Soul Singer Jerry Lawson's 'Just A Mortal Man' Almost Came True

Sunday, May 03, 2015

"Boy, the truth of that song really came out," says the 71-year-old soul artist and former lead singer of The Persuasions. He spent three months in a hospital due to an infected esophagus.


Singer Ben E. King, Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies At 76

Friday, May 01, 2015

Phil Brown, King's publicist, says the soul singer died of natural causes. King began his career with The Drifters, but it was "Stand by Me," released in 1961, that sealed his worldwide fame.


The McCrary Sisters On World Cafe

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hear the Nashville-based gospel group perform songs from their newest album, Let's Go. The four singers are the daughters of the late Rev. Samuel McCrary, a founding member of The Fairfield Four.


All Things Considered

Kirk Franklin On 'Trap Gospel' And Taking Heat From The Church

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For gospel purists, Erica Campbell's "I Luh God" resembles secular club music in a way that's too close for comfort. Kirk Franklin knows a thing or two about that.


Songs We Love: Ta-ku, 'Love Again' (feat. JMSN and Sango)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The prolific SoundCloud producer will release a new EP in June called Songs To Make Up To. Hear the premiere of the spiritual lead single.


World Cafe Presents: The Suffers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Watch the 10-piece "Gulf Coast soul" band explode with energy behind singer Kam Franklin.


The Suffers On World Cafe

Monday, April 20, 2015

World Cafe's studio as rarely as crowded as it is during this session with the 10-piece soul band.


Allen Toussaint On Mountain Stage

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The New Orleans R&B icon performs songs from throughout his storied career, live in West Virginia.


Shamir, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sporting a Yo Gabba Gabba T-shirt, Shamir clearly came to have a blast at our SXSW showcase. Watch him perform three songs from his upcoming album, Ratchet.


All Things Considered

Percy Sledge Had A Voice The Whole World Heard

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Best known for 1966's iconic hit "When A Man Loves A Woman," the Alabama singer found success blending R&B with a hint of country. Sledge died Tuesday at 74.


KEXP Presents: Ibeyi

Monday, April 13, 2015

Watch twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz's enchanting, vivacious performance of "Ghosts."


'The Man From Muscle Shoals' On Shame And FAME

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall discusses growing up poor in rural Alabama and crafting the unmistakable Muscle Shoals sound.


The Tale Of Mingering Mike, Who Painted Himself A Music Career

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A self-taught visual artist who longed to make soul records, Mingering Mike ended up realizing his dreams on paper rather than vinyl. Decades later, his work is paying off.


'Wear Your Imperfections On Your Sleeve': A Moment With Shamir

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Shamir Bailey's dance music has gospel, country, and disco influences, but it's his androgynous voice that surprises most people. Bailey talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his voice and his music.


Ben Khan, '1000'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The young British soul singer floored us last year with his debut EP, 1992. On "1000," he proves it wasn't beginner's luck.


First Listen: Tuxedo, 'Tuxedo'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Detroit DJ, producer and singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne links up with Seattle boom-bap specialist Jake One to form the group Tuxedo, on a mission to push the funk back to the forefront.


Matthew E. White, 'Rock & Roll Is Cold'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In White's latest video, the vast beauty of the natural world becomes a metaphor for the soulful sounds behind his music, and the ways bedrock genres are often turned into caricatures.


First Listen: THEESatisfaction, 'EarthEE'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cat Harris-White and Stas Irons have always concerned themselves with galaxy-building — their albums, videos and performances don't arrive in this world so much as reveal theirs.


Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More than 15 years ago, Roebuck "Pops" Staples started recording his final album with his daughters. The two friends discuss working together to finish it.


All Things Considered

In Love And Music, Estelle Is Out To Get It Right

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"I end up living a lot of the things I write and sing about, so I'm pretty careful now," says the British singer, whose wish for an "American Boy" turned into a love affair that went sour.