In the 90s, acts like D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu flocked to Philadelphia to capture a sound unlike anything being created at the time. This was the beginning of an evolution of soul music originated by Gamble & Huff as TSOP and Philadelphia once again became a cultural center for an entire musical genre.
Sigma Sound and The Studio became a perpetual source of creative energy, incubating artists ranging from Floetry to The Roots, and embracing acts such as Justin Timberlake and Mariah Carey. Venues like The Five Spot and Fluid nightclubs were breeding grounds for new talent and test beds for new music.
Production teams like A Touch of Jazz created a sound that was emulated and sought after for years, and a family was forged among all the individuals involved in any aspect of creating a sound that powered the airwaves for the better part of a decade. Philadelphia experienced a renaissance and many of its participants eventually enjoyed mainstream successes in multiple disciplines including film and television.
The city is once again bubbling with new talent, primed to draw on the experiences of those before them. As they look toward sharing their talents with the world, The Soul of Philadelphia will be there as part of this new movement.