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The other side of Eric Benet

By Charles Waring | 06 February 2014
Published in: Interviews
Since the mid-1990s, Eric Benet has been a skilled purveyor of slinky, romantic R&B. His new album, ‘The Other One,’ however, shows his vocal talent in a different light. Going against type and proving that a leopard really can change its spots, the singer tells all about his new project… Continue>

Seven up - Lisa Stansfield speaks!

By Charles Waring | 23 January 2014
Published in: Interviews
Multi-Brit Award winner, Lisa Stansfield dropped off the radar in 2004 and hasn't been heard off for a decade. But now the Rochdale soul diva's back with a stunning new album, 'Seven,' and tells Black Sheep's Charles Waring all about it. Continue>

January: Why?

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 20 January 2014
Published in: Hoof to the Head
The Roman God Janus sure drew the short straw when he was allotted his given calendar month, while counterparts such as Maia, Junius, Julius and Augustus got much more fondly received tributes to appease them. For though January may well be the July of the Southern Hemisphere, in its Northern… Continue>

Christmas songs; an annual ordeal

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 06 December 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
Ho, Ho, Ho! (but enough about Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus.) 'Tis the season for Noddy Holder to get even richer off a song he wrote in the late 60s originally entitled 'Buy Me A Rocking Chair' before being morphed into 'Merry Christmas Everybody' and recorded during a sweltering… Continue>

Britain’s original songbird flies back.

By Felix Mensah | 26 November 2013
Published in: Interviews
East London native Linda Lewis is back! – Britain’s premier female singer-songwriter/musician shot to ‘serious pop’ fame  in the sultry Summer of ’73 with the innovative ‘Rock-A-Doodle-Doo’ which fused elements of  jazz / folk / soft rock and soul with pop resulting in her biggest hit in terms of chart… Continue>
Dalston, London gets to rock to the sounds of across-the-board urban beats this Friday night, 11th October, with a new 6am allnighter entitled Friday Night Loud at the ReRoot Club. Continue>

The new ‘Queen Of Clubs’ 

By Felix Mensah | 07 October 2013
Published in: Interviews
As dance music finds itself returning slowly but surely to it’s soulful R&B origins, the current British ‘Queen Of Clubs’with a background in dramatics and a gospel choir, is Midlands native Beth Sherburn who is part of that mission of returning the dance back to it’s soul. Continue>

Radio Doo Doo

By Ewen Ramsbottom | 30 September 2013
Published in: Hoof to the Head
A former senior executive in the radio industry told me ten years ago that the artform of radio was dying. I didn't understand what he meant back then. He was ahead of his time. Last weeks' announcement of Capital Radio's parent group turning the long-standing Choice FM brand into the… Continue>

KC Da Rookee

By Shaun Shearer | 27 September 2013
Published in: Interviews
Black Sheep mag catches up with Nottingham MC KC Da Rookee to talk about life, love, music, and anything else that crops up in between. Continue>

The Evergreen and Everlasting Mr Ellis

By Felix Mensah | 12 September 2013
Published in: Interviews
The charts this year celebrated the 45th anniversary of the debut of the original poster boy of blue-eyed soul, Steve Ellis as the frontman to the soul-inflected 'boy band' The Love Affair. In an exclusive Black Sheep mag interview, the original Brit blue eyed soul prince talks in depth about those crazy,… Continue>
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