The beautiful genre of rhythm and soul has influenced countless other genres in the last century of music. There's something about African American music culture that just oozes into other cultures of music so much that people don't even notice. R&B and Soul have inspired musicians and writers across the globe and will never die!
Let's take a look at sayings from famous singers, producers, and songwriters about my ultimate favorite genre of music. These can teach you things about music history, make you think, inspire you to write, and even work well as quotes to hang up on your wall or put on an item of clothing if you're a serious R&B fan!
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"Soul music is about longevity and reaching and touching people on a human level - and that's never going to get lost." - Jill Scott
"R&B is not a fad; it's the truth." - Aretha Franklin
"I would consider my music like, pop-R&B. So it can reach a lot of people. Pop is popular music. That's what it stands for. So I'm just making music that I know that I like, I know other people will like, and my fans will like." - Justin Bieber
"We just sang real simple songs in a simple way that got to people. We didn't try to tart them up with orchestral arrangements and all the stuff. We were all blues fanatics. We like R+B and blues and simple, gut-feeling music." - Mick Ralphs
"Rock & roll seemed to just come to us, on the radio and in the record stores. It became our music ... But then we uncovered another, deeper level, the history behind rock and R&B, the music behind our music. All roads led to the source, which was the blues." - Martin Scorsese
"Whether looking at pop music, hip-hop or R&B, it's rare to find an artist who hasn't been touched or affected by the power and soul of gospel music. In fact, many of today's popular artists such as Whitney Houston, John Legend, and Katy Perry started their careers in the church choir." - Marvin Sapp
"For me, jazz, R&B, jump swing, Chicago blues, country blues, early hillbilly music, and honky tonk all stem from the same source" - Duke Robillard
"There's plenty of artists who are making R&B music, but because of their ethnicity, it's considered something else." - Miguel
"I only hope that one day, America will recognize what the rest of the world already has known, that our indigenous music - gospel, blues, jazz and R&B - is the heart and soul of all popular music; and that we cannot afford to let this legacy slip into obscurity, I'm telling you." - Quincy Jones
"Sometimes with pop music, you have to see it to love it. With soul music, it's sparse. There's nothing that's pretentious or planned. It's just so gutsy." - Adele
"I guess when I got into my preteens, I turned about 12 and I decided to sing R&B, because I felt like one day there were some things I felt like I would want to say, that I couldn't say with gospel music." - Jazmine Sullivan
"If it came down to it, I wish people heard different records from me that I know give you a soul R&B sound of music that I know is really my gift, gift. But the ones that usually go are the records that radio, the fans and the clubs really love the most." - Jeremih
"It's important for me to remind people that there's no formula ... there's no boundary to R&B music." - Miguel
"The way popular music is categorized and formatted cuts down on everyone's options. And although people don't talk about it, there are a lot of issues of race determining musical categories of what's rock, R&B, or even folk. It ends up restricting creativity." - Tracy Chapman
"People keep putting limitations on themselves and creating this reality that soul music is dead. That's only in their reality. It's not true. To me, Adele is R&B. Bruno Mars is R&B. It's just good songwriting and songs. That is going to last." - Ester Dean
"A lot of R&B cats are doing a lot of auto-tune. Tyrese went back to the basics. I love classic soul music and Ginuwine. Ginuwine and Usher laid the foundation back in the '90s. There's no one doing that anymore." - Leon Bridges
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"Soul music is soul music. It can be wrapped up in a neo-soul package; it can be called hip-hop soul. But soul is soul, and it's been around; it will never go away." - Maxwell
It was very interesting in my world, because I grew up as a fan and I did not know that there was a thing called R&B, pop, country, classical - I just knew that I loved music. - Lionel Richie
"You could split hairs and bring up words like 'doo-wop' and terms like 'soul' or 'R&B', but I think pop music is what you want it to be - that's why it's pop." - Henry Rollins
"Rock and roll came in and changed my life and changed the whole music scene forever, and then I grew to love R&B and Motown and all black music, gospel music. But I never dismiss any form of music. I listen to everything." - Elton John
"There's many different genres, and when you hear R&B and pop and house, as well as electronic, come together, that's the reality of what music is." - David Guetta
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