Blue Eyed Singers Dominate Soul Music

March 4, 2011  |  

With the release of Adele’s sophomore album 21 the influx of light skinned soul singers has never been more apparent. In fact we posted on this very topic not too long ago. There’s Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and the list goes on. I mean the Aretha Franklin Grammy award tribute featured more white singers than black.

While many, even a healthy number of black people, are celebrating and supporting these new artists, others aren’t so convinced. In a 2008 interview Estelle had this to say to The Guardian:

“I’m not mad at them, but I’m wondering — how the hell is there not a single black person in the press singing soul? Adele ain’t soul. She sounds like she heard some Aretha records once, and she’s got a deeper voice — that don’t mean she’s soul. That don’t mean nothing to me in the grand scheme of my life as a black person. As a songwriter, I get what they do. As a black person, I’m like: you’re telling me this is my music? Fu** that!”

Ooo man! Sounds like someone is a little perturbed. Check out the blue eyed soul phenomenon and the rest of Estelle’s comments over at the Grio.


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