Singers To Check Out

Dear Singing Students:

When one of you tells me you've never heard Otis Redding, Etta James, or Al Green, my heart breaks a little! So, here is a list of singers who sing from the soul. I've listed specific songs and albums that I especially like. The list is by no means complete, but it's a place to start...

Al Green - anything, esp. SONG: “I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)”, or the ALBUM: Gets Next To You

Alison Krauss - anything

Annie Lennox - SONG: “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” [from Red Hot + Blue: Cole Porter Tribute album]

Aretha Franklin - anything, esp. SONG: “Skylark” or the ALBUM: Live at the Fillmore West

Carmen McRae - anything

Charles Brown - SONG: “Please Come Home For Christmas”

Dinah Washington - SONG: “You Don't Know What Love Is”

Donny Hathaway - SONG: “For All We Know”

Ella Fitzgerald - SONG: “A Sunday Kind of Love” or the ALBUM: Cole Porter Songbook

Emmylou Harris - SONG: “All My Tears” or “Plaisir D'Amour”

Etta James - SONG: "I'd Rather Go Blind", “These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)”

Etta Jones - SONG: “If I Had You”, "The Gal from Joe's"

Eva Cassidy - anything

Gillian Welch - anything, esp. SONG: “Paper Wings” or the ALBUM: Revival

Gladys Knight & The Pips - anything, esp.SONG: “Nitty Gritty”, "Heard It Through the Grapevine"

Irma Thomas - anything, esp.SONG: “Ruler Of My Heart”, "Time is On My Side"

Jack Sheldon - SONG: “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”

k.d. lang - anything, esp. SONG: “Outside Myself” or the ALBUMS: Ingenue, Drag, Hymns Of The 49th Parallel

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - anything, esp. SONG: “Centerpiece” or the ALBUM: Everybody's Boppin'

LaVern Baker - SONG: “Shake a Hand” or the ALBUM: Sings Bessie Smith

Lena Horne - anything, esp. SONG: “Stormy Weather”

Les Paul & Mary Ford - anything, esp. SONG: “Vaya Con Dios”

Little Willie John - SONG: “My Love Is”, "Grits Ain't Groceries"

Lonnie Johnson - SONG: “Tomorrow Night“

Lou Rawls - anything, esp. SONG: “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)”

Louis Jordan [American sax player] - anything

Louis Prima & Keely Smith - anything, esp. SONG: “That Old Black Magic”

Mahalia Jackson - anything, esp. SONG: “Move On Up a Little Higher”

Mark Murphy - anything, esp. SONG: “More Than You Know”

Marvin Gaye - anything

Mel Torme - anything, esp. SONG: “Comin' Home Baby”

The Mills Brothers - SONG: “Tiger Rag”, "Nevertheless (I'm in Love With You")

Nancy Wilson - SONG: “When Did You Leave Heaven?” or the ALBUM: Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley

Nat King Cole - anything, esp. SONG: “Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby”

Neko Case - anything

Nina Simone - SONG: “Feeling Good”, “Come Ye”

Otis Redding - anything, esp. SONG: “Pain In My Heart”, "Trick or Treat"

Patty Griffin - anything, esp. SONG: “Be Careful”

Peggy Lee - SONG: “Fever”

Ray Charles - SONG: “Here We Go Again”, "Lonely Avenue"

Rickie Lee Jones - anything, esp. the ALBUMS: Rickie Lee Jones [first album], Pop Pop

Roberta Flack - SONG: “Tryin' Times”, "I Am the Girl" or the ALBUM: First Take

Ruthie Foster - anything, esp. SONG: “Hole in My Pocket” or the ALBUM: Phenomenal Woman

Sam Cooke - anything, esp. SONG: “You Send Me”, "Change is Gonna Come"

Shelby Lynne - anything, esp. SONG: “Thought It Would Be Easier” or the ALBUM: I Am Shelby Lynne

Shirley Horn - anything, esp. SONG: “Don’t Be On The Outside” or the ALBUM: Travelin' Light

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - anything

Solomon Burke - anything, esp. SONG: “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”, "Cry to Me"

Stevie Wonder - anything before 1983

Willie Nelson - SONG: “Georgia On My Mind” or the ALBUMS: Stardust (produced by Booker T Jones!), Red Headed Stranger


[update 04/24/22]