Who’s gonna save my soul now? That phrase was sung by Cee-Lo Green as one half of the duo Gnarls Barkley, with producer Danger Mouse, as part of their sophomore album The Odd Couple. That very song, dedicated to the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, can be a question posed to the Soul genre as a hole. As other genres like Hip Hop, EDM, Rock and others fuse with R&B and Soul, there’s obviously rhythm, but where’s the blues? Despite all of what I have just said, there are artists out there who still carry the torch for Soul music.
One of those is Noel Gourdin. Raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, his soul was found down in Mississippi, where he would spend his summers growing up as a child, and listening to Soul music in the car with his parents. His gospel-fused style can be heard on his debut single The River and debut album After My Time, as well as his follow-up project Fresh: The Definition and his single Family Reunion, and now on his latest album City Heart, Southern Soul, which he just released.
I recently got the chance to chop it up with him, where he spoke on his new album, whom inspired him as an artist, growing up in both the North and the South, the future of Soul music and what his latest project, says about him as an artist. Read the interview after the jump.