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Chris Pierce - You've Got to Feel It (Calabama Recordings)

Add Date: 09/12
Focus Track: 5
Formats: AMA, AAA

Artist Info: Knee deep into the first six track session of his latest recording project, Chris Pierce was in soul music’s Promised Land, making the vocal booth in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama studio his home. Vibing with The Swampers, the Muscle Shoal Horns and The Shoal Sisters – the legendary session musicians who defined the classic Muscle Shoals sound back in R&B’s 60’s and 70’s heyday – the singer found personal rebirth in service to the songs that inspired his own prolific, multi-faceted career as a soul and blues singer/songwriter. In the middle of Wilson Pickett’s classic “ Don’t Fight It,” Pierce sang a key lyric that defines the power of R&B for him and millions of others. It also made the perfect title for an album that brings Pierce’s twenty year recording career full circle: You’ve Got to Feel It!

Recorded in two sessions in the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016, the 12 track collection is driven by the fresh perspectives and freewheeling imagination Pierce brings to a grooving and emotionally searing set list featuring ‘60s and ’70s classics by the soul singers whose passion has spoken to and ignited him since early childhood. The set list is an R&B lover’s dream, featuring classics by Solomon Burke (“Cry To Me”), Clarence Carter (“Slip Away”), James Carr (“The Dark End of the Street”), Arthur Alexander (“You Better Move On”), Jimmy Cliff (“Many Rivers to Cross)” Al Green (“I’m A Ram”), Otis Redding (“That’s How Strong My Love Is”), Marvin Gaye (“Trouble Man”) and Stevie Wonder (“You Haven’t Done Nothin’”).