All musical genres can trace its roots to musical styles that came before it. Rock and Roll for example could trace its roots to Rhythm and Blues music. Soul music is the same thing. It is a development of Gospel music. In fact one way to define soul is that it is Gospel music where the lyrics used on the songs are secular. Its religious roots can even be seen from its name.
Like all other musical genres that have been around for some time now, soul has a rich and colourful history. There are many artists that have contributed towards making its history a very interesting one. To celebrate such a powerful past a museum was created. This is the Stax Museum, the museum for soul music.
The Museum of Soul Music
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is located in Memphis, Tennessee. It is located in the same place where Stax Records used to operate. The original building deteriorated after Stax Records went bankrupt back in the 70s. A group of concerned citizens with the financial backing of some anonymous supporters started a drive for rehabilitating the area where the record company was originally located.
The museum was built along with a music academy. Construction started out in 2001 and the museum was officially opened in 2003.
The museum holds one of the biggest collections of memorabilia connected with soul music. That includes videos, photos and documents that have some connection with the development of the genre. There are also instruments used in recording the songs for Stax Records during its heyday. There is also a Mississippi Delta church there, which helps to illustrate the connection of soul music to religion. The dance floor for Soul Train is also part of the exhibit.
A non-musical part of the exhibit which is nonetheless very interesting is the gold-trimmed, peacock-blue Cadillac El Dorado belonging to Isaac Hayes which was restored. There is also a special gallery section which changes the featured exhibit several times each year.
The Stax Museum not only features artists that were under the original Stax label but artists from other record companies as well. It celebrates soul music so it would never be complete without featuring artists from Motown as well.
The adjoining Stax Academy is a facility dedicated to teaching young people music and in encouraging them to develop their musical talents to help them become better persons.
Here are some of the most famous soul musicians of all time.
Robinson is one of the most enduring musical artist in America. He started out way back in the 60s when soul first became prominent and he is still active in the music industry. Robinson’s greatest hits came when he was part of the group known as the Miracles. He has also written songs for some of the other great acts from Motown like The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. If not for the fact that his career was negatively affected by a drug scandal in the 70s then his name would more prominent on the list.
Considered by many to be the greatest soul vocalist ever, Green’s best known song is “Love and Happiness” which was released back in 1977. He has since turned to Gospel music after becoming an ordained minister in 1976.
Ross first found success as a member of the pioneering all-girl group, The Supremes, but she has found greater fame as a solo artist. She was also one of the first female artists to achieve crossover success from singing to acting. Her best known songs are parts of soundtracks for her movies.
Charles was a musical genius. He was able to achieve musical success in different genres despite the fact that he became blind since he was 7. His career spanned over five decades and he released albums and he even dabbled with country music.
Being one of Motown’s top singers during its heyday, Gaye was also an accomplished musician. He has many hits including “Let’s Get It On,” “What’s Going On” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” He also played drums and percussions on the songs of other Motown singers.
Wonder is one of the greatestAmerican singer songwriter of all time. He has penned so many hits and has won more than twenty Grammy Awards. All that success was achieved even though Wonder is blind.
As a singer, Brown had a very powerful voice. As an entertainer, his movements and style for his stage shows was something else and was very influential to other artists of a later generation.
Called the Queen of Soul, Franklin deserves the accolade and the success that she has enjoyed. Her voice and singing ability cannot be matched by anyone included in this list.
Soul music is a music genre that’s home-grown in the United States. It has a rich history that is a direct reflection on the people and the country. Soul music can be said to be derived directly from the collective experience of the people who created it. This is the music of the black people of America. It is the song of their soul.
Origins of Soul Music
Like any other genre of music, soul can trace its roots to earlier traditions. In this case, soul is derived from gospel music and rhythm and blues. Both these styles came into being in the 1950s and by the 1960s it has been fused together in order to create soul music. A simple definition of soul is that it is basically gospel music with non-religious lyrics, hence the term “soul”. It was a direct reference to the religious origins of the genre.
