If you're looking for live music that will radiate good vibes and the feel-good factor at your party, then soul bands and soul singers are the ideal choice for you! Expect to hear smooth, uplifting soul, Motown and r&b classics, as well as the new modern soul chart hits when you book any of Alive Network's soul bands and soul singers - they're best in the UK!
What Is Soul Music?
Soul music blends the vocal of gospel, the infection beat of RnB, and adds the excitement of jazz into what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls "a form of funky, secular testifying"! At Alive Network we can testify to soul music's unique effect to get everyone up and dancing, regardless of age or talent. As one of Alive Network's most talented soul singers Lady Motown says:
"Motown music truly has that 'feel good' factor and gets all ages dancing - from 5 to 75!"
Sizing Up To Soul
Soul bands come in all sizes, from Lady Motown's acclaimed solo performances, to a versatile and 5 piece line-up who
"Play That Funky Music" with style and energy. Many smaller soul bands can expand their line-up for larger venues and parties, usually adding extra vocalists, a brass section or a sax player. Regardless of their line-up, soul bands will prove irresistible, as Chris from soul and funk band Informer explains:
"An awesome live band performing great Soul and Funk music is a formula guaranteed to make your guests hit the dance floor. Old classics or modern hits, this is funky music that everyone will want to dance to!"
Great Entertainment For Any Event
And it's not just parties; soul bands are ideal entertainment for all kinds of events, as Amy from popular band, Soul Education suggests.
"Soul bands really do seem to be the ultimate answer for top quality evening entertainment; they are the 'go-to' option for most high profile/top end events for clients around the world. Soul bands are the best crowd-pleasing solution when catering for audiences of mixed tastes and generations."
Soul Music & Beyond
Soul party bands for hire don't just play soul music; they also play the greatest hits from all sorts of other musical styles, including chart classics. For example, Birmingham-based soul band After 8s performs an awesome mix of modern and classic funk, soul, Motown, disco, Rock ‘n Roll, RnB and even house anthems! Amy from Soul Education agrees that this mix of music is key:
"Although most bands have their roots in soul and disco, nearly all of them will branch out and cover a huge amount of top 40 hits, as well as other legendary classics from different genres. It's all about pleasing as much of your audience as possible. Our standard Saturday night set includes anything from Chic to Michael Jackson to Katy Perry to The Killers, so it's a real mix!"
Soul Bands: From Wembley To Your Wedding!
Many of the party and soul bands at Alive Network are actually made up from top session musicians, who work alongside some of the greatest names in the music industry both in the studio and live on tour. Soul bands are therefore a superb choice for weddings where you want the very best music played live for your guests. What's more, the band can play you an absolute barnstorming classic for your first dance together; wedding soul band, After 8s suggestion list includes:
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Ben E King - Stand By Me
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Otis Redding - Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
The Temptations - My Girl
And There's More…
Why not make the most of your soul band by adding a few extras? Some soul bands such as Informer offer a live 60-minute lounge set, perfect for your drinks reception or cocktail hour, before they appear again with the rest of the band for the evening party. Soul Education offer free music played inn between their performance sets, so the party atmosphere never dips. Lady Motown is available as: a solo artist with her own high quality backing tracks; a live duo or trio, or with a four-piece band; a Motown Era or Diana Ross tribute and as a James Bond theme music singer. She even offers an add-on Motown Diva DJ Service - now there's a talented lady!
Booking Your Soul Band With Alive Network
Hiring a soul band for your event, party or wedding couldn't be easier. Simply click on a band name to see their profile, hear demo tracks, watch their videos and be amazed by the sheer variety of songs in their set lists. Add favourites to your Wish List, or enter your event date for an instant online quote and availability check. If you prefer to talk than type, just call the Alive Network team on 0845 108 5500, anytime during office hours (9am-5:30pm).
And If You're Still Unsure Of Soul
We couldn't resist finishing with this story of soul music reaching out across the age divide, as told by soul diva Lady Motown:
A mother come to me in tears once at a wedding. Her 18 year old son had been making some moves on the dance floor to a Marvin Gaye song. She told me he was usually very shy and it was the first time since he was 6 years old that she'd seen him dance in public! She was so happy.