Sunday, 2 June 2019

Disco Soul Cruise 21st July

Picture the scene a beautiful Sunday afternoon sailing along the Thames London from 2 pm in the afternoon until 6 pm listening to some of the best music of our lifetime!

With a touch of Disco and a whole lot of Soul from the 70's, 80's to the present date by such artists as
The Fatback Band, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, Loose Ends, Tavares, Lou Rawls, Luther Vandross, Shalamar, Barry White, Phyllis Hyman, Bobby Womack, Teddy Pendergrass etc you know you are in for not only great memories but an afternoon to remember.

Special guests include Marc Staggers flying in for America for The Cruise, Million selling artist Keni Stevens who has recently been featured on the #1 Soul Album by Lasperanza called 'Seeds' & Gigi. 

DJ's from Solar Radio Gary Spence who happens to be the happiest DJ on the planet, Gary Van den Bussche from Disco Soul Gold and Starpoint Radio, Andy T from Starpoint & Soul Groove Radio, and million selling songwriter producer Nigel Lowis who will re-edit a few gems for the cruise as well as introduce some surprise celebrate guests. 

The 1st Cruise in April to launch the Disco Soul Gold vol 2 CD  was a sell out with huge demand for a 2nd one, we will also be releasing a new format with the extended full mixes by Nigel Lowis and other contributors such as David Morales and Tom Moulton.

So book your tickets today as availability is limited for this special Disco Soul cruise along the Thames on Sunday 21st July, boarding at the London Eye Pier 1.45 pm returning 6 pm  . This promises to be The Party Of The Year!         

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Marc Staggers is So Amazing

Marc Staggers flies to the UK for the Disco Soul Cruise 21st July ...
If you close your eyes when listening to Marc Staggers you could imagine it was the late and great Luther Vandross, it's a natural thing maybe to listen to somebody so much you can end up sounding like your idol, it's close that even fanatical Vandross fans can't tell if it's Marc or Luther! 

Marc Staggers started singing in the church choir and studied voice as he was growing up. His initial foray into music started with the release of several gospel albums, on which he worked with talented singers such as the late Clifton Dyson. During his college years, he also studied music with an emphasis on voice, and after graduating college, Staggers continued to study voice under the direction of the world-renowned soprano, Nelda Ormond, under whom he began to recognize his true singing talent, and Ormond was pivotal in helping Marc gain the confidence he needed to pursue a singing career.

                                           (Luther Vandross Experience - Tribute) 
Staggers has released six albums to date, the last being the 2019, 'Let's Go Out Tonight' which features the #1 Soul hits 'I'll Do Anything For You', 'Crazy About You Girl' & 'Swing It Baby'. The singles have also been remixed by M&M's John Morales & Nigel Lowis.

                                    The new single above ft Nia Simmons All I Need and Want Is You 

Marc Staggers is also featured on the #1 Disco Soul Gold vol 2 CD The Nigel Lowis mixes on The Soul City People all-stars and on his co-written track Timeless.  

In listening to Staggers silky Soul voice you can hear the soulful class of such legendary vocalists in his voice as, Will Downing, Freddy Jackson or indeed Luther Vandross, always a classy vocal.

Marc Staggers is no stranger to being top of the Soul charts 'Keep Those Fires Burning', 'Let Me Be The One', & the Tom Moulton mixed  'Bring It Home To Me'  have all done this over the last few years.

“Let’s Go Out Tonight” is a solid collaboration between Marc & his brother Reginald  that had been the long-time dream of their late father, John H. Staggers.  Marc and Reginald describe their collaborative musical journey as one they felt elevated their music to another level. In their words “they are elated with the new CD and are thankful that the soul lovers worldwide embrace their new music and feel the passion that was put forth to produce this CD”!

