Soul goddess Nicole Wray is back. The singer – now known as Lady Wray – was last on the scene as part of Lady, a heaven-sent coupling with UK R&B singer-songwriter Terri Walker. Together these harmonic sisters released a phenomenal self-titled LP of old-school soul on Truth and Soul Records, which included standouts such as ‘Money’ and ‘Sweet Lady’.
Three years on, Wray has returned at last, this time with a solo record – her first since 1998. It’s called Queen Alone, and was released on September 23, 2016, by Big Crown Records. Taken from Wray’s new record, this week’s jam, ‘Smiling’, is a seriously feel-good tune. It’s exactly the kind of black excellence we need right now.
Smiling appears on Queen Alone, out now on Big Crown Records.
- ‘Untitled’ by GoldLink x Isaiah Rashad
- ‘Clip My Wings’ by Ngaio
- ‘Keep Your Head Down’ by Jodie Abacus
- ‘Marley’ by Red Robyn
- ‘Let’s Rough It’ by Sage Guillory
Image: Big Crown Records