We are a West Midlands based (Birmingham/Black Country) 9-piece band recreating the great soul hits of the 1960s. We play numbers made famous by the soul giants Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Irma Thomas, Tina Turner, The Temptations, The Supremes as well as songs by the Blues Brothers, Georgie Fame, Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and instrumental hits from Booker T & the MGs, The Mar-Keys and The Bar-Kays.
THE SOUL PROVIDERS
Tracy was the original TSP female vocalist. After a spell away from the band we are delighted she is back with us. She has an incredible vocal range that suits the Stax, Motown and Etta James numbers, as well as ’Tainted Love’ and ‘Back To Black’.
Dave joined the band a few years ago and is a great addition to Tracy. You can hear his silky smooth voice on ‘Spooky’ but he can also get down and dirty on the soul greats especially ‘I Feel Good’.
Jo is also a founder member of the band. Frequently sitting at the back of the stage, she skilfully goes about her business while the posturing and preening plays out in front of her. She is the backbone of the band.
Jack is another founder member and plays a mean lick. Just listen to his solos on ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ and ‘Louie, Louie' and he really turns up the heat for ‘Gimme Some Lovin’.
BOB (FRED) WALKER
He may look quiet and unassuming but that’s due to his inner confidence. He has the most crucial role in the band, ensuring that we all keep a steady rhythm.
A band wouldn't be complete without its Drummer, and TSP couldn’t have asked for a better one than the talented Ken Ball. He lays down the beat and really keeps the tempo. Where would we be without him counting us in.
Alex has just joined TSP. He’s a mean trumpeter with a soul band background. He brings youth to the band (and cut the average age of the band by half!).
Founder member Martin is a sax player extraordinaire. A great reader plus plays truly inventive solos that bring ‘Mustang Sally’, ’Spooky’, ‘King Of The Road' and ‘Yeh, Yeh’ to a new level.
Phil also joined a number of years ago and he loves his soul. Nothing gives him more pleasure than playing those important low notes on ‘Get Ready’, ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and ‘Walking The Dog’.
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To Be Announced
As soon as social distancing measures are relaxed we will be back playing gigs in the West Midlands
See details of recent gigs below
MARCH 23, 2019
STOURBRIDGE LAWN TENNIS & SQUASH CLUB
A fab audience dancing to two great sets. Amazing reception they gave us and for such a good cause - Mtendere Bush Hospital, Malawi.
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THE SOUL PROVIDERS:
The band was originally known as The Soul What Band and concentrated on recreating the great 60s soul hits, mainly playing numbers from the Stax and Atlantic labels. When Les, the trombone player, left he was replaced by Phil on baritone sax and it was time for a change of name and the band was reincarnated as The Soul Providers. A male vocalist was a top priority and Dave fitted the bill. The repertoire started to expand into the Motown label. When Tracy left she was replaced by Mitz and some Amy Winehouse numbers were added to the set. When Mitz left and Sass joined, the band took on a more funky edge. Band leader, founder member and bass player Tom left and was replaced by Bob, then Sass moved on to a solo career and Tracy returned to reunite the "dream team” of her and Dave on vocals. After many years of great service to the band, trumpeter Geoff has decided to call it a day and has been replaced by Alex.
The band is led by Jo and provides entertaining sets with classic soul numbers interspersed with other well known hits by made famous by Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Tina Turner and even Roger Miller!
The Soul Providers have performed at a variety of venues in the West Midlands including many charity gigs and have an enthusiastic following supporting them. Comments from previous gigs include:
"best band we have had here", "best function we have had in 20 years."
Want to learn more about The Soul Providers, their music, and how to book them? Feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.
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