2015: The Year of The Soul

Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of 2015, and it has been an eventful one for us here at The Soul of Philadelphia. The past week especially.

This week, I've been able to make contact with a few of the artists and producers on the project's interview list (about 60 people in total), and am happy to announce interest and involvement from GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias. Haggins and Barias are alumni of DJ Jazzy Jeff's A Touch of Jazz production team, and are responsible for many of Musiq Soulchild's biggest hits.

Also, fresh from Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key of Life Tour, drummer Lil' John Roberts has expressed interest, as has promoter and founder of the Blue Funk, John Barber, III. Although this is a fraction of the list, the participation of these individuals will be significant in the early stages of the project, and I am thankful to have them involved.

Finally, today marks the beginning of the The Soul of Philadelphia mix series, where we feature past and present music from the artists related to Philadelphia Soul during the era. Initially, I will be curating and mixing them, but we hope to have some notable Philly DJs involved very soon!