Divas (21st Century)

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Divas (21st Century)

To find all the appearances of the following artists on the website, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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April-May 2013: Gina Brown

Sample/Buy Gina Brown's "We're Having A Party" mp3, with a cameo by Mel Waiters, at CD Baby.

Listen to Gina Brown singing "G-Slide" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Gina Brown singing "G-Slide" (The Official Music Video) on YouTube.

Listen to Gina Brown singing her songs live onstage at Harrah's on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Gina Brown's G's Spot CD at CD Baby.

Listen to Gina Brown singing "I'm a Lady, Not A Whoochie Mama" on YouTube.

Long before she made a name for herself in Southern Soul music, Gina Brown published this CD entitled GINA.

Gina Brown & Anutha Level Live: This is a Live recording of some of the most requested R&B songs Gina Brown performs in her show.

Sample/Buy Gina Brown's music on iTunes.

Currently the biggest disappointment: Gina's "We're Having A Party" isn't on YouTube.

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February-March 2013: The Mystery Lady. Now contained in the Mystery Lady Artist Guide. Click here.

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January 2013: Diedra

Sample or Buy Diedra's Transformation Of Me CD at CD Baby.

Sample or Buy Diedra's "Rent Man" mp3 at CD Baby.

Listen to Diedra singing "Rent Man" on YouTube.

Listen to Diedra & The Ruff Pro Band performing at the 2009 International Blues Challenge Live Onstage at the Superior Club, Memphis on YouTube.

Listen to Diedra singing "You Don't Have To Go" Live Onstage at the Blues Bash at the Charleston County Library on YouTube.

Listen to Diedra singing "Hip Swinging Blues" Live Onstage at the Blues Bash at the Charleston County Library on YouTube.

Listen to Diedra and Keith Ruff performing "Hang On In There" during "First at Four" on YouTube.

Listen to Diedra singing "Dance The Night Away" on YouTube.

Listen to Diedra & The Ruff Pro Band singing "I'm Ready" Live Onstage at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Diedra's Overcoming Hurdles CD at CD Baby.

Sample or Buy Diedra's Living The Blues CD at CD Baby.

Listen to Diedra singing "The Clean Up Woman" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Read Diedra's Biography at Blues Woman International.

Listen to Diedra singing "Sleep With One Eye Open" Live Onstage at the Johnny Shines Blues Festival on YouTube.

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December 2012: Dorothy Moore



Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Misty Blue" on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Misty Blue" in a Vintage Video on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "What Is This" on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Love Me" on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Misty Blue" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Too Blind To See" on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Since I Don't Have You" on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "Dark End Of The Street" on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "With Pen In Hand" on YouTube.

Listen to Dorothy Moore singing "I Believe You" on YouTube.

Listen to Little Milton and Dorothy Moore singing "If You Give Me Your Heart" on YouTube (with pictures by Big K-9).

Sample or Buy Dorothy Moore's Greatest Hits CD.

Sample or Buy Dorothy Moore's latest CD, MP3'S, Blues Heart.

Read Heikki Suosalo's CD Review of the new Dorothy Moore CD, Blues Heart, at Soul Express.

Sample and Buy Dorothy Moore's "Institutionalize" mp3 (Daddy B. Nice's #1 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Single For May 2012) on Amazon.

Go to the official website of Farish Street Records (started by Dorothy Moore).

Go to the Mississippi Writers And Musicians website for a discography, biography and e-mail interview with Dorothy Moore.

Dorothy Moore on iTunes.

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See Daddy B. Nice's new Artist Guide to Uvee Hayes.

November 2012: Uvee Hayes


Listen to an Interview with Uvee Hayes on YouTube.

Listen to Uvee Hayes singing "Rocking Chair" Live on YouTube.

Listen to Uvee Hayes singing "In My Eyes" on YouTube.

Listen to a second Uvee Hayes Interview on YouTube.

Listen to Uvee Hayes and Barbara Carr singing "One-Sided Relationship" on YouTube.

