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by Rachel Devitt

April 17, 2011

Soulful White Girls

by Rachel Devitt  |  April 17, 2011

Much of soul history has been dominated by powerhouse African American singers -- rightly so. Soul is often couched in the pain and joy, trials and tribulations of African American experiences. Every so often, however, along comes a white girl who has the blues or manages to sing like she does, belting her way through one soul style or another with a big voice and bigger heart. Adele's recently dropped sophomore album is a perfect example: with richly nuanced vocals and a stylistic maturity that belies her youth, 21 is soul, through and through. Take a listen to the sweetly crooned pleasures and pathos of Adele and other soulful white girls like Nikka Costa, Dusty Springfield, Teena Marie, Amy Winehouse and more.

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