SoulTracks Announces 2006 Readers Choice Award Winners

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SoulTracks.com, America's most popular soul music website, has announced the winners of its 2006 Readers Choice Awards. Thousands of readers from around the world voted for the top independent soul music artists and albums of the year.

SoulTracks (http://www.soultracks.com), America's most popular soul music website, has announced the winners of its 2006 Readers Choice Awards in international broadcasts on NeoSoulCafe (http://www.neosoulcafe.com), SolarRadio (http://www.solarradio.com), and the syndicated Michael Baisden Show. The SoulTracks Awards are the largest international awards dedicated to independent soul music - i.e., music released by artists independent of the major international record labels.

"Last year the participation in our Awards by readers was impressive, but this year we were happily overwhelmed by the response, with thousands and thousands of soul music fans from around the world voicing their opinions, more than a doubling of the number of voters from 2005," said SoulTracks publisher Chris Rizik. "It is further confirmation of both SoulTracks' growth and the continuing development of soul music, which is among the fastest rising musical genres in the world."

The biggest winner in the 2006 SoulTracks Awards was singer Eric Roberson, who landed the Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year awards for his album, 'The Appetizer.' Soul songstress Amel Larrieux released the album "Morning" during 2006 and was voted the "Female Vocalist of the Year" by SoulTracks readers. The Duo or Group of the Year award was won by the reunited Brand New Heavies, who released their "Get Used to It" in 2006. And the winner of the Radio Station of the Year award was Dallas-based Neo Soul Café.

Veteran jazz/soul singer Angela Bofill was presented with the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever awarded by SoulTracks, celebrating her legendary three decade recording career.

A complete list of the top five finalists in each category can be found by visiting http://www.soultracks.com/award_winners_2006.htm .

About SoulTracks: SoulTracks (http://www.soultracks.com) is America's #1 website dedicated to classic and modern soul music, with over 3,000,000 annual visits by soul music fans around the world. SoulTracks has been named by the web tracking service Alexa.com as the most popular soul music site on the web. SoulTracks features hundreds of biographies of classic and modern soul artists as well as news, CD reviews and "Where Are They Now?" features. It is also the creator of the annual SoulTracks Readers Choice Awards, the leading awards in the world celebrating independent soul music.

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