Buy "Play Something Pretty" and other Uvee Hayes songs on iTunes.

Buy Uvee Hayes PLAY SOMETHING PRETTY CD, MP3'S at CD Universe.

Go to Uvee Hayes official website.

Sample or Buy Uvee Hayes 2011 CD, True Confessions, at CD Baby.

See the Discography of Uvee Hayes at Soul Blues Music.

Buy the Otis Clay/Uvee Hayes duet "Play Something Pretty" at Amazon.

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October 2012: LGB

Read LGB's Biography at CD Universe.


Listen to LGB singing "Jealous Wo-Man, Yes I Am" on YouTube.

Listen to LGB singing "Reality Slowly Walks Us Down" on YouTube.


Listen to LGB singing "Again, I've Fallen In Love With You" on YouTube.


Listen to a Live Interview with LGB on YouTube.

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September 2012: Jill Sharp

Jill Sharp's Notable Single: "I'll Be Your Cheatin' Woman"

Sample or Buy Jill Sharp "I'll Be Your Cheatin' Woman" MP3 or full CD (Snowbird, 2010).

Listen to Jill Sharp singing "I'll Be Your Cheating Woman" Live on YouTube.

Listen to Jill Sharp singing "I Feel Like Dancing" on YouTube.

Listen to Jill Sharp Promo Video on YouTube.

Listen to Jill Sharp singing Shirley Brown's "Too Much Candy" on YouTube.

Jill Sharp's Best Songs Of Jill Sharp CD, MP3's (Snowbird, 2006)

Jill Sharp's This Time I'm Right CD, MP3's (Snowbird, 2005)

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August 2012: Ms. Monique



Sample or Buy Ms. Monique's Soul Sessions: Chapter 1

Sample or Buy Ms. Monique's Southern Soul Favorites

Listen to Ms. Monique singing "Mr. Do Right" on YouTube.

Listen to Ms. Monique and Millie Jackson singing "Mr. Do Right (Remix)" on YouTube.

Listen to Ms. Monique singing "Lollipop" on YouTube.

Listen to Ms. Monique singing "You Did It To You" Live on YouTube.

Listen to Ms. Monique singing "Tonite" on YouTube.

Listen to Ms. Monique singing "Love Therapy" on YouTube.

Ms. Monique on iTunes

Listen to Ms. Monique talk about her music on YouTube.

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July 2012: Redd Velvet

Sample or Buy Redd Velvet's Womanhood 101 CD.

(Recommended Singles: The Right Number, When You're Loving Me)

Listen to Redd Velvet singing "Money" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Redd Velvet singing "Dust My Broom" Live Onstage at The Grill in Memphis, Tennessee on YouTube.

Listen to Redd Velvet singing "Let The Good Times Roll" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Redd Velvet singing "Big Boss Man" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Redd Velvet singing "Hound Dog" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Read about Redd Velvet on her official website.

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June 2012: Falisa JaNaye

Buy Falisa JaNaye's single "You Won't Miss Your Water" or the CD on which it appears:

Bargain-Priced Sweet Love.

Listen to Falisa JaNaye singing "You Won't Miss Your Water" on YouTube.

Falisa JaNaye on I-Tunes.

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May 2012: Renea Mitchell

Listen to Renea Mitchell singing "17 Days Of Loving" on YouTube.

Buy Renea Mitchell's out-of-print ROAD OF LOVE CD on Amazon.

Read track information from Renea Mitchell's ROAD OF LOVE CD at All Music Guide.

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April 2012: Adrena

Listen to Adrena singing "Cheating On The Back Stree" on YouTube.

Sample or Buy Adrena's Thoughts Of A Woman CD.

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April 1, 2012:

I dislike the word "diva," and by using the term so much we make it meaningless. Nevertheless, "diva" is a brief word, it rolls off the tongue more easily than "female singer" and it sounds less archaic and pedestal-putting than "songstress."

