R&B Soul and lots of Vocal Harmony! Sounds that soothe the soul, with a taste of Hip-Hop Flava!
14 Karat Soul is pleased to announce the release of their first independent release on the Little City Music label. The album is a compilation of songs previously recorded and released only in Japan, with the exception of "A Song For My Father"; which makes its debut in this collection.
For years, fans, family and friends have been requesting to buy 14K's music, but it was unavailable outside of Japan at a reasonable price. This is what inspired this latest release out of the band's own studio and on their own label, Little City Music.
We constantly get letters, faxes and emails from fans and friends explaining their situations and how 14 Karat Soul's music makes such a positive difference in their lives.
Some of their situations are very similar. Some are rather unique. They range from getting through their studies for school, to wondering if they will ever realize their dreams, to coping with the pain of sickness and death in their families.
So many have written and told of times they were depressed, for one reason or another, and how listening to our music made them happy; made them believe in themselves; gave them the strength they needed to keep going. This makes all the hard work we put into making our music worth it, because this is what our music is about... making people feel good... making people happy.
If you like what you hear, please mention it to someone else. Maybe they would like to get a copy of their own.
We sincerely thank you for your support, and with your help, this will be the first of many independent releases on Little City Music.
14 KARAT SOUL
About 14 KARAT SOUL -
Have you noticed that lately everyone's craving a touch of soul? From fashion to art to music, soul is definitely on the rise. With the perfect blend of five silky smooth voices and uncanny showmanship, 14 Karat Soul's powerful vocal sound is a welcome alternative to modern day pop.
The strength and purity of their voices coupled with a captivating performance has led them to become one of the most popular groups in Japan. With albums, tours, and a devoted following, it is no wonder that Kleenex, Coca-Cola and Walt Disney Enterprises rode the wave of the Karat's popularity by signing them to write, produce and perform on their latest television commercials and recordings; and appear on billboards throughout Japan.
It all started when founder and vocalist, Glenny T., set out to find the best voices in East Orange, N.J. Under the devoted guidance of Stan Krause and Skip Jackson, these voices were soon hailed by the Village Voice, as "The best teenage singing group in America." Since then, Glenny and his group have been taking their audiences by storm.
Although other members have come and gone over the years, the current performing members of 14 Karat Soul are: Glenny T., Tony Zeke, Nadir, Mark Aaron, and Hervon.
Some of their credits include U.S. and European tours (including a five month U.S. tour with The Stray Cats and a European tour with Whitney Houston); two off-broadway plays (Sister Suzie Cinema and Gospel At Colonus), produced by Joseph Papp, written and directed by Lee Breuer, and music by Bob "Otis" Telson; radio and television performances in the U.S., Europe and Japan; various film work, including "Alphabet City" and an HBO Movie, "Tracy Ullman Takes On New York"; a host of U.S. commercials for "Roy Rogers", "McDonald's", and "3 Musketeers"; three appearances on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; and were featured in Sesame Street's Emmy Award Winning Movie, "Elmo Saves Christmas".
In addition, 14 Karat Soul performed for the audience of NBC's "The Cosby Show" until its last taping; earned the "Best Arranger's" and the "TBS TV" awards in the 1990 Tokyo Music Festival; participated in the 1994 World Music Awards held in Monaco; co-produced and performed in video commercials for ESPN's Big East College Basketball Playoffs; and are continuously being aired throughout the world on re-runs and new videos of CTW's "Sesame Street" and Sirius Thinking's "Between The Lions."
14 Karat Soul were recently invited by Brian Setzer to fly to L.A. to record backing vocals on a couple of cuts for his "Vavoom" album; co-produced and record a new song, "Harmony", for Nestle Coffee & Cream. They have most recently completed their newest CD, "Songs From The Heart", to be released in Japan on November 19, 2003.
After spending time captivated by the sounds and style of these Brothers-In-Harmony, you too will be happy to have added a touch of Soul to your life.
"Stealing the show were 14 Karat Soul"
LONDON OBSERVER -
LONDON TIMES -
"You don't know what you're missing"
CITY LIMITS (London) -
"Their silky sexy voices flow over you"
TIME OUT (London) -
NY TIMES -
"The vocal finish here is extraordinary"
LA TIMES -
"Skin tight harmonies"
NY POST -
"The best vocal group I've ever heard"
CASHBOX (NY) -
"Young east coast harmony sensations"
CASHBOX (LA) -
DAILY NEWS -