All About Soul and Motown Bands

Soul & Motown Bands

Soul and Motown music has a universal appeal and the opening chords of a Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin or the Jacksons song will always fill a flagging dance floor. So what is Soul and Motown, why is it so popular and how is a Soul and Motown band different to a Rock & Pop band?

Soul & Motown are two types of music that go together well and most Soul or Motown bands will play both styles. Soul music developed in America in the 50s and combines Gospel music, R&B and Jazz. Leading lights of Soul were Little Richard, Etta James, Otis Redding and of course James Brown- the Godfather of Soul. Motown developed later through a mix of Soul, dance and pop and it’s distinctive sound popularised the music of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Jacksons etc.

Soul and Motown Bands are usually larger than the traditional Rock & Pop Band as they include brass or ‘Horns’ such as Sax, Trumpet or Trombone. Therefore if you are looking to book a Soul and Motown Band look to a minimum 6pc band. Our bands in this category go from 6-11pc with additional singers, full brass section and percussion so there should be something to work with most budgets.

For our full listing of Soul & Motown Bands click Fantasia Music Soul & Motown Bands

Here is a selection of Soul and Motown Bands recommended by Fantasia Music

Souled Out
As a 6pc band Souled Out are the smallest band in this category but they still pack a punch. Male singer, rhythm section plus Sax & Trumpet have all the elements for a great night’s music.


Backbeat Village
Flexible line up means that there are options for budget and venue but works best from a 7pc Band with one singer, rhythm section and two brass. Scalable to the full 10pc band with additional singer and more brass.


Madison Heights
Madison Heights is a 9pc band with 3 singers, rhythm section plus horn section of Sax & Trumpet gives this band an imposing stage presence.


Rufus Stone
This is an 8pc band featuring male and female singers plus 3pc horn section. Exciting band with a great reputation available in the South of England.


Big Macs Wholly Soul Band
This is a big 11pc band based in South Wales. The band features 3 female singers plus lead male singer backed by a powerful rhythm section. 3pc horns completes the band.


The Blunter Brothers
The Blunter Brothers are long established and available from 9 to 11pc. Male & Female singers plus a horn section of 3 to 5pc give ‘The Blunters” a great sound to match any band.


Contact us via telephone on 01202 421743 or via our online contact form to discuss Soul and Motown bands for your event. We’d be happy to help and advise you further on choosing the perfect music for your special occasion.

Author: Steve Gallagher