Got to Have Soul
Soul music is a heavily gospel influenced African American popular music style that evolved out of rhythm and blues (R&B) in urban areas during the late 1950s. Many soul singers began their musical careers singing in the church and traveled on the gospel chitlin circuit and made the transition to the secular "soul music" genre. The style is distinctive for being passionate, vocalizing, powerful, rhythms, in addition to this the lyrics were often and spoke directly to a generation of young African Americans. Popular soul singers include Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, and Curtis Mayfield.