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Seven Soul to visit Midday with K (THE WHOLE BAND!!!)

February 17th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Join us this Wednesday at 5:30pm CST for a LIVE interview and performance with a full 7-piece band!  Seven Soul gives you dynamic, fun performances with tight harmonies and a wide variety of music. Fronted by three powerful female vocalists and bringing decades of combined music and performance experience, Seven Soul makes the perfect act for any club, festival, or event.  From classic R&B to modern alternative hits, the 60′s to today… Seven Soul hits the stage with something for everyone.

Some artists they cover:

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Poison
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Garbage
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • The Who
  •  Pat Benatar
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • AC/DC
  • Heart
  • Janis Joplin
  • Journey
  • Tina Turner
  • ZZ Top
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • The Bangles
  • Cheap Trick

Alisa grew up with a musical father who toured in a Gospel quartet. In addition to southern Gospel, her earliest musical memories include a lot of Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Elvis, Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Lawrence Welk, and the Warner Brothers classical soundtrack. She sang in her church youth choir, but also liked alternative sounds like R.E.M., The Replacements, Sonic Youth, They Might Be Giants, and anything NOT on the radio. Only recently, she broke into the “band” scene, headlining at places such as Shark City, Phil McCrackens, Penny Road Pub, and more. Alisa is a high-energy performer who loves delivering deeper, darker songs and some sweet harmonies with Seven Soul.

Jen’s parents will tell you she started singing since before talking. With a background in choir, classical voice, theatre, and improv, Jen is a well-rounded performing child of the 80’s, influenced by a classic rock loving, blues guitar playing dad and her mom’s Monkees records. She takes cues from Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Janis, and Joan Osborne, delivering energetic, gritty performances. Jen played with The Express Band and The Prior Brothers Band in Minneapolis, recording CDs with both. After devoting much of the last few years to theatre projects, Jen is ready to rock and roll with Seven Soul (but you can still ask her about A Klingon Christmas Carol anytime).

Kristen grew up with “Blackbird” as a lullaby and fell asleep each night to classical music as a baby. At 10, she began playing the flute, which led to a degree in music. Later, her career took her to NYC where she developed a crippling addiction to karaoke. This was “the dark period”… countless hours, days, weeks frittered away on seedy sofas in dark karaoke lounges, selling plasma to pay for the Korea-town private karaoke rooms…. OK, not really. But, she sang a LOT of karaoke and eventually grew some singing cajones. Back in the Midwest, she sang with actual bands. Kristen is beyond pumped to sing her face off with Seven Soul, blowing your mind with some powerhouse tunes and spine-tingling harmonies!

Peter remembers listening to the British Invasion coming through his parent’s radio, starting a lifelong love of music. In 8th grade, he borrowed a guitar and taught himself to play. In high school, he played an upright bass and (with less than 2 weeks to prepare) won a gold medal for a Vivaldi duet performance. As a senior, Pete played electric bass in a band, playing songs from Chicago to Motown. Many great musicians have influenced Pete, but the sound of “Whole Lotta Love” thundering through a room was pure freedom. In addition to playing for Seven Soul, Pete spends his spare time creating beats and composing electronic music and frequently jams at open mic nights and other musical projects.

Because his mother refused to let him have drums in the house, Rich got his first guitar at age 14 and he’s never looked back. Growing up in the 1970′s, it’s only natural that Rich became a huge fan of the big guitar sounds that shape his style and sound to this day. Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Joe Perry, Robin Trower, Tom Scholz, and Peter Frampton, are some of his main influences, but he tries to take a little something from every guitarist he’s ever heard. Rich has shared the stage with many great bands and musicians in the last 30 years or so and is very, very excited to help bring Seven Soul to you—just don’t give him a microphone (you’ve been warned).

After hearing Jim Croce’s “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” Steve bought his first guitar. After learning a few chords, he played his first live gig—his 8th grade graduation. Playing to a crowd left Steve wanting more. After hearing Led Zeppelin, Steve bought a Fender Stratocaster and formed a band. He spent his younger years playing in Wisconsin and Illinois clubs. In his 30’s, he put down the guitar to begin a family and an engineering career. Nearly 20 years later, Steve dusted off his guitar and played again. Over the years, Steve has played with many talented musicians and has been influenced by 60’s music, soul, blues, and rock. Steve is proud to be a part of Seven Soul, and he encourages everyone to come out and see the talent this band has to offer!

Tim first started playing drums at the age of 6. Growing up in northwest Indiana, he was exposed to all sorts of music, from rock to jazz to classical. He performed with many different groups during his teens and went on to college in Chicago, graduating with a BA in music education. While at college, Tim became a very sought-after performer, writer and clinician, playing with a wide variety of organizations. Over the years, he’s played with many bands, most notably as the drummer and support vocalist of Justyn Kase, notorious on the Chicago club circuit in the 1990’s. His musical influences range from Gene Krupa to Ringo Starr, David Garibaldi to Neil Peart, Hal Blaine to Danny Seraphine, and then some!

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  • 1 Dawn Perreault // Feb 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Seven Soul is a great show live and adds a unique twist to the average female fronted band by having three singers all with their own vocal sound that adds a great blend and fantastic harmonies.

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