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Academy Of Soul

Bringing funk, groove & passion for some of the greatest hits of all time, Academy Of Soul are one of the finest UK soul bands! Guaranteeing a slick, top flight performanc ...

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Set List / Repertoire

Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
The Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson
Needle In A Haystack – The Velvelettes
Come See About Me – The Supremes
Jimmy Mack – Martha Reeves
Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
Hold On, I’m Coming – Sam & Dave
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing – Marvin Gaye
Reach Out, I’ll Be There – The Four Tops
I Feel Good – James Brown
I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Back Stabbers – The O Jays
Use Me – Bill Withers
Mr Big Stuff – Jean Knight
The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson
Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight
Piece Of My Heart – Erma Franklin
It’s A Shame – The Spinners
I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations
What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
Think – Aretha Franklin
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
This Girl – Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
Lady Marmalade – Patti Labelle
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Signed, Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Soul Man – Sam & Dave
My Girl – The Temptations
Dancing In The Street – Martha and the Vandellas
Stand By Me – ben E King
Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas
Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
Hard To Handle – Otis Redding
Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
I Can’t Help Myself – The Temptations
Shake Your Body Down – Michael Jackson


Price from £1,648 + travel from Cheshire

Based on 4 members performing 2 x 45 minutes sets

  • Wales From £1,379
  • North West From £1,680
  • East Midlands From £1,732
  • West Midlands From £1,795
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £1,795
  • Scotland From £2,296
  • International From £2,340
  • East of England From £2,584
  • North East From £2,590
  • South West From £2,590
  • South East From £2,847

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Default lineup: 4 members

4 Piece: Female Vocals, Keys, Bass & Drums.
*Larger line ups available (please see booking options)

Full Biography

Academy Of Soul brings together some of the UK’s finest musicians to produce an authentic tribute to the Kings and Queens of Soul and Motown. Delivering a highly impressive sound and visual performance combined with a funk, groove and passion for some of the greatest hits of all time, this established and well-respected band are not to be missed.

Fronted by the exceptional Franchesqua, Academy Of Soul features a superb collection of talented and established session players who also provide backing vocals and harmonies. Each member of the band has extensive experience having performed throughout the UK and Internationally for a range of corporate, leisure and private clients.

The band’s musicians and vocalists are carefully selected, to ensure a package of talent, professionalism and adaptability. Featuring several Musical Directors within the group, and a wealth of experience in managing and performing in bands – their arrangements are painstakingly prepared – to ensure a slick, top flight performance comparable to those of any session band on the world stage.

Academy Of Soul pride themselves on continuity – and their team of musicians and vocalists have worked together for many years. The band’s shows are well rehearsed and meticulously prepared with the highest specification lighting and sound.

Whether it’s your Corporate Event, Wedding, or Birthday party – this band give everyone the same great level of customer service – with a dedicated event planner who will ensure everything runs according to plan, in advance of and on your big day.

Academy Of Soul can also tailor an entire day’s entertainment to your liking. Their rich pool of resources enables them to offer a one stop shop for DJ Service, Wedding Breakfast entertainment (Acoustic/Background/Vocal), Sax DJ, and PA hire for your Speeches and or daytime background music. This can take all the headache away from dealing with several suppliers – and you can rest in the knowledge that everything will be provided at the highest possible quality.

10 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication before and at your event: 4 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars

“These guys were brilliant! Everybody was up dancing and they could not have been better, pitch and beat perfect. We are so happy that we booked this band as our wedding band!! We had the seven piece with two vocalists and loved every song”

“The band were amazing! Incredibly talented and professional. They made the evening go so well and the atmosphere was perfect. We had so many guests come up to us and say how much they loved the band, including guests of ours who were professional musicians. Thank you so much!”

“Absolutely amazing band we had to perform at our wedding on 20th April. They had brilliant personality, and created an amazing atmosphere for our guests. They had fab song choices and created flexibility allowing you to swap in and out some songs to create the perfect back drop for your evening. They were really professional and sounded great. We had lots of compliments on them and people asking who they were for their own weddings! Thank you so much for everything”

“Acadmey of Soul performed at our wedding and they were amazing! They really got everyone up dancing and so many people commented on how much they loved the music. We would definitely recommend them..they were one of the highlights of our day.”

“Academy of Soul played at my wife's 40th birthday and really impressed us. Every song they played was full of energy and they got (nearly!) everyone dancing. They were great to have there and everyone was very complimentary about them.”

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