In upcoming Am I Black Enough for You featuring HRH Billy Paul
- The first thing you notice with Billy's voice, is that jazz singers are more disciplined than most people give them credit for.
Not to dismiss gospelized soul singing as a cliché, it's just that a majority of black singers come from church.
You're hearing it in Ray Charles.
Yu hear it in James Brown screaming; AAAAA.
You hear it in Aretha Franklin who runs; aAaAaAa.
You hear it in Stevie Wonder in his runs; aaAAaa.
But there's a rare school of singers that didn't have to display that, Smokey robinson a very good example.
Billy paul is definitely a leader in that school of more or less jazz based vocals singing pop. He didn't do a lot of screaming his voice was very velvet very silk.
And the fact that this smooth calming voice was saying some of the most...
militant shit ever.
You know Smokey Robinson wasn't singing; am I black enough for you.