BLACK MUSIC MONTH – GREAT SINGER/SONGWRITERS
These artists wrote great songs for themselves and others, and sang the heck out of them. These are artists who deserve your complete attention. Listen deeply to their entire catalogue of music.
1. Stevie Wonder
With a body of work that covers two generations, Stevie is the artists’ artist.
Writer, producer, musician, singer, showman….he was a complete artist.
3. Curtis Mayfield
His work in gospel groups, R&B groups, as a solo artist on his own label, and writing for movies for himself and fellow legends like Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin, and covered by greats ranging from Bob Marley to Kanye West, Curtis Mayfield is an all time great.
4. Bob Marley
More than a man, he was a movement that still inspires. The melodies, the grooves and the message are beloved worldwide.
5. Smokey Robinson
Bob Dylan called him America’s greatest poet. He defined the Motown Sound. Plus, this is one of the greatest video clips ever.
6. Bill Withers
How many great songs by Bill Withers can you sing all the way through?
7. Sly Stone
Sly Stone created the template for Prince and every other multi racial, mixed gender bands. He also wrote classic albums that you can listen to non stop.
8. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
He’s been in groups, a solo artist and written for others. A Babyface concert is back to back hits.
9. Cassandra Wilson
Like many jazz artists, Cassandra Wilson is also known for her covers, many of which totally reinvent the song. But she also writes great ones too. Like this one.
10. Ron Isley
I can’t think of another artist who has hits in every decade from the 50s to the 90s.