Sold on Soul - Soul / Motown Band | Kent, South East
Based In: Kent, South East
From: fixed £800.00
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"Sold on soul" (aka SOS), is a lively band, who incorporate some of the best sounds through out the decades, that we know you will all love.
We aim to get you up onto your feet and dance the night away with friends and family. We are a 7 piece band dedicated to giving you an experience of diverse music from the 50s American diner era to the Motown Favourites of the swinging 60s, then through to the Disco funk of the 70s then making a detour through to the 80s and 90s right up to putting our own stand on the present day.
We promise a night of pure magic and entertainment with our talented ... musicians taking you on a journey throughout the decades.
Selina: Hi my name is Selina Whichello, I first started singing when I was about 11years old, when I was asked to sing at the Royal Albert Hall to sing a solo piece, to represent my primary school, from then on, I think I was bitten by the Music Bug.
I was brought up listening to soul and i truly loved the sound of Mo Town. I loved to listen to the old time greats, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Erma and Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and many more. I remember being taken to the London palladium to watch a tribute evening of the MO town greats and i jus ... t found it ore inspiring the glitz the glam.
Being born in the 80s and growing up through the 90s, i soon became familiar with my Idol Whitney Houston, I simple adored her and loved singing her songs,I would often sing them for end of year shows at school.
After school i then studied a degree in Performing Arts where i was given many of the singing parts and i loved it, i performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and toured plays to France it was a great experience, i was soon asked to perform at prestigious award evenings and on the local Radio and at Kent County show Ground.
Eventually i wanted to do more with my singing and so once id finished my degree, i started auditioning for bands. That's when i joined the Interseptors a 9 piece show band and i took the lead female vocals. With the band we toured parts of the UK and France.
Eventually i found myself in two more bands, The Rum and Monkey and the Phoenix, until i found my calling "Sold on Soul".
Lee: our very own mysterious drummer, vocalist and all round comedian..
So I started drumming at an early age by simply tapping on anything that I could, (I still do this today). My interest in music led to me taking drum lessons at school progressing to playing in the school big band. I got my first kit a Del Ray 4 piece in blue Sparkle. After leaving school and without a car or a school band, drumming became more of a distant memory until 1992 where I met up with Bobby Cleall, drum teacher at the Medway school of music where I studied with Bob for 5 years.
Lisa: Unlike my fellow band members I am relatively new to all this, in fact up until the age of 25 ish I'd not performed publicly, not even karaoke! My only claim to fame up until then was singing in the shower and as I had never been booed off I decided to take it a step further and joined a very talented amateur dramatic group where I spent 5 years with some wonderful characters performing musical theatre, pantomime and the odd singing production.
Beaten with strong encouragement via some perfect musician friends I finally took the plunge about 10 years ago and started to jam with local musicians and luckily became the lead vocal as part of an acoustic set. Boom, I was hooked.
The Music: ..it's there in momentousness throughout life, good times, bad and without me even knowing! This comes from someone who is often red faced after realising she's singing out loud in the street with her ear phones in or blasting out song lyrics in relation to something someone has just said!!
Music and song bring so many fabulous memories, it will remind me of places and people that I'd often forgotten about until I hear 'that' tune! But mostly I love live music wherever it is.....either spending time at music festivals with thousands of other people to the other end of the spectrum and experiencing the vast array of musical talent in and around Medway.
The voices and talent for me stays with Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, Muse, The Rolling Stones and a man that holds a very dear place in my heart and has been in my ears since my Dad sang one of his songs to me on the day of my birth, Elvis Presley.
Rob: I love Fender room service at the Hard Rock Hotel. I started learning to play guitar when I was about 10. Since then I've enjoyed a long musical career and played with many good local bands.
More recently, I started playing Bass, mainly so that I could lay down my own bass tracks in my recording studio, and so the love affair with Bass began. Those big fat notes and the profound impact they have on any band, became irresistible to me. I soon switched to playing Bass and standing in the murky shadows at the back, next to the Drummer, to form the throbbing powerhouse that drives any band along.
Here I am now with the FABULOUS Sold on Soul. So many talented souls (pun intended). I love the vibe of the band and the energy and commitment we all put into being the very best we possibly can be.
Darren: Hi my name is Darren Currington, I started playing guitar when I was about 13 and have not put it down since (this does make going to the toilet awkward!) I have been teaching guitar for over 10 years now and have played in various bands and groups over the years. I started out playing in function and pub bands then moved onto a jazz quartet, Until recently I was a part of a blues band. Blues is my love and will play it and listen to it as much as possible. Apart from guitar I also play drums and percussion. I have worked on numerous shows and productions as both a musician and as a sound and lighting technician and am really pleased to say I am now a part of SOS.
My musical influences are long and varied but here goes, Eric Clapton, Pat Metheny, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Gadd, Steve White, Sting, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmore, John Mayer, BB King, Robert Johnson, The James Taylor Quartet, Corduroy, U2, Oasis, Mike Stern and so on. Ask me that question next week and the list will probably be bigger.
Away from music and playing my other big love is Arsenal and real ale! I have a cat named dog, a dog named cat, a rabbit named tortoise and tortoise named…… you guessed it Allan!!
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