The best news this year is the Marc Staggers is going to sing live in the UK on the DSG Summer cruise along the Thames, London on July 21st boarding 1.45 pm - 6 pm, it's been many years since Marc Staggers last performed in the UK so we advise you to get your tickets asap Disco Soul Cruise with Marc Staggers - Tickets here:   

                                                 So amazing by Marc Staggers 

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Disco Soul Gold CD Two

In 2017 Nigel Lowis produced one of the best compilation soul albums ever, DSG Volume 1, it spent 8 weeks at the #1 spot which extended it's CD demand right through until today. Having kept you waiting a good eighteen months to introduce Volume II. It is with pleasure that we present to you a timeless collection of 19 new songs that you will love and treasure for the rest of your life. If you go through the wardrobe of Nigel Lowis, you will not only find Tweed jackets and designer shirts but unreleased gems from musical giants.

About Nigel Lowis
The Genius of Nigel Lowis will change your mood with his uplifting hands in the air type anthems, classy Philly styled gems and romantic ballads. Nigel gets his influence from many parts of the world such as Memphis, Philly, Detroit, London, Prague, & New York.
Brought up in Brixton with the sound systems of yesteryear be it Street Soul, PIR, Reggae or Motown, Nigel has the ear to be able to pick up a guitar and groove, you just cannot help but to groove along too. Just how many other producers can cover a Chic production, put their slant on it and have a crossover top 10 hit as he did with Maureen Walsh for Polydor.

Nigel has worked with Dina Carroll, Eternal, Be Be Winans, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Burt Bacharach and many other huge greats from the 'who's who' in the music industry although Lowis is not one for shouting about it, but if a name like Lamont Dozier crops up in conversion, he will add "Oh I wrote a song with him".

DSG Vol 2 The Album - Various Artists...

The Story of DSG started with SouLutions so it is fantastic that they have allowed us to revisit 'Philly Line" with a first-time Nigel Lowis mix, the song has been re-vocalised and reproduced to give it a completely new Philly vibed up version for 2019.

Paul Reid (Nightcrawler's), Steven Dante and Rebekah Ryan were in the Lowis wardrobe of classics songs that only he and they knew about, the songs are suited and re-booted giving them a crisp edge for today's ears.

The first single from the new DSG Nigel Lowis Vol 2 CD album is Kenny Thomas's wife Francisca Thomas, who was born in Cape Town in 1982.
She came from a very musical family and was singing from a very early age, in fact her first TV appearance was in South Africa when she was only 8 years old!
She has performed in several groups along with her sisters, travelling all over South Africa doing shows.
In 2003 she was a finalist in pop idol in South Africa and went onto signing a deal with EMI records.
In 2007 she visited the UK to do some gigs, on one of these gigs in Cheshire, she met Kenny, they were were both performing on the same bill that evening, the rest as they say is history, marriage, kids, Housework, which to a degree prevented her from getting on with her music, but she still managed to write songs for Kenny, along with other artists and do some recordings herself.
She hopes to be able to record more material in the coming months.
JULY 21st-  DSG SUMMER CRUISE - LETS GO ROUND AGAIN with Gary Spence (Solar Radio), Gary Van den Bussche (DSG & Starpoint Radio), Nigel Lowis plus special celebrate guests.
'Clouds In My Mirror' was written by the talented Francisca and co-produced by Nigel Lowis who gave the song it's Memphis feel.

Kenny Thomas - 'Back To Broadway' was first written with George Benson in mind, Thomas loved the track and was really up for recording the song, with maybe some Benson licks forthcoming in the future.

Jimmy Gallagher oddly gets his first release on a DSG CD, although a stable DSG artist who we've released tracks on previously and lets face it, this man can seriously blow the house down and here with The Dig Band paying full respect to the likes of our orchestras back in the day namely Brass Construction, MFSB & Salsoul

Teddy B was first spotted by Mark Franklin singing on-line, his details were passed to Gary Van den Bussche who then helped him promote his first couple of sides to then suggesting he cut a track with Nigel Lowis. Lowis just happened to have the perfect song that Teddy B helped him finish for the CD.

