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.
SIMON COLE - (LEAD/RHYTHM GUITAR) - Simon got his first guitar at the age of 14 and has gigged & recorded in a wide variety of bands in most genres. Simon was introduced to the Sensational Soul Band by another band member who spoke very highly of his excellent guitar playing. Chris Kamara told Simon on his first gig with the band that " he has raised the bar for us all " after hearing Simon play. Simon says " Im loving playing with the guys In The Sensational Soul Band, They are great musicians & a lot of fun to be around ! " Every gig is a party with those guys.
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.
CHRIS KAMARA (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 email@example.com
WIL BOWDEN - BASS/VOCALS - (DEP LEAD/RHYTHM GUITAR)
Will has been playing in bands since he was 15, playing anything from punk to bluegrass. He plays regularly with function bands and also plays guitar with disco band Fe Fi Fo Funk which gives him the excuse to wear a large wig. Will has also written a book called We're in the Band about his failure to become a famous musician http://www.amazon.co.uk/Were-Band-Will-Bowden/dp/1908105232 although he has not yet accepted that it will never happen. He uses Musicman basses and any amplifier that works.
One of the nicest guy you could possibly meet. Great Bass Playing. A Pleasure to work with. Deppin for The Sensational Soul Band now & again.
LEAH JADE (BACKING VOCALS & VOCALS) FOR LARGE WEDDINGS & FUNCTIONS - THE SENSATIONAL SOUL BAND - Leah has worked the clubland circuit for the last 2 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.