Daddy B. Nice’s

Southern Soul Award Nominees and Winners!

February 1, 2020: See “The Year In Review” (click here)

Daddy B. Nice Announces THE WINNERS of the 2019 (13th Annual) SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC AWARDS. The winners are posted at the end of each list of finalists.

A permanent listing and a link in Daddy B. Nice’s Comprehensive Index to Southern Soul Music will be made on behalf of each performer. Find the artist’s name and touch/click the desired entry to be whisked away to the exact page and page-location of the appearance.

Best Mid-Tempo Song:

Top Contenders: 

“Bottle After Bottle” —– P2K DaDiddy
“Good Times” —– Lomax
“Whiskey Drinking Woman” —– Mose Stovall feat. Big Daddy E
“Rodeo” —– Itz Karma feat. Jeter Jones
“She’s Just My Girlfriend” —– Donnie Ray
“Hitcha Wit Da Tool” —— Till 1
“I Can Back It Up” —– Choppa Law
“You Walk Like It’s Good” —– Jarvis Greene
“Superstar” —– Vick Allen
“Change My Mind” —– Sassy D
“Big Train” —– Tucka
“I’d Go Back” —– Big G
“My Cake” —– Mr. Campbell
“Until The Morning Comes” —– Tucka feat. Audi Yo

Best Mid-Tempo Song:
“Big Train” by Tucka

Listen to Tucka singing “Big Train Coming” on YouTube.



 

Best Club (Fast/Dance) Song:

Top Contenders: 

“Cowboy Ride” —– Stan Butler
“Sunshine” —– Solomon Thompson feat. David J
“Out In The Country” —– R&B Pooh
“Why Me?” —– Gentry-Jones
“Party Hard” —– J.Red The Nephew
“The Ladies Love To Slide” —– T.K. Soul
“Sleeping Pill” —– Hisyde feat. Chrissy Luvz
“Get It! Get It!” —– Ms. Jody
“Fish Fry” —– Jennifer Watts feat. Unkle Phunk
“The Boots On Song”—– Big Yayo (feat. Omar Cunningham)
“Drop Pop & Roll” —– Willie Clayton

Best Club (Uptempo Dance) Song:
“Cowboy Ride” by Stan Butler

Listen to Stan Butler singing “Cowboy Ride” on YouTube.



 

Best Ballad:

Top Contenders: 

“Just Cruzin'” —– O.B. Buchana
“Love Stand” —— Mr. Smoke
“Still Learning ‘Bout Love” —– Wendell B & The Soul Music Representatives
“Beautiful” —– Wendell B
“She’s My Baby Forever” —— Jaye Hammer
“Two Lovers” —– J-Wonn
“Ride Or Die” —– T.K. Soul
“A Woman Like You” —– Darnell Da Bachelor
“No One” —– Vick Allen
“This Woman Of Mine” —– Lamar Brace
“DJ Let Me Grind On Her” —– Avail Hollywood
“If You Think You’re Lonely Now” —– Shunte’ Nicole feat. Big Yayo
“Tell On You” —– L.J. Echols

Best Ballad:
“Cruzin'” by O.B. Buchana

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing “Cruzin'” on YouTube.



 

Best Song By Longtime Veteran:

Top Contenders: 

“So Damn Good” —– Sheba Potts-Wright
“In A Coma” —– Chuck Strong
“Whiskey Drinking Woman” —– Mose Stovall feat. Big Daddy E.
“She’s My Baby Forever” —– Jaye Hammer
“Too Late” —– LaMorris Williams
“Girls’ Night Out” —– Karen Wolfe
“Can I Take You Home” —– Ghetto Cowboy feat. Tucka
“Inside Man/Outside Help” —– Omar Cunningham
“You’re What’s Needed In My Life” —– Lee Fields
“That Young Thang” —– Big G
“Good Ole Boy” —– Carl Sims
“My Bed” —– Omar Cunningham
“Boss Queen” —– Stephanie McDee
“Snappin’ Turtle” —– Theodis Ealey
“Hey Hey Bobby Rush” —– Bobby Rush

 

Best Song By Longtime Veteran:
“Whiskey Drinking Woman”
by Mose Stovall feat. Big Daddy E.

