Soul Purpose is from Sarasota, Florida, USA. A roots, rock and reggae band of original, unsigned music. A band of songwriters influenced by the great songwriting of the past. An amalgamation of styles ranging from Country, Southern Rock, San Francisco Rock, Midwestern Americana, Early British Heavy Metal, Tampa Death Metal, Early Reggae, Roots Reggae, Early Punk, and Early New Wave. Early on they realized that their diversity was their strength. Musically, Spiritually, and politically, they speak to those who have more than one taste in music. Songs range from the simple fun ditty to the epic nine minute chant driven reggae song. Eclectic by nature and fiercely independent this band of unschooled ruffians has proven over and over that people are interested in passion and excellence. Live shows prove to be exhilarating while their studio performances are able to corral their unbridled energy.
Pat Monahan Pat comes to this project from a long-standing Ohio and Florida rock band called Havoc. Years of traveling and national airplay from a contest won, has bought him back to Florida and in a fresh new project where he can flourish as the songwriter he is. Sure there have been other projects in-between, but none so motivating as this project. Pat says, I have never been in a band with better musicians, who know how to play off of each other so well.
Mike Silbaugh Mikey was born in the mid 70's in Pittsburg, PA. He became involved in music at an early age, singing in school and church choirs, then took an interest in violin. Mike's father and uncle played guitar and he decided that he "wanted a piece of that". After discovering the talents of Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton, he was convinced that playing guitar was what he wanted to do. He practiced relentlessly, listened to his favorite music and learned as much as he could from the styles of several guitar players. His Dad saw how hard he practiced and how quickly he learned and encouraged Mike by telling him that maybe he would "make a difference in some kid's life one day."
Al Owen Al is an accomplished, published songwriter/producer that has produced some local projects ranging from punk to pop rock. You can bet he has had his hand in the Needful Things CD. He has been involved in several original bands over the years. Zion, Majesty, Rapid Pulse, Random Act, B-Movie just to name a few. He learned his craft like a lot of musicians, in church. He was even the director of music for a growing church in Lakewood Ranch FL. Even with all of this on his plate his love is the live show. My favorite thing about live performance is, I can take one of my songs, even if it has not been heard before, and have people singing and dancing to one of my songs!
Joe Freed Joe also comes from the Havoc line up and is well versed in many styles of drumming. Notably his double bass kick drum has been known to pound a few songs down everyones throat. A studied and masterful rhythm king, he takes each new song and crafts an irresistible beat. Vocally he adds the needed harmony to further intermingle beat with melody.
"RATING SCALE "1" Indicates the Lowest Score "5" Indicates The Highest Score.
Recording Quality/Production: 4 | Lead Vocals: 4 | Musicianship: 4.5 | Lyric Writing: 4 | Music Composing: 4 | Melodies: 5 | Song Arrangement: 4 | Quality of EPK Content: 4 | Overall Delivery: 4
Dear Al, Thanks for submitting the material for the evaluation. I enjoyed the songs very much. Soul Purpose is a cool band name and you all have great musicianship skills. The lead vocals were strong too."
"An amalgamation of genres, this CD pulls from a plethora of influences to create a groove that the band calls 'Banana Bread For Your Soul'." - Beeb Ashcroft, Indie-Music.com (Dec 06, 2008)
"YOU WENT INTO THE STUDIO. EXCELLENT WORK GUYS, SOUNDS A BIT SPIN DOCTORS MIXED WITH JOHN MAYER. VERY TIGHT AND TIDY. I LOVED IT" Reviewed by: jdsoundworx from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - garageband.com (May 14, 2008)
"This is a groovy little number. Can really swing with it. The lead vocals are dynamic and believable. I like the harmonies in the chorus. The song itself is catchy and not too long. Makes you want to hear it again." - garageband.com (Aug 12, 2007)
"The nine-minute-plus track that closes the disc, "Yahweh," is particularly impressive, a weighty reggae groove that fades into an extended hand-percussion coda. 3 stars" - Cooper Levy-Baker, Creative Loafing (Dec 12, 2007)
"Big Mouth" and "I Need Your Love" seem to be very modern rock radio friendly. The reggae sound in "Cool Ya Down" takes the band in a different direction, the same with "Yahweh". "Joy" definitely shows influences by The Outlaws."
- Col. Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Southern Fried Magazine (Jul 20, 2007)
"Still, the guys of Soul Purpose know they might not look the part of Stereotypical reggae rockers. "We come into a concert situation, and people are skeptical, as they should be," begins Al, "but when they hear it, they're immediately converted" - Jake Paine, Skope Magazine (Aug 02, 2007)