// TOP 10 // SOUL & MOTOWN //

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So here is the next Chapter in Garston Entertainments // TOP 10 // Blog series

This Weeks blog is all about the very best in // SOUL & MOTOWN // from solo soul singers, to vocal harmony groups, right through to full soul & motown bands. Here at Garston we have them all so the hardest decision will be having to choose.

Here to help you see and hear the very best of this category we have created the following  // TOP 10 // SOUL & MOTOWN // run down

// No. 1 //

[JAMES FRANKLYN & THE SOUL MACHINE]

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http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/573/James-Franklyn-&-The-Soul-Machine

This Band has got it all with soaring vocals, close harmonies and a pulsating rhythm, James Franklyn & The Soul Machine will have the dance floor packed. Grooving to classic hits of 70s, 80s, 90s to bang up to date modern pop, rock & indie classics. The band can also theme the night as a full soul & motown evening if required

The regular 5 Piece Band line up includes Drums, Bass, Saxophone and Keyboards and the band are also available as 6 piece, 7 piece right up to an 9 Piece if required for that big soul sound.
// No. 2 //
[THE SOULTONES]
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Soul sister Kayleigh takes up lead vocals followed closely behind by her amazing soultones band. This group are young, edgey and keep that real sound of soul but with a super fresh, modern touch.
The Soultones are not just your average party band and will guarantee to fill the Dance floor and have your party, event or wedding rocking! The Soultones are available in a range of line-ups with full brass section depending on each clients requirements, budget and the atmosphere they want to create. The band offer so much versatility and really tailor make their performance to every event.
// No.3 //
[THE GILLETTES]
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Vocal harmony groups get a little lost in the midst of trying to find a soul and motown band but they most definately should not be forgotten or over looked in our books. Especially when we have some of the most fantastic vocal harmony groups, who have got that rich soul sound down to an absolute tee.
The Gillettes are a fine example of a fantastic Soul & Motown trio specialising in the sounds of legendary Soul and Motown stars.

The Gillettes have both the versatility and experience to successfully captivate every audience with their superb vocal harmonies and their slick dance routines. The show also sets the scene with detailed narration about the Legends throughout, leaving everyone feeling nostalgic and in the mood to reminisce about those great days of yester year.
// No. 4 //
[THE SOULSTAR]
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Superb, super cool and full or soul
Surely that is everything you need to be in our [TOP 10] list of soul and motown.
Well if it is then The Soulstar has certainly got all 3.
Blessed with a silk like voice, charisma and bags of personality The SoulStar is a phenomenal tribute to all things Soul.Having toured with many singers and bands such as The Drifters, Alexander Oneal, Dionne Warwick, The Platters, and Luther Vandross to name a few – The Soulstar has picked up all of the best habits and integrates them into his fantastic show which features seamless vocals, rich tone and all of the qualities you’d associate with any top class soul singer.A show which takes on the Giants of Luther Vandross, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and Many more!
The soulstar works solo and with a fantastic 7 piece band so you can pick the option that best suits you, your event, your budget and your venue.
// No. 5 //
[NORTHERN SOULS]
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Being based in the North ourselves we are very excited to introduce this fantastic northern soul tribute band.
Northern Soul music has become massive once again and this is the band for you if want the crowd up dancing and singing at the top of their voices. Performing classsic songs of that Motown era that everyone is sure to know the words to.Northern souls are a 9 piece live band performing Northern Soul & Motown classics. They recreate the timeless sounds of Wigan Casino, Twisted Wheel, Blackpool Mecca, Catacombs, Golden Torch and Chateau Impney!Without a doubt this fantastic band will be the life and soul of your event and are sure to get those feet dancing and hands clapping.

// No. 6 //
[THE ULTIMATE SOUL & MOTOWN EXPERIENCE]
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The decades of soul and motown where not just dominated by male vocalists. There are many hugely talented ladies who made their mark on the genre as well.
Today The Ultimate Soul & Motwon Experience are established as one of the leading Soul & Motown tribute shows – and it is easy to see why.
The Ultimate Soul & Motown Experience features the soulful lead vocals of Kate Bell together with Jay, Callum & Chris, three amazingly talented guys providing awesome vocals, harmonies and slick choreographed dance routines

The show features a tribute to the very best of Soul & Motown classic Hits performed in a modern uptempo style to keep it fresh and new but not forgetting the charm of classic soul & motown.
// No. 7 //
[THE SOUL DIVA by MICHELLE LAWSON]
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‘THE SOUL DIVA’ the perfect stage name for this fantastic vocalist. Michelle delivers on soul diva status with every performance.
Michelle Lawson has an awesome, spine tingling, soulful voice and has enjoyed success as a recording artiste receiving critical acclaim but on stage is where Michelle really brings her sensational soul diva tribute to life. Aa big voice with even bigger stage presence, two traits that you need to be an amazing soul sister.
// No. 8 //
[ROY G HEMMINGS]
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So you want that authentic Soul & Motown entertainment? so why not have the real deal.
All the way from the decades of soul and motown gone by we bring you Roy G Hemmings who enjoyed his peak of fame with the amazing Drifters and gained the title of longest serving memeber.
It is easy to see now why Roy is such a fantastic showman. With years of practise entertaining audiences around the world, soul and motown is in his blood. He tackles some of the genres biggest hits with ease having a career in music that has paved the way and inspired many others to continue to make music and perform classic soul and motown hits.
Roy is available as a solo singer or he can perform alongside The Dictionary of Soul. The show includes the songs of Otis Reading, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, The O-Jays, and other Soul legends. Audiences enjoy a musical cavalcade of all-time greats: ‘Higher and Higher’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’, and ‘Love Train’. The show is full of timeless songs performed with energy and that perfect soul sound.
// No. 9 //
[BLUE EYED SOUL]
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‘The perfect duo’ is the only way to sum up Blue Eyed Soul the chemistry and high energy these two performers bring to the stage compliments their fantastic Soul and Motown sound perfectly.
The duo perform all of your favourite Soul and Motown hits and more besides, they are all about delivering what the audience wants so really add that personal touch to every show.

More that just singers Blue Eyed Soul bring the whole soul show.
// No. 10 //
[THE ATLANTIC SOUND COLLECTIVE]
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Introducing The Atlantic Sound Collective…
One of the county’s rawest and most authentic soul bands. Playing the very best of Stax and Atlantic soul from music’s golden era. When This group hit the stage you are sure to hear those big hits from the likes of Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Ray Charles, Wilson Picket and Sam Cooke, delivered with unparalleled passion and authenticity.
We have really saved the best until last with a group who’s love and passion for the distictive sounds of soul and motown really shine through.
// THE END //
So that is it…we have reached the end of our // SOUL & MOTOWN // TOP10 // countdown
This has been our favourite blog so far with so many fantastic soul & motown acts across this category it was so difficult to narrow it down to just 10, but we got there in the end and we hope all the Soul & Motown fans out there really enjoy reading all about it.
Don’t forget this is just a small selection of the acts under this category and it you want to see more, hear more and read more then use the following links …
Soul & Motown Bands:
Soul & Motown Singers:
The full Garston entertainment website:

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