Listen to Mose Stovall feat. Big Daddy E. singing “Whiskey Drinking Woman” on YouTube.



 

Best Female Vocalist:

Top Contenders: 

Sassy D —– “Change My Mind,” “She Wanna Ride” (feat. Jeter Jones), “Southern Soul” (feat. ColdDrank), “The Way You Move” (feat. Tucka)
Crystal Thomas —– “Teach You How To Love Me,” “I’m What You’re Looking For” feat. Luziana Wil
Ms. Jody —– “A Man Like That”
Annie Washington —– “3 Legs,” “Thick Pocketbook”
Val McKnight —– “Down Low Brother,” “I’m A Horny Woman”
Champagne —– “Mouth On You” feat. Highway Heavy), “Ride It” (feat. Highway Heavy)
Lady Soul —– “I’m Ready”
West Love —– “Stop Looking”
Dee Dee Simon —– “Big Gun,” “Walk That Dog”
Angel Faye Russell —– “My Baby Boo”
Miss Portia —– “For My Ladies’ (feat. Cupid), “Caught Up” (feat. Tyree Neal)

Best Female Vocalist:
“(Let Me Put My) Mouth On You”
by Champagne featuring Highway Heavy

Listen to Champagne singing “Mouth On You” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s “Behind The Scenes 2019 Awards: Champagne.



 

Best Male Vocalist:

Top Contenders: 

Wendell B. —– “Beautiful,” “Still Learning ‘Bout Love (feat. Soul Music Representativs)
Tucka —– “Until The Morning Comes,” “Big Train,” “Jungle Love,” “Ain’t No Getting Over Me”
Willie Clayton —– “Love Games,” “Can We Slip Away?”
Vick Allen —–“No One,” “Superstar,”
O.B. Buchana —– “Just Cruzin’,” “I Hump It”
Stan Butler —– “Cowboy Ride”
Bigg Robb —– “I Did My Time,” “Don’t Be Ashamed”
R.T. Taylor —– “It’s A Mule”
Donnie Ray —— “She’s Just My Girlfriend”
Avail Hollywood —– “Unbelievable Booty,” “DJ Let Me Grind On Her”
J. Red The Nephew —– “I Forgot I Was Married,” “Party Hard”
Bishop Bullwinkle —– “No Woman No Cry,” “Do You Hear Me Now?”
T.K. Soul —– “Ride Or Die,” “The Ladies Love To Slide”
Jeter Jones —– “We Come To Party,” “She Wanna Ride” feat. Sassy D, “Rodeo” feat. Itz Karma, “Package”
Bobby Rush —– “Hey Hey Bobby Rush,” “Good Stuff”
Calvin Richardson —– “If You’re Thinking About Leaving”
J-Wonn —– “21 Again” 

Best Male Vocalist:
“It’s A Mule” by R.T. Taylor

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing “It’s A Mule” on YouTube.

Read Daddy B. Nice’s “Behind The Scenes 2019 Awards: R.T. Taylor.



 

Best Debut:

Top Contenders: 

Mr. Smoke —– “Love Stand,””Weekend,” “Whoa Ni”
R.T. Taylor —– “It’s A Mule”
Luziana Wil —– “I’m What You Looking For” feat. Crystal Thomas, “I Wanna Know”
“R&B Pooh” —– “Out In The Country”
Tasha Mac —– “Get It My Way”
Itz Karma —– “Rodeo” feat. Jeter Jones, “I Like Da Way”
J-Fitz —– “I Could’ve Stayed At Home,” “Yard Party” feat. Vick Allen
Malcom Allen —– “Got To Find Me A Lover”
West Love —– “You Better Go,” “Stop Looking,” “He’s Doing That Donald Trump”
Dee Dee Simon —– “Walk That Dog,” “Upgrade,” “Big Gun”
Hisyde —– “Sleeping Pill” (feat. Chrissy Luvz)
Darnell Da’ Bachelor —– “A Woman Like You”
2 Buck Chuck —– “Sugar Daddy,” “In The Club”
Marquee Of Soul —– “Party On The Weekend”
Volton Wright —– “That Thang”
Jay Morris Group —– “Happy Weight,” “4 Fa 4”
Jennifer Watts —- “Rock Wit It Baby,” “Fish Fry” (feat. Unkle Phunk), “Hit It”
Chrissy Luvz —– “Can’t Catcha Fish Without A Hook,” “Sleeping Pill” (feat. Hisyde)
DJ Wildman Tim —– “Funky Blues,” “Country Party”

