Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1032



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Roll-up, roll-up! Come get ya monthly fix of stella interviews mixed with deadly comment as we bring you Blues & Soul issue 1032!! With the World Cup taking over our lives for the foreseeable, we score repeatedly with a volley of interviews including cover-girl and ex-DESTINYS CHILD KELLY ROWLAND. We have an EXCLUSIVE interview as we fall under the spell of soulstress LEELA JAMES and as we complete a PETE LEWIS majestic hat-trick we present Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter ELI “PAPERBOY” REED who's classic Sixties soul dominates his latest album ‘Come And Get It!’... After recently bringing us essential MOTOWN interviews from a cavalcade of stars, SHARON DAVIS keeps the momentum up with a not to be missed interview with the last official SUPREME - Ms SUSAYE GREENE. And as we let the sunshine in with an exciting interview with DOME RECORDS bright young thing AVERY SUNSHINE, we bring you a sterling interview with SOUL UNSIGNED's latest addition CHRIS YOUNGBLOOD.... We go live with MOTOWN legends MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - we deliver vintage Blues in the shape of a LITTLE AXE review and are there to appreciate the delicate jazzy tones of PIOTR WYLEZOL... We have a special competition as LEONA LEWIS comes home and we give you a chance to see her in concert at the o2... At this point I must mention our esteemed line-up of columnists who bring you all the essential news from there respective genres. Please feel free to contact them all with any relevant info that would benefit others... Phil Driver and his Unsigned Soul column if you are both exceptionally talented and unsigned (both must go hand in hand) - you could be featured! THE No1 MOTOWN authority SHARON DAVIS' email address has changed (again - sorry!) to if you wish to contact her with regard to all things MOTOWN. Jazz fans are kept in the loop as the guv'nor SNOWBOY casts his eye on all things jazz All the club news and dance tunes to look out for are catered for in BEN LOVETT's monthly must-see THE GROOVEYARD If you're into dance music then this column is an absolute must! And as newbee to our pages MICHAEL DE KONINGH gets into stride after getting off to a flyer with his first month last month, it's more of the same with his tasty AFROBEAT/WORLD column... Just time to re-remind you to follow the music news as it happens at twitter/bluesandsoul - please tweet us and tell us what you're up to! And get all the news as it happens... Don't forget there will be MORE VINTAGE AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL NEWS - AUGUST 13-15. IT'S A MUST!!!!...STOP PRESS...B&S

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson one year on... remembered

It seems incredible, I know, but this week marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. A lot has happened in that short year– films, exhibitions, music, memorabilia, countless books & magazines...

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Prince's new album announcement  20TEN

Prince to release new album '20TEN' in July and we have album Track names and Tour n

The unmistakeable talent that is Prince is set to release his new album this July and as before it will be on his own label and (we think) given away free on the cover of a glossy. We also have news on track names and a tour....

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Drake: The Away From Home tour postponed

Drake postpones european leg of The Away From Home tour

Hip Hop megastar Drake has had to postpone the European leg of his egerly awaited 'The Away From Home' tour due to a family emergency. The dates are rescheduled to this coming November; All tickets will be honoured...

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Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland: Fulfilling destiny

Pete Lewis enjoys an invite into Kelly Rowland’s luxury hotel suite, as the former Destiny’s Child superstar happily discusses her new, David Guetta-featuring dance smash ‘Commander’

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Janelle Monae: Funky Sensation

Pete Lewis meets singer/songwriter and self-styled “high funkstress” Janelle Monae to discuss her futuristic, cinematic debut album ‘The ArchAndroid’ plus its upbeat, brass-infused single ‘Tightrope’

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Wayne Hemingway

Wayne Hemingway MBE: Wayne's vintage world!

As we count down the days with eager anticipation to the inaugural Vintage at Goodwood festival, we bring you the second part of an interview with founder and soul music fanatic - Design guru, Wayne Hemingway MBE...

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Leela James: Soul purpose

Pete Lewis hooks up with LA-born-and-bred contemporary soulstress Leela James. Whose current US R&B Top 10 album ‘My Soul’ marks her debut for the legendary Stax label

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Susaye Greene Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene Supremes: Susaye Greene, Scherrie Payne & Mary Wells (farewell party) copyright@bluesandsoul Supremes: (farewell party cake)

Susaye Greene: The last Supreme

Our Motown cup runneth over as Sharon Davis talks to 'the last official Supreme' Ms Susaye Green. Topic's under discussion include Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Motown and of course lots of Supreme chat

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ALI OLLIE WOODSON (RIP) The Temptations The Temptations The Temptations


With former Temptation Ali Ollie Woodson having sadly died on May 30, Pete Lewis recalls interviewing him in December 2001 around the release of his debut solo album

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Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos) Lance Ferguson & Kylie Auldist  (The Bamboos) The Bamboos @blues& The Bamboos @blues&

Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos): It's all about the funk

Lance Ferguson and his merry cohorts,The Bamboos, are in Europe right now promoting their spanking new album "4". And rightly so, they are regarded as masters of deep funk and heavy soul...

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Lamar Thomas

Lamar Thomas: Pure gold

Pete Lewis talks to Pennsylvania-based veteran singer/songwriter/producer Lamar Thomas. Who - now in his 42nd year in the business - has just released his soulful new album ‘No Rain No Rainbow’

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Chris Youngblood Chris Youngblood Chris Youngblood Chris Youngblood

Chris Youngblood: Soulful Healing

Chris Youngblood lets us in on what inspires him to write songs that have women running to see him perform, his similarity to Michael Jackson, and how he won’t be going crazy from staring into Erykah Badu’s eyes!?

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TY ALBUM LAUNCH, JAZZ CAFÉ 31/05/2010 (Alex Winn) TY ALBUM LAUNCH, JAZZ CAFÉ 31/05/2010 (Alex Winn) TY ALBUM LAUNCH, JAZZ CAFÉ 31/05/2010 (Alex Winn) TY ALBUM LAUNCH, JAZZ CAFÉ 31/05/2010 (Alex Winn)

TY Album Launch, Jazz Café 31/05/2010 (Under a Special Kind of Spell)

Described as TY’s Opus to making heartfelt music, capable of connecting and speaking to the ordinary person, ‘Special Kind of Fool’ is without doubt captivating and multifaceted.

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Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Concorde 2, Brighton 04/06/10  Photo: Kevin Melville

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Concorde 2, Brighton 04/06/10

It was hotter than July (thanks Stevie), the venue was packed and steaming. Adrenalin was running high, people were laughing, talking and dancing – yep, everyone was in party mood...

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