SWEET SOUL MUSIC REVUE
Soul is back! Die Band Soulfinger und ihre Star-Vocals bringen den Originalsound der Sixties zurück auf die Bühne: mit der Musik von Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, und vielen anderen Soulgrößen.
Die Gruppe aus Soulveteranen und jungen Musikern präsentiert eine mitreißende Hommage an die Legenden des Soul: Drei Stunden Live- Konzert, Kulturfest und Revue in einem für Soulfans aller Generationen.
Die Wurzeln der Band gehen bis in die 60er Jahre Jahre zurück, als der Soul seinen Höhepunkt hatte. Dem Soul der Sixties ist man bis heute treu geblieben. Über 40 Jahre Erfahrung und der Mix aus alten Hasen und jungen Soulbegeisterten garantieren eine authentische Interpretation und zeitgemäßige Veredelung der alten Soulklassiker. Die Basis bilden der vierstimmige Bläsersatz und die fünfköpfige groovende Rhythmus¬gruppe der Band, ergänzt durch drei Backgroundvocals, fünf Leadvocals und zusätzlichen Special Guests
Die neun Musiker und die drei Background-Vocals der Band Soulfinger bilden den Rahmen für die zusätzlichen bis zu acht Lead-Vocals, darunter u.a.: Ron Williams, der Sänger, Kabarettist, Schauspieler und Entertaine übernimmt bei der Revue die Rolle des Moderators und den musikalischen Part von Ray Charles, und Harriet Lewis trat früher mit Ray Charles, Patty Labelle, den Four Tops und Earth, Wind and Fire auf.
Rose and violet lights fall on three musicians decked out sleekly in skinny ties, pressed slacks, and starched white shirts. The mass of bodies gathered before them pulsates with a unified enthusiasm. Sweet soulful vocals rise from the man in the middle, an effect rendered all the more captivating by the fact that he is concurrently beating out an unrelenting backbeat on the drums. Flanking him on either side are a bassist who jumps up and down to the rhythm as he generates the throbbing low-end, and a keyboardist whose cool composure belies the fire in his fingers. This is Tortured Soul.
Born of the simple yet adventurous belief that modern dance music can be performed completely live, Brooklyns Tortured Soul packs dance floors with their unique live performances, while their recorded oeuvre pushes the genre boundaries of soul, dance, and pop.
Tortured Soul has blazed an amazingly uncommon trail through the world of modern music. Following the early success of their now-classic dance singles I Might Do Something Wrong, Fall In Love and Hows Your Life in 2001 and 2002, Tortured Soul formed officially as a live band and booked their first nationwide tour in 2003, often playing in club settings that had never before seen a live act perform dance music so seamlessly. With the devotion of club-goers and DJs cemented as their foundation, TS branched out to live venues and festivals worldwide, from Tennessees Bonnaroo, to the UKs Big Chill, to the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia. Today, after 5 years of touring and a reputation for a live show nothing short of legendary, they are perhaps the only band in the world that can rock the main room at Fabric (London) at peak hour, as well as a 15,000+ festival crowd at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Combining elements of old soul and funk with a modern dancefloor sensibility, Tortured Souls style is both an echo of the past and a challenge to the future. This blend of sounds has won them praise from palettes as diverse as Lenny Kravitz and Barry Manilow, and made them a fave pick of DJs across many genres. Their tracks have received remix treatment from such luminaries as Osunlade, DJ Spinna, Alix Alvarez, Quentin Harris and Dimitri from Paris among others, and have appeared on over 25 compilations by the most prominent dance labels, from Hed Kandi to Defected a testament to the impact theyve had on current dance music.
2006 saw the release of their highly lauded first full-length album Introducing Tortured Soul, (Purpose Records / R2 Records) which collected their early 12 singles with some new studio gems, and fans around the world have been waiting with baited breath for the sophomore effort ever since. In early March 2009 the wait will be over, as Tortured Soul drops their new album Did You Miss Me on the bands own newly formed TSTC Records (Dome UK/Europe, Columbia Japan). Previewed for fans with the 3-song/1-remix In Transit EP in Spring 08, Did You Miss Me picks right up where Introducing left off. As it winds its way through infectious disco grooves, heartfelt raw soul, and lyrical themes that range from melancholic love, infidelity, and party-going mirth, the album coheres as the groups most accessibly diverse effort to date.
With the launch of TSTC Records, the new album Did You Miss Me forthcoming, and worldwide touring to follow, 2009 is sure to be a huge year for Tortured Soul. Standing on the vast musical foundation that they themselves have laid, Tortured Soul looks eagerly to the future and in the words of Gilles Peterson, the future of house music is Tortured Soul.