As I approach the half-way point of the Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown (this month's new Artist Guides include L. J. Echols, LaMorris Williams and Sweet Angel) I begin to realize how many divas (not to mention male singers) will not make the chart.

With no little satisfaction your Daddy B. Nice has now made amends to over fifty up-and-coming artists whom I'd never had time to feature in long-overdue Artist Guides.

However, the remaining fifty spots on the chart will be dominated by "regulars" from the old Top 100 chart (those who haven't declined or died) effectively closing the window on the many artists still on the outside looking in.

I was cogitating on all this the other day, chin in palm, elbow on knee in a pose like The Thinker when someone mistook me for "Tebow-ing."

So in the interest of "good works" I decided to devote one of the upcoming Artist Guides to all the overlooked Southern Soul divas, listing their names and signature tunes, giving them some much-needed exposure.

I'll also revolve the top song each month so that a different artist (from the list below) is featured. There'll be more here about that later.

Women face enormous obstacles in building professional music careers. Men are more genetically wired for the relentless, game-playing obsessiveness that a career as a performing artist demands, and men are less likely to let go of such careers, perhaps even when they should.

Female artists, on the other hand, come and go--many with just an album or two--before they return to more pressing concerns in real life. On top of that, there are numerous social, business and gender hurdles that still impede women.

Southern Soul is a male-dominated business. Male artists make more albums, and thus they take the lion's share of the spotlight. Even when a female artist hits it big with a single or two, it's next to impossible to keep repeating the success with sufficient regularity to create a lasting brand.

So here are some of the worthy female Southern Soul divas who deserve more exposure, if only space permitted. Many were very close to being included in Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown, and I remind those performers that the chart is fluid, and that they can bust their way into the new chart in the same way performers like Nellie "Tiger" Travis and Karen Wolfe muscled their way onto the old chart.

The list looks short, but there are thirty-nine people on it, and I could easily add another tier of thirty-nine female performers if I combed through the Comprehensive Index.

All The Overlooked Divas....

Adrena "Cheating On The Back Streets"

Angel Sent "Sugar Daddy"

April "Funk Dhat"

Tricia Barnwell "Sweet Home Alabama" (with Roy C)

Gina Brown "G-Slide," "We"re Having A Party"

Monro Brown "I'm In Love With A Man"

T. Honey Brown "You Fooled Me This Time"

Cherri Amour "I Had Enough"

Charli "Can We Talk About It"

Coco "Crazy About You Baby"

Dark Side "Mississippi Hustling Mother"

Diedra "Keep it Moving," "Rent Man"

Monique Ford "Work That Body," "Get A Maid"

Betty Harris "Tell It To The Preacher Man"

Nicole Jackson "Can We Go There"

Katrina Jefferson "Chance Of A Lifetime," "Love That Keeps Us Holding On"

Jewel J "That's My Sugar Daddy"

Jacquel "The Twist"

Judi Brown Eyes "Sam" (RIP)

Falisa JaNaye, "You Won't Miss Your Water"

Keri "Borrowed Time"

Joyce Lawson "Opposites Attract"

LGB "Jealous Wo-man (Yes I Am)"

Lois "Slipping And Sliding"

Lola "Wash Your Hands"

Valerie McKnight "You Bring Out The Freak In Me"

B. J. Miller "Sick And Tired Of Living A Lie"

Sonia Moree "Love Is The Reason"

Ms. Monique "Mr. Do Right"

Renea Mitchell "Seventeen Days Of Loving"

Mashaa "Someone Else's Bed"

B. B. Queen "All About You"

Raine "Find Out What She Likes"

Bertha Payne "Save Your Breath"

Redd Velvet "When You're Loving Me"

Jill Sharp "I'll Be Your Cheating Woman"

The Duchess "Doing My Job"

The Real Brown Sugar "Jimmy"

Gwen White "Good Stuff"

--Daddy B. Nice


Readers can find more about these divas in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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