12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Michigan but currently based in Atlanta, Curtis Harding is a classic-minded soul singer more in tune with the pioneers of yesterday than today's digi-processed, made-for-TV instastars. He has worked with both Cee Lo Green and The Black Keys' Cole Alexander (in the group Night Sun), and has a distinct garage rock-meets-gospel vibe mixed into his bluesy, passionate vocals. Released via the indie California label Burger Records, Soul Power is his first solo album and embraces a vintage sound while never coming off as corny or overtly retro. Dirty guitar licks, vampy organs, rubbery basslines, and bold horn blasts accompany his top-notch crooning, and there's a lot to like on all 12 of the tracks here. Highlights include "Next Time," "I Don't Wanna Go Home," "Keep On Shining," and "Heaven's on the Other Side." He's one of the freshest new talents in the R&B game; hopefully this is just the start of much more to come.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Michigan but currently based in Atlanta, Curtis Harding is a classic-minded soul singer more in tune with the pioneers of yesterday than today's digi-processed, made-for-TV instastars. He has worked with both Cee Lo Green and The Black Keys' Cole Alexander (in the group Night Sun), and has a distinct garage rock-meets-gospel vibe mixed into his bluesy, passionate vocals. Released via the indie California label Burger Records, Soul Power is his first solo album and embraces a vintage sound while never coming off as corny or overtly retro. Dirty guitar licks, vampy organs, rubbery basslines, and bold horn blasts accompany his top-notch crooning, and there's a lot to like on all 12 of the tracks here. Highlights include "Next Time," "I Don't Wanna Go Home," "Keep On Shining," and "Heaven's on the Other Side." He's one of the freshest new talents in the R&B game; hopefully this is just the start of much more to come.

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About Curtis Harding

Versatile vocalist Curtis Harding fuses the passion and intensity of classic soul and R&B with the uncompromising attitude of indie rock and the nervy swagger of garage punk, and has made a name for himself in both rock and R&B circles. Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Harding got his first taste of performing from his mother Dorothy, a traveling gospel performer who brought her son on the road with her and occasionally invited the boy up on-stage to sing. In time, Harding settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where his strong, passionate vocal style earned him some valuable allies. Harding's vocals appeared on several remixes from OutKast, and he became part of Cee Lo Green's team, working with him as a back-up vocalist on the road, adding vocal tracks to the albums Cee-Lo Green & His Perfect Imperfections and The Lady Killer, and co-writing material with Green. However, in 2011 Harding became part of an unusual project when he crossed paths with Cole Alexander, guitarist with Georgia garage punks the Black Lips, and they discovered they both had a passion for vintage Southern soul. Harding and Alexander launched a collaborative project, Night Sun, that mixed R&B and garage rock, and after a handful of local shows, the combo released a single in 2013 on Burger Records, the celebrated California indie label. Harding liked Burger's way of doing business and the label was impressed by Harding's voice; they struck a deal for a solo album, and Harding's first full-length effort, Soul Power, appeared in the spring of 2014. The album received enthusiastic reviews, and Harding landed a new record deal with the artist-friendly independent label Anti-. His second full-length, 2017's Face Your Fear, was produced by Harding in collaboration with Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Saginaw, MI

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