Damn damn damn! I had to stop this just to breathe and sorta wrap my head around the vocal complexity of what is happening. The ladies below need no introduction as they are powerhouses of their craft.
Rachelle Ferrell and Ledisi!
Here’s what will happen in just a few seconds of listening…
- send chills down your spine
- make you look around even if you in a room alone, because your thinking somebody gotta pinch you
- make you think there are Angels
- effect your emotions and spirituality
- cause you to shake your head and cringe, its hard to take in this much pure audible energy (but it’s also not)
- make you curse, breath quick, maybe even pass out
Ok, let me kinda paint a picture for those that are more comfortable with mainstream female vocal talent. If there was a hmmm, let’s say concert of TV and you told the average or established singer who is very popular on the radio that Rachelle or Ledisi would go on before or after them, I’m confident in that there would be some talks behind the scenes (probably managers) trying to get their artist to go at a different time, prevent them from performing or even wondering if it’s worth it to go on at all.
Now that has nothing to do with Ledisi reportedly being snubbed by Beyonce and the Recording Academy.
Quick rundown, Ledisi was scheduled to perform “Take My Hand Precious Lord” by Mahalia Jackson (the song she song in the Oscar nominated film Selma).
Something happened magical happened that day and Beyonce ended up singing it, instead of the track that she was scheduled to sing.
Kinda odd, since she wasn’t apart of the Selma team, but that’s the magic of the industry ‘tadaaaa’.
They strike fear in the world of subpar and established singers who are unable to channel their energy as beautifully and compelling as they can. Beyonce is a siren in her own right, the energy is still very different.
Peep the original Super Soul Siren, the late Great Mahalia Jackson perform it and decide on your own which artist’s energy came closest.
Rachelle and Ledisi are Soul Sirens bred to tap into spiritual place that can’t me manufactured, bought or taught. They were bred around real musicianship, black churches, music school and strict teaching where there are no fuxk up’s.
Rachelle was singing with Patti and working with Dizzy, George Duke and Quincy. Those are OG’s in the world of music, legends as most would note. They expect perfection because that’s the level of talent they are used to and what they embody in themselves.
It’s like Jesus training you to be preach or fry fish, if he did, you’d be pretty damn good and competition wouldn’t exist.
There you have it, I still haven’t finished watching it… Still got chills from the first 45secs. I’m going to enjoy that on my own, without the thought of wanting to finish this post. Music and spirits this beautiful deserve’s one’s full attention.
Peep this final video, a tribute to Anita Baker of the Queen’s of Soul. The entire line up performing a tribute are all talented singers. As you listen, pay attention to how your body feels when those with that special energy sing.
Did anyone make the hair on your body kinda stand up? Did you feel that tingling feeling pronounced word? Who caused a reaction?
The Brooklyn Words wants to know how developed your ear is…
FYI: updates and edits are done at a later time as to not distract from the typing flow. If you see any error/mistakes, comment and it will be fixed as time allows – TBW