Daddy B. Nice’s Top 10 “BREAKING” Southern Soul Singles

Top 10 Southern Soul Singles – February 2024

 

1. “Swing Out”—–West Love

It’s not even the best of the “Swing Outs,” a storied title going back to Mel Waiters’ “Swing Out Song,” but it’s an immediate winner, the perfect, mid-tempo showcase for the talent, skills and energy that have taken West Love to the top of southern soul diva-dom. See her many upcoming dates as a rare female headliner on the Blues Is Alright Tour. (See Daddy B. Nice’s Concert Calendar.)

Listen to West Love singing “Swing Out” on YouTube.

2. “In Front Of Me”—–The Jay Morris Group

Getting back into Jay Morris after King George is a mind-bender. The trio is so verbal—like going down a rabbit warren of conversations. One of my favorite couplets from this fascinating female take-off on “Sho’ Wasn’t Me” is: “Jay, that’s his co-worker. / They have lunch from time to time”. Sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? And yet it not only works but comes off as daring because it is something a woman in denial would really say.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group singing “In Front Of Me” on YouTube.

3. “You Baby”—–Marcellus The Singer feat. Cecily Wilborn

Another choice track from Marcellus The Singer’s upcoming album Calling All Crackbabies. His debut Music Therapy only arrived a few months ago, and his ballad “Until We Meet Again” was last month’s #1 single. And when, mid-song, Marcellus passes the mike to 2023 Award winner Cecily Wilborn, “You Baby” soars.

Listen to Marcellus and Cecily singing “You Baby” on YouTube.

4. “Crazy About You”—–Derek The Change Man Smith

You may have seen him appearing on upcoming concert venues. Here’s why. The man is a flat-out singer.

Listen to Derek The Change Man Smith singing “Crazy About You” on YouTube.

5. “Put It In Ya Life”—–Lil’ Runt feat. Jeter Jones

A little rap. A little zydeco. A heaping tablespoon of Jeter Jones. Blend to a fine puree for the ultimate dancefloor gumbo.

Listen to Lil’ Runt and Jeter Jones singing “Put It In Ya Life” on YouTube.

6. “Too Soon”—–Kandy Janai

This is the young artist whose debut Das My Kitty” reaped a half-million YouTube views last year. “Too Soon” is totally different—slow, sad, thoughtful, ironic. The key lyric is “I let him meet my kids.” That’s a touchstone for just about all of us, whether you’re on the female side of it or the male.

Listen to Kandy Janai singing “Too Soon” on YouTube.

7. “Love Bone”—–Donnie Ray

A resource that just keeps giving, Donnie Ray Aldredge has a keen nose for good material.

Listen to Donnie Ray singing “Love Bone” on YouTube.

8. “Yo Truck (Ain’t Better Than Mine)”—–Jeter Jones

Full disclosure. I’ve been driving full-sized trucks my entire adult life. Ergo, I think “Yo Truck” is a real hoot and a great song. A note of caution. Jeter is stretching some boundaries (and good for him) in the upcoming “Big Boss” EP from which “Yo Truck” comes, blending southern soul with hard-hitting rap and hardcore country-western.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing “Yo Truck (Ain’t Better Than Mine)” on YouTube.

9. “Let It Be Said”—–J. Lake

“A closed mouth don’t get fed.” J. Lake crafts a fine tune around a southern soul truism recently revisited by Bridget Shield.

Listen to J. Lake singing “Let It Be Said” on YouTube.

10. “Can I Get A Witness?”—–LaMorris Williams

The “Impala” man returns.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing “Can I Get A Witness?” on YouTube.

 

 


 


 

Top 10 Southern Soul Singles – January 2024

1. “Until We Meet Again”—– Marcellus The Singer

This ballad deserves a place on southern soul’s top shelf alongside such slow jams as Sir Charles Jones’ “Just Another Love Song” (w/ La Keisha) and Big Robb’s “Good Loving Will Make You Cry” (w/ Carl Marshall). Nearly eight minutes long, it sails by, never grows repetitive and has every chance of becoming Marcellus’s breakthrough and signature song.

Listen to Marcellus The Singer singing “Until We Meet Again” on You Tube.

