Seven Soul Bios
Alisa's roots are firmly planted in the south, growing up with a musical father who toured in a southern Gospel quartet. In addition to 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 (although, she's convinced that todays' muzak versions are slowly killing her soul). Alisa is a high-energy performer who loves delivering deeper, darker songs and some sweet harmonies with Seven Soul.
Britt • vocal
Who is Britt? Britt is many things. IT professional. Cinephile. Pop-culture nerd. Hardcore goofball. But above all else, “vocalist” is at the top of her passions. Musical performance was not a big part of her family history, but they never lacked musical appreciation. During her early years, Britt’s father taught his “no shame” approach to music, saying “Every song I own has touched my life in one way or another.” His philosophy resonated with her, helping Britt develop an extremely eclectic musical taste. Today, Britt most enjoys shaking her audience’s expectations by tackling powerful songs with a gritty, unhinged style. She may have less music experience than her fellow Soulsters, but who cares when she brings a white-hot, intense joy to the stage every time she opens her mouth to sing, amiright?!?
Jim • drums
Jim knew he wanted to play drums in grade school, after watching the high school band perform the theme from Hawaii Five-O, and his eyes filled with tears of desire. He played in high school and college bands, winning four “battle of the bands” competitions with Bobcaygeon at Iowa State. After college, he played with several bands, including Beat Crazy, Whiskey Tango, and Allison Wonder Band. Jim likes outdoor activities like running, hiking, canoeing, and backpacking. When indoors, Jim enjoys watching hockey.
Rich • guitar
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).
Rob • guitar, vocal
Rob is a longtime Chicagoland rocker. In the early years, the “older guys” around Chicago took a liking to young Rob and developed his deep love for the soulful guitar music of the 70’s. They also filled his head with romanticized stories of the rock legends who conjured that wondrous music, driving him to his primary goal… become a rock star! Rob spent many years on the local music scene, most recently as guitarist for Misbehavin’ and Buckshot Bully. But when he puts the guitar down, Rob loves spending time with his beloved wife and two pups (Harley and Davey), and burning miles of back roads on his Harley. Rob brings a distinctly unique sound to Seven Soul, and you won’t want to miss it!
Scott • bass
Scott comes off as an unassuming, somewhat shy and nerdy nice guy. But, don't be fooled... Scott is a bass BEAST! Music is Scott's passion. You'd never know, but Scott didn't pick up a bass until college! Thirty years later, Scott is still learning and mastering his bass, influenced by musical giants Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, John Paul Jones, Geezer Butler, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, and Steve Harris. Scott brings his own brand of awesome to Seven Soul, and we’re super glad to have him!
Tony • keys
Long ago, Tony’s mother urged him to take music lessons, predicting “Someday you’ll thank me for this!” Dutifully, Tony followed his family’s musical footsteps and started music lessons at age 9. Although his early lessons were rooted in Classical, his 12-year-old heart turned to Rock when he and his buddies started their first garage band. His early musical influences included British Invasion and American 60-70's rock, such as the Beatles, Stones, Procol Harum, Doors, and the Allman Bros. Since then, Tony has played venues far and wide, from Manchester England to BB King's Blues Club in Los Angeles. More recently in Chicago, Tony has played with Alter Ego, Double D and the Sensations, 8trak, and 45 RPM. But now, he's happy to be joining forces with Seven Soul! Next time you see him, listen very carefully—through gritted teeth, you'll hear him whisper, "You were right, Mom."
Seven Soul lives to stun your audience! Comprised of stellar musicians from the Chicagoland area, Seven Soul is a powerhouse ensemble that performs hits from the 1960's to today.
Tired of the same old song and dance, Seven Soul was born as a side project in 2012 that was meant to give something new to audiences. Our aim was to perform classic hits with a unique vocal delivery and amped arrangement, filling every note with our uniquely fun and energetic flair. It worked. Seven Soul quickly outgrew its predecessor and became a staple on the Chicagoland cover band scene, playing to crowds on all of the biggest stages to be had.
Now entering our 8th year, and more popular than ever, Seven Soul continues to add our own spin to the classic hits we all grew up loving.
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