                                          (Georgie B, Francisca Thomas, Ellis & Tilly Grace) 
Patti Austin - Terry Jervis approached Quincy Jones with the idea for a song, book and movie, Quincy Jones then suggested his goddaughter Patti Austin to sing it. This track was first used as the launch for a shuttle to Space, then Jervis got in touch with Gary Van den Bussche for suggestions for a remix release. The song will be featured in a forthcoming movie that is currently in production with Lego. As for the music, great to have Patti Austin back in our CD player.
Peter Symporien - originally featured on DSG Volume 1 CD, but is now featured here with the cool Fitzroy Facey in a Norman Whitfield nod to cool grooviness, that at first might sound different but the more you hear it the more you'll be replaying. Watch out for dance mixes of this soon! Peter Symporien, Marc Staggers, Roger Samuels (fresh from The Voice), Hannah White, Jimmy Gallagher and Lowis Nigel aka The Soul City People, originally a whole album project idea almost like Louis Vega's NuYorker Soul, but many of the tracks have now been released on DSG or featured remain in the wardrobe for another time. Soul City People track was written by Nigel Lowis & Ola Onabule.

Ellis ... This is a first & we are proud to present Ellis.
the song was co-written by Lowis, David Morales & lElis with Patti Labelle in mind . Nigel is currently working on Ellis's forthcoming album project overseas where she is signed to a major label, they thought it would be great to give you all a preview of this great ladies talents. 

                                    (Georgie B, Gary Van den Bussche & Gary Spence)
Lol Williams is a singer that Gary Spence discovered when he saw him singing live which lead to the original version becoming a favourite on his Solar Radio show. Nigel Lowis The Artist features for the first time here as a soloist in his own right and who knows, maybe an album to follow if this track is well received.  Clif & Freda Payne follow their #1 smash 'No Payne, No Gain' with 'Yesterdays Payne, Tomorrow Joy', now with a Thom Bell influenced arrangement, that Bell even thumbed up himself when he heard it, the version that was on Clif's album last year was not the finished mix, so here it is for the first time.Fiona Yorke - Love For Me was a runaway #1 Gospel/ R&B hit and although played on soul radio in the UK, we felt this new mix would give the song another chance with it's new exciting direction.

Tilly Grace the youngest, so no doubt the hippest member of the DSG family, takes time out from recording her follow up to 'Ghetto Superstar' with a song she originally recorded as a jingle for the BBC Soul show.

Hannah White sounds completely at home and snug with this co-written Burt Bacharach styled lush vintage classic 'Tell Me'.  Marc Staggers who we all know and love, sings one of the finest ballads of the year, which is Timeless for sure.

I hope that you enjoy the new DSG Volume 2 CD, 19 timeless tracks that you will enjoy playing for many years to come. It's a shame Nigel's
jackets didn't fit me or I might have taken those too HA!!  

The CD Pressing are half sold, so you better be quick! 


Thursday, 18 April 2019

Let It Go Juanita Wynn

UK’s best kept secret Kejam, return after a two year hiatus with the classy, radio friendly offering “Let It Go” written by James Colah, Dee “Kejam” Majek, and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Juanita Wynn (Lalah Hathaway, Destiny Child Angie Stone ,Diana Ross Etc) and produced by James Colah and Dee “Kejam” Majek. The song is smashing the UK Soul charts and it currently #2. 
                                                  Buy Let It Go Here
Let it go with its infectious rhythm track and addictive melody has a timeless ring to it. Dee Majek states. For me “It’s always about music with a purpose. Let it Go takes you back to those days when quality music with great lyrical content use to resonate with people.”

