backing (also "backup singer" [nth am. english] and "backing vocalist") (noun): a who gives vocal support to a lead - tessa was one of joe cocker's backing singers.
bar (noun): one of many small sections in a piece of music that contains a fixed number of beats - each bar in the song has four beats.
call and response (noun): two phrases, one of which answers the other - the call and is before the last chorus.
civil rights movement (noun): a demand for social justice by oppressed people - martin luther king led the civil rights in the 60s.
classic (adjective): very good and highly-regarded for a long time - neil loves those american cars of the 50s.
contemporary r&b (noun): recent r&b that mixes soul, pop and hip hop sounds - contemporary r&b is really popular these days.
crossover hit (noun): an r&b, soul or country song that's on the pop-music charts - we'll all be rich if we have a crossover hit.
dynamic (adjective): and having a lot of - apple corp is one of the world's most dynamic it companies.
groove (noun): repetitive, rhythmic pattern played by a section - hip-hop artists still use james brown's grooves in their beats.
horn section (noun): a group of musicians playing brass instruments and saxophones - how many songs does the horn section play on?
house band (noun): a group of musicians who work for a music company - house bands don't become famous, but singers do.
house producer (noun): one of a record company's full-time music producers - how many house producers does sony music have?
neo soul (noun): a style that mixes r&b and 60s or 70s soul - angelina played some great neo soul tracks at our party.
pop soul (noun): a style of soul music with a pop-music sound - mum's listening to pop soul again.
racism (noun): the or of a whole race of people - racism has always existed in our country.
secular (adjective): not religious, or with no to religion - we sent our kids to a school, not a religious one.
session musician (noun): a who can be hired to play on a recording - session musicians don't get much work these days.
soundtrack album (noun): an album containing music made for a film - has the soundtrack album been released yet?
tambourine (noun): an with metal discs that rattles when hit or - mick jagger often plays tambourine when he sings.
the south (noun): the southeastern part of the usa - racism has always been a bit worse in the south.
yearn (verb): to want something very much - his yearning for a better world is expressed in his songs.