Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spotlight on Soul #1

He hit the spotlight in the late 60’s early 70’s carrying an already impressive background story.
With a scholarship in fine arts, he studied music at Howard University leaving before completing his degree and straight away began working at various different lables on projects for people like The Staple Singers, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield and Roberta Flack.
He first recorded as a solo artist in 1970 with ‘Everything is Everything’, after that came a self titled album.
Work came thick, fast and steady with his final studio album being recorded in 1973, entitled ‘Extension of a Man’.
In 1978 he died suddenly but his sound and emotion lives on through tracks like ‘A song for you’ ‘This Christmas’, The Closer I get to you’ (Duet with Roberta Flack) and ‘Someday, we’ll all be free’.

Below, is a live audio version of my favourite song by this artist.
The orchestral sound, mixes with raw, fierce feeling and always takes me on an emotional journey, reminding me just how much music can control.

Giving up by Donny Hathaway

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