At the young age of 5, in her father’s church is where it all began, touching everyone with the angelic sounds of her voice. She soon joined her five older siblings’ singing group, “The Wynn Sisters”, where she learned the art of harmonizing. While her love for music embodied her, she then began writing her own songs, ultimately, attracting the interest of music’s icon, Quincy Jones, for ‘Quincy Jones Music Publishing’. This was her first 2-year publishing deal. She later signed on with Sony ATV Music Publishing for 4 years.
                     BBC iPlayer listen
Juanita Wynn wrote for one of Motown’s legends, the incomparable ‘Diana Ross’, writing her title cut “Every day is a New Day”. She has also written for artists such as: Grammy Nominee Gospel Artist Fred Hammond as a songwriter/arranger/background vocals on nine tracks, the soulful R&B songstress Angie Stone, the most popular, multi-platinum selling female R&B group Destiny’s Child, Verity gospel group Virtue, Ben Tankard, Jazz musician Norman Brown, and Shirley Murdock, just to name a few. She also had the privilege of singing background on Tyrese hit single, ‘Lately’. Her list of amazing talents is unremitting. -Juanita prides herself as a notable singer/songwriter professional for over 10 years and now it is time to reveal the quintessence of her soul. The self-titled track ‘My Story Continues’ is an uptempo, high intense song that manifests her life’s struggles and triumphs, and offers inspiration to young single mothers and troubled teens.
Juanita’s journey has been in much anticipation of introducing to the world her interpretations of love, joy, peace and encouragement for those that will listen. Her sultry, dynamic and vibrant voice will captivate the hearts and minds on her eagerly awaited upcoming project. You have met her music, now come into her world….Juanita Wynn, the heart and soul of a preachers daughter, turned run away child, to homeless mother of two, turned group home counselor, turned professional singer/writer, traveling the country to now motivational singer & speaker to those who have faced the same challenges she has.

Kejam (Oladisun Majekodunmi otherwise known also as Dee Majek) has been involved in the UK music industry for over 4 decades, from as teenager during the mid seventies securing exclusive promotional service from American labels Casablanca Records, (Donna Summer, Cameo and Giorgio Moroder), Cotillion Records (Luther Vandross) and Bang Records (Peabo Bryson) to source the top taste making, UK club and radio Djs.
For 9 years as the CEO of highly successful American based, independent label, Mapp Records, voted by leading urban magazine, Blues and Soul as the second best independent record label of 2005. Dee pioneered the blue print for the development, promotion and overseas licensing of unknown American independent artists via ‘Six for Spins’ EP and ‘Urban Street Anthems’ compilations. He successfully, launched the careers of Chanel Perry, spawning worldwide national, mainstream charts and dance hits from 2006 to 2009 with ‘My Life, Lovely Day, Dance and If You Love Me’ licensed to Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound. The monster club track, Derrick Dixon’s ‘Gotta to Get Her’ EP, licensed to Stonegroove Records. The classic debut album of R&B group, Metropolis ‘The Voyage’, licensed to BMFN in Japan and voted eight best R&B album released that year, as well as the group being voted ‘Best Independent Act of 2005’ category by Blues & Soul magazine.
Dee has and continues to work with a host of high profile UK and American artists, producers, top draw songwriters and entertainment lawyers. These range from being asked in 2001, by Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes from multi platinum, female super group, TLC to coordinate her UK office and education projects to sourcing and securing overseas licensing deals for artists of the prominent Chicago entertainment Lawyer, Jay B Ross (whose clients include James Brown, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, and Jerry Butler) that included Arika Kimble and the godfather of soul, James Brown, music catalogue.
Executively producing and consulting on independent compilation and solo artists projects with Grammy award winning, Ike Lee III (Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige) and Adam Blackstone (Jill Scott, The Roots) and Music Director to Justin Timberlake, Eminem Drake, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Young Lord (Beyonce, P-Diddy, Notorious BIG, LL Cool J), Anthony ‘TC’ Cunningham (Kelly Price, Hamilton Bohannon, Jagged Edge). Timothy Walls (Akon), and Carl Breeding (Jermaine Dupree).
Song writing with legendary Island records producer and Engineer Godwin Logie (Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Courtney Pine, Brand New Heavies, Omar, Caron Wheeler, Loose Ends, David Joseph and Maxi Priest) and Roy Carter (Heatwave and Central Line), Lamenga Khafi (Boyz II Men, Blackstreet and Will Smith) and Keisha Miles (Xscape).
Musically refreshed, after a short hiatus in Central America; Dee, returned to the UK, in 2013, re-inspired to his first love of song writing and production. Co- writing and co-producing the track ‘Worth’ with Ross Emmins (Adam F, LL Cool J, Redman, De La Soul, Pharoe Monch) on the debut UK Soul chart # 1 album for UK Soul Survivor award winner, Natasha Watts; who Dee, recommended to multiplatinum producer Ric Atari, Blacktree Music for her 2012 summer smash ‘Back 2 U.’
Free of the shackles of developing others; Dee has been able to successfully launch and shape his own solo project, Kejam (Pronounced Keyjam, the first five letters of his surname, Majek backwards) enlisting the services of 2011, Coffee Talk Jazz Radio – International Songwriter Award Winner, James Colah, a major world artist, within smooth jazz, who he has known for twenty years to ensure he stays on track in helping to shape Dee’s vision of a jazz funk, rnb- soul landscape.
Over the past two years songs Kejam has dominated the UK Soul charts, spending sixty three weeks in the UK soul charts, with six top ten records including four Top five’s and two UK soul charts one’s. Forty five weeks being played on , UK premier radio BBC specialist regional shows (BBC South, Essex, Manchester, and Derby Plus numerous top ten chart playlist placements in Europe (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia France, Netherlands, Italy, Macedonia Spain etc).
In Japan, Kejam songs spent twenty consecutive months on Japanese specialist urban radio resulting in the licensing and release in August of his album ‘Majek’ by Pvine Records. The album ‘Majek’ made the top forty ITunes in store R&B charts an ITunes Japanese national album charts, top five hundred. Also, whilst on import made the UK Soul Chart at number seven.

