1. ARETHA FRANKLIN: “RESPECT”
Great soulful singing with a Powerful message to me is truly “Queen of Soul”
2. JAMES BROWN: “SAY IT LOUD” (I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD”)
One of the best songs to come out at that time Black people was going through some challenging time and still is. But when James Brown released “Say it Loud” I believe that pull us together as a race to be proud. With a real funky tract.
3. STEVIE WONDER: YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE
Great love song great lyrics, excellent vocals I love Stevie.
4.TEMPTATION: “MY GIRL”
Great singing, being proud to Brag about your girlfriend, just a great song with a familiar Melody that everyone know of.
5.THE BEATLES: “HEY JUDE”
Great vocals by “Paul McCarthy” lovely Melody great lyrics, sweet changes just a great song.
6. ONEWAY FEATURING AL HUDSON: “YOU CAN DO IT”
Our first international hit Song Nice beat,a song speaking of confidence, soulful singing.
7. ALICIA MYERS: “I WANT TO THANK YOU”
Great Singer with a Powerful voice praising God for blessing her. Great song thanks to me as well.
8. SPINNERS: “COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE”
Tight lead and back up vocals, great lyrics we all have experience, another great song.
9. AVERAGE WHITE BAND: “SCHOOL BOY CRUSH”
Funky track, soulful singing,easy to dance to, one of my favorite.
10. TU PAC SHUKUR: “MAMA”
Very Powerful lyrics, intensity in his voice just another great song.
11. HEATWAVE: “ALWAYS AND FOREVER”
Probably the best love song of all time. Fantastic lead and back get singing,a great song to play and sing to that special person.
Stinger J – Pretty Face (Isle of Jura)
The always on-point Isle of Jura label returns with a gem from the vaults in the shape of Stinger J’s ‘Pretty Face’. Originally released in 1987 and featuring the sublime vocals of Jonathan Haywood ‘Pretty Face’ by Stinger J has become highly sought after in recent years, a true stand out song fusing Soul, Disco, Garage and Detroit House. Stinger J was a one-time alias used by Detroit Producer Kevin McCord, formerly of legendary American R‘n’B and funk band One Way. As a writer & producer McCord has had an illustrious musical career working with Alicia Myers (‘I Want To Thank You’), Oliver Cheatham (‘Get Down Saturday Night’) and Mariah Carey (‘Make It Happen’).
B Side ‘Wonder Land’ pairs the vocals of Jonathan Haywood with McCord himself, a soulful ballad with classic 80’s production and live keys, strings and percussion. This reissue is a unique example of an intended crossover record from a mainstream producer who soaked up the influences of his home town, Detroit around the birth of House & Techno. Self-released at the time, on Kevin’s own Chance label, it was hard to get momentum without major label backing so the project fell by the wayside. Now officially reissued for the first time in partnership with Kevin McCord with Artwork by Bradley Pinkerton.