There are many influential people in soul music who also influenced the world of music in general. Etta James, Hank Ballard and Clyde McPhatter are often cited as pioneers in soul, but the first big name in soul music is Ray Charles who started to make hits in the 1950s.
But if there was a list of the biggest names in the history of soul music then two names would be at the top of such a list. Those two names would be James Brown and Little Richard. Both artists would originally claim that their music was rock and roll. That was during the time when rock and roll was still just a version or rhythm and blues, but as the 60s drew on, and rock and roll became a different style on its own Brown, Richard and other artists like them would identify themselves more with soul music.
The next generation of soul artists in the 60s included Ben E. King and Otis Redding. It was also around that time that Aretha Franklin, who is arguably the greatest soul singer of all time started, to emerge. Some of her recordings are considered to be the high water mark of the genre and she is still considered to be the “Queen of Soul”.
Further and Beyond
Soul music was a major influence on psychedelic and disco music. Funk music was directly derived from soul music. Though it changed, soul music remained and there have always been artists and listeners who are willing to keep the flame of soul alive.
Are you interested in becoming a musical artist? Maybe you want to become famous someday. There’s good news and then there’s bad news for you if you want to become a recording artists these days. The bad news is that there are so many other aspiring singers out there. You probably know several of them. That means more competition for you. The good news is that with the available technology, recording a single is now a lot easier. There was a time when recordings could only be done in studios using the most expensive equipment.
Recording Your Single
There are several ways that you can go about in recording your first single. But before you go and do that, you have to decide first on what your aim is. If you want to become a famous recording artist for example then you would need to sign up with a major record label. That would be the best way to become famous as a music artist because the label would back you up. If you just want to record your own single for the sake of making music then there are ways that you can do that.
You can also record your own single without the backing of a record label by hiring a studio and the sound engineer to help you out.
DIY Recording of Single
There are existing technologies now that would allow you to record and mix your music using equipment that is more readily available than those that can be found in a professional recording studio. By using some software you can actually mix and enhance the music that you will be recording. Keep in mind that you should use the best instruments, speakers and microphones available so you would be able to capture the highest quality of sound that’s possible. You should also record in a place where there are no noises that could disturb your recording. You can use your computer to edit and mix your recording.
Hiring Your Own Studio
If you are serious about getting your single out then you should hire a professional recording studio complete with the services of a sound engineer. If you want to have a hit single, your work does not end with its recording. You should also start marketing it to radio stations everywhere so it will be gaining some airplay.
Recording a single for your own enjoyment is different from recording a single to make a hit.
So you want to make a career out of being a musician. It’s always good to follow your dreams but you have to realize one thing. The fact is that there are millions of people out there who are dreaming the same thing. A lot of them are more talented than you are. Not everyone who dreams of having a career in music will be able to see that dream become a reality.
For your dream to become a reality you need to have talent, charm, good luck and the willingness to pursue your dreams. If you’re not willing to sacrifice things to pursue your dream then forget about it and don’t waste your time. You won’t make it.
If you are willing to work and strive hard to make your dream of becoming a recording artist a reality then here are some tips that you might find useful in pursuing that.
Set Your Goals
If all that you can think of when you are asked about your goal in having a career in music is that you want to become the next Michael Jackson, then think again. You need to have long term and short term goals. Start with things that are easier to achieve then work your way up.
Let the World Know Who You Are
The reality is that a great deal of success in the recording industry has to do with is knowing the right people. There’s a good reason for that. How would expect to land a record deal if the people from the record labels don’t know you? That’s why you have to get out and make yourself known. You cannot expect them to come to you and offer you deals out of nowhere.
You have probably heard of some artists getting their break through the internet. While it still hasn’t replaced being out there in person, having some form of online presence. Post videos of your song and have your friends share it.
Get a Team
If you want to be really successful then you should recognize the fact that you cannot do things on your own. You have to find professionals who can help you build your career and who also believe in your talent. You can also find business online via a site like One Flare. Work with that team in attaining your goals.
If you want to enter the music business because all the artists that you seem to be having a great time, then think again. It is a business and you should treat it that way. You have to be professional.