This young blondie missed the cut…
Soul music is rife in the charts these days, there’s even something of a Brit invasion going on in America. Adele, Estelle, Duffy, Wino, the Stone-mason – they’re all at the forefront of a very ladylike UK soul movement. It’s great. And yet, none of the five would make this list. Neither would Craig David, who might be mocked and vilified post-Bo Selecta, but still remains a decent singer with a smashing beard. Sade, Mick Hucknall (seriously), Paul Weller, Mark Morrison, Caron Wheeler, and Terri Walker are other notable absentees. In the end, we plumped for these sparkling young things…
A hideously underrated international soul voice, he appears to be held in higher esteem over in America, where he has worked with Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, Leon Ware, and Stevie Wonder. There’s Nothing Like This is a classic soul record, whatever the era.
2. Alice Russell
While the likes of Joss Stone and Duffy get all the plaudits, and the Dusty Springfield comparisons, this girl is the real blue eyed soul sensation of the moment. Her voice is startlingly good, she’s worked with the excellent Quantic Soul Orchestra, and below is a fantastic rendition of a White Stripes song that she sang with Nostalgia 77. Amazing.
3. Leona Lewis
Whatever your feelings about Simon Cowell shows, and awful young reality oiks with their silly dreams and stupid aspirations, they really did stumble across a gem with this girl. She’s got tight curly hair, and, even better, she looks set to stand alongside Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, which is really saying something. A genuinely fantastic pop/soul singer.
4. Rod Stewart
This one was a close call, with Joe Cocker and Young Americans era David Bowie pushing him close, but before he morphed into an appallingly bland old man singing from the American songbook, Rod Stewart was a marvelous young mod/soul singer with a brilliant-sounding throat infection. Excellent work, Rod. Now cough.