The subject of white artists doing black music is something that has long existed, not only before a time that we are able to write this post, but long before we and our parents were born.


As you know Team Curtains in interviews has not shied away from the question of the impact of blue-eyed soul singers success on the industry, and the response is always positive.


Most recently we interviewed KeKe Wyatt and asked her views on blue-eyed soul singers crossing over to the U.S. and dominating the charts, who said “I love em… people who don’t like blue-eyed singers can eat…I think they should. I love Ed Sheeran, I love Sam Smith and I love Sam Sparro.”



R&B singer K. Michelle is  known for her no filter mouth, and this time is no different, K is definitely keeping it all the way real of her thoughts on the subject. Last week  K.Michelle when asked about Adele at a recent Q&A said:


“They allow White people to sing our music… blue eyed soul is some bulls**t.”


Elaborating further, the My Life: K.Michelle R&B reality star continued “‘Hello’, that’s some bullsh*t, sorry. It’s a great song, great artist, but if a Black girl was to sing that very song, it would not get played on the radio.”




The 31-year-old singer went on to say “we sit around and call our very own artists flops, but we’ll run and go buy some blue-eyed soul …They don’t have to destroy us because we destroy each other.


Some may think “oh here she goes again”, but is she wrong? If Adele or Sam Smith were Black, would they be as successful?


Cultural appropriation is a tricky subject, as it seems that it only applies to some when the issue raised, from Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke, Jessie J, Joss Stone to Maverick Sabre who are all artists known for their Black sound. Is the issue dependent on what side of the Atlantic Ocean you reside?


The answer is, probably not. But could this be down to the ‘sound’ if you will?


R&B artist Robin Thicke has based his career on collaborating with other black performers such as Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams & T.I. While his talents are celebrated within popular culture and the black community, again the question is if he was a black artist would his music have been heard in the mainstream?


K. Michelle has her own new project which she is currently working on, and she has publicly gone on the record saying that she wants to be free to make whatever music she pleases, which included Country music as she grew up on it. Does the same rule not apply?



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