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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?!?
Frankie • vocal
Frances (a.k.a., "Frankie," "Francois," "Frannie," "F-BOMB," and "Hey You") comes to us from the distant shores of Greece, Germany, Holland, and the not so distant Texas, Florida, Georgia, and New York. All of that travel left an indelible impression on her diverse musical taste. And, she is no stranger to the stage either. Some of her past projects include alterna-rock's Ballistic Edna, punk’s ZTA VRQS, indie rock’s Aquavit, acoustic’s Twinlights, and most recently pop-rock's Rock Recycler. Frankie has a unique style and powerful vocal delivery that is sure to wow our SoulMates! Besides, she's just a total sweetheart with a heart of gold. You're gonna love her!
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.
Peter • bass
Peter remembers listening to the British Invasion coming through his parent's radio, starting a lifelong love of music. In 8th grade, he borrowed a guitar and taught himself to play. In high school, he played an upright bass and (with less than 2 weeks to prepare) won a gold medal for a Vivaldi duet performance. As a senior, Pete played electric bass in a band, playing songs from Chicago to Motown. Many great musicians have influenced Pete, but the sound of "Whole Lotta Love" thundering through a room was pure freedom. In addition to playing for Seven Soul, Pete spends his spare time creating beats and composing electronic music and frequently jams at open mic nights and other musical projects.
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).
Steve • guitar
After hearing Jim Croce's “You Don't Mess Around with Jim,” Steve bought his first guitar. After learning a few chords, he played his first live gig—his 8th grade graduation. Playing to a crowd left Steve wanting more. After hearing Led Zeppelin, Steve bought a Fender Stratocaster and formed a band. He spent his younger years playing in Wisconsin and Illinois clubs. In his 30’s, he put down the guitar to begin a family and an engineering career. Nearly 20 years later, Steve dusted off his guitar and played again. Over the years, Steve has played with many talented musicians and has been influenced by 60’s music, soul, blues, and rock. Steve is proud to be a part of Seven Soul, and he encourages everyone to come out and see the talent this band has to offer!
Comprised of stellar musicians from the Chicagoland area, Seven Soul is a powerhouse vocal ensemble that performs hits from the 60'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 new vocal delivery—3 incredibly talented women harmonizing their brains out. 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 5th year, and more popular than ever, Seven Soul continues to add their own spin to the classic hits we all grew up loving.
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