The Sensational Soul Band
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CHRIS KAMARA SOUL (VOCALIST)
Chris Kamara Soul has music in his soul. He started to perform at the age of 14, learning to play the drums also. An accomplished drummer and vocalist, Chris became a full time musician at the age of 16. Worked throughout the 70s and 80s meeting such musicians as Elton John & David Bowie & The Spiders from Mars. Worked with and backed many household names and stars. Influences are most soul & blues stars, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, James Brown, Etc.. Chris is also a big fan of Rod Stewart & The Faces, Currently singing with The Sensational Soul Band and concentrating on Songwriting, Managing up & coming artists, recording, producing and doing studio session work. Chris also has a long time association with Mick Vaughan of the pop group Paper Lace (Billy Dont Be A Hero) Number 1 chart hit & Number 1 in the USA (The Night Chicago Died). who he works with on a regular basis producing and recording. Recently described as The Prince of Soul, This Powerhouse vocalist is a great frontman too.
Jason is a guitarist with electric and classical training and 30 years performing
He currently performs as a solo classical guitarist and has his own electric guitar stage show. He is also an experienced teacher and teaches the guitar at various music schools around the country, in between playing with the Sensational Soul Band in which the musicianship is really high.
DANIEL FOSTER -
Daniel was drawn to the bass guitar as soon as he became interested in music and now has over a decade of performing experience. He has played a wide range of genres but specialises in blues trios and function/party bands. He has also occasionally worked on musicals as part of the pit band. He is looking forward to his first outings with the Sensational Soul Band and says ‘the bass guitar plays such an important part in these songs and I can’t wait to play them with soul!. I am very much drawn to the very high standard these guys play at & being a part of The Sensational Soul Band will be a lot of fun
MARTIN KING (DRUMS)
Martin has played drums and percussion for quite a few years now, playing in all sorts of bands over the years. He has a particular love of the Soul & Tamla sounds and sees his role in the band as the driving force that delivers the pulse to generate the whole 'Sensational Soul Bands' sensational authentic Soul & Motown sound. Martin plays in another excellent local soul band also fom whom we mix & match players occasionally. A sensational drummer all round who is the driving force of the Sensational Soul Band & a really nice genuine fella too.
TIM HALL (KEYBOARD/VOCALS)
BORN in Nottingham, Tim’s early years were spent in Sutton-on-Trent where he went to the Sutton-on-Trent primary school.
He then went to Wellow House School before going to the Kings School in Grantham when the family moved to Long Bennington.
His Grandma was a pianist in her own ragtime band, and his father could play and showed Tim a few tunes that he would relentlessly bash out on the piano at home.
His parents signed him up for piano lessons at Wellow House School and Tim took to it like the proverbial fish to water – you couldn’t get him off the piano (to the extent that if we went away on holiday he would play air-piano the back seat of the bus, window sills, absolutely anything he could get his hands on!)
The first musical inspiration was the music teacher at Wellow, Mr Kay, but the main playing inspiration was at Kings School where he continued lessons with music teacher and St Wulfram’s organist, Nick Kerrison.
At that time he was playing mostly Bach and Beethoven, which Tim sometimes uses in his sound checks with The Sensational Soul Band. That is quite funny.
Tim joined his first band, Drainpipe, playing keyboards aged around 15, and did a gig at Ropsley with them.
Since then he has played in Bopping Bertram and the Legless Tortoise band, Money From America, Durban Poison, Cliff Rescue and The Helicopters, Nervus Rex. I like playing with The Sensational Soul Band because it is loads of fun & we get food & drink @ most gigs. Chris Kamara Soul Makes sure we all get looked after. Tim has done the odd cabaret gig across the country also.
The Soul Time - Party Time makes a great change, but Tim plays keyboards in all genres. Soul & Motown or whatever comes his way.
MARTIN JACKOWSKI -
( DEP BASS GUITAR)
Chris Kamara Soul described Martin as one of the best Bass players he has performed with. Martin has the extra groove line most other bass players don't have, that why he is used by quite a few Soul/Motown & Funk bands. He is quite a player & is an asset to The Sensational Soul Band whenever he plays. You will be able to see Martin on a few of The Sensational Soul Band's Tribute to the Songs Of Motown & Show Theatre Tour In 2019. He also performs with the band as our wedding/function & corporate Bass Player.
CHRIS KAMARA SOUL (DRUMS/VOCALS) Chris occasionally sings from the drums in his 3 piece band called " THE SOUL PARTY " which is a cut down version of The Sensational Soul Band. Playing drums from the age of 14, Chris prides himself on being what he describes as a proper Soul Drummer providing the proper authentic tempos required for the exact soul grooves on his 70s APK Premier Drum kit. Great drums for a Soul & Motown authentic sound. Enquiries for " The Soul Party " are being taken on the SSB band Line on 07597 580517 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
LEAH JADE (BACKING VOCALS & VOCALS) FOR LARGE WEDDINGS & FUNCTIONS - THE SENSATIONAL SOUL BAND - Leah has worked the clubland circuit for the last 5 years learning her craft as an entertainer and the standard of her performance`s show she has learnt well and is a great solo artist in her own right, she is also a great songwriter too who not only writes for herself but for other recording artists too. Leah Jade is featured on the channel 4 documentary Skeg Vegas and was followed by channel 4 on her solo gigs. Leah Jade sings mainly up to date modern such as Beyonce, Rita Ora, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheran etc... she also sings classic Soul & Motown and is a great asset to The Sensational Soul Band, performing authentic backing vocals and numbers in her own right. Also Duetting with Chris Kamara Soul on sensational Soul & Motown songs @ weddings and larger functions & corporate parties.
(BACKING VOCALS & VOCALS)
Lindsay has performed in various bands for nearly 15 years. She spent a number of these singing backing vocals and leads with a top Commitments tribute band ('The Kommitments'), performing at many clubs, theatres and corporate events all across the country. She also sings with a Motown and Soul cover band ('The Review') and also performs more locally in smaller singer/songwriter groups ) as well as some vocal groups and choirs.
She has a varied influence and a deep appreciation for many different music genres, ranging from Classical to Electronic Dance Music. She loves to create her own music on the piano, guitar and electronically, incorporating meaningful lyrics and captivating melodies and harmonies. She utilises her musical abilities working as a music facilitator for a local community music charity, assisting young people and those in need within the community to develop their own musical interests. Her deep connection and instinctive passion for music shines through on stage in her high-energy and soulful performances. Lindsay is looking forward to the “ Soul Time Party Time ” aspect of The Sensational Soul Band, It should be lots of fun.
BRADLEY HANSON (TRUMPET)
Bradley is a part of the Sensational Brass & is a great asset to the Sensational Soul Band providing authentic brass to The Sensational Soul Band's sound. One for the girlies. He is a very nice fella too & is a pleasure to work with on full band gigs. Bradley started playing at the age of 7, he was a member of the National Youth Brass Band & has played at the BBC Proms. Very much a car enthusiast who hopes to switch from working in finance during the day to being a mechanic. But Bradley's first love is Music.