In addition to playing original works, Soul Purpose covers great artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Louis Jordan, Amy Winehouse, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Al Green and Ray Charles, among others.
Soul Purpose has played at numerous venues from weddings, private events and intimate concerts to larger festival stages and benefits including the famed Darylís House in Pawling, the iconic Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon, the Falcon in Marlboro and Colony in Woodstock. The band has opened for such prominent artists as Shemekia Copeland, The Chris OíLeary Band and Slam Allen.
Members of Soul Purpose include Sara Espinosa on lead vocals; Dr. Lori Morris on alto, tenor sax, percussion and background vocals; Rich de Crosta on trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion and background vocals; Cue Gerhards on guitar and vocals, Francis Ralston on bass and background vocals; Jerry Teters on drums and Dr. James Prosser on piano, keyboard and background vocals.
Soul Purpose enthralls from the first note with powerhouse vocals, bold horns, lush keyboards, and blistering guitar work with the rhythmic reference and underlying pulse for the band provided by expertly played bass and percussion.
"There are few bands with the musical chops, the vocals and harmonies and the pure fun of Soul Purpose. Perfect for parties and clubs AND the band that turns heads and draws dancers at outdoor events. Consummate pros to work with...and a lot of fun on stage. Soul Purpose will get you moving. They're the best." - Don Kerr, Entertainment Director, New Paltz, NY.
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Soul Purpose at the Towne Crier
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