As they say, never judge a book by its cover. And that old adage couldn't be more true than in the case of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The public first became aware of the Oscar-winning beauty's musical chops on the film Country Strong where she sang the film's title song of the same name.
When I first heard Ms. Paltrow sing, I thought, "Hmph, not bad." But, it wasn't until I heard her sing Cee-Lo's popular tune "F**k You" on Glee and at the 2011 Grammy's that I really took notice.
Suddenly, there was some soul there that I hadn't heard or noticed before. I admit, it made me wonder about Ms. Paltrow. On the outside, she appeared to be from a WASP-type pedigree. And, fair or unfair, I don't usually expect persons from such backgrounds to have been exposed to diversity in the true and genuine sense of the word (as in exposure to different persons, cultures, environments, class levels, etc). The type of background, mind you, that typically breeds the soulful sounds routinely found in Gospel, R&B, Soul, Jazz, and some forms of Rock & Roll and Country (yes, country).