Calling all soul lovers, on November 13th, 15th and 16th some of the most legendary artists from the genre embark on a UK tour with dates scheduled for Manchester, London and Birmingham. Great Voices of Soul will be headlined by the incomparable Patti Labelle and will also feature The Whispers, Soul II Soul, Loose Ends, The SOS Band, Gwen Dickey (former lead singer from Rose Royce) and Meli’sa Morgan.
With just a few weeks leading up to this star-studded event, we caught up with Carl McIntosh, the trailblazing singer/songwriter who made up one third of Loose Ends, arguably one of the most influential groups to have helped shaped the sound known as the British soul movement, which emerged in the 80s.
Hi Carl, how did you get involved with Great Voices of Soul and what can audiences expect from the show?
I was asked to perform at this event by Omar Harrison (a promoter). I will be performing a string of hits and also adding something special.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since your seminal hit Hangin’ On A String’. The song still sounds fresh to this day, what do you attribute to its timeless nature, and why do you think it resonated so much with music lovers back in the day?
Hangin’ On A String is quite a unique sounding song, I believe the reason why it was a hit and why is still being played to this day is because it’s a memorable sing along.
There were so many talented UK soul acts flourishing in the ’80s such as yourselves, Imagination, Soul II Soul etc, do you ever foresee a revival of UK soul music in the mainstream charts?
Trap, Grime and British hip hop are offshoots of UK soul. The young ones making these beats and vocalising these tracks are coming through with their own identity.
Are there any young artists around today who you are excited about musically?
There are so many out there, just to name a few: Abel Grey (Another World), Tender (Armour) , Bouya (Energy) and Travis Scott (Antidote).
Apart from touring with Loose Ends, are you still involved in the music industry in any other capacity?
Yes I’m still very much writing and producing music.
Voices of Soul tour dates are as follows:
13th November – O2 Apollo Manchester
15th November 2015 - SSE Arena, Wembley
16th November 2015 – 02 Academy Birmingham
Tickets priced from £50, for bookings visit Ticketmaster.co.uk