She makes you think back to the days of the Doo Wop singers era and the nostalgic sound of the sixties, The Drifters meet the sixties music scene in a pessimistic soulful duet. With her band, she creates a unique stage presence, always beautiful dresses and melodious soundscape in a dreamy theatre. Prom Queen is definitely a unique voice in today’s music scene.
They had a huge hit with “Stay” Just a little bit longer, but Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs recorded several cool soul songs during the 50s and 60s. The last few days a listened to a uptempo song called “Being Without You”.
Performing under different names
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs performed under several names. Back in the day a whole lot of musicians did it. I alway guess the reason behind it. Williams and the Zodiacs started as the (Royal) Charms, the band changed its name to the Gladiolas in 1957 and the Excellos in 1958, before finally settling on the Zodiacs in 1959.
Hit single “Being Without You”
“Being Without You” was recorded on a vinyl 7″ single in the US in June 1966. The up-tempo rhythms, swinging horns, and tight lyrics make songs enjoyable for many hours. I also like the fact “Being Without You” is completely different than “stay” which is remarkable for the slow but intense rhythm and vocals.
You may call him the new voice of Soul. His voice digs deep through your veins and his live performance is a show to remember. Do You get the feeling I’m describing: Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost brings beautiful soul filled rhythm and blues, added with funk and gospel to your house, bar or festival.
His grandfather played piano in juke joints for the legends including B.B. King, Albert King, and Louis Jordan. Rev Sekou, together with his band is continuing the legacy or -family-tradition- of his grandfather.
The Band Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost
Writer, producer and lead vocalist Rev. Sekou is a third-generation Pentecostal preacher and long-time organizer, author, and activist, grounded in the traditions of liberation theology. Beside him stands the Arkansas Delta Blues Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jay-Marie Hill (she/they) is a Black y Boricua genderQueer activist, teacher, and renegade born and raised in the Oakland Bay Area.
Next, you have Jay-Marie who works to deconstruct, liberate and recreate possibility through work at the intersections of youth, Black art, and radical activism. This band brings much more than jest very good songs. They all have a mission and extend it among other things through their music.
Debut Album release in 2016: “The Revolution Has Come”
Well, now we got to the point of their music; their debut album “The Revolution has Come” was released in January 2016. They describe their sound as: “The sound of Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost is a symphony of gospel, blues, soul, funk and freedom songs laced with sanctified blues and lyrics that range from religious to risqué”, and that pretty much includes their sound well.
Rev. Sekou – Resist – 5/5/2017 – Paste Studios, New York, NY
These ladies from England are influenced by the sound and style of female legends like: The Andrews Sisters, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Josephine Baker, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf.
Video: “When I Get Low, I Get High” The Speakeasy Three
A few years ago they released their video of “When I Get Low, I Get High. Now the video has been viewed over four and a half million times. The historical setting and the intriguing vocals really are inspiring. Follow the Speakeasy Three here.
Prepare to swing, sway, sizzle and swoon! The Speakeasy Three are rolling out their show-stopping, room-swinging, after dark agenda for your delight.
Photo credit: Screen from video “when I get Low. I get High. The speakeasy three
Albert King’s album The Big Blues – “Had You Told It Like It Was
The Big Blues Albumby Albert King was originally released by King Records in 1962. On this album you’ll find a whole lot of great songs, like “I get Evil” or “This Morning”, but my favorite is “Had You Told It Like It Was”.
Debut album: The Big Blues
Most songs are composed by Albert King himself. The Big Blues was his first album and the only one before he signed with Stax Records, where he would record most albums in his career.
Had You Told it Like It Was
“Had You Told It Like It Was”, is a highly grooving song remarkable for the relaxing vocals and the laid back speech of Albert King. I never heard someone telling so relaxed that his girl was yelling at him, but Albert King does it easily! The backing vocals bring the context of this song so damn nice in place.
Photo By Grant Gouldon [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons