Soul the music of generations in America and the United Kingdom, embodying rhythm & blues with a smoothness that drove the music industry. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Phyllis Hyman and Anita Baker were original (or organic) soul artists. Now soul or neo soul has made a comeback in the U.S. and U.K. due largely to the popularity of artists such as Eryka Badu,
India Aire, Jill Scott and Angie Stone. Gwendolyn Joy describes her sound as urban adult contemporary with jazzy undertones. Tired of the rap music devoid of character and morals, she writes
songs from a positive consciousness. Family centred Gwendolyn makes Detroit her home because as she puts it, this is where my spiritual and musical family reside.
Gwendolyn Collins has a sassy sweet seductive voice and she is back with some more Storytelling 11 a selection of songs of love and lust – moments4love. Her cover of Barry White’s ‘I’m Gonna Luv U’ gets you in the mood, ‘(Hey Baby) Something’ ft Brigadier is another mid tempo beater. ‘I think I like U’ ft Mycah Chevalier and Sydni Marie is a bright up tempo groove. ‘All Those Things’ is a jazzy Soul down tempo groove. ‘Beautiful’ is an acoustic piano backed ballad duet with Brian Christopher. The two stand out cuts though are ‘Moments4Love’ a mid tempo dancer and ‘Smile4me’ a lovely bright up tempo tribute to her late father. Good solid album throughout from Gwendolyn.
Gwendolyn Collins. Born just across the river from New York City in the Garden State of New Jersey, Gwendolyn Collins was blessed with the gift of singing from her biological mother that was nurtured and matured by her adoptive parents. Gwendolyn has been singing since she was able to talk and at an early age began performing with the Church choir where her Father is a Deacon and later with the chorus in high school. It wasn’t until Gwendolyn moved to Maryland, just outside of the United States Capital, Washington, DC that that she began performing, writing, and recording music that would attract fans of all music genres.
Enslaved peoples were brought to the Americas from many places in Africa, but a large majority came from relatively few ethnic groups. Drawing on a wide range of materials in four languages as well as on her lifetime study of slave groups in the New World, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall explores the persistence of African ethnic identities among the enslaved over four hundred years of the Atlantic slave trade. …