The Reverend Al
"Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine for Allmusic.com
Al Green became an ordained minister in 1976 and bought the Full Gospel Tabernacle church in Memphis, Tennessee where still currently preaches.
The most transcendent artist to come out of the soul genre.
The Queen of Soul.
The High Priestess of Soul.
The King of Soul and Stax Records' greatest icon.
The genre and decade-spanning hit makers from Cincinnati.
Soul music's unassuming everyman.
Revered contributor to gospel, soul, and funk music.
One of the greatest composers and performers of soul ever.
Writer, producer, performer and self-titled "Black Moses."
The epitome of Philly Soul.
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Black music finely crafted and packaged for the masses.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.