Written by Fiona Bloom of The Bloom Effect

The First ‘I GOT SOUL’ Music Conference put on by Neo Soul Café brought out about 200 or so soul enthusiasts, artists, producers, dj’s, publicists and entrepreneurs around the Country from as far as Canada, Seattle, LA, NY, Miami and Atlanta.

It’s living proof that this soul movement is alive and well and VIABLE. Neo Soul Café’s Frances Jaye is the creative and visionary force behind this innovation. She was able to get Ms. Erykah Badu’s blessing and support by coming out to host the conference. With name artists like Erykah, the movement will continue to flourish, bloom and prosper. The more the mainstream media and fans embrace it, the quicker this industry will awaken and allow Indie Soul to thrive and reap all its benefits.

Artists on hand who came out to support and share in insight and networking resources were:

Anthony David, Chokolate, Yahzarah, Melissa Young, Donnie, Rahbi, Carmen Rogers, Tre Hardson, Brooklyn Red, Nuwamba, Keit and others.

Players in the movement and the Tour De Force behind the scenes were Jason Orr from Funk Jazz Kafé, Will Strickland of Urban Music Association of Canada, Bavu Blakes of ME TV, Rahdu from Hot 107.7 in Birmingham, Jodine from Jodine’s Corner, Asya & Brandon from Fusicology, Terry Bello of the International Soul Music Summit, Hasan from Puzzle Media and Marketing, Darryl from MOODS Music, Kimani Anku of SolSource, and Dj’s such as DJ Nimbus, Applejac, Needles, Salah, DJ Urban Mello and others.

Read the full story on SoulTracks.com. See the crew in Atlanta in July for The International Soul Summit!