The Soul Shakers' brand of gritty, energetic R&B and soul includes contemporary tunes by Adele, Susan Tedeschi, and John Mayer as well as soul-sanctified classics by Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and many others. It is irresistible dance music perfect for clubs, conventions, weddings, parties . . . anywhere folks gather with a yen to boogie!
Fans love the Soul Shakers' ability to deliver red-hot dance music and interact with the audience in a good-humoured way. Musicians, too, have taken notice. Renowned trumpeter Terry Townsend, who's played with Ray Charles, Delbert McClinton, and Colin James, sat in with the band one night and declared: "Joyce, you and all the boys sounded great and it was a pleasure playing with you!"
And, it's our pleasure to play for all of you, too!
Considered one of the leading blues/soul vocalists in Western Canada, Joyce Allensen, known as "The Voice" to her musical peers, is an incredibly powerful vocalist as well as being a vibrant stage personality which she has honed over the last 30 years as lead singer for such notable acts as 605, Double Image, Mr. Puffy, and Victoria's popular R&B band Soul Station.
Joyce (The Voice)
Originally from Copenhagen, bassist Henning Kanstrup has played with such legends as Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf's guitarist) and Pat Travers. Kanstrup, whose influences include Jaco Pastorious, James Jamerson, and Jack Bruce, played with a series of Victoria bands including Soul Station, The Scorchers, and the Blue Devils.
Born in Ventura, California, Matt has been part of the Victoria music scene since the late 1970s. He has toured all over Western Canada with bands such as The Blue Moon Band, Refugee, and has recorded 2 CDs with The Maroons. Also, as a teacher Matt is currently giving drum lessons at Freedom Arts Music Emporium in Sooke, BC.
In 1973, Sean moved from Ontario to Victoria, BC, where he attended the University of Victoria and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree. He has played guitar, occasional keyboards, and sang with numerous rock, pop, and country bands over the decades. In the 70's there was Sour Grapes and Riffraff; in the 80's Poor Boy, Pressure Point, and Doc & The Doo-Wops; in the 90's Sea Cruz, Third Avenue, and The Waybacks.
Alexander Ferguson is a singer, keyboardist, composer, songwriter, sound designer, musical director, actor, and teacher. He has performed as a vocalist and keyboardist in many venues across the island and on the mainland with multiple rhythm & blues and pop projects. Alexander has also worked with many theatre companies such as: Kaleidoscope Theatre, The Chemainus Theatre Festival, Charlottetown Festival, Theatre SKAM, Pi Theatre, Solo Collective, Blackbird Theatre, and Gateway Theatre. He has taught voice, piano, and musical theatre at various performing arts schools including Kaleidoscope Theatre, Pacific Film and New Media, and Larsen music. Alexander is also the musical composer for thetelevision series She Kills Me (Less Bland Productions/Drama Camp Productions/APTN). www.abferguson.ca