The 2018 Year In Wrap-Up! What an incredible year for Chicago House Music!!!

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The birthplace of house music.  It is where this genre began.  Great music is still being created right here in Chicago.

Each year, Traxsource releases their “Best Off” Series for the year.  I’m pleased to announce I made the list with my first solo debut single, House Is”.  My song was included in the top 200 for 2018 and the top 200 for Soulful House for the year.  I cannot thank everyone enough for purchasing the song, playing the song, and supporting my Solo Debut.   I will never be able to explain the joy of hearing your music played on a dancefloor and watching people connect with it. THANK YOU!

And while we are at it…

Chicago House Music had a stellar year.   I’ve said it before but we are home to some of the most incredible talent and this year was no different. Some great music and great projects came out of Chicago this year!  I’m also pleased to announce that there were many Chicago DJs, Artists and producers included on the Best of List. 



  • Mike Dunn:  Best Album List Mike Dunn (House from all angles), Top Soulful House Tracks (Hold Up w/Lonely C & Kendra Foster), Top Soulful House Tracks (The Chosen Few Anthem w/Kelly G),  Top Afro House Tracks (InKredible)

  • Sheree Hicks : Top 200 Singles, Top Soulful House Tracks (Addicted) top soulful House Tracks (Let Love In), Top Soulful House Tracks (The Boss), Top Afro House (Addicted-Reggie Still Mix), Top Vocalists of 2018, #59

  • Stacy Kidd: Top 200 Singles, Top Soulful House Tracks, (Trapped w/Colonel Abrams), Top Soulful House Tracks (Heaven w/Tasha LaRae & DJ Spen), Top Soulful House Tracks (Donnie w/Chip E), Top Jacking House Tracks (Jack Life), Top Soulful House Artist 2018, #16

  • Ron Carroll: Top 200 singles ( Rock the Boat Ft. Aires Adora), Top Tech House Tracks (Walking Down the Street), Top Afro House Tracks (Waited w/Aries Adora), Top Classic House Tracks (Back Together w/Back Together), Top House Artist of 2018 #85, Top Nu Disco/Indie House Artist 2018 # 69, Top Vocalist of 2018 #58

  • Black Widow:  Top 200 Singles, Top 200 Tracks, & Top 200 Soulful House  (House Is)

  • Dajae:  Top 200 Tracks, Top Soulful House Tracks, Top Classic House Tracks, Top Tech House Tracks ( Brigter Days Remix)

  • Terisa Griffin :   Top Soulful Tracks, Top 200 Tracks (Distant Lover), Top Vocalists of 2018 #61

  • Chuck “The Voice” Roberts:  Top Soulful Tracks, Top 200 Tracks (In The Beginning), Top vocalist for 2018 #44

  • Gershon Jackson, Reset Preset:  Top House Tracks (Hands Together)

  • Jamie 326:  Top House Tracks (Testify), Top Classic House Tracks (Love Desire)

  • Ron Trent:  Top Soulful House Tracks (Jazz Funk Freedom), Top Afro House Tracks (Alina’s Calypso w/Soundspecies, Ache Meyi), Top Classic House Tracks (Black Magic Woman), Top Lounge/Chill Out (Ori Space), Top Afro House Artist 2018 #63, Top Soulful House Artists #69

  • Greg Winfield:  Top Soulful House Tracks (I found Love ft Kadesh)

  • Terry Hunter:  Top Soulful House Tracks (Move of the Spirit w/Jocelyn Brown & Inaya Day), Top Soulful House Tracks (Love Alibi w/Divine Brown, 80 Empire),  Top Soulful House Tracks (Cold w/Ralphie Rosario & Donna Blakely), Top Soulful House Tracks (In the Middle w/Kentrell),  Top Soulful House Tracks (I found love w/Greg Winfield & Kadesh), Top Soulful House Tracks (Reach for the Sky w/Charles Jenkins),  Top Classic House Tracks (Wonderful), Top Artist of 2018 #44, Top Soulful House Artist 2018, #4

  • DJ Emmaculate:  Top Soulful House Tracks (Love is Free w/Kaye Fox), Top Soulful House Artist 2018 #71

  • Kelly G:  Top Soulful House Tracks (Feels Good)

  • Gene Farris:  Top Tech House Tracks (Ass on the Dancefloor & Touch the Sky), Top Jackin House Tracks (The Way to Go), Top Artist of 2018 #94

  • DJ Pierre:  Top Tech House Tracks (Strobe Light Laser ACID)

  • Roy Davis Jr:  Top Classic House Tracks (Watch Them Come) (Gabriel)

  • Byron Stingly:  Top Classic House Tracks (Testify), Top Vocalist of 2018 #53

  • Steve Silk” Hurley:   Top Classic House Tracks (The Word is Love) (He Loves Me 2 w/Cece Peniston)

  • Sterling Void:  Top Classic House Tracks (It’s All Right)

  • Sean Ali:  Top Afro House (Passionate Breeze w/M. Caporale)

  • Aries Adora:  Top Afro House (Waited), Top 200 Singles (Rock the Boat)

  • Vick Lavender:  Top Soulful House Artist 2018, #43


We are fortunate to live in a city where great music is being created and to be the home of so much talent! Congrats to every Chicago DJ, Artist, and Producer who made the lists!!! Check out the Best of on Traxsource today and grab support Chicago Artists!!! 

For a complete listing of parties happening all weekend long, check out the events page on

Have a wonderful holiday!!!

-Black Widow

*Next week my Year In Review will continue with an in depth look at some of the best House Events held in the City this year! Stay tuned!!! *


Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on and on her book’s website,  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.