6 White Soulful Singers We Once Thought Were Black

Posted On : May 5, 2016

We wanted to do this article because after highlighting several White soul singers on our Facebook page, we realized that there were so many of us who once thought that some of these artists you’re about to see, were actually Black. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again- we all know that soul music is a product of the Black culture, but every now and then, we have one of our White brothas (and sistas) from another Mother, who have just as much soul as Black folks. Soul is something that can’t be taught, you just gotta have it and t’s not that most of us haven’t seen someone trying to imitate soul, but that’s simply because they didn’t have it. BUT these singers you’re about to see, have true soul…don’t know how they got it, but that doesn’t matter, what matters is that they got it and they fooled a whole lot of us at one point. Ultimately this just goes to show that soul music has NO color- soul music simply has SOUL…

Teena Marie

Y'all know there is NO way we could have a list like this without including our sista from another mista, the late Teena Marie. There is no denying that she had soul running all through her veins, but she definitely had everybody fooled when she first came out. When her first album Wild and Peaceful released in '79, her picture wasn't on it, so everybody thought that the female singing the duet with Rick James, "I'm A Sucker For Your Love" was actually Black, but SIKE she wasn't, and we learned that when she and Rick made their first appearance together on Soul Train that same year.

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