Soul, Funk & Motown Bands
We have a variety of soul, funk & motown bands available to hire for your event. Perfect for weddings, corporate events, and other functions, these bands will have your guests on the dance-floor all night long! Please browse our list of artists below:
Aretha Franklin. Stevie Wonder. Diana Ross. James Brown. The Jackson 5. Think of any of these brilliant artists and you’ll immediately be in the mood to party, which is why we provide a huge list of singers and bands that can turn your gathering into a night to remember. Funk, Soul and Motown cover various genres of music, but they’re listed here together due to the many stylistic crossovers between them.
For instance, several soul artists – such as the legendary Stevie Wonder – were signed to the famous Motown Records label and were well known for their funky sound and soul roots. This type of music also includes singers such as Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, The Isley Brothers, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Jackson Sisters, Martha and The Vandellas, and many more. Just think funky, soul music with groovy vocal harmonies and you’ll be on the right lines.
But what do we actually mean when we refer to funk, soul and Motown music? Basically, ‘funk’ was a type of dance music that was very popular initially during the late 60s and 70s, and it evolved out of other genres of African music, such as the blues. Famous funk artists include James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Rick James and The Temptations. In comparison, soul music combines gospel with R 'n' B, and recordings by Sam Cooke, James Brown and Ray Charles in the 50s are thought to be the origins of soul music. Motown, on the other hand, refers to the Motown Records label which was founded in Detroit in 1959 and which featured a pop-influenced style of R 'n' B. It also played a crucial role in racial integration by bringing these artists into popular music. Other famous record labels which produced these genres of music include Stax Records and Atlantic Records.
So what else makes Funk, Soul and Motown so unique? One thing is the inclusion of brass instruments; trumpet, saxophone and trombone combinations form a big part of this kind of music, with a shining example being the brilliant The Memphis Horns, a band who played on many Stax Records. As well as brass, we have bass as a key factor of this style of music; artists who used famous bass lines include Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, and James Jamerson, a session player at Motown who played on many tracks including those by Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations and more.
So, if you want your night to be funky – but with a bit of soul as well – have a look through our variety of Soul, Funk and Motown bands that you can hire. Whether you’re planning your perfect wedding, a corporate event or family function, these bands will have your party guests dancing all night long! From the youngest flower girl to your great granny, guests of all ages will love these famous hits, as this genre covers classic pieces of music from the 60s and 70s right up to modern day. In fact, there are several big names in the current music business who either fall into this genre, or who take their inspiration from funk, soul and Motown bands of the past: Beyoncé is a prime example of this, but also included are Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, CeeLo Green, Jamiroquai and Macy Gray. This type of music is simply timeless in this regard.
Check out one of our top bands live in action, Funk Soul Brother...
Funk, Soul and Motown music was made for special events; no other genres of music will be able to give you such a wide range of well-known hits, with all of them guaranteed to get your party guests on their feet. With this type of band playing at your wedding, birthday party or corporate event, you’ll also be setting yourself apart from the rest; a live band will give your party a completely different feel to using a DJ, and as all of our bands (many of which are at least 5/6 piece and often 8/9 piece) have extensive repertoires, with both male and female lead vocalists covering hits from Al Green to Ray Charles, The Supremes to Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye to The Four Tops, you’ll be able to get the soundtrack of your dreams, no matter what your event.
While we have many different bands and artists on offer that will bring you the very best in funk, soul and Motown – many of which will also include disco music, giving your party even more of a ‘get up and dance’ feel to it – one of our best bands in this category are Funk Soul Brother and Get Funked, who have experienced great success working all over the world. We also have a wide range of other small and large bands available, so you’re bound to find something to suit you and your event perfectly.Back to top...
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