Pee Wee Callins' "Street Soul" a Stellar First Effort

Artist:  Pee Wee Callins
Title:  "Street Soul"
Label:  Beatmart

While his name may suggest a diminutive stature, Pee Wee Callins possesses big-time talent. In fact, after hearing his debut release "Street Soul," one gets the feeling that Callins is a seasoned performer. Perhaps that’s because his musical roots trace back to age three when he began playing drums in church.

Since then, Callins grew up singing gospel tunes and has shared the stage with Kirk Franklin and Shirley Caesar. This time around he wraps his velvet-smooth vocals and lyrical diversity in an R&B package that includes stylish infusions of hip-hop, rock, pop, soul and gospel.

The groove-filled tracks on "Street Soul" play like a classic Motown record, with Callins offering redemptive themes of hope, love and joy. Standouts “Keep Hope Alive” and “Better Life” resonate with thumping bass lines, double-octave riffs and silky vocalizations reminiscent of Marvin Gaye and Peabo Bryson. What’s more, Callins courageously addresses problems such as abandonment, spiritual apathy and suicide. A stellar first effort.

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