Soul music is an increasingly popular music genre that originated in the African American communities across the United States during the mid-1950s and early ’60s. It mixes elements of traditional African-American rhythm and blues, gospel music and country blues. The term was first used in this way but it has come to refer to any and all music that is considered soulful or ‘black’. Many critics believe that soul music has become mainstream over the years but there is still a large number of people who identify themselves as soul lovers. This article will describe what soul music is and what the different genres are.
According to some experts, soul music is one of the most distinguishable styles of music in history. Some of the characteristics of soul music include strong drum beats, a deep rhythm, vocal harmonies, and references to the devil or other bad spirits. Gospel, blues, rockabilly, rap, hip hop, R&B, funk, and soul are just some of the styles of soul music. The oldest genres of this popular music are the classic forms such as ‘blue Hawaii’, ‘doo-wop’, and ‘talkin’ jive’.
Early soul music was born in the plantation areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and Missouri. According to some experts, this early form of soul music evolved from the Black Power movement that happened in those areas at the time. In the late 1940s, artists like James Brown and Aretha Franklin began using samples of traditional African instruments and breakables to create their own music. Soul music often included spoken lyrics and was often influenced by the rhythm of the older black communities in the United States. One of the pioneers of soul music was pianist Louis Armstrong, who used his piano playing skills to help create recordings that included spirituals and hits about living with a brother.
Most famous performers of soul music were often siblings who developed a musical relationship while growing up in inner-city environments. For example, Ella Mae Johnson, a famous singer for the Delta Girls, grew up in segregated Mississippi during the early 1960s. She later went on to become one of the biggest stars in gospel music with her album I’m a Believer.
Soul records from the period had a strong African American influence and included songs about plantation life and the impact of war on black Americans. According to some experts, the influence of soul music can be traced back to the birth of the black civil rights movement in the early 1960s when organizers used gospel songs to draw attention to their cause. Another reason for this is the way that gospel music has been replayed in movies and television shows, especially since the late 1980s.
Although it seems unlikely, soul music may have played a role in the way that rap music and modern country music have shaped and continue to shape the music of today. Some critics believe that artists like Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, and Don Williams grew up listening to soul music before moving to more conventional forms of music. Other historians have traced soul music back to the popular African proverb “I serve the Lord, he will shelter me” which some consider to be an expression of worship. Today, soul music continues to be popular with a diverse cross section of people. In fact, there is even a sub-genre of music known as “Bitter Blue” that features an array of sounds, including soul, blues, and punk.Continue reading What Is Soul Music?