He didn’t stop with his 2015 album though, he kept producing hits with his 2018 album “Good Thing”, his 2020 EP that included the popular record “Texas Sun”. He has most recently released his single “Like a Ship”. Bridges also performed at the White House in 2016. He has toured and worked with a variety of artists including Harry Styles, Sharon Van Ette, and Pharrell Williams. Other artists bringing back the sound of Soul and 60s Rhythm and Blues are Curtis Harding whose voice is perfectly fit for the genre and similar to that of Marvin Gaye. Lady Wray whose vocal range and soothing voice carries through all her songs. Michael Kiwanuka who has drawn compared to Curtis Mayfield and Van Morrison. The british artists’ 2016 album “Love & Hate” would hit 1 on the charts in the U.K and go gold. Many other various artists and groups have also picked up on this new rebirth of soul. Some putting a new modern twist on the genre and some sticking to the sound of the 60s and 70s.