Valentine’s Day, 2015.
I was blessed to be in the company of two very special women. My beautiful wife of over 21 years, Jane. And Hilary Mwelma, otherwise know by her stage persona, Hil St. Soul.
The latter was there as the host and star of a special intimate night of musical entertainment taking place onboard the historic Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich, South East London.
It was a truly beautiful night and Hilary had both myself, my wife and all the other lucky spectators in the audience captivated by her beautiful performance and selection of songs for the night.
As a longtime fan of ‘Hils’, it was actually the first time I had seen her perform live, and I came away feeling inspired and humbled by the experience.
It gave me cause to pause and reflect on how much pleasure and enjoyment I get from musical artistes such as Hil St. Soul, and especially made me realise how much more I tend to listen to female artists more than male.
Here’s my selection (in alphabetical order) of favourite tracks from nine of my favourite soul sistas. My humble way of paying tribute to these amazing women.
Thank you for blessing me daily with your deep, beautiful, intelligent, powerful, unique musical voices and extraordinary lyrical talents.
I love you all.
Angie Stone ‘Everyday’
Anita Baker ‘Sweet Love’
Amel Larrieux ‘Get Up’
Brenda Russell ‘In The Thick of it’
Erykah Badu ‘Next Lifetime’
Hil St. Soul ‘Feelgood Factor’
Jill Scott ‘Cross My Mind’
Lauryn Hill ‘Killing Me Softly’
Me’shell Ndegeocello ‘Trust’