D.J. Rogers, "If You Didn't Love Me (Don't Go Away)"

I love the sincerity in his voice and the tenderness of the lyrics.  It really touches my heart every time I hear it.

Gary Bartz, "Celestial Blues"

The philosophical and spiritual approach of this song won me over.  I love to sing these lyrics over and over because it's such a positive mantra.

Eugene McDaniels, "Headless Heroes"

This is one of the most strikingly political songs I have ever heard.  The album [Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse] was actually banned by the Nixon administration because of its seditiousness.

Donny Hathaway, "Someday We'll All Be Free"

Donny is my favorite soul vocalist and his messages were often very uplifting for people in a struggle for equality and opportunity. I hope to sing as good as him one day.

Jorge Ben, "Cassius Marcelo Clay"

Soul music is often relegated to Afro-Americans, but it is represented in forms across the world. Brazilian soul is, in my opinion, as significant and beautiful as our classic domestic brand.

SEE IT: Aloe Blacc plays Dante's on Friday, May 27. $15. 21+.