Ben l’Oncle Soul (born Benjamin Duterde, on 10 November 1984) is a French soul singer-songwriter. After graduating in 2004, he started singing in a gospel group called Fitiavana. He often wears a bow tie like Uncle Ben from Uncle Ben’s Rice. His friends called him “l’Oncle Ben”, but he decided to change it in 2009, shortly before the release of his first EP, Soul Wash: Lesson 1, to avoid copyright problems. His eponymous debut album was released by Motown Records in 2010.
On 25 June 2011, Ben L’Oncle Soul opened the 32nd edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival in a major free concert in front of more than 10,000 people at the Scène TD de la place des Festivals in the heart of Montreal. The concert was his third appearance in Montreal having performed at the 2010 Franco Folies and at the 2011 Montréal High Lights Festival. (Wikipedia)
Otis Ray Redding Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding’s style of singing gained inspiration from the gospel music that preceded the genre. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s, such as James Carr and Freddie Jackson (Woodstra and Elewine). During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee. (Wikipedia)
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