I SPY SOUL ‘n’ Artimacy for Black Music Month

Regular visitors to I SPY SOUL have become familiar with Afternoon Jazz host of renowned jazz station WBGO, Keanna Faircloth. She herself has not only been featured here highlighting the fresh new voice and perspective she brings to the storied institution, but so too have episodes of the splendid interview platform she created called, The... Continue Reading →

Jonas Winge Leisner delivers a “sweet Sticky” debut

For his work over the last two decades, singer and songwriter, Jonas Winge Leisner has encouraged the designation as one of the most important voices on the danish soul scene. Leisner himself is noticeably humbled by and reserved at adopting that title. “Well, that status is of course not something I would say myself. That's... Continue Reading →

Chandanie’s Intersections lead us to where societal commentary and soulful sounds meet

Accomplished singer/songwriter, Chandanie, describes her new EP, Intersections as a, “5 song conversation of Being that collides with Blackness, womyness & self-worth.” It perhaps seems like a far-reaching pursuit and weighty spectrum to explore in the space of five songs. However, it’s likely the purpose of this impressive collection is to not only be witness... Continue Reading →

Unkle Nephew and BD3 offer their look at “Paranoia”

From the burgeoning NYC collective of accomplished, multi-talented artists, Trew Culture, emerged last year a duo project from two of its founding members - sought after drummer/producer, Justin Swiney aka Unkle Nephew (UN) and highly regarded rap artist BD3. The project is called Sunnydale, named after the priced-right, sugary flavored elixir of choice for kids... Continue Reading →

There “Ain’t No Stoppin” Marlon McClain and BD3

"Ain't No Stoppin’ Now" is the latest release by acclaimed guitarist, songwriter and producer Marlon McClain featuring ace, Brooklyn - bred MC and lyricist, BD3. The fun and super funky uptempo track with the lyrical hip-hop flow marks the coming together of two different generations, but the seamlessness of this winning collab once again confirms... Continue Reading →

JSWISS and Michael Leonhart offer stunning, “DEFEAT” as a soundtrack for triumph.

"Only he who gives up is defeated/ The defeated are those who never fail / You don’t take the opportunity to lose / You don’t get the opportunity to win.”  Accomplished rapper JSWISS passionately proclaims those words over the horn and string-driven climax of "Defeat", the single from he and Grammy-winning, producer, composer and trumpeter... Continue Reading →

Jeff Bradshaw knows what makes you Stronger

The year 2020. No one could have envisioned what it had in store when it arrived, but oh boy, most of us the world over are looking forward to seeing it leave. However, it won’t matter if we earnestly move into 2021 and change hasn’t begun to happen - If we’re not wiser, more knowledgeable... Continue Reading →

Video interview: Drummer/Composer E.J. Strickland

The most obvious job of a drummer is to provide the beat and keep the band swingin’ or bumpin’ in time. Just doing that is harder than it may seem, but the elite and legendary do it so well we might not realize really how much more they’re doing. Often nestled behind the vocalists or... Continue Reading →

THE SOUL SEEN: Singer, songwriter, and producer KEM

The Soul Seen retrospective revisits the 2003 interview with Soul/R&B artist Kem from the segment WATCH CLOSELY that featured emerging artists to keep an eye on. This catches the popular artist as he moved from successful independent artist to making the decision to sign with legendary major Motown records and offers an insightful look at... Continue Reading →

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