Chicago soul singer Doug Shorts shows off his karate moves in his first music video | Bleader

Chicago soul singer Doug Shorts shows off his karate moves in his first music video

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Back in June I wrote a B Side cover story about 62-year-old Chicago soul singer Doug Shorts, whose career is only now beginning to take off after decades of struggling to get his music heard. This fall Jazzman and Numero Group will release archived material from his 70s band, the Master Plan Inc.; rap producer Frank Dukes (Danny Brown, Tree) and Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss are set to drop an album they recorded with the smooth singer last year; and last month formerly local label Cherries Records put out its second seven-inch with Shorts, "Don't Sleep on My Love" b/w "Bet I'll Know the Next Time."

On top of all that, Cherries debuted Shorts's first video earlier today, which is for his silky "Don't Sleep on My Love." Shorts looks quite smooth in the clip—he's been a TV and movie extra, so he's no stranger to playing it cool on camera—which features Cherries cofounder Sheila Hernando (aka DJ Shred One) watching a VHS tape of Shorts singing in what appears to be a dark, foggy nightclub as Cherries' Andrew Brearley backs him on a Roland drum machine. There are plenty of great moments in the charming clip, but my favorite is the image of Shorts karate-chopping a seven-inch near the end of the video. Take a peek below; if you want to buy the tune it's available on Cherries' site.

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