NEW! Grow your career with TuneCore Rewards.

We asked a few TuneCore Artists to offer their thoughts on musicians that they thought should be remembered during Black History Month…

“I feel the music of Curtis Mayfield should never be forgotten. He created ‘future music’ with his voice and with his musical touch. One of the greatest vocalists and guitarists ever. Hence his work as a total artist remains immeasurable in this new century, a century which emerged very soon after his passing in December 1999.”

– Chuck D (Public Enemy) – TuneCore Artist

Curtis Mayfield – Future Shock

“I salute and remember the genius of Shirley Horn. A trailblazing contralto who has been described as having two heads because of her ability to sing while accompanying herself. Miles Davis discovered this musical gem. When I was seventeen, my brother bought me her “Here’s to Life” CD and it changed my LIFE. Her voice, her compositions and her touch on the piano make her one of the most amazing musicians that has ever lived.  I honor her every time I play.”

– Avery*Sunshine  – TuneCore Artist

Shirley Horn – Fever

“In March of 2011, the world lost a pioneer in blues piano – Pinetop Perkins. One of the last Mississippi Delta Blues musicians, Pinetop found his way into my life and music by inspiring me as a young blues pianist. He made me realize that it’s the real stories that are worth listening to…that are worth living for. R.I.P. Pinetop.”

– J.  Dash (TuneCore Artist)

PineTop Perkins – Grinder Man Blues

“Artists are not angels and shouldn’t be expected to be free of faults, so it’s not that I ignore James Brown’s problems, but the radiance of his soul-stirring screams, dynamic arrangements/stone grooves, leadership in the soul revolution, and all the other impossibly funky aspects of his career make him forever Soul Brother Number 1.”

– Chris Mooney – TuneCore Promotions

James Brown – Funky Good Time

Our Playlist