Dee away from his flouring music career has managed to successfully to combine his other driving passion education. Dee has purpose. For the past ten years working in partnership with the Press Association, UK’s leading press and media agency and multi-platform content provider of news, sport, images, data analytics, graphics, and news monitoring services. Dee has developed and delivered real life projects in partnership with leading UK colleges to equip young people with the skills sets for progression into further education and work.
With his vast knowledge of different genres of music and experience of developing and breaking artists from the ground upwards on limited budgets, this seasoned music veteran reflects: “I have always tried to carve out my own lanes and not follow trends. For me, it has always been about my love and passion for music and its transition. It’s all about timeless music. I think that’s why my songs connect and resonate with so many. I think my continuing success in being self dependent in this business is a testament of that!

iTunes Buy it Link Download it here

Let It Go Credits
Written by James Colah, Dee 'Kejam' Majek, and Juanita Wynn
Produced by James Colah and Dee 'Kejam' Majek 
Mixed and mastered by James Colah @James Colah productions studio
Recorded and Mastered at James Colah productions studio

Friday, 16 November 2018

The UK Soul Chart Album

The compilation album of the year has arrived!  
 THE UK SOUL CHART ALBUM  has been compiled by DSG's Gary Van den Bussche, the CD has some of the finest Soul tracks of the year from The UK Soul Chart all on one CD. The tracks on the CD have all been re-mastered for your listening pleasure. 19 Modern Soul gems including unreleased tracks and mixes, the CD will only have one limited edition pressing!  

For some time now I have had the idea of compiling a UK Soul Chart CD, in the same way, that we would have once collected the Motown Chartbusters or Top of the Pops (non-original artists) albums back in the day (now I'm showing my age). So I approached Carl Barrington Webster who had also had the same idea but had put it on the backburner as he was busy.
In the UK, unlike many other countries, we have a UK soul scene and call it ‘Soul’, Americans now refer to it as R&B but they include rap etc into the genre. We are still very proud of our soul scene and respect the artists (old and new) who continue to record soul music. Many a soul legend has passed, including most recently our ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin, so it's our duty to keep soul music alive!  The artists now recording Soul music have to live from touring and selling merchandise as due to streaming their revenue from music sales has vanished. It would be so great if respected organisations like The Grammy's and such like would bring back a Soul category to their awards so the artists of today could gain the RESPECT they have soulfully earnt, how otherwise are we going to move Soul Music forward without new artists? 

Sir Wick - I Love You (Included on The UK Soul Chart CD)

                                   K Avett - The Matter (Included on the UK Soul Chart CD)

      Show Tyme -Come On Home To Me - (Included On The UK Soul Chart CD)

In this world, like it is now we might have never have had such icons as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye,.Michael Jackson, George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire, Otis Redding, Motown Records if they never received mainstream airplay or acknowledgment of their work. I feel today there are many talented Soul singers that we need to expose to a much bigger world than just our little marketplace that many don't even know exists and by such ignore. It's up to us to spread the word Soul Music is very much alive and with help, it can be reborn.    

