Soul Purpose is made up of 11 extremely talented and seasoned professionals from the Philadelphia area. These musicians have worked, toured and recorded with some of the top names in entertainment. Including: The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Woody Herman, Smokey Robinson, Gamble and Huff...Just to name a few.
For most musicians my age their first memory of being inspired to perform was seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.Me, it was artists like Otis Redding,Sly Stone and the O'Jays on shows like the "Midnight Special" and of course who can forget Saturday morning "Sooooouuuuul Train".Soul music hit me from a very young age.I grew up in a musical household where everyone played music. An older brother and sister turned me on to all the great music of the 60s and 70s. Actually I snuck into their bedrooms and played those 45s over and over again whenever they were not around and just absorbed all the great stuff from that era.My parents were into jazz,big band,classical so I got exposed to all kinds of musical styles and learned to love it all.
As I started to write songs in my 20s these kinds of soul influenced songs just started coming out.I had to write a whole lot of bad tunes before I came up with what I considered to be some good ones that fit into the classic soul sound.Some of these songs found their way onto the new CD. When people ask me to describe my music I tell them "if Joe Cocker and Aretha Franklin hooked up, my music would be their love child".
Tracy is a A beautiful and powerful Soul / R&B voice with a stage presence unlike any other. Equally adept at singing Rock and Jazz as R&B, Tracy has been a "first call" from New York to Philly.
A Philly native and no stranger to the R&B/Soul scene in the area, Rodney has been singing in some of Philly's notable bands. Performing in the area for the past fifteen plus years, Rodney has been with some of the areas top bands including "Philly Heat", "Big Soul Chicken" while fronting some of his own projects.
multi-instrumentalist , Mark has performed with various local
"circuit" groups such as
"Captain Jack & The Loveseekers", "Philly Heat" and "The City Rhythm
Orchestra" along with studio sessions in and around the tri-state area. In
addition to club and recording session work, Mark doubles on Upright Bass and has performed and/or recorded
with Jazz greats Richie Cole, The Philadelphia Clef Club, The Jazz Lobsters
(NY), arranger Larry Kirchner and various National Acts coming through
town (The Skyliners, Joe Rathbone. to name a few). Mark also writes, arranges, and records background music for TV
and Film with numerous credits gathered over the past decade.
An Alumnus of Temple University's Music Program, Dave is a virtuoso keyboardist that captures every feel and sound to cover that wonderful "soul groove". Dave has performed with numerous local and regional acts while doing various national recording dates.
Tony is arguably one of the best "groove" drummers in the Philly area. A Temple University Music School grad, Tony is also an exceptional Jazz drummer. In addition to being a top call drummer, he can also be heard on some great Philly recordings.
multi-instrumentalist with a degree in music. Greg spends his winter days
teaching music at Temple University. Along with numerous studio and live
performance credits, Greg has been sought after by numerous bands for his young,
yet vastly experienced talent. Greg is no stranger to "the circuit",
he has been performing in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania area since he
was 16. Most recently Greg has worked with "Captain Jack & The
Loveseekers" and "The City Rhythm Orchestra". Some of his other
studio and performance credits include; Woody Herman, Red Rodney and other
local, as well as national artists.
has been a part of the Philadelphia Music scene for nearly 20 years as a
Drummer, Percussionist and a driving rhythmic force behind bands such as:
Windswept Dream, Hydra, and Hot Licks. Nobody is in the pocket with the drummer
more than Bruce. Nobody! His energy and
enthusiasm makes every performance an event.
is truly a virtuoso. Splitting his time between New York, Atlantic City and Philly, Tony
has performed and/or recorded with some of the top Jazz, R&B and pop acts in the
business like Pat Martino, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson
just to name a few.
Brian Pastor - Trombone
the various credits attributed to Brian, his most notable is his current role as
the lead Trombonist with "The Philly Pops Orchestra". Brian has also
recorded and performed with Harold Melvin, Teddy Prendergrast, Phyllis Hyman,
MFSB, TSOP, The Three Degrees, The Ritchie Family, Deneice Williams, McFadden
and Whitehead and the SalSoul Orchestra.
Tom is, arguably, one of the best soloists on the circuit today. His stage presence and flamboyant soloing style make him one of the catalysts for the "event" like atmosphere that is projected at every appearance. Tom is a veteran player with seven years playing abroad. Three of those seven years were devoted to playing in Europe, doing gigs as well as session work.
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