James Brown – Bio

James Brown

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James Joe Brown Jr. aka “The Godfather of Soul,” “Mr. Dynamite,” “Soul Brother Number One” and “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” is by far the most influential and popular Funk/Soul artist in America. He is known as the creator of Funk music. He is also responsible for the development of many different musical genres. He was born in Barnwell, South Carolina and raised by 2 aunts and a brother in Augusta, Georgia. As a child, James sang at talent shows, and performed buck dances for a little extra change. He learned how to play the harmonica, drums, guitar, and piano. As a teen he decided to focus more on music in his teens after he met Bobby Byrd, who later became a member in his band.

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Introducing Funk

Funk is a distinct style of music originated by the African American Culture. It hit the scene in the late 60’s early 70’s.

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Its name originated in the 1950s, when “funk” and “funky” were used increasingly as adjectives in the context of soul music. The meaning being transformed from the original one (pungent odor) to a re-defined meaning of a strong, distinctive groove.

Funk consists a blend of soul music, jazz music and R&B. What separates this genre is the strong bass-line usually played in a style called “slap bass.” The blend of this baseline, complex drum licks, choppy guitar strumming, and synchronized horns (trumpets and saxophones) composed in a rhythmic groove gives Funk it’s distinct sound.

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Introducing Old-School Music

What is music?

The official definition of music is the art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

What is Old-School Music?

Now that you have the understanding of what music is, let’s talk about Old-School music. There isn’t an official definition for old school music but this term refers to the music from the past. It can range anywhere before the past decade. Old-School music might also relate to the type of style one organizes, performs, and plays a specific genre of music. Even instruments can be used in a way that was very popular in the music industry in the past giving it an Old-School sound.

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