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Seal: Finding The 'Soul' Behind The Song

The British singer's new album, Soul 2, is a collection of reimagined R&B classics from the 1960s and '70s. He says, however, that his personal definition of soul has less to do with genre than with a songwriter's intent.

Shredding To Metallica, Dancing To 'Jump'

Olympic skier Daron Rahlves and two NPR listeners share the songs that remind them of winter sports.

Betty Wright On World Cafe

Hear the singer perform boldly sensual soul songs from her 17th album, Betty Wright: The Movie.

Alabama Shakes On World Cafe

Hear the rock 'n' roll quartet perform its enthusiastic, soulful songs live in the studio.

Jimmy Owens Navigates Monk's 'Brilliant Corners'

Owens mostly dresses Thelonious Monk's tunes for uptown wear — Monk the Harlem jam-session swinger.