With her hair going a glorious gray, Natalie Merchant now has the look to go with her time worn vocals and lyrics. 

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Cleaves' rich, dreamy alto was transformed later in her career when she sang with George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic. Clinton wrote on her memorial website, "It was an honor to funk with you."

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During a recent on-air performance, the studio at KEXP could barely contain Paul Janeway and his seven-piece soul band. Get ready to get saved.

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"These are dreams that I had forgotten. Only now that they are starting to come true do I remember that I had them at all." These words are from Sonny Knight, who re-energized his soul-singing career.

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Matt Daniels

A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.

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