West Love #20 The New Generation Southern Soul

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"Put It On Me"

West Love #20 The New Generation Southern Soul

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West Love is the recording name of Kelsie Davis. The daughter of Charles and Vivian Davis, she grew up in Valdosta, Georgia, a town straddling the Florida panhandle. Kelsie married Slater West in Serenity Christian Church in her hometown, eventually incorporating his surname into her performance name. She sang in church and won local singing contests, culminating in an appearance on Ricky Smiley's Comedy & Karaoke show, singing songs by Betty Wright and The Staples Singers, whose influence is all over her doo-woppy anthem "Put It On Me".

Sometime around 2018 Kelsie/now West Love met already established southern soul singer/songwriter Stan Butler and partnered with him on "He's Doing That Donald Trump," her first southern soul single, which charted at #8 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles. Like J'Cenae with Wendell B, she had discovered the key to her career---a collaborative approach that's netted her a head-turning string of popular southern soul singles culminating in last year's duet with Butler, "Down In The Kuntry," winner of Best Chitlin' Circuit/Blues Song of 2021.

And at a time when there's a dirth of female vocalists at the top of the southern soul genre, West Love has filled some of that vacuum, reinforcing her recordings with an ebullient stage presence and touring, where she frequently headlines. But the key thing in her rise (and what has separated her from the "pack," as it were) has been the artistic structure provided her by writer/producer Stan Butler.

Here's a video of Butler and West Love singing "Down In The Kuntry" on YouTube.

As can readily be seen in the video, West Love is a dynamo and an endearingly open book. She's all gospel---just flipped to the secular---an awesome technician, expressive beyond norm. You know in the first few bars she can do anything with her voice. And you believe that not only can she do it; she's not afraid to do it.

She undoubtedly would have "made it" in some fashion without Butler. In fact, she detoured creatively in 2021 with veteran hit-maker Omar Cunningham (who established Karen Wolfe as a first-tier artist with "If You're Man Enough To Leave" back in the day) for what would turn out to be her most successful single to date, the Big Yayo-produced "Put It On Me". So she knows how to bring in the firepower.

But Stan Butler has been her go-to guy. Known for his humility and self-effacement (traits not normally associated with blues singers), not to mention his astonishing writing abilites (I once compared him to Dylan), Stantavio (his legal name on the labels/copyrights) has done for West Love what Floyd Hamberlin did for Nellie "Tiger" Travis and what John Ward and the writers at Ecko Records did for Ms. Jody. He's given West Love the opportunity to be a regularly-occuring, female recording artist---a rare breed these days---and doing it on a very high level.

The string of collaborations (Butler writing/producing and West Love performing) has been impressive: "Donald Trump." "Stop Looking," "You Betta Go," "Mighty Good Man," "I'm A Good Woman," "Put It On Me," "I Can't Breathe," "Down In The Kuntry". (All available for purchase on the right-hand column of this page. Scroll down to "Tidbits" section to listen on YouTube.)

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Tidbits

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Listen to West Love singing "I Can't Breathe" on YouTube.

Listen to West Love singing "Stop Looking" on YouTube.

Listen to West Love and Stan Butler singing "Down In The Kuntry" on YouTube.

Listen to West Love and Stan Butler singing "Shake It Baby" Live in Concert.

Listen to West Love singing "Mighty Good Man" on YouTube.

Listen to West Love singing "It's Working" on Ricky Smiley's Karaoke Night.

Listen to West Love singing a sample of "At The Altar" on YouTube.

Listen to West Love singing The Staples' "Do It Again" on Ricky Smiley's Karaoke Night.

Listent to West Love singing Betty Wright At Ricky Smiley's Comedy & Karaoke Night.

Listen to West Love singing "Mighty Good Man" on YouTube.

Listen to West Love singing "Mighty Good Man" live in concert in South Carolina.

Listen to Kelsie Davis West singing in 2017 before she took the name West Love.


Honorary "B" Side

"Down In The Kuntry (feat. Stan Butler)"



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Sample or Buy Put It On Me by  West Love #20 The New Generation Southern Soul
Put It On Me


CD: Put It On Me (The Single)
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Put It One Me (The Single)


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Down In The Kuntry (feat. Stan Butler)


CD: Down In The Kuntry (feat. Stan Butler)
Label: Stantavio D. Butler

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Down In The Kuntry (feat. Stan Butler) The Single


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I'm A Good Woman


CD: I'm A Good Woman (The Single)
Label: Stantavio D. Butler

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I'm A Good Woman (The Single)


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Sample or Buy Mighty Good Man by  West Love #20 The New Generation Southern Soul
Mighty Good Man


CD: Mighty Good Man
Label: Stantavio D. Butler

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Mighty Good Man (The Single)


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Stop Looking (For Somebody Else)


CD: Stop Looking
Label: Stantavio D. Butler

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Stop Looking (The Single)


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You Betta Go


CD: You Betta Go
Label: Stantavio D. Butler

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You Betta Go (The Single)


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He's Doing That Donald Trump (feat. Stan Butler)


CD: He's Doing That Donald Trump (feat. Stan Butler)
Label: Stantavio D. Butler

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He's Doing That Donald Trump (The Single)


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It's The Weekend


CD: It's The Weekend (The Single)
Label: Stantavio D. Butler

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It's The Weekend (The Single)


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