Brooklyn's Shadz Of Red quickly cemented a reputation for their sexy,psychedelic,electrifying live shows and ever-increasing body of impressive recorded work. As one prominent A&R Rep recently said of them, "Shadz Of Red is the truth."
The brainchild singer/guitarist/songwriter, Shadz, the enigmatic and multi-talented driving force of the band that bears her name, Shadz of Red is re-defining New York City rock. This Brooklyn band incubates all that is revolutionary in the city's art and music world. The word rock might be misleading, too. Certainly, this is a band capable of playing almost any style with equal power and skill yet, neither do they shy away from rock and all that it implies. Shadz Of Red they do it all!
To see Shadz Of Red "live," (and they have been personally asked to grace the stage of the most prestigious rooms in Manhattan and Brooklyn) is to see words flashing in your mind in huge neon letters. Sincerity. Commitment, Vision, Liberation, Confidence, Integrity.
They are primal, it's true, connecting with their audience in real and tangible ways, never talking down to or condescending in their potent message. Still, there is a subtle sophistication at her work here, a lyrical savvy and instrumental cleverness born of musicians with the innate alchemy required to forge something completely their own.
Still, though the band bears her name, there is much more to Shadz of Red than Shadz alone. Each member brings something potent and singularly unique to the table. Take Sylvia Simone featured vocalist for Shadz of Red. …vocal virtuoso SylSimone can do it all. Music is the essence, and she is the vessel. working with some of the most prolific producers of our time, Bad Boy Entertainment, Francois K., Basil Tomas and Boyd Jarvis just to name a few and was a regular performer at venues such as Knitting Factory, Joe’s Pub and Nell’s. Add to this, Carolyn Jones New York poetess, radio show producer and an educator at Medgar Evers College, made a name for herself with newly released Anthology of Souls, reading selections Her heartfelt poetic tribute to goddess energy and riveting stage persona are the perfect foil for Shadz. Experience like hers is rare. It's down to chemistry and it's all there. Sista Cypress a writer and lyricist as well, adds an important creative spiritual vocal dimension to the band that is irreplaceable. Giving the band Shadz Of Red, a foundation rich in classic gospel soul influences tempered with a forward-leaning interest in new sounds.
Listen to the music. So many influences are evident, all owing something to the diverse and deep lineage and sound scape Shadz and her band draw inspiration from. The Stones weigh heavily on Shadz of Red's street-tough, lean and urgent sound, rife with sexuality, urban experience and Gotham-esque heritage. Listen closer and you'll hear the band's brilliant osmosis of reggae featuring vocalist Gary Soares, and adding the
Motown canon into the mix without ever sounding derivative, Benjamin Allen Munroe on Keyboards with captivating vocals by Gina Fletcher You can't fake something like this. Shadz of Red is leading the way, not following.
So there you have it, Journey thru Shadz Of Red to Divine Love. You have only to listen and to see them "live" to know that this is a band unlike any other. A band with a