Every week Carl and his Starpoint Radio team compile the official 'The UK Soul Chart' of which many of the featured artists on this CD have appeared. The chart airs UK Time Sunday 4-6 pm & repeated on Monday evening between 5-7 pm (UK Time).


The artwork for the CD has been designed by Roger Williams 

The Radio DJ's have said...

John Leech (BBC) Indie soul is sounding good and every track on UK Soul Chart is a winner. A sumptuous collection of new, unreleased and rarities. A must album
Paul Miller (BBC) This Is A Great Compilation will receive lots of love from me.
Gary Spence(Solar Radio) Album Of The Week - What a fantastic tracklisting one of those albums
you can leave on and just let play! 
Bigger (Mi-Soul, Blues & Soul) There have been some great Compilations & this has to be one of the best, In all honesty, I don't think I Skipped a track! Especially Love Miracle Thomas, Ryle, Regina Troupe, Ronnie Wright, Darien Dean & That Ed The Red must be his best ever.
JOEY COYNE (Starpoint Radio)
Wow, This must rate as one of the finest complications of the last few years.
In the words of Errol brown......Everyone's A WINNER!!!
With many thanks for your support.
Gary Van den Bussche

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Aretha Franklin Queen Of Soul Forever

Aretha Franklin The Queen Of Soul paved the way like no other female vocalist of our time.
When I was around 8 years old my late father used to have late parties in the house and all I could hear from my bedroom as a child was the 'Lady Soul' album on repeat from 'Chain Of Fools', 'Money Won't Change', 'People Get Ready', Issac Hayes 'Shaft' & Curtis Mayfield 'Curtis album. Even in my sleep, Aretha was touching my Soul not just a great singer, but a great pianist also. 

I collected every album she ever recorded from the unsuccessful Columbia recording period right through to Atlantic recordings and then Artista records, That was nine or so Columbia releases that were released from 1961- 1967. The Atlantic Records hit period started in 1967 with her 'I Never Loved A Man' (The Way I Loved You) album the first of 20 album releases including one of the most succesful Gospel album of all time the Double Vinyl released 'Amazing Grace 'set. Her Atlantic Recordings hit factor slowed down in 1977-1979 with her very underrated Curtis Mayfield set 'Almighty Fire', Lamont Dozier produced 'Sweet Passion', & Van McCoy's mostly produced 'La Diva' album.

In 1980 she signed with Arista Records with Clive Davis in the A&R hot seat Aretha was back with her debut Arista set 'Aretha' which included her version of 'What A Fool Believes', Arif Mardin produced her next set in 1981 the 'Love All The Hurt Away' in which it's title track was a duet with George Benson. Luther Vandross was called in for the next two sets 'Jump To It' & 'Get It Right', Narada Michael Walden for the 'Who Zooming Who' album that included the #1 R&B /#3 National Billboard chart hit 'Freeway Of Love'. 'A Rose is Still a Rose' was her thirty-seventh studio album it resulted in the singer's most critically acclaimed and best-selling album of the 1990s, the single featured Lauryn Hill, the album stands as one of Aretha's most successful sets. Clive Davis once again took control of Aretha Franklin last studio album 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics' which was a tribute of ten covers of songs made famous by female recording artists, which once again took the Queen to the top 3 of the  USA R&B chart with her covers of songs made famous by Gladys Knight, Etta James, Gloria Gaynor, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys & Adele.

