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The Sounds Of Imani: Must Be An Angel



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Press Release: Sounds Of Imani “Must Be An Angel/It’s Alright” SJ519

Release Date: Monday February 4th 2013

The Sounds Of Imani (with Imani being the Swahili word for faith) was created in 1996 by the versatile husband and wife team of Gerald and Carol Ervin. Carol a keyboard player, vocalist and songwriter in her own right, her background has always been within the gospel genre. She was a choir directress with several Church ensembles before forming in 1995 the Gospel/Jazz group, The Sounds Of J.U.T.O.C.A, with two of her co-workers from the Detroit East Community Mental Health Service: Thomas Lawrence and Julia Shabazz; they were later joined by Selena Rowe.

While Gerry a cousin to James Mitchell of the Detroit Emeralds and Paul Mitchell of The Floaters began his career in the field of secular music. Gerald honed his vocal skills singing backing vocals with The Detroit Emeralds, Chapter 8 (pre Anita Baker) and The Floaters. He also featured in the group line up of The Flaming Emeralds with cousin Kenny Goodman, Al Martin, Glynis Martin, Rory Johnson and Chris Knight on their perennial 1977 Northern/Modern Soul classic “Have Some Everybody” (Fee 361). Gerry also featured in the group line up of The Detroit Emeralds when they last toured the UK. The legacy of The Flaming Emeralds continues today with Gerry’s cousin Kenny Goodman who is also currently acting as the musical director for Sounds Of Imani.

The Sounds Of Imani are regular performers throughout the Detroit metropolis helping to raise funds for many Community organisations and ministering to various shelter residents such as the Salvation Army and the Detroit Rescue Mission to name a few. They have also appeared at several gospel events throughout California, Milwaukee and Illinois.

They recorded their debut cd album entitled “Revelation” in 2002, but it is two of their brand new songs from the “New Project” that we at Soul Junction have licensed for our next 45 release. The contemporary mid tempo gospel outing “Must Be An Angel” backed with the more upbeat dance track “It’s Alright” for your delight.

https://soundcloud.com/chalkster/sounds-of-imani-soul-junction

For further information please contact John Anderson or Dave Welding

Tel: +44 (0)121 602 8115 E-mail sales@souljunctionrecords.co.uk

Soul Junction Records

20 Hammersley Close

Cradley

Halesowen

West Midlands

ENGLAND

B63 2LG

Tel: +44 (0) 121 602 8115

E-mail sales@souljunctionrecords.co.uk

www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk




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Love the Must be An Angel side although both top notch.

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Many thanks Chalky, great job once again.

A.J.Sparks followed by Sounds OF Imani both testment to the great new soul recordings that are in 2013 still being produced in the Motorcity. There's pleny more stuff to come from the former Fee records dynasty over the next few months and beyond. :thumbsup:

Dave

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Fab info/artical on one of the most talked about indie soul releases so far for 2013- 2 top recordings by "Sounds of Imani "for sure....another great release by Soul Junction Records...

ktf and Right on tfk

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Hi Andy

As you rightly say this release has caused quite a stir amongst real soul fans. Contempary gospel soul records are becoming a very popular phenomenon presently.

Many thanks for the label scans too

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Love the Must be An Angel side although both top notch.

Hi Chalky great call on this goodie - will make for essential listening on Solar radio this coming sunday when:-

Soul Discovery Radio Presenter Mick O’Donnell presents a two hour show which features interviews with David Washington formerly of Chapter 8, Sounds Of Imani, AJ Sparks and James Mitchell of the legendary Detroit Emeralds plus recordings associated with each of the artists featured. Definitely not one to be missed.

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Hi Folks don't forget to listen in to Mick O'Donnells "Soul Discovery Show" at 6pm for a interview with some of Detroits finest !

Follow the link in Todays Soul Radio section.

Mick will be followed by Steve Plumb (deputising for Eddie Edmunds) at 8pm. Steve will also be airing both sides of Sounds Of Imani plus Audio's forth coming modern soul winner "Don't Move A Musle"

A Sunday night's entertainment of the finest order and definitely one not to be missed :yes:

Dave

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Is the show(s) downloadable later as I'm not gonna be about for it all?

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Is the show(s) downloadable later as I'm not gonna be about for it all?

Yes Chalky, checkout the podcasts on the soul discovery site later tonight or in the morning:

www.souldiscovery.co.uk

Oh yes there's also a link to itunes as well. :thumbsup:

Dave

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http://souldiscovery.podomatic.com/entry/2013-02-03T11_59_17-08_00

3.2.13 Soul Discovery Features Interviews with:

James Mitchell

AJ Sparks

Sounds Of Imani

David Washington

Nu Michigan Soul Searchers “Bread alone” (Bell Time)

August Heat "You and Me" (Promo)

James Mitchell

Flaming Emeralds “Have some everybody” (Fee) 7’

Detroit Emeralds “Hold on” (Westbound) 7’

Detroit Emeralds “I bet you get the one (who loves you)” (Westbound) 7’

Detroit Emeralds “I feel the need” (Westbound) LP

Floaters “I’m so glad I took my time” (ABC) LP

Floaters “The time is now” (ABC) LP

A.J. Sparks

A.J. Sparks & Crew “Gotta make it do what it do” (Soul Junction) 7’

A.J. Sparks & Crew “Working on love” (Soul Junction) 7’

Sounds Of Imani

Sounds Of Imani “It’s alright” (Soul Junction Promo) 7’

Sounds Of Imani “Must be an Angel” (Soul Junction Promo) 7’

David Washington

Chapter 8 “Long time to love” (Capitol) LP

Chapter 8 “How can I get next to you2 (Beverly Glen) LP

Jimmy Scott “If lose your love” (Fee) 7’

David Washington & Katrina Johnson “Ready for your love” (Promo)

T.F.O. “Happy family” (Venture) 7’

Nu Michigan Soul Searchers “Solid Rock” (Bell Time)

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Question ?

Would anyone of bought the next 2 Soul Junction 45's schedule release's, should they have been outputted during the eighties.

They are weak, fragile, lyrically insipid fodder.

Will people buy these because of the folk's who are behind Soul Junction or fall foul of it's marketing and the supply to "pat on the back"radio shows DJ's.

Appreciation or label sycophants.

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Question ?

Would anyone of bought the next 2 Soul Junction 45's schedule release's, should they have been outputted during the eighties.

They are weak, fragile, lyrically insipid fodder.

Will people buy these because of the folk's who are behind Soul Junction or fall foul of it's marketing and the supply to "pat on the back"radio shows DJ's.

Appreciation or label sycophants.

Hi Nick

It would appear that we (Soul Junction) have somehow ruined your Sunday Evening. Your comments on our marketing and promotional methods somehow imply that we some kind of poor man's mafia. All of the deejay's and presenters who play and support our products do so under there own steam we just send them the goods then it's up to them if they spin them or not with no retribution.

We at Soul Junction spend a lot of time and effort not to mention money supporting our artists(who in a lot of cases are our friends and hero's) and will continue to do our very best for them. Of course you are entitled to express your own opinion but before doing so spare a thought for the artists many of whom ( not just from Soul Junction but many other labels) read the comments on this forum.

If you have an issues that you would like to discuss with me please either send me a PM, email or give me a call my details are on the website.

Regards

Dave Welding

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Hi Guys

The Sounds Of Imani is out on general release today Monday February 11th and is available from all the usual stockists.

Regards

Dave

Soul Junction

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