What is Soul?

Guest Blogger: Terri Brinegar is the author of Vocal and Stage Essentials for the Aspiring Female R&B Singer. Below is an excerpt from her blog.

I was recently speaking to someone about having “Soul” and the question came about: “What is Soul”? How do you really define that?

I guess when I think of soul I think of the singers who defined the Soul Era in music: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Al Green, etc.

But what about Janice Joplin? She’s got soul. Do country artists have soul? I think Loretta Lynn does, and Patsy Cline did too.

How about jazz artists – did Louis Armstrong have soul? You bet he did. Actually, he had so much soul that people don’t seem to realize how important his contributions were to the field of jazz.

For me, I think soul is all about emotional connection. All of the above artists really connected with their heart in the way they delivered a song. They felt it at their deepest core, and expressed it. It wasn’t about power or glory, and certainly not about money. I’ve heard too many contestants on reality singing competitions say the reason they wanted to win was so they could buy their mom a new house, or help their family out financially. Those are all noble reasons – but not the true reason to be a professional singer.

Keep reading Terri Brinegar’s article on her blog

Vocal and Stage Essentials for the Aspiring Female R &B Singer

In Vocal and Stage Essentials for the Aspiring Female R&B Singer Brinegar shares with her extensive stage experience, her success as a bandleader to some of the greatest musicians in the world, her skills as a musician and songwriter, her training in classical voice, and her years as a vocal coach. Brinegar believes a strong foundation of vocal technique is necessity to success in any style of singing. She is probably one of the few teachers with both a classical background and years of stage experience singing blues and R&B. While there are many books on technique, few, if any, have been written with Brinegar’s broad and comprehensive take on the contemporary music industry.

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