Soul music is back in the national charts after the death of the Queen, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson (To Be Loved) arguably started the sound in 1957 with 'You Send Me' & tagged The Man That Invented Soul, but my research also gives Jackie Wilson credit and for inspiring The Motown Sound with Berry Gordy.
Soul Music deserves its own category back!  like it used to have, as R&B (Rhythm & Bass) includes Hip Hop and Rap which now heads the way in America, Soul Music is looked as an older person's thing, but there has never been so much great new Soul Music around. If you tune into Starpoint Radio you will discover the best of this, it's an online & DAB radio station that offers the best in today's Soul music with classics mixed in, other stations include Solar Radio in which you can listen via Sky TV also. It's time to tune into SOUL MUSIC once again and let the music touch you with great recent albums by Cornell Carter, Rai, Tyra Lavone, Al Lindsey, Show Tyme, Ty Causey, Chris Jasper etc. As we get older the melodies of today, with the most sound like they haven't got any, and in fact machine-driven, with the odd exception of artists like Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Beyonce (at times), Pharrell Williams ‎among others.

We have lost many of the greats and it's now time to support the new& older independent artists that are still creating fantastic Soul music for our listening pleasure in which many of you don't know exist.
Aretha Franklin The Queen Of Soul saves our Soul and puts Soul music back in the national charts, what a shame she had to pass for this to happen.
RIP Aretha, we will love you forever and you'll always be in our soul!

Thanks for reading

Gary Van den Bussche
(DSG Radio promotions, Disco Soul Gold Music, Starpoint Radio broadcaster, Disco Soul Gold Facebook page)

Just added to the blog is Mike Prior's excellent tribute to Aretha, out of the many this is one of the best! 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Starpoint Radio The Soul Music Alternative

Starpoint Radio The Real Alternative has a new all the way LIVE weekday schedule from Monday to Friday starting in the morning with The all-new breakfast show which runs from 7-9 am weekdays with Ray Bradshow, Ray (35) said he is delighted to be here at Starpoint Radio with his new Soul Family. Ray puts lots of fun and energy into his breakfast shows with features including 'The Full English' which is a selection of UK Soul tracks by Britsh artists, then  the warning goes out as not to everybody's taste the 'Quirky Corner' which is a bit of fun, playing a track that should not be played on Soul radio, this feature comes with a sense of humour warning!  Please be aware your ears might be in danger!! 

Kevin O'Brien (Tuesday to Thursdays) presents the Morning Soulcial which runs from 9-11 am and one of the popular features is Kevin's cheesy wotsit with such classics as ... No, we'll let you tune in to discover just how Cheesy they are! You can hear the best of the new releases along with some forgotten classics on this well-produced morning show. Kevin also does the morning Coffee Spot which gives you a chance to boost your electric bill by turning on the kettle to have a hot drink with the host. 
Gary Van den Bussche making a welcome return to radio with his Disco Soul Gold show, the show broadcasts Monday to Friday live from 11am to 1pm (UK Time) playing the best in new releases, classics, newly mixed re-edits, edits, and remixes.  Gary who also runs a succesful radio promotions company and the DSG record label with songwriter-producer Nigel Lowis help many artists and groups receive the fame they rightly deserve.  Nigel Lowis provides a feature called Diggin' For Gold where he digs deep into the DSG crates and uncovers a classic that was ahead of its time, other features include Tune Of The Unexpected which a mix or a track recorded by an artist that you would not think would have recorded it,  The Lunchtime Sandwich which includes 2 or 3 tracks with a connection that make a tasty lunchtime bite or triple decker, plus Birthday's and light entertainment news.

Gary Van den Bussche is celebrating 40 years in the industry from Baker St Records, First Bell Chart Hyper, his own  Empire Distribute, Wizz records, Chunky Cheese Records, DSG record label, to djing at Johnny Gold's celebrate hot spot Tramp to organising his own nightly club nights for over 28 years.   

 Mike’s Soul Cellar which runs Tues – Thurs 1-3pm plus a replay on Saturdays from 3pm, combines classic and contemporary soul in all its different forms. The 3 decades ‘Triple-Play’ features classic and musically significant tracks from the 70s, 80s, and 90s to which Mike provides some background information. Then there’s the ‘Soul Cellar Vault’ from where Mike unearths ‘all time’ milestones of classic soul. The Soul Cellar also packs in some of the hottest new releases and popular tracks that are rising up the UK Soul Chart.

Steve King is one of the Kings Of Starpoint broadcasting Monday to Friday afternoon from 3-5 PM Monday to Thursday with his Soulful Sounds show. Steve plays sought after and classic soul from the 80's, 90's and brings it bang up to date with always the best in new quality Soul. 

