Let’s give some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for these soulful women!
Read this article because it points you to the best female Soul singers making fantastic Funk & Soul music today. And, you’ll enjoy the best of the old school Funk & Soul singers of the 1970s. Get 3 Spotify playlists — one all about the neo-Soul sisters active today, one dedicated to the old school Soul Sisters, and another playlists combining neo-Soul & Funk music singers with the classic divas of 70s Soul music.
Watch several videos below too (including a couple of Soul Train classics at the bottom) showing how all these superlative soul sisters got it goin’ on…
If you don’t have Spotify, you can choose a different streaming service below to listen to all these songs in one Super Soul Sisters playlist…
Watch this outstanding live video from SXSW, and stay true to Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings…
Soul Sistas Doin’ It For Themselves… Dig these funky Soul Sisters!
Sensational Soul Sisters & Their Stirring Soul Music
We’ll start off the first of three Soul women Spotify playlists with “The Queen Of Soul” — Aretha Franklin. And, followed by “Soul Sister #1,” Lyn Collins, making us feel good from the get go.
Aretha Franklin’s song, “So Swell When You’re Well,” is a less well known, yet super soulful, funky song. It has a cool New Orleans vibe to it because it was written by James Booker & Fats Domino. Booker plays on Aretha’s version too (hers is better than his). Listen to him tell a story about it here.
Following the old school Funk is Soul Sister #1 of the 2000s — Miss Sharon Jones. Listen to Sharon Jones to learn how to treat a real, soulful woman. She just wants a man to be genuine.
Listen to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ “I’m Still Here” from the documentary, Miss Sharon Jones. She will be missed.
The rest of this Spotify is a compilation of some of today’s most soulful singers from the US & UK. You’ll get to hear some obscure stuff, as well as more well known neo-Soul music that’s come out over the last few years.
You’ll fall in love with one of the Midwest’s most soulful singers from Columbus, Ohio’s MojoFlo. Sister Sparrow gets down & dirty. And listen to a profoundly soulful collaboration between Macy Gray & Galactic from their remarkable record Into The Deep (one of the best albums of 2015).
I’m thankful there are so many soulful women around the world. And, I’m especially happy they make funky music, and share their big hearts & deep souls.
The Funk will set you free!
Check out this Jam In The Van video of Orgone and their sexy, soulful singer covering a classic Chaka Khan song…
Soul Sisters Keepin’ It Funky…Listen to Today’s Soul Sisters
To all the soulful women out there…
There are plenty of great soul sisters singing with heart & spirit these days. On this second Spotify playlist are some of the best current female soul singers & favorite songs from the past few years…
Charly Lowry, the superb singer on the latest New Mastersounds’ record, Made For Pleasure, gives a soulful female energy to the boys’ dope instrumental Funk flavors. Watch her do her thing live here…
I have to start off this playlist of the current best Soul singers with another one from the funkiest, most soulful Soul Sister, Miss Sharon Jones. This is one of her older tunes, and is one of my all time favorites. Their live show was second to none, sadly we can’t go see them anymore.
The Third Coast Kings album, West Grand Boulevard, is one of the top 10 best of 2014. The album has a great mix of dirty Funk instrumentals, and tracks with male & female singers. Their tune in this playlist, “Just Move,” really gets you going.
Esther Dee & Jo Marshall, the Soul Sisters from Crowd Company, the critically acclaimed, UK based, 8-piece Funk-Soul outfit give us “Fast Forward” from their 2017 album, Stone & Sky. The song captures a fun party vibe with catchy hooks from the outset. This tune is just one example of how the band evokes the spirit of the 60s and early 70s Funk as well as modern day funky jam bands, which you’ll hear in the wah-wah, nasty Hammond organ, and heavy rhythm section. And yet, it’s the ladies that shine here, and make “Fast Forward” a phenomenal tune — definitely one of the best Funk songs of 2017.
In a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and band leader, a staple in the Canadian Soul music scene. “Soul Run” is the title track from her 2017 album on Record Kicks. It’s a 60s Soul throwback, and an irresistible tune full of hope.
L.A. Funk & Soul band, Orgone, get in this Spotify playlist with “Take You Higher” from their amazing album, Beyond The Sun.
More from the best albums of 2015 appear here too, like Charly Lowry singing again with The New Mastersounds. And, a superb, soulful song from Lettuce’s Crush, “He Made A Woman Out Of Me.”
You’ll hear some British souls sisters too. There are lots of great soul singers in the UK. Alice Russell may be the most well known, and Alexia Coley is one of the best newer ones.
So many wonderful women make the world such a fascinating place. Listen to all these ladies sing out their heart & soul for the benefit of us all.
To all the girls…
Give some more love to The Third Coast Kings.
And of course, with their female singer…
And now prepare yourselves for the best of the 70s Soul singers!
Get your groove on with these Classic Soul Sisters…
So many exceptional, soulful women sing their hearts out for us. I’m grateful for these classic Soul sisters from the 60s & 70s that gave us so much glorious Funk & Soul music.
These tunes represent some of the best Soul songs ever sung. All the famous names are here on this third Spotify playlist, as well as some obscure ones & one-hit-wonders.
I include three more recent tunes because they fit in some how…
Spanky Wilson was active, but not famous during the old school Soul years. Quantic got with her to produce an outstanding album in 2006, and you’ll hear a hot one from it here.
Mavis Staples appears again on a profoundly soulful 2015 collaboration with Galactic, “Does It Really Make A Difference?”.
Sharon Jones is still today’s queen of Soul, and will go down in history as one of the best ever. She updates a 60s Soul classic here.
Enjoy a little more Rose Royce — get down with them
as they lip sync “Car Wash” on Soul Train…
Let’s watch a little more from Lyn Collins, “The Female Preacher,” on Soul Train. Listen to her introduction from Don Cornelius as he says she was slated
by James Brown to be Soul Sister #1.