Funk is an amorphous substance, able to mold itself to a variety of emotions and environments. It consists of all the things we know and composes all the things we feel. It’s the stuff that jiggles in our spine, the thing that rumbles in our belly. It’s the stuff crammed between our toes and the matter jammed between our ears. Funk lives in all of us—its path traces the globe and its roots dig back to traditional campfire rhythms and primal soul vibrations. If you’ve experienced life at all until this point, you’ve come across at least one mutation of the entity of funk.
Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra is a project by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee. Shawn grew up in a rural area on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. His mother is half Lebanese, half American Indian, his father Irish-American. While his peers got off on cheesy corporate rock and the kind of line-dancing tunes recently fashionable in Gap ads, Shawn was groovin to the blaxploitation funk Sly and the Isleys.
Fresh from supporting Kate Nash and Adele on tour and following the release of the highly acclaimed ‘The Mixtape’, Natty returns with his debut single ‘Cold Town’, an upbeat ska tinged pop track with a very candid meaning. Hailing from North London Natty grew up surrounded by an eclectic mix of sounds from Neil Young to Marvin Gaye and it was while working in Sphere Studios in Battersea that he first discovered his talent. By day he was engineering for some of the biggest names in the indie music scene and by night this gave him the inspiration to nurture his own developing talent.
As the lead singer of brotherly trio The Gap Band, the pioneering group whose late 70’s early 80’s funk still serves as a guiding light for producers and singers, it has been a long road for Charlie Wilson. From the dusty roads of Tulsa, Oklahoma to the neon lights of Cali to being homeless in the city of angels, the brother has seen it all. "I went from riches to rags," Charlie laughs. "But now it’s time for me to take it back to the stage with ‘Charlie, Last Name Wilson’."
Matt Nathanson (born March 28, 1973 in Lexington, Massachusetts) is a singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic and electric guitar (usually a twelve-string), and has played both solo and with a full band. The Faster Songfacts says that his seventh studio album, Modern Love debuted on #17 on the Billboard 200 for the week of July 9, 2011, making it Nathanson's most successful album to date.
The Northern Cali soul duo Myron & E is recording a new album for Stones Throw Records. The group is backed by Timmion Records house band The Soul Investigators, who worked with Myron & E on a string of 45s released on Timmion in recent years - "Cold Game", "The Pot Club", "It's A Shame", and "On Broadway". Myron & E is covered in the latest issue of Wax Poetics by Danny Holloway, who writes: "Cold Game," and its amazing flip, "I Can't Let You Get Away," radiate such an authentic soul vibe that the 45 was immediately embraced throughout Europe and America...
John Edwards, English, double bassist, free-improvising musician (born 1964). After taking up the bass, around 1987, John Edwards co-formed The Pointy Birds who went on to win awards for their music for The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs dance troupes. The group appeared at festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Moers, Leverkusen, Copenhagen. Around 1990, Edwards played his first gigs with London improvisers such as Roger Turner, Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton.
There are at least TWO musicians using the name "Glenn Jones." (1) Glenn Jones the acoustic-folk guitarist, who is both a solo folk artist and a member of the Boston-based band "Cul de Sac." (2) Glenn Jones the R&B, soul singer from Jacksonville, Florida. (1) http://myspace.com/glennjonesguitar
From myspace: Since 1989, Glenn Jones has led Boston
The guy behind The Range is James Hinton, who's a 23-year-old producer from Providence, RI with a facility for melding frenzied footwork percussion and melodic R’n'B vocal cut-ups to generate rich, emotional bass music for the bedroom and the club.