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Join us for a deep dive into the music and stories of your favorite Soul and R&B artists. David Nathan, noted soul music historian, joins host Bethany Dawson every other week to chat about the lives of the people who made the music that continues to move our souls.

20 Episodes
The creators of such ‘70s classics as “Don’t Cost You Nothing,” “Send It,” “Over & Over” and “Stay Free,” the dynamic duo of Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson can assuredly be considered soul music trendsetters and pioneers through their unparalleled legacy as multi-talented producers, songwriters and founder David Nathan – who conducted his first interview in the US with Nick & Val in 1974 - and renowned entertainment journalist Janine Coveney discuss the couple’s cultural impact, distinctive imaging, live performances and personal favourites from ‘The Hits, Rarities & Remixes’ collection.
Originally released in 1991, the million-selling-plus “Private Line” album was the launching pad for soul man the late Gerald Levert’s solo career following his success with the group founder David Nathan and renowned entertainment journalist Janine Coveney discuss Gerald’s heritage as the son of Eddie Levert of The O’Jays, his appeal to the loyal female audience he built as a solo artist and the legacy of great soul music he left.
C'est CHIC!

C'est CHIC!


Released in 1977, the group Chic’s self-titled debut album set the stage for a run of massive global hits that still resonate today.  From “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “Everybody Dance” to the anthems like “Le Freak,” “I Want Your Love” and “Good Times,” Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards created a distinctive sound with Chic that impacted contemporary music founder David Nathan and renowned entertainment journalist Janine Coveney discuss the impact of Chic’s first album and beyond, sharing their own memories of what Chic’s music meant for them personally.
A recent inductee into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, Sylvester played a pioneering role as a black and openly gay artist in the late ‘70s, contributing such classics as “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real” and “Over & Over.” founder David Nathan and acclaimed performer, producer, journalist and the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Jason King discuss Sylvester’s influence on popular culture and his groundbreaking work that opened the doors for some of today’s ‘out and proud’ artists and performers.
FIRST TAKE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is available exclusively here: Originally released in 1969, “First Take” served as the iconic Roberta Flack’s introduction to international music audiences. founder David Nathan and renowned entertainment journalist Janine Coveney discuss in depth the 2020 deluxe edition of the LP and Roberta’s song choices, some of which are as relevant today as ever.
Originally released in 1980, “Give Me The Night” provided the multi-talented George Benson with a new level of global success. Produced by Quincy Jones, the LP included timeless dance floor classics such as the hypnotic title cut and “Love X Love.”  As founder David Nathan and music industry veteran Michael Lewis discuss, the multi-million-selling album showcased George’s artistry as a musician and vocalist appealing to R&B, jazz and pop audiences worldwide.
Originally released in 1983, Stompin’ At The Savoy represented the end of an era for groundbreaking group Rufus with the iconic Chaka Khan.  As founder David Nathan and longtime colleague Michael Lewis discuss, the LP captured the band’s dynamic energy and Chaka’s fiery vocals and also gave us the timeless anthem, “Ain’t Nobody".
Join founder David Nathan and music industry veteran Michael Lewis as they discuss the role that black music pioneers such as Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and others have played in creating timeless songs that have empowered, uplifted and inspired generations globally in the quest for equal rights, justice and freedom.
Join founder David Nathan and major-label A&R specialist Darone Bowers as they recall the 90s birth of Neo-Soul, including artists like Maxwell, D'Angelo, Lalah Hathaway and more, plus the originators who influenced this movement.
TLC! En Vogue! Xscape! Destiny's Child! Join founder David Nathan as he welcomes A&R specialist Darone Bowers to talk about their favorite girl groups.Follow us on Facebook - us at founder David Nathan is joined this week by powerhouse producer and songwriter Preston Glass to discuss his work with the legendary Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire. They’re joined by Jeff Jeff Vasishta, ‘Variety’ magazine contributor for a lively discussion about Maurice’s work and global impact on the world of music.Visit us at My Classic Soul on Facebook -
Host Bethany Dawson welcomes founder David Nathan and A&R Specialist Darone Bowers as they chat about how David got his start in music journalism, the many artists he's interviewed and how Soul Music has evolved over the decades.
All things Anita Baker

All things Anita Baker

2020-04-2454:36 founder David Nathan and A&R man Darone Bowers talk about all things Anita Baker and her classic album RAPTURE.
Join founder David Nathan as he interviews the original Funky Divas - En Vogue! They discuss their entire career and their plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut BORN TO SING.
Kathy Sledge joins founder David Nathan discuss her nearly 50 years in the music business, working with Nile Rodgers and CHIC and what Sister Sledge are up to in 2020.
Host Bethany Dawson and Soul Music historian David Nathan talk Soul Food - not only the history of our favorite dishes but fun stories of soul musicians and their favorite eats
Host Bethany Dawson is joined by David Nathan to talk "baby makin' music!"
Host Bethany Dawson is joined by founder David Nathan for a deep dive into Roberta Flack's debut album, First Take and the special 50th anniversary edition.
Soul Music historian David Nathan joins host Bethany Dawson on a deep dive into this classic Aretha Franklin album.
January marks the 52nd anniversary of Otis Redding’s seminal hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay”. What was it like when Otis Redding burst upon the scene in the mid-60s? Join us as Soul Music archivist David Nathan tells us the impact Otis had on the music scene and how he continues to inspire us more than 50 years later.
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