See the Finalists: 2021 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards

(October 21, 2021, 8:00 pm ET) Okay, this is the best election of the year. The time is coming for the 2021 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, the biggest awards in the world dedicated to independent soul music.

We've gathered all the suggestions from readers and our industry friends and have chosen a fantastic group of finalists -- superb artists who represent all that is great about Soul Music in 2021.  To be nominated, an artist must have released music (or had the music reach its commercial peak) between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. And all nominees must have released their music independently (i.e., not on one of the three major labels or their subsidiaries).

(October 21, 2021, 8:00 pm ET) Okay, this is the best election of the year. The time is coming for the 2021 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, the biggest awards in the world dedicated to independent soul music.

We've gathered all the suggestions from readers and our industry friends and have chosen a fantastic group of finalists -- superb artists who represent all that is great about Soul Music in 2021.  To be nominated, an artist must have released music (or had the music reach its commercial peak) between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. And all nominees must have released their music independently (i.e., not on one of the three major labels or their subsidiaries).

To make sure the results are accurate and fair, all voting is by individual ballots. One ballot per person. Voting ballots will be sent out to all SoulTracks email subscribers on Friday, November 5. If you're already a SoulTracks email subscriber, you're all set. If you're not, you can sign up at the top of this page before that date. It's free and we will never share your email address with anyone else.

Congratulations to all of the artists. Share this with your friends using #SoulTracks2021.

Album of the Year

Acantha Lang - Sugar Woman
After 7 - Unfinished Business
Anthony Hamilton - Love is The New Black
Conya Doss - Through Rose Colored Glasses
Jarrod Lawson - Be The Change
Jeff Bradshaw - Stronger
Leela James - See Me
The Baylor Project - Generations
The Shindellas - Hits That Stick Like Grits
Will Downing - The Song Garden
Yola - Stand For Myself
Zo! & Tall Black Guy - Abstractions

Song of the Year

"When You Call My Name" - Alexander Morris
"It's Not Over" - Ascendant feat. Angela Johnson
"Kiss of Freedom" - JD's Time Machine feat. Cleveland P. Jones
"Radio" - Deborah Bond
"Lessons" - Eric Roberson
"Be The Change" - Jarrod Lawson
"All Systems Go" - Jonas
"What Happened to Us" - LaTasha Lee
"Complicated" - Leela James
"Melodic Harmony" - S.E.L
"Sending My Love" - Sheena O. Murray
"Cascade" - Stokley
"All I Want" - Such

Female Vocalist of the Year

Alex Isley
Arietta Ward
Candace Woodson
Conya Doss
Deborah Bond
Kea Michaels
LaTasha Lee
Mary Cross
Nao Yoshioka
S.E.L
Sheena O. Murray
Teri Tobin
Tracy Cruz
Yola

Male Vocalist of the Year

Binky Womack
Bradd Marquis
Cleveland P. Jones
Cornell CC Carter
Eric Roberson

Jarrod Lawson
Jonas
Kevin Ross
Kwaku Asante
Lamone
Son of Pearl
Stokley
Ty Causey
Will Downing

Duo or Group of the Year

After 7
AgapeSoul
Ascendant
Kindred the Family Soul
Laura Rain & The Caesars
Loose Ends
The Pockets
The Shindellas
The Tibbs
Tristan

New Artist of the Year

Acantha Lang
Akeylah Simone
Alex Harris
Alexander Morris
Ania Garvey
Beth Macari
Joshua Henry
Krishawna
Laura Rain & The Caesars
Tatiana Mott
The Shindellas
Tygressa

Instrumentalist of the Year

Christian de Mesones
Derrick "Doc" Pearson
FKAjazz
Gary Palmer
Jason Peterson DeLaire
Jeff Bradshaw
Johnny Britt
Keith Slattery
Marcus Machado
Marlon McClain
Michael J. Calhoun
Vladimir Cetkar
Zo!

Lifetime Achievement Award

To Be Announced Soon!

 

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