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My Soul Food

This post was inspired by listening (crying) to Sam Smith’s most recent work of art, The Thrill Of It All. I’ll admit that I wasn’t blown away by his first single off the album, “Too Good At Goodbyes”, however I consistently find that I like non-singles better (for all artists) and this time was no different. Highlights of the album for me were: “Pray”, “Nothing Left For You”, “Scars” and “The Thrill of It All”. But the song that made me weep like a baby was the album’s final track, “One Day At A Time.” Any adjectives I write here would not do the song justice so I won’t even try to describe it. But aside from the cigarette mention in the chorus lyrics (because smokers are jokers), it’s a pretty perfect song.

ANYWAYS, I was inspired to listen to my Soul Food playlist on Spotify after hearing Sam’s album and I gotta say, sometimes you need to add a little soul to your musical diet. I often find this playlist too intense to listen to because of the emotions it forces out of me, but the music and raw talent of these artists is worth the emotional pain. Below, are some of the most lyrically touching and vocally mesmerizing songs I’ve ever heard.

Parson James “Waiting Game” – Those first few piano notes and I’m already done. Listen to this song with tissues. You’ve been warned.

Joss Stone “Free Me (2017)” – Joss’s (Joss’?) voice is one-of-a-kind.

Sam Smith “Nirvana” – My favorite song of Sam’s.

Samm Henshaw “Only Wanna Be With You (Unplugged)” – I stumbled upon this song recently and have never looked back. The epitome of a love song, this has become one of my all-time favorites.

Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” – Doing a complete 180 here, this is the epitome of a heartbreak song. I mean, the painfully beautiful way Tobias belts it out is so good it’s almost unfair.  Like, can you throw some of your talent my way, babe?

CeeLo Green “Fuck You” – Some may not classify this honest, to-the-point song as soul but this is my blog and I DEFINITELY do. I mean, I play this song and I’m instantly feeling better about everything. The same thing happens when I eat chocolate chip cookies… or cheese fries. Hands down one of the best songs to ever happen to pop music.

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Samm Henshaw “Only Wanna Be With You (Acoustic)”

I’m honestly having a hard time putting into words how magically raw and precious this song is. Just press play.

Joss Stone “Free Me” – 2017

I would pay good money to learn how to sing well just so I could sing this song.

So SO beautiful.

 

Joss Stone “Stuck on You”

A smooth, soulful song for your Monday morning. Enjoy!

Samm Henshaw “Better”

I’ve written before that I don’t really like to compare musicians, but when you are trying to introduce new, unfamiliar music to an audience it’s something you have to do sometimes just to put it all together.

With that, Samm (with 2 m’s) Henshaw reminds me of this beautiful resurgence of soul and blues music. Other artists I’d categorize in this genre would be Leon Bridges and Tobias Jesso Jr., who are both newcomers in their own right.

This is passion.

Tori Kelly “It Should’ve Been Us” 

“We were crazy, but amazing”…it should’ve been us 😡

Another fantastic song from this soul pop phenom.

Tori Kelly “Nobody Love”

“…I hate you but I always stay.”

This girl’s got soul. And this song is a stunner.

Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe”

Sweet throwback vibe coming off this one.

Reminds me a bit of Joe Cocker, especially in the hook when he really goes for it vocally and emotionally.

Sam Smith “Make It To Me”

Sam Smith “Make It To Me”

I can’t even begin to tell you how absolutely stunning Sam Smith’s vocals are. He is a brilliant vocalist and his songs are filled with such raw emotion. I’m a HUGE fan and 2014 is definitely going to be his year!

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