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The cross that I carry on this lonely road, doesn't feel so heavy when your love lightens up my load...

For most of us, February 14 is Valentine's Day. But for others, it marks the anniversary of the death of soul singer, Lynden David Hall. He was just 31.

Described as an urban soul poet, his songs invested with an intelligent male sensitivity, he was born in South London on 7th May 1974. In 1998 he won a MOBO award for Best Newcomer and was the first British artist bestowed with Best Male Artist by Blues & Soul Magazine. He released three albums: Medicine 4 My Pain, The Other Side and, shortly before his death in 2006, In Between Jobs.

DJ Trevor Nelson said at the time of his death: "It's the loss of a great talent unfulfilled... He was one of the biggest talents of his time, and ahead of his time in many ways. He was a very unassuming guy, very quiet and introverted, not your typical wannabe pop star. It's a sad day for British black music, but knowing Lynden as I do, I hope the attention that this brings him will make people go and re-visit his music."

If you love soul music, and you don't know about Lynden David Hall, please discover him. Beg, borrow or steal a CD. YouTube him. Visit his official MySpace page. The man may be gone, but a little piece of his soul lives on.

Lynden David Hall died four years ago. He was 31.


 
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