Best Debut:
“Love Stand” by Mr. Smoke

Listen to Mr. Smoke singing “Love Stand” on YouTube.



 

Best Collaboration:

Top Contenders: 

“Mailman” —– Fat Daddy feat. Sir Charles Jones
“Still Learning ‘Bout Love” —– Wendell B., Magic One, Jason Little, Curtis Jefferson
“Until The Morning Comes” —– Tucka feat. Audi Yo
“Sleeping Pill” —– Hisyde feat. Chrissy Luvz
“Rodeo” —– Itz Karma feat. Jeter Jones
“Trail Ride” —– Sir Charles Jones feat. Jeter Jones
“Whipped Again” —– O.B. Buchana feat. Pokey Bear
“Sneak Up On It” —– Ghetto Cowboy feat. L.J. Echols
“She Wanna Ride” —– Sassy D feat. Jeter Jones
“Yard Party” —– J-Fitz feat. Vick Allen
“Sunshine” —– Solomon Thompson feat. David J
“Game Of Chase” —– David J feat. Miss Portia

Best Collaboration:
“Still Learning ‘Bout Love”
by Wendell B, Magic One, Jason Little & Curtis Jefferso
n

Listen to Wendell B and The Soul Music Representatives singing “Still Learning ‘Bout Love” on YouTube.



 

Best Outa-Left-Field Song:

Top Contenders: 

“Stay” —– Chris Ardoin
“He’s Doing That Donald Trump” —– West Love
“No Woman No Cry” —– Bishop Bullwinkle
“Enjoying My Life” —– King Fred
“Won’t Stop Loving You” —– Nekita Waller
“Strong Woman” —– Fat Daddy
“I Did My Time” —– Bigg Robb
“You Can Ride It” —– O.C. Soul & The Soul Patrol Band
“Mouth On You” —– Highway Heavy feat. Champagne

Best Outa-Left-Field Song:
“I Did My Time” by Bigg Robb

Listen to Bigg Robb singing “I Did My Time” on YouTube.



 

Best Chitlin’ Circuit Blues Song:

Top Contenders: 

“Hoe To A Husband” —– Summer Wolfe
“I’m A Horny Woman” —– Val McKnight
“It’s A Mule” —– R.T. Taylor
“Stop Looking” —– West Love
“Neckbone Lady” —– Mz. Connie feat. L.J. Echols
“Wrong Man” —– Highway Heavy feat. Fya Redd
“Good Stuff” —– Bobby Rush
“I’m Rockin’ With Da Thick Girls” —– Lil’ Jimmie
“Living Years” —– Stevie J. Blues
“Willing And Able” —– Adrian Bagher
“Sugar Daddy” —– 2 Buck Chuck
“Country Party” —– DJ Wildman Tim feat Slack

Best Chitlin’ Circuit Blues Song:
“Good Stuff” by Bobby Rush

Listen to Bobby Rush singing “Good Stuff” on YouTube.



 

Best Cover Song:

Top Contenders: 

“Why Me?” —– Gentry-Jones
“Ain’t No Getting Over Me” —– Tucka
“No Woman No Cry” —– Bishop Bullwinkle
“Down Low Brother” —– Val McKnight
“Beast Of Burden” —– Bishop Bullwinkle
“Return To Sender” —– J.J. Caillier
“Rocking Chair” —– Charlesia Jones feat. Charles Jones III
“Last Few Dollars” —– Stacii Adams
“Right Thing Wrong Man” —– Stephanie Luckett
“Drowning In A Sea Of Love” —– Sir Charles Jones
“Blind Cripple & Crazy” —– L.J. Echols

Best Cover Song:
“Why Me?” by Gentry-Jones

Listen to Gentry-Jones singing “Why Me?” on YouTube.



 

Best Producer:

Top Contenders: 

Highway Heavy —– “(Let Me Put My) Mouth On You” (Champagne), “Wrong Man” (Fya Redd), “Missing You” (Dave Mack)

John Ward —– “Just Cruzin'” (O.B. Buchana), “She’s My Baby Forever” (Jaye Hammer), “Down Low Brother” (Val McKnight), “A Man Like That” (Ms. Jody), “I Hump It” (O.B. Buchana)

Beat Flippa —– “She Wanna Ride” (Jeter Jones & Sassy D), “She’s Just My Girlfriend” (Donnie Ray), “Can I Take You Home?” (Ghetto Cowboy), “My Bed” (Omar Cunningham)

Ronald “Slack” Jefferson —– “It’s A Mule” (R.T. Taylor), “I’m What You Looking For” (Luziana Wil feat. Crystal Thomas), “Rodeo” (Itz Karma feat. Jeter Jones), “Three Legs,” “Thick Pocketbook” (Annie Washington), “I Can Back It Up” (Choppa Law), “Out In The Country” (R&B Pooh)

Joe Nice —– “Party Starter” (feat. Nelson Curry & Blakfist), “Don’t Disturb This Groove” (feat. Nelson Curry)

Tucka —– “Big Train,” “Tipsy,” “Until The Morning Comes,” “Ain’t No Getting Over Me,” “Jungle Love”

Best Producer:
Ronald “Slack” Jefferson

Listen to Itz Karma and Jeter Jones singing the Slack-produced “Rodeo” on YouTube.



 

Best CD:

Top Contenders: 

Mr. Smoke —– Who Want Smoke?
Slack —– My Music My Friends Southern Soul Compilation
Bishop Bullwinkle —– The Da Vinci Code
T.K. Soul —– Untouchable
Val McKnight —– Stroke That Cat
Vick Allen —– Untouchable
Big G —– Let’s Party
Bigg Robb —– Good Muzic
L.J. Echols —– Call 911
Bobby Rush —– Sitting On Top Of The Blues
Calvin Richardson —– Gold Dust
Jaye Hammer —– Double Trouble
Chris Ardoin —– Evolution
Joe Nice —– Southern Soul Mixtape
Jay Morris Group —– Like Food To My Soul
Adrian Bagher —– Willing And Able
Ghetto Cowboy —– Southern Soul Legend
Sir Charles Jones —– Sir Charles Jones & Family Vol. 1
Willie Clayton —– Excellence
O.B. Buchana —– Face Down
Ms. Jody —– Get It! Get It!
Pokey Bear —– My Sidepiece Hit The Lotto
Avail Hollywood —– Still King
J. Red The Nephew —– Platinum Soul
C-Wright —– A New Heart
Jennifer Watts —– The Foxy Lady Of Southern Soul
Itz Karma —– Karma: Unleashed
Lamar Brace —– From The Soul
Stan Mosley —– Soul Resurrection
Gregg A. Smith —– The Real Deal
Lady Q —– Class N Session

Best CD: “My Music, My Friends
Southern Soul Compilation” by Slack

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing “It’s A Mule” from Slack’s “My Music, My Friends Southern Soul Compilation” on YouTube. 



The Top 25 Southern Soul Songs of 2019

1.“Big Train” —– Tucka

Tucka trades erotic languor (“Sweet Shop,” “Candy Land,” “Book of Love”) for his own unique version of the blues.

Listen to Tucka singing “Big Train” on YouTube.

2.“Cowboy Ride”—– Stan Butler aka Deacon Low Down

Stan Butler returns in a new guise and vocal style with the catchiest dance tune of the year.

Listen to Stan Butler singing “Cowboy Ride” on YouTube.

 

3. “(Let Me Put My) Mouth On You”—–Highway Heavy featuring Champagne (w/ Tyree Neal on guitar)

She was either the most courageous or the most infuriating and scandalous new vocalist of 2019, but the beauty of the instrumental track and the soulfulness of the vocal could not be denied.

Listen to Champagne singing “Mouth On You” on YouTube.

4. “Just Cruzin'”—-O.B. Buchana

Imagine The Rascals’ “Groovin'”blended and pureed with Johnnie Taylor’s “Soul Heaven”and you have the cozy ambience of O.B.’s spectacularly-sung “Cruzin'”.

Listen to O.B. Buchana singing “Just Cruzin'” on YouTube.

 

5.“I Did My Time”—-Bigg Robb

Southern Soul samples hiphop (instead of the other way around) in Bigg Robb’s impressively authoritative survey of doing time and its effects on loved ones.

Listen to Bigg Robb singing “I Did My Time” on YouTube.

 

6. “Change My Mind”—-Sassy D

Sassy D captures a youthful innocence and charm not heard since LaKeisha.

Listen to Sassy D singing “Change My Mind” on YouTube.

 

7. “Beautiful”—-Wendell B

Combined with the Barry White-deep vocals, Wendell’s synthesizer fills left southern soul fans as limp with pleasure as Trekkies listening to the white noise of the USS Enterprise moving through space.

Listen to Wendell B singing “Beautiful” on YouTube.

 

8. “It’s A Mule”—-R.T. Taylor

For serious and strong lovers only.

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing “It’s A Mule” on YouTube

 

9. “Whiskey Drinking Woman”—-Mose Stovall featuring Big Daddy E.

A little of David Bowie’s “Heroes” and a whole lot of southern soul.

Listen to Mose Stovall and Big Daddy E. singing “Whiskey Drinking Woman” on YouTube.

10. “Love Stand”—–Mr. Smoke

A slower-tempo-ed, southern soul version of The Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”.

Listen to Mr. Smoke singing “Love Stand” on YouTube.

 

11. “Rodeo”—-Itz Karma featuring Jeter Jones

Listen to Itz Karma and Jeter Jones singing “Rodeo” on YouTube.

 

12. “She’s Just My Girlfriend”—-Donnie Ray

Listen to Donnie Ray singing “She’s Just My Girlfriend” on YouTube.

 

13. “A Man Like That”—-Ms. Jody

Listen to Ms. Jody singing “A Man Like That” on YouTube.

 

14. “What You Looking For”—-Luziana Wil featuring Crystal Thomas

Listen to Luziana Wil and Crystal Thomas singing “What You Looking For” on YouTube.

 

15. “I Forgot I Was Married”—-J. Red The Nephew

Listen to J. Red The Nephew singing “I Forgot I Was Married” on YouTube.

 

16. “Stay”—-Chris Ardoin

Listen to Chris Ardoin singing “Stay” on YouTube.

 

17. “Superstar”—-Vick Allen

Listen to Vick Allen singing “Superstar” on YouTube.

 

18. “Unbelievable Booty”—-Avail Hollywood

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing “Unbelievable Booty” on YouTube.

 

19. “No Woman No Cry”—-Bishop Bullwinkle

Listen to Bishop Bullwinkle singing “No Woman No Cry” on YouTube.

 

20. “The Ladies Love To Slide”—-T.K. Soul

Listen to T.K. Soul singing “The Ladies Love To Slide” on YouTube.

 

21. “Sleeping Pill”—-Hisyde featuring Chrissy Luvz

Listen to Hisyde and Chrissy Luvz singing “Sleeping Pill” on YouTube.

 

22. “A Woman Like You”—-Darnell Da’ Bachelor

Listen to Darnell Da’ Bachelor singing “A Woman Like You” on YouTube.

 

23. “Still Learning ‘Bout Love”—-Wendell B. And The Soul Music Representatives

Listen to Wendell B and Soul Music Representatives singing “Still Learning ‘Bout Love” on YouTube.

 

24. “Return To Sender”—-J.J. Caillier

Listen to J.J. Caillier singing “Return To Sender” on YouTube.

 

25. “In A Coma”—-Chuck Strong

Listen to Chuck Strong singing “In A Coma” on YouTube.