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New 'Sons of the Soul Survivors' album makes one of eight musical moments that inspired, entertained and helped us stay sane in 2020 / Greensboro News & Record

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It was an incredibly difficult year in so many ways. There's no other way to sing that tune, really. But it would have been even more difficult if there hadn't been music to help us get through it all.

Music was a constant source of encouragement and escape, in a year when we badly needed both. Sure, the concert industry basically closed up shop back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were still albums, videos, singles and - the newest star of the show - live-streamed events to enjoy. the new New 'Sons of the Soul Survivors' album made one of eight musical moments that inspired, entertained and helped us stay sane in 2020 according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Sometimes one just needs some real-deal gospel music to get in the right groove. And that's what we've been getting from the Bay Area's own Sons of the Soul Revivers now for over half a century. "We are in love with - we eat, drink and breathe - traditional gospel quartet (music)," says lead singer James Morgan, who is joined in the Sons by brothers Dwayne and Walter Jr. as well as Ronnie Smith and DaQuantae Johnson. "I cannot think of any other group - no matter what style of music it is - that I would want to be apart of outside of the Sons of the Soul Survivors."

The Vallejo band celebrated their 50th anniversary by releasing a terrific new studio album back in July "Songs We'll Always Sing - A Tribute to the Pilgrim Jubilees," which is recommended listening for anyone trying to deal with the pandemic blues.

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