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Op-Ed: Chaka Khan and Rufus snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Chaka Khan and Rufus were once again snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for induction in the upcoming Class of 2020.

KC and the Sunshine Band talks NYE show, digital age and success Special

Harry Wayne "KC" Casey, the lead singer and founder of the dance and funk group, KC and the Sunshine Band chatted with Digital Journal about their New Year's Eve show in Atlantic City, and he spoke about the digital age of music.

U.S. soul singer Welfair intent on keeping the momentum going Special

Los Angeles - Los Angeles-based artist Welfair (Danielle Espinoza) has been gigging in support of her sophomore EP 'Good Mourning', which was released in November 2016. Digital Journal put some questions to her.

Review: Craig Charles brings funk and soul to St Albans Special

Saint Albans - Actor Craig Charles brought a live version of his radio show to St Albans over the first June weekend, and gave a grandiose power house performance of classic and cutting edge soul and funk music.

An update from Australia's favourite Canadian vocalist Ann Vriend Special

The singer/songwriter from Edmonton has enjoyed quite a bit of success with her most recent LP 'For the People in the Mean Time.' She is currently on tour Down Under, which is where Digital Journal caught up with her.

Master of French electronica Lord Funk is warming up the globe Special

Based in Paris, Dalmasso Romain (better known as 'Lord Funk') will release a brand new album later this month entitled 'Global Warming.' Digital Journal spoke to him.

'The Rochester Mass,' a new concept from organist James Taylor Special

Rochester - Master of the Hammond organ and leader of the James Taylor Quartet (JTQ), English musician James Taylor is preparing to release a groundbreaking project that successfully combines jazz and funk with The Rochester Cathedral Choir.

Walter Scott of The Whispers, one of the great voices of soul Special

You may not be instantly familiar with the name, but you certainly know the songs - and this clean-living, unassuming foursome wouldn't have it any other way. Digital Journal spoke to one of their founding members.

Review: Ola Onabule wows at the Royal Albert Hall Special

London - Ola Onabule, the British-Nigerian, soul, jazz, singer-songwriter, gave an inspired and cool performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London this week.

Review: 7 life lessons from George Clinton's must-read autobiography Special

Watch who you trust. Be different and weird. Find the funk in your life when everything gets too vanilla. Those are some of the life lessons I took away from the autobiography of funk legend and Parliament Funkadelic founder George Clinton.

Review: The Feed drops sophomore album Outsider

The Feed released their sophomore album 'Outsider' last Tuesday and “Holy 1960’s-70’s Batman." It brings back elements of the past without being regressive.

Vans Warped Tour stops in Connecticut Special

Hartford - Vans Warped Tour shared its 20th Anniversary edition with the greater New York City and Boston areas during the past week. The gypsy caravan pitched its tents at the Xfinity Music Center in Hartford, CT this past Sunday morning.

Review: A funk/soul album with great potential, but minor issues

“Burden to Bear is especially precious to me because it’s my first album,” says soul/pop artist Lael Summer, currently a student in the University of Southern California’s elite Popular Music program and signed to New York’s True Groove Records.

Bonerama brings their brass funk rock to New York's harbor Special

New York - Coming out of the New Orleans brass funk rock scene, Bonerama played New York City's Rocks Off Harbor Cruise - rocking the boat on a beautiful summer night.

British band The Heavy offer punk, funk, soul, and rock and roll Special

British funk-rock band The Heavy have been churning out their unique brand of neo-soul rock since 2007. On their third album, they embrace a varied palette of sounds, nodding at the past while embracing the future.

'Funk Brother' Joe Hunter, 79, Dies

Joe Hunter, Motown's first bandleader and a three-time Grammy winner with the Funk Brothers, has died. He was 79.

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Disco and funk band KC and The Sunshine Band
Disco and funk band KC and The Sunshine Band
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Funk legend George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton
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The Heavy s embrace of sonic variety may help explain the wide generational appeal of its fanbase. P...
The Heavy's embrace of sonic variety may help explain the wide generational appeal of its fanbase. Page (far right) says he’s been “struck by how diverse the age range is” at various shows. “There are kids as well as people in their 60s! It’s such a variety. Initially you’re thinking, “Why isn’t it full of young girls?!” -but we’re attracting more people. It’s a broader appeal, so hopefully that means a greater lifespan (for the band) as well.”
Andrew de Francesco
 The Great Voices of Soul
"The Great Voices of Soul"
Vicky Berry
The Whispers live on stage.
The Whispers live on stage.
Welfair on stage
Welfair on stage
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