Song of the Week – Keep on Shining, Curtis Harding

Ignored            Obscured             Restored

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of music by Curtis Harding.

Harding is a soul artist that has released three albums – the last of which, If Words Were Flowers, came out about a year ago.  His sound is influenced by Otis Redding’s gospel soul.  He is most often compared to contemporaries Leon Bridges and Gary Clark, Jr.  That’s not bad company to be in.

Check out “Keep On Shining” from his first album, Soul Power (2014).

This number could blend right into any mix of Northern soul, highlighting Harding’s falsetto vocals, a tight rhythm section, and punchy horns.

Although far from being a household name, Harding has mixed it up with numerous artists that are.  He’s worked with Danger Mouse, CeeLo Green, Lauren Hill, The Black Lips, and The Roots.

The striking portrait on the Soul Power album cover was snapped by fashion photographer Hedi Slimane.

If you like classic ‘60s and ‘70s soul with a modern twist, you will like Curtis Harding.

Enjoy… until next week.

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