Sunday, January 16, 2011


Barbara Jean English

Click above to hear "I'm Sorry."

If you were to ask anyone, "what song would make an outstanding soul cover?" few would suggest the plaintive Brenda Lee hit "I'm Sorry." However, leave it to an amazing performer like Barbara Jean English to take the song to a whole new level! Her vocals soar across the spoken intro, and into the soulful and heartfelt verses. Prepare to be blown away by the chorus!

Barbara Jean English was no stranger to the recording studio when she released her album "So Many Ways..." in 1972. She began her career as a member of the Gospelettes, The Bouquests, The Ding Dongs (an unfortunate name, to be sure), and the Avalons. She then fronted The Fashions, and was a member of the popular group The Clickettes. Her style is inimitable, with a flair for making the most ordinary of songs pure soul classics.

While never reaching the career heights of Aretha Franklin or Etta James, her voice has a warmth that neither of those two woman could touch. I'm sure we will be hearing more from Ms English as this blog progresses.

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