Big City Soul: The Story
How We Got Here
Founded in 2011, Big City Soul has been bringing the Soul to the City ever since. There have been a few lineup changes over the years, but what hasn't changed is the strong musicianship and the focus on great music. With a 3-piece horn section and two lead vocalists, the energy is high and the crowd is jumpin'.
Terry has been with Big City Soul since January 2011. He's sung and recorded in a number of bands since his early days on the Vancouver music scene. Bands like Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears are huge influences. Being on stage and playing the wide variety of music that BCS plays is truly a dream come true for this veteran performer.
Joani has been a part of the Vancouver music scene since her mid teens, performing on TV, in theatre, with bands, and in the studio as an in-demand session singer. Her voice has been heard on albums by Cher, INXS and Bon Jovi, to name a few, as well as on countless jingles. She’s excited to be joining the energy that is Big City Soul!
Michael Toth performed regularly with two professional bands, the "Handley Page Group", and "Steelback," before becoming a high school music teacher. Having missed the joy of live performance, Michael has paired up with "Big City Soul", wherein he has many opportunities to solo and enjoy the groove of classic R&B.
Johan was Dutch born, but was raised and went to school in Vancouver. One of the founding members of the band, music has been his life since his early teens. On electric bass and double bass, he's played every kind of music North America has to offer but his favourites now are Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Classical.
Dan cut his teeth in garage bands and jam house bands around Metro Vancouver. A huge fan of Santana, Deep Purple, Black Crowes and a wide range of influences, he loves playing the screaming Hammond and soulful Rhodes.
Steve is Vancouver raised, and has found that everything makes a sound if it's tapped on for a bit. He always loves playing with this band and enjoys the Big City Soul workout!
Terry has been playing in countless acts in and around the Vancouver area for the past few decades. Playing in everything from jazz quintets, to big bands to pop acts has influenced his distinct sound. Musical influences range from Coltrane and Getz to the funky vibes of Eddie Harris and Maceo Parker. Playing with Big City Soul has been the perfect outlet for all these influences; marrying classic R&B with funk and blues-fed improvisation.
Kevin loves all aspects of making music and teaching the art of making music. He performed, recorded and toured with much-loved band Skaboom, and has done session work for several commercials, movie and television scores, and record projects. As a teacher, his students have received recognition across North America.
Ken can be found playing his bari sax or bass clarinet with a big band, chamber group, or R/B act. He has performed in the "Forever Plaid " musical, Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, Tracy Ullman's "Once Upon a Mattress" movie, and Willingdon Church Christmas productions, and has worked with Vancouver musical icons such as Jack Stafford, Don Clark, Mike Kalanj and Jim Byrnes.