Late August and early September saw many new developments for the band including a string of great festival events and gigs and in terms of the female front line vocals line up, which expanded to 4 girls and saw two new beautiful young ladies join the band, to compliment the fabulous Briony and Belinda.
With the emphasis and drive of the band wishing to create one of the most impressive and inspiring vocal line ups, SoulMoFunk now operates a line up that offers 5 musicians in its back line, being guitar, bass, drums, keys and percussion, which itself backs up the front 4 girl vocals, offering a stunning visuality and vocal presence.
From left to right. Belinda, Anita, Briony & Joanna - The SoulMoFunk Band & "The Honeyz"
Introducing our two new young ladies:
ANITA is 22
Anita is 22 and has a very nice and friendly nature and always carries a lovely smile. Anita is from Milton Keynes and has given the band a real commitment in that we practice twice a week in Northampton, Anita went to University of Hertfordshire and read law and graduated with a 1st, so she is not only gifted with a beautiful voice and smile but also, she also has her head screwed on! Anita's background in her musical tastes which includes, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Clean Bandit and many more also includes old school Soul with artists like Marvin Gaye but also draws on her father's musical style and favourite artists, like Kool & The Gang, which is handy as the band features a number of Kool & The Gang tracks in their set list. Anita enjoys watching Cricket, yes Cricket! and Speedway, going to Zumba and the theatre.
We are so delighted to welcome this talented young lady to the fold to join our existing female line up which includes the one and only, beautiful and multi talented Briony... she sings like a Diva and dances like a princess.
Briony joined the band a little earlier this year and quickly established herself as the lead vocalist, with a grace and power that simply blew us away. She is always raring to go, confident and yet caring, sharing the work load with her other 'Honeyz' and adopting a motherly, caring approach to all the young ladies, ensuring that the vocals are in tune, in step and in harmony with the rest of the band.
The one and only Briony above, and Briony with our super friendly Belinda (below), who is also multi talented, singing beautiful lead and harmonies, with super dancing skills and who also plays keys... what more could we ask for?
Belinda who is a friend of Briony, joined the band on the spot one day back in early August when this amazing young woman, saved our bacon at a festival by jumping in to bail us out at a local festival gig, where our then young lady singer, Josie had been very poorly. Sadly Josie's new career was proving more and more challenging and demanding and she decided her work responsibilities demanded all her time. We wish Josie every success, and it sure looks like she's doing brilliantly, having just recently passed her driving test, the young lady has a bright future and her singing is still a real passion, watch this space!
As Belinda brought the band a soulful harmony tone, the bands set list has expanded and developed with many new songs by some incredible female artist to compliment the male vocals performed by Martin, 'The Train', so called because he tends to keep things on track!
Belinda is our Honey on the far left with the lovely smile.
Our second and most recent new addition is Joanna
Joanna is 27 and from Northampton. With a cheeky smile and an incredible voice, Joanna has a sincere nature and is a very friendly girl, if not a little shy for a performer, but at our interview sessions with Joanna, she managed to overcome her nerves and that voice shone through. Joanna works in the specialist nursing profession and also describes her musical interest as being soulful and she is loving performing in the band. With her Mariah Carey high note characteristics, Joanna brings some very useful vocal abilities to compliment beautifully with our Honeyz.
They say... "Practice Makes Perfect"
Our practice regime is a full band lineup on Mondays and on Thursday nights with a vocal only night, with just guitar and keys. Our vocal only practice sessions allows the vocal section of the band to work on complex harmonies and lead vocals, in an environment where the girls can concentrate on their vocal tones, notes and harmonies.
So now SoulMoFunk Band is incredibly proud to welcome all the new recruits... and "The Honeyz" are formed!
Try to get to see our new line up at one of our upcoming live performances, please see our gig list on our home page.
Until we have the pleasure to perform for you... Soulful Luv from all at SoulMoFunk & The Honeyz. x