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“Daysahead revives the spirit of the golden era of bands from the 70′s & 80′s criss-crossing rock, jazz, and soul into a sound that’s both contemporary and timeless….an air-tight band and a bewitching front woman. Daysahead gets straight-ahead funky.” (Michael Heyliger, RhythmFlow)

 

International indie artists Daysahead are in the final production stages of their sophomore studio CD.  Daysahead’s adult contemporary musical style, self-coined as “Jazz-n-Roll: a jazz approach to rock and soul”, has rocked both US coasts, Africa, British Territories, and Europe.  A cross-genre appeal, their music combines soul, rock, jazz, jamband, r&b, funk, acoustic, folk, singer-songwriter, and world music into an ear-grabbing and pulse-moving trippy euphoria.  Strong socially-conscious lyrics that make you groove.  That’s the Daysahead sound!

Daysahead was founded by husband and wife duo guitarist/producer/songwriter Steve Wright (Richmond, VA) & vocalist/lyricist/songwriter Kim Wright (Baton Rouge, LA) in 2003.  Steve & Kim’s unique approach to songwriting, arranging, and powerful performances has attracted a diverse and loyal following of fans from around the world.

 

“Daysahead’s own blend of soul, funk and rock is a welcome breath of fresh air…the strength of guitar, bass, drums and impressive vocals offer a distinctive sound that’s left field from the soul mainstream in a refreshing way…”  (Dirk Binsau, Jazz-not-Jazz)

 

Daysahead’s music draws heavy influences from artists who themselves are known for their artistic versatility, strong writing, and confidence with crossing categories.  Imagine Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and Pat Martino and Sting and Chaka Khan and Rachelle Ferrell and Dionne Farris and Stevie Wonder and Prince and EWF….like them, Daysahead thrives on the cross-genre approach to songwriting and live performance!  Daysahead’s fans refer to them as “THE REAL DEAL!”, as they have their own distinct sound with Steve & Kim playing energetically and musically off one another.  Melodic and euphoric guitar is their musical centerpiece with powerful smoky-vocals on top, and both Steve & Kim have the gripping ability to go from soul to rock to gospel to jazz to acoustic and world-infused in a seconds notice.  From acoustic sets to electric….Daysahead’s music has been likened to the range and energetic performances of Mother’s Finest, and The Brand New Heavies; and they’ve been dubbed as an “electrified Tuck & Patti reincarnated”!

 

“The compelling voice of Kim Wright and energetic artistry of guitarist Steve Wright…is a perfect marriage artistically with lyrical substance that “rocks” embroidered with the fabric of jazz, soul and occasional Latin influences…“Tuck & Patti” reincarnated in a quartet setting.” (Rob Young, Contemporary Jazz)

“Daysahead’s retro jazz-funk grooves remind you of The Brand New Heavies, with strong and trippy vocals, hot rockin’ guitar, heavy rolling b-line, and divine breaks.” (Alfie da Funkjunky, Funkjunkiez Magazine) 

 

Daysahead has performed with and/or co-billed with some of the best in the business including Gnarls Barkley, Al Green, Chaka Khan, Rachelle Ferrell, The Brand New Heavies, Lalah Hathaway, Foreplay, Al Jarreau, Roy Ayers, Maysa Leak, Ledisi, and many others.

Daysahead is also well-travelled having performed venues such as the Intwasa Arts Festival in Zimbabwe, Africa; Montreux Jazz Festival; New York Harborfest; Capital Jazz Festival; Mobile Fest; the Atlanta Jazz Festival; and as backing artists for tours in Europe.

They’ve also performed numerous local and regional community festivals and music series including Atlanta Beltline, National Black Arts Festival, Wednesday Winddown, Jazz In The Garden, Live! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Music at Noon and many more.

Daysahead has been featured live on several broadcast networks such as CBS, CNN, TBS, BET, Bravo TV, and Zimbabwe TV Africa.  They receive continual radio play throughout the USA, Europe, and Japan.  Daysahead was nominated Best Duo/Group of the year by SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards, and Best Band & Best Album of the year by RockWired Awards.  In addition, the duo, Steve & Kim, has written songs for film and commercials with successful placements including placement with J.Walter Thompson’s Ad Agency.

Among other accolades….Kim toured as background vocalist with America’s Disco Diva, Gloria Gaynor, throughout her 2011 European Tour; and Steve was the featured guitarist in the 2012 major motion film “The Three Stooges” as a member of the house band.  Together Steve & Kim conduct music clinics for students and music lovers throughout the USA and as far away as Zimbabwe, Africa.  The band performs as a Duo, 4-piece Band, or 4+piece Band.  Original music as well as stylish arrangements of classic covers.  Daysahead has a Sound!

“A perfect marriage artistically”, Steve & Kim create music with staying power that’s sure to be around in….the Daysahead.

 

“Daysahead is an original group bursting with its own distinct style…Using Steve’s electric guitar as the musical centerpiece and Kim, a wonderful smoky-voiced singer.” (Chris Rizik, SoulTracks)

 

“Daysahead explodes with raw detailed vigor and style you rarely hear in music these days.  Steve Wright’s guitar licks thrust forward defining his purpose as a soloist therefore, his voice merges seamlessly complimenting the talented vocalesse of Kim Wright.” (Rob Young, Contemporary Jazz)