It’s no secret that ChristianMusicDaily.com loves Mary Mary. They’ve done more for black Gospel music than most, and with their recent release, “The Sound,” they, like Kirk Franklin, took Gospel music to “a whole ‘notha level,” expanding Gospel outside of the four walls it’s so often stuck in, keeping it from the masses.
Well, Mary Mary, which is sisters Tina and Erica Campbell, happen to be married to producers who happen to be in a male singing group called “Soul Seekers,” who have a new CD out called “Soul Seekers II” on My Block Records/Malaco Music Group.
Warryn Campbell and Teddy Campbell, the Mary Mary husbands, are joined by Nisan Stewart, John “Jubu” Smith, Gerald Haddon, Charlie Bereal, Craig Brockman, and Eric Seats, to form the Soul Seekers. Interestingly, you’d expect production and style to be like that of Mary Mary’s, and while a few musical riffs are evidently shared between the two groups, Soul Seekers couldn’t be further from Mary Mary, and widespread appeal, if they tried.
The Soul Seekers make black Gospel music that’s best labelled traditional, and when I say that I mean: old. The music they’re making is for little old black ladies who wear outrageously big hats to church, wave fans in the non-air-conditioned air, and “shout hallelujah” when the spirit moves them.
Soul Seekers could be on par with Mary Mary or Boyz II Men, but their music does NOT appeal to people under 40.
For a while I was scratching my head, wondering why eight stylish black men singing heavenly harmony together weren’t household names. I mean, this group is as good as The Temptations! BUT, then I realized today’s music world is littered with bimbos like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha making mechanically electronic dance music, so now is not the time for Soul Seekers to make a global impact.
However, if you’re black, semi-rural, folksy and churchy, you will LOVE Soul Seekers. The organ and guitar appears in these tunes, some of them get a bit country, and the voices are nicely blended. You can go to facebook.com/thesoulseekersmusic if you wanna know more about this vocal group.
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