Destiny’s Child, Kelly Roland promoted the Soul Train’s new DVD set,”The Best of Soul Train”, celebrating forty years of the popular television show which showcased some of the biggest names in R&B.
Not having been around to witness all forty years of Soul Train’s contribution to the music industry she says, ” I wasn’t here 40 years ago, but it feels like — “Soul Train” just has this life, period. It all started with Don Cornelius’ vision, and then hosting, producing, writing, directing.”
“Soul train” changed the face of the music industry by premiering brand new talent despite fears that the show would flop due to this new concept. It can be compared to Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’. It had never been done for the African-American audience and it forever changed the image of R&B music.
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“When you get on “Soul Train” it’s like you made it,” Roland says about the impact the show had on her, and other young artists’ careers.
One of the most memorable aspects of the show for Roland and many viewers alike, was the now wedding staple Soul Train line.The DVD in commemoration of the show is out right now. Also out shortly, is Kelly’s own album which she has asked fans to help her title.
“It always changed. you learned about style and so many different things from watching it. You were inspired,” says Roland of the significance the show had in her life.