Roots Collective is Madison, Wisconsin’s hottest roots reggae band in the finest one drop tradition. This award winning band features a collection of six seasoned musicians that mirror the horn driven reggae beats of Jamaican groups such as The Mighty Diamonds, The Abyssinians, The Wailers & The Skatalites. Formed in 2005, by lead singer/keyboardist Michelle Flood, Roots Collective focuses on playing music with a message that speaks to all people no matter what race, age or background. The players, all from the Madison, WI area have performed with other popular local acts such as Natty Nation, Que Flavor!, Jose & Sumlimes, Tony Brown & Vibe Syndicate.
Making Roots Collective a roots rock reggae force to contend with, and setting them apart from other groups in the area are flawless vocals, great songs and a strong horn section. Michelle Flood brings her naturally strong and elegant voice to original songs that have won her awards and wowed audiences that have experienced their shows. Don Rembert (guitar) also sings. The duo harmonizes on many songs making the band's performances that much more enjoyable.
These Days, the latest EP, released in June 2011 features five original tunes that feature heavy drum and bass beats, a touch of funk-rock reggae-ness surging underneath lyrics which speak about current times and feelings associated with these times. The EP was recorded live for a television performance. The songs follow a pop structure with technically savvy intros and endings.
The members bring over twenty years of musical experience to stage…and have shared the stage with many heavyweight reggae acts such as: Ziggy Marley, Matisyahu, Eek-a Mouse, Michael Rose, The Abbisynians, Damian Marley, Wailing Souls, Justin Hinds, The Long Beach Short Bus, & Steel Pulse
Michelle Flood (vocals/keys) – Born and raised in Madison, WI Started playing piano at age 5 and studied piano and voice at UW LaCrosse. Left UW LaCrosse in 1994 and was singing at a Madison Karaoke bar when she was discovered by an area reggae musician. Over the next several years Michelle would hone her skills to become Madison’s best reggae keyboardist playing with local reggae acts Blackstarr, OPTA and I-N-I. Vocals featured later in 1999 when she started the funk/r&b/reggae band Basil where she was the primary songwriter/singer/keyboardist. Started Roots Collective after watching a Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers Live DVD saying, “I want to do that again!!” Michelle wears many hats with Roots Collective (singer/primary songwriter/keyboardist, manager, sometimes sound engineer & booking person). Michelle can also be seen singing with the prestigious Festival Choir of Madison.
Don Rembert (guitar/vocals/keys)
Don Rembert is a seasoned guitar player who weaves his excellent guitar playing into the Roots Collective songbook while also mastering additional instruments ranging from the sax, keyboards to the harmonica. Don also sings with the Roots crew and has been a player with numerous blues and reggae bands from the Madison and Chicago music scene.
Paulie Willis (drums)
Original member of Madison's favorite Natty Nation, Paulie also plays drums with Kingtown Rockers, Mashalla, Urbanites (Milwaukee, WI) and Ras Movement (Milwaukee, WI)
Jay McGoldrick (bass)
Jason McGoldrick - Locking into the pocket of the one drop with Willis is veteran bass player Jason McGoldrick who has earned his chops touring over the past ten years as an original member of Reason for Leaving and is a current member of the popular Sublime Tribute of Jose and the Sumlines.
Jonathan Hoel (saxophone)
Jon Hoel brings the cool factor to the Roots Collective crew having seasoned his sax leads and fills while leading his own improvisational jazz group Nuggernaut. Hoel works closely with Nolan’s trumpet work in adding to the fat traditional reggae sound that only a tuned in horn section can create.
Degree in Music from UW Stevens Point 2005. Graduated from LaFollette High School Madison WI. Plays in bands Que Flavor!, Nuggernaut and the Jonathan Hoel Quartet. One of the primary organizers for the annual summer event Recreational Rhythms Music Festival benefitting the United Way of Madison.
Bob Jacobson (trumpet)- Long time veteran of the Madison music scene. Played with many bands including Vibe Syndicate, Que Flavor!. Featuring a plethora of horn instruments he plays the pocket trumpet as well as the flugabone!