King's love of the slow jam can be heard in a special Wednesday evening Windown Soul sessions from 9-11pm and if you are not quite ready for bed, Steve does an extended hour from 11pm - midnight with The Soulful mix.

Starpoint Radio was first founded over twenty years ago in 1985 as an alternative music station for London and the Home Counties.
Originally broadcasting once a week on Sundays, demand quickly prompted the addition of an entire weekend broadcast and Starpoint Radio soon earned the reputation of being a quality radio station with presenters whose musical knowledge and presentation skills were second to none!
Starpoint Radio, therefore, became known as THE REAL ALTERNATIVE. Over the next three years Starpoint Radio attempted to broadcast seven days a week, but as an unlicensed station, this proved difficult within the rules and regulations of the DTI. In December 1988 it was decided to pursue alternative avenues of broadcasting and Starpoint's final show as an unlicensed station was from infamous Crazy Larry's on the Kings Road in Chelsea.starpoint_radio_good_old_days
In June 1991, Starpoint Radio applied for and received one of the first restricted broadcast licenses for a period of twenty-one days and the first show came from the unlikely venue of Windsor Safari Park, covering Windsor, Slough, Maidenhead, and most of Surrey and South London! The following three weeks were a rip-roaring success with the station being able to adhere to its long-held principles of quality music and quality presenters without bowing to the pressures of commercialism. The success of the Windsor broadcasts led to Starpoint Radio being approached by Alex Lowes of the Southport Weekenders to broadcast from the legendary event.
This resulted in Starpoint's management joining forces with another former unlicensed London radio station and the two merged into a satellite-based radio station. With Starpoint's connections, this radio station became the official broadcaster for the Southport weekenders until the BBC's 1- Xtra took over in - now here's a problem, the old mind's gone blank. Does anybody out there remember when 1 Xtra took over? Perhaps you could let us know so we can put this archive right.
In February 2005, management decided to part ways and Starpoint Radio was reborn.starpoint_radio_antenna_1985
As "The Real Alternative" Starpoint Radio is now 'the' station for quality music and quality presenting! Now broadcasting on DAB and 24 hours on the internet, Starpoint Radio continues to grow each month proving that it is possible to run a quality soul based music station.

Starpoint radio is the home to The Official UK Soul Chart which updates with a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon from 4-6pm (UK Time) and repeated Monday's from 5-7pm. The UK Soul chart is the most accurate survey with its chart being compiled from DJ's returns of plays and sales of the week. The chart is then shared to around 70 other radio stations and then published on the Starpoint Radio website the following Thursday or latest Friday. The chart can also be seen in Blues & Soul Magazine.   

Starpoint Radio live events include Bol Soul which is a yearly event in Croatia that is now in its fourth year of success you can party with the DJ's and artists for a week in luxury with mighty fine music and sun. 
(Carl Barrington Webster owner of Starpoint Radio pictured with Bolsoul partner Ian Dewhirst)

 Bolsoul 4 runs from  September 29th - 6th October 2018  and is Just £399 for 7 nights!
4 The Price includes: 1 x Luxury Room (sleeps 2-3 people per room) Half-board Catering (full Breakfast and evening meal) Transfers from the Airport to the resort and back. Wristband for all events on the Blue Sun complex. You can Secure now with a deposit of just £100

Other DJ's to listen to on the Radio Station bringing their class and style to the airwaves include  Nigel Fox, Chris Box, Joey Coyne, Barry Bee, Paul Goldsmith, Bob Jeffries, Brett Costello, Dubzy, Marcus Bee, Hugh Williams, Elle P, Paul Andre, Mike Prior, DJ Jai, Paul Garland, Bob Hill, Phil Levene, Cliff James, Ed Weller, Kevin Oxbury, Nigel Lowis,andy Lothian, Soulful House producer Richard Ernshaw, Paul Andre, Steve Collins, Chris 'The Shirt' Elliot, Paul Stuart, Mike Stephens,Paul Mac & Mark Merry.