Open Mic w/ Soul Daddy & His Band
"Lyrical as hell…"
-Wendy Day of the Rap Coalition
(describing Soul Daddy)
Soul Daddy's recently released CD, A Safe Place, is a soothing fusion of hip-hop with musical elements ranging from neo-soul to jazz, blues and folk (masterfully mixed and recorded by Micah Ortega, formerly of Five Iron Frenzy.
Guest appearances on the new CD include:
• Rappers Jean Grae and Elzhi (Slum Village)
• Denver local musicians Jessica Sonner and
Justin Croft (Hearts of Palm) and more
Favorite tracks include: Perfect Sunday (a reflective musical homage to folk legends Simon and Garfunkel), No Drank (Jean Grae & Soul Daddy's parody of Top 40 club anthems), and Move! (a soulful call to positive, forward movement).
Soul Daddy premiered his CD with a live band at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge on December 11, 2008; a show which quickly SOLD OUT. (According to the management at Dazzle, at least 40 concertgoers were turned away as the club was filled to its 100-person capacity.)
Soul Daddy was raised in the city of Atlanta, where he refined his skills in emcee battles and live shows. His childhood was inspired and influenced by classic jazz, soul and funk. He learned to incorporate these influences into his own music, and found that his new musical direction resonated with listeners in a fresh and exciting way. Eventually enticed by the allure of the West, Soul Daddy moved to Denver a few years ago.
Soul Daddy also hosts The Speakeasy, a poetry open mic at Dazzle, where poets are accompanied by live jazz improvisation.
An avid fan of both comic books and campy humor, Soul Daddy has a mental catalog of Milton Berle jokes that slip into his live performances from time to time, often to the chagrin of his band.