2. “Down In The Sippi”—– FaLisa JaNaye

FaLisa JaNaye has been inactive since the mid-teens—a cautionary note for performers who succumb to the cushy comforts of the European circuit. She returns to southern soul with this rousing jam, transformed both physically and vocally with a more robust and down-home style.

Listen to FaLisa JaNaye singing “Down In Sippi” on YouTube.

3. “Busted Cheating At The Holiday Inn”—– Mr. Midnight

This old and well-worn southern soul trope (“cheating at the motel or the inn”) actually sounds fresh after the avalanche of “trail ride” and “cowboy/cowgirl” singles of the last couple of years.

Listen to Mr. Midnight singing “Busted Cheating At The Holiday Inn” on YouTube.

4. “I Can’t Live Without You”—– Memphis Jackson

Memphis Jackson takes a big step forward with this well-wrought new single.

Listen to Memphis Jackson singing “I Can’t Live Without You” on YouTube.

5. “Party”—– Cecily Wilborn

The easy-to-listen-to newcomer who notched the #6 single—“Southern Man”—on Daddy B. Nice’s Top 25 Singles of 2023 drops another comely track with an intriguing, country-western flavor.

Listen to Cecily Wilborn singing “Party” on YouTube.

6. “Let’s Get Married Today”—– Stan Butler

Despite strides in popularity Stan Butler is still one of the most under-appreciated singer/songwriters in southern soul. His writing alone puts him in the top tier, and his singing exudes confidence and authority. Read more in The New Generation: Southern Soul.

Listen to Stan Butler singing “Let’s Get Married Today” on YouTube.

7. “Cut Friend”—- Sky Whatley

Another worthy single from the newcomer who recorded his debut single “Bae Changed Me” a little over a year ago.

Listen to Sky Whatley singing “Cut Friend” on YouTube.

8. “Good Tyme”—- P2K DaDiddy feat. Frank Johnson

From P2K’s just-released album, U-Turn, spawned by his hit single of the same name. Frank Johnson is the King George imitator whose debut “Hate On Me” is trending toward a million YouTube views.

Listen to P2K and Frank Johnson singing “Good Tyme” on YouTube.

9. “Older Woman”—- S. Dott

S. Dott continues to come into his own, but he’s removed his songs from YouTube in a short-sighted career decision he’s bound to regret.

Listen to S. Dott singing “Older Woman” on SoundCloud.

10. “Sooner Or Later”—- Tonio Armani

Tonio Armani came to the attention of southern soul fans on S. Dott’s stirring “Cowgirl Trailride” (Daddy B. Nice’s #1 Single August 2023). Sadly, Armani & Dott will miss out on estimated 50,000 sets of new ears listening to “Cowgirl Trailride’s” #13 ranking on DBN’s Top 25 over the next month due to Dott’s decision to remove it from YouTube.

Listen to Tonio Armani singing “Sooner Or Later” on YouTube.

 

 


 


 

Top 25 Southern Soul Singles Of 2023

1.

“Night Time” by King George

2.

“Grown Man (I Need Somebody)” by King George feat. CharMeka Joquelle

3.

“Trail Ride” by Lady Redtopp feat. Bri Rocket

4.

“Part Time Lover” by Lady Redtopp

5.

“Real Real Woman” by J’Cenae

6.

“Southern Man” by Cecily Wilborn feat. West Love

7.

“Mark You Off” by Miron Simpson

8.

“Highway 55” by Sir Charles Jones

9.

“U’Turn” by P2K Dadiddy feat. King George

10.

“Auntie Outside Tonight” by Mike Clark Jr.

11.

“Southern Soul Sunday” by M. Cally

12.

“Brown Liquor” by M. Cally

 

13.

“Cowgirl Trailride” by S. Dott feat. Tonio Armani

14.

“I Found Love” by Jeter Jones

15.

“I Wanna Slow Dance” by Dee Dee Simon

16.

“Got My Whiskey” by Nelson Curry feat. DJ Sean Dolby

17.

“Big Fine Slim Fine” by Royal D

18.

“Take Heed (The Same Thing..)” by Young Guy

19.

“Cowgirl” by Mz. Brown Suga feat. Thrilla

 

20.

“Party For A Moment (Forget Your Problems)” by T.K. Soul

21.

“When She’s Had Enough” by Lady Q

22.

“Take You Down Thru There” by J-Wonn

23.

“Dip” by Cuznjed feat. Koray Broussard

 

24.

“Nana Pie” by Chris Ivy

25.

“Shot Of Moonshine” by Marcellus The Singer

 

 


 


 

TOP 10 December 2023

1. “Grown Man”—–King George feat. CharMeka Joquelle

King George closes out the year the way he started it with Tyronica Rawls: in triumph in his second year as the king ascendent of southern soul. “She gives me a lot of pleasure/And a little bit of pain.” No words more truly spoken—and in an undeniably positive context. Great production with a guitar accompaniment tweaked to a steel guitar sound—a little country with a quasi-Hawaiian flourish. Over a million YouTube views already.

Listen to King George & CharMeka Joquelle singing “Grown Man” on YouTube.

2. “Real Real Woman”—-J’Cenae

“Real Real Woman” is J’Cenae’s most significant single since “I’ll Be Down In A Minute”. She just shines throughout, mind-melding with the lyrics so well you can almost feel her physical presence standing next to you. The songwriting by Omar Cunningham is incredible, but the self-aggrandizing (not one but two “Omar wrote this!”‘s) distracts and thus detracts from the song’s inherent majesty.

Listen to J’Cenae singing “Real Real Woman” on Youtube.

3. “Trail Ride”—–Lady Redtopp feat. Bri Rocket

Three consecutive Top 10 singles! “Part Time Lover,” “Mississippi Soul Girl,” and now “Trail Ride”. Lady Redtopp’s not afraid to put her uncanny mannerisms into her unique vocals, and so far she hasn’t made a mis-step. Her vocal on “Trail Ride” is brash and tough yet devastatingly charming. When Bri Rocket comes in for her verse you instantly sense the drop-off in vocal expertise (just down to the ordinary), and yet it’s Rocket’s beautiful bridge that propels the song to an even higher level.

Listen to Lady Redtopp & Bri Rocket singing “Trail Ride” on YouTube.

4. “Do You Wanna Go?”—–Tucka

One of the very best—if not the best—cut from Tucka’s new The Guy Your Man Can’t Stand album, and without doubt the most evocative vocal.

Listen to Tucka singing “Do You Wanna Go?” on YouTube.

5. “Fallin’ For You”—–Adrian Bagher

A love song jumping up and down mattress-style on a bounce track. Bagher’s signature, syruppey tone on the vocal is just right, and the simplicity and universality of the lyrics may actually work in his favor, giving him a chance at a wider audience than his hyper-realistic domestic vignettes.

Listen to Adrian Bagher singing “Fallin’ For You” on YouTube.

6. “Walk Out On My Love”—–Dee Dee Simon

A different kind of love song, not only for Dee Dee (for whom the key was probably difficult to sing in) but for the genre. Tucka has a compositional brain unlike most southern soul songwriters and it takes a little time getting used to the novelty of hearing Tuckerish chord progressions sung by a woman. But the song ultimately pays rewards and Dee Dee’s vocal never wavers.

Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing “Walk Out On My Love” on YouTube.

7. “Party”—–Mike Clark Jr. feat. E. Realist & Charity Harris

The perfect follow-up to Mike Clark’s popular debut, “Auntie Outside Tonight” (Daddy B. Nice’s #1 Single, September ’23). Clark has a voice tailor-made for rousing anthems.

Listen to Mike Clark Jr. & friends singing “Party” on YouTube.

8. “I Need Me A Drink”—–Ju Evans

Ju Evans is one of the very few new artists Ecko Records has signed in the last decade. Cheeky guitar riff gives the tune a real boost.

Listen to Ju Evans singing “I Need Me A Drink” on YouTube.

9. “Do It Right”—–Meeka Meeka (Meeka Noble)

Starts out with Betty Wright’s “Tonight Is The Night” but takes a less traveled and danceable turn.

Listen to Meeka Meeka singing “Do It Right” on YouTube.

10. “Country Party”—–Myia Bry (Myia B)

Listen to Myia Bry singing “Country Party” on YouTube.

 


 


 

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