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Is "Soul Music" Making a Comeback? K'Jon and Maxwell Lead the Trend

25866_01_KJON_0452_v3I agree, the industry is in dire need of some and while this reporter gives credit to both K’Jon and Maxwell, he failed to mention like and the incredible anticipation of the Whitney project.

Both K’Jon and Maxwell represent a strain of R&B that has remained blissfully ignorant of the rise and domination of hip-hop. In formatting terms, it’s urban adult contemporary, a name that does this often vibrant and underappreciated subgenre no favors. (It has a home on stations in most major cities; in it can be heard on 107.5, -FM.) For much of the last decade the format has been driven by neo-soul, though that movement has often felt like a conceptual offshoot of bohemian-minded rap. Adult soul, as practiced by Maxwell, K’Jon and others, borrows from classic soul in song structure and is preoccupied with more mature themes relevant to an audience.

Twenty years ago some of these records might have been called “quiet storm,” and nowadays there’s overlap between , gospel and adult-oriented R&B. , who like K’Jon is from Detroit, has released a pair of albums, “Kemistry” and “Album II” (Motown), that have helped shape the genre’s sound. Read the whole story here

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