soul music

a fervent type of popular music developed in the late 1950s by black Americans as a secularized form of gospel music, with rhythm-and-blues influences, and distinctive for its earthy expressiveness, variously plaintive or raucous vocals, and often passionate romanticism or sensuality.
Also called soul.

1960–65, Americanism Unabridged
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She's an honest singer making real modern soul music.
Hip-hop has not always dealt as well with the deeper emotions of the mature soul as the blues, jazz and soul music.
Eat truffle macaroons to the sound of live soul music.
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