Soul Music, by definition, incorporates elements of rhythm and blues and gospel music, popularized by African-Americans. And let’s face it, soul music has been the base for telling the stories of Black lives forever. Today’s times require a fresh modern feel or “New American Soul,” coined by multi-Grammy-nominated songwriting-production duo Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly, a.k.a. Louis York (the masterminds behind some of the most popular and liberating hits for artists like Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan).
The rhythms, the sound, and the emotions that it brings, everything that is great about soul music, is what you will get from The Shindellas‘ debut album Hits That Stick Like Grits, dropping on September 12 via Weirdo Workshop/The Orchard. The brainchild of Chuck and Claude, who handpicked members Kasi Jones, Stacy Johnson, and Tamara Chauniece under the belief that when women come together, powerful change can happen. Written and produced by these hitmakers, this 14-track album showcases each voice and how well they blend to sound like one voice. The album’s lead single “Money” has become a fan favorite, with the video garnering over 2.3M views on YouTube. Refinery29 says, “Glam, energy, and talent — The Shindellas have it all, and “Money” is undeniable proof of their star power.” Other releases featured on the album include “Fear Has No Place,” “Volcano Love,” and “When You Are Lonely.”