Experience: Lyndsay has been performing for ove 20 years in a variety of projects from choirs to live bands. Having found her voice in a Nottingham gospel choir, she progressed to singing both backing and lead vocals in bands mostly with a focus on soul / motown / disco / pop. She has performed at venues ranging from local festivals to the Birmingham National Indoor Arena with an award winning artist at the Brit Asia Awards.
Musical Influences: Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake
Favourite Album: Thriller by Michael Jackson
Band member most likely to ... take home some lost property after a gig
Experience: Janine loved to sing from an early age and learnt how to harmonise in her bedroom listening to Whitney Houston records. She started writing her own songs at the age of 12 and has had experience in performing at various events, carnivals, clubs, both solo and with live bands. From providing backing vocals at the Brit Asia Music Awards to playing Motormouth Maybelle in the Nottingham Operatic Society’s rendition of the musical Hairspray.
Musical Influences: Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Mariah Carey, Deborah Cox, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beyonce.
Favourite Album: Whitney by Whitney Houston
Band member most likely to … wear gorgeous but uncomfortable shoes.
Experience: Sarah has been singing since the age of 16 in live rhythm and blues covers band and accoustic acts performing live lounge style covers. Sarah has performed at a number of prestigious gigs including a Christmas party in Iceland for Google as well as corporate events for John Lewis and the White Company, as well as festivals.
Musical Influences: Fleetwood Mac, Bon Iver, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Laura Marling, Elbow, Arcade Fire
Favourite Album: Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
Band member most likely to ... get lost!
Experience: Since his early brass band days Geoff has rarely ventured far from his trumpet. With over 100 shows under his belt, both as player and MD, performances ranging from Bach to Basie, in locations from Derwent Dam to Dubai he has covered a wide range of styles. Geoff is also lead trumpet with the Terry Peters Big Band and he has worked with the Sticky Wicket Swing Orchestra, and performed as a soloist on piccolo trumpet.
Musical Influences: Maynard Ferguson, Wayne Bergeron, Maurice Andre, Tower of Power and Earth Wind & Fire
Favourite Album: Ennea/Pure Music by Bill Chase
Band member most likely to ... play too high!
Experience: 10 years with Dance Stance (Atherstones finest ever band), even more years with the mighty Groovy Gang.
Musical Influences: The Crusaders, King Curtis, Maceo Parker and Kajagoogoo.
Favourite Album: Songs In The Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
Band member most likely to ... be in the bar or go walkabout up a mountain
Experience: Richard is the keeper of the keys to the ministry. Richard, classically trained, has over 20 years experience in function bands. He has travelled and played at some of the best pubs, clubs, hotels and venues this country has to offer and include Birmingham's ICC and the National Motorcycle Museum.
Musical Influences: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, The Beatles, Elvis, Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole
Favourite Album: Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
Band member most likely to ... be in a kebab shop at the end of a gig!
Experience: Jonathan trained at Birmingham Conservatoire and has played bass in national touring shows at Ronnie Scotts, in Pantomime for First Family Entertainments, for the CBSO and has been gigging since the age of 15 in a wide variety of original and function bands. He has played in venues across the country from working men’s clubs to London theatres, the Jam House in Birmingham and Old Trafford football ground. When not getting into the groove with the Ministry of Soul Jonathan teaches music and photography.
Musical Influences: James Jamerson, Bernard Edwards, Marcus Miller, Deon Estus and John Taylor
Favourite Album: Rio by Duran Duran
Band member most likely to ... miss a turning on the way to a gig
Experience: Paul started playing the drums from an early age and has been regularly gigging since he was a teenager. He has played with many different bands building up a magnitude of styles in his repertoire. Paul has played in funk, soul, rock, blues, reggae, pop, disco and Motown bands over the years. There is nothing he enjoys more than laying down killer beats to get everyone up on their feet dancing.
Musical Influences: Mitch Mitchel, John Bonham, Will Calhoon, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Stuart Copeland, Clyde Stubblefield, Jojo Mayer, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Ringo Star
Favourite album: Urban Species - Listen
Band member most likely to ….. be the first to arrive and last to leave
Experience: Has been playing guitar longer than he dares admit. Playing in various bands and range of venues from March of the Mods to the renowned Gliderdome at Boston.
Musical Influences: Link Wray, Wilco Johnson, Nile Rodgers, Prince Nelson Rodgers, Ronald Binge
Favourite album: Sign O The Times by Prince
Band member most likely to ….. get lost at venues