“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)
Steve & Kim Wright have been creating music together for over 10 years, and it goes without saying that this husband & wife duo shares a connection that is truly amazing to hear and watch! Steve and Kim’s courage and comfort to leap without looking is refreshing and “reminiscent of the golden era of bands from the 70’s & 80’s”. Forming their band, Daysahead, was a lifelong accomplishment and with a progressive musical style their recorded material and live performances take you on a jamband ride of sonic sounds and emotions as the the band weaves seamlessly in-and-out of Soul/R&B, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Latin Jazz, Ska and back with improvisation throughout. Never ones to ignore the groove, deciding early on in their career to write and perform message music of value, this powerful duo follows in the footsteps of their predecessors creating music that makes you think while simultaneously making you groove!
Daysahead performs as an acoustic guitar/vocal duo, quartet, or sextet and has co-billed with renowned artists such as Al Green, Chaka Khan, Gnarles Barkley (Cee-Lo Green), The Brand New Heavies, Lalah Hathaway, Fourplay, Gerald Albright, Michael Franks, Rachelle Farrell, Jhelisa Anderson, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Stanley Clark, Roy Ayers, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Will Downing, Patti Austin, Earl Klugh, Maysa Leak, Angie Stone, Ledisi, and Fertile Ground to name a few. The band has performed venues such as the Intwasa Arts Festival (Zimbabwe, Africa); Montreux Jazz Festival (Georgia, USA); NewYork Harborfest (New York, USA); Capital Jazz Festival (D.C., USA); Bay Fest (Alabama, USA); Atlanta Jazz Festival (Georgia, USA); Capital Jazz Supercruise (Bermuda, British Island); Maya Angelou’s 80th Birthday Party (Georgia, USA); National Black Arts Festival (Georgia, USA); Richmond Fine Arts Fest (Virginia, USA). Daysahead has been featured live on several broadcast networks including ZBC TV “Zimbabwe, Africa TV”, BET J “Soul Sessions”, TBS “Storyline Soundstage”, and CBS “Better Mornings”. Steve and Kim’s music can be heard on air and online throughout the USA, UK, and Japan. The band was nominated Best Duo/Group of the Year by SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards, and Best Band & Best Album of the Year by RockWired Awards, among many other accolades.
Among other accolades….Kim toured as background and co-lead vocalist with America’s Disco Diva, Gloria Gaynor, throughout her 2011 European Tour; and Steve was the featured electric lead guitarist in the 2012 major motion film “The Three Stooges” (Farrelly Brothers, 20th Century Fox). Together Steve & Kim conduct music clinics for students and music lovers throughout the southeast USA and as far away as Zimbabwe, Africa while also performing their original music as well as stylish arrangements of notable jazz, r&b, and rock covers.
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The Jazz-n-Roll Movement is a program created by guitar/vocal duo Steve and Kim Wright. It’s a fusion; a jazz approach to rock and soul music; that is ear-bending, pulse-moving, sentimental and provoking. The music takes the audience on a musical ride of African rhythms and improvisations blended with European harmonies and styling. The program content presents an inviting and accessible format showcasing the subtle and vast differences as well as similarities of the gospel, jazz, rock, blues and soul idioms while preserving the notion that these idioms would not exist were it not for the blend of African and European music. Steve’s percussive Virginia rock-jazz chords on guitar mixed with Kim’s smokey Louisiana drenched blues-jazz vocals are exciting to hear and captivating to watch. Steve, composer/songwriter/producer/guitarist, and Kim, songwriter/lyricist/vocalist, have a working recipe for their Jazz-n- Roll Movement which is laced in harmony, melody, conscience lyrics, rhythm, and spirituality. “Kim is dynamically subtle and explosively powerful” as she delivers chilling yet soothing and ripping vocal interpretations (Rhythmflow). The duo’s musical foundation is effortlessly created by Steve as “he magnificently showcases the unlimited possibilities of six strings” offering warm chordal textures, resembling a Leslie organ, while striking soaring riffs (Rockwired). The unique beauty and undeniable strength of the Wright duo is their brilliant “ability to seamlessly leap musical landscapes from gospel to soul to jazz to rock in a seconds notice” all while maintaining one cohesive voice (Rockwired).
Steve and Kim’s highly acclaimed 2005 self-released debut cd, Turning Point oozes moody jazz vibes, sultry and heartfelt melodies, African syllabic hooks, powerfully rockin’ guitar solos leading to vocal climax, chorus-y guitar and trance-y vocals, unison melodic passages, and improvisation and meter changes throughout. Socially-conscious and Romantic lyrics floating on melodic and groove-oriented compositions.
The Wright duo’s Jazz-n-Roll style of music was created for Steve and Kim to express whatever creative energies fly, without boundaries. Their Jazz-n-Roll Movement is an authentic and intriguing musical gumbo!
Steve & Kim are currently in production on their 2nd full length cd. This cd will follow their self-produced and self-released highly regarded and award nominated debut CD “Turning Point” which caught the attention of