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Sensitive and thrilling readings from Burt Bacharach’s iconic songbook – Last night in the Eventim Apollo, some of history’s finest pop music was performed. Instantly hummable but with deceptive complexity, Burt Bacharach’s melodies, paired with the lyrics of Hal David,…

The post Burt Bacharach and Joss Stone at Eventim Apollo (Review) appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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A moving and emotional piece, anchored by its gospel-infused score – There is a contemporary relevance and urgency to The Color Purple which makes the musical a fine choice for the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Curve Theatre‘s first co-production. Based on…

The post The Color Purple at Birmingham Hippodrome (Review) appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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‘…One of the finest male voices in contemporary soul’ – I first stumbled across Jamison Ross during an impromptu visit to Nell’s Jazz and Blues in West Kensington four years ago. The artist has had a lasting impression on me…

The post Jamison Ross at Pizza Express Live (Review) appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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‘However evocative of the early noughties, David’s performances underscored his deft skill as a songwriter…’ – Craig David’s impromptu appearance on ITV2’s hit show Love Island last week baffled audiences. Kew the Music was a much less perplexing setting for the…

The post Craig David at Kew the Music (Review) appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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Having reviewed Stevie Wonder at the BST Hyde Park Festival a few days prior, Kew the Music was an interesting change of pace for this writer. Perhaps think of Kew the Music as BST‘s less frenetic, more environmentally conscious, and bougier…

The post Billy Ocean & Beverley Knight at Kew the Music (Review) appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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The House That Soul Built had the privilege of attending the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park to watch the iconic Stevie Wonder, with support from Lionel Richie, Lianne La Havas, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Read some thoughts below!…

The post Some thoughts on The Stevie Wonder Song Party at BST Hyde Park appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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Truly inspirational – Mavis Staples is adorable, inspiring, but also rousing. Hopping around the stage, singing with guttural passion, and encouraging a collective booing of the sitting US president – the 79 year-old soul veteran has plenty to share. For…

The post Mavis Staples at the Roundhouse (Review) appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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‘… Soaring, effortless power and beauty…’ – Whitney Houston‘s version of Stevie Winwood‘s power ballad ‘Higher Love’ was recorded back in 1990 for Houston’s I’m Your Baby Tonight album. Shelved by Clive Davis in favour of more original material, the track has…

The post Whitney Houston & Kygo – ‘Higher Love’ appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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Falsetto-wielding soul performer Joel Culpepper sat down with The House That Soul Built to discuss his perspectives on soul music, the impetus behind his songwriting, and his career thus far – Joel Culpepper is having a great year. Having recently…

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New York-based jazz and soul singer Nicole Henry will be coming to the UK this October paying tribute to the iconic Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. A Soul Train award-winner – competing against the likes of Tony Bennett and George…

The post Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul – Featuring Nicole Henry (Preview + Interview) appeared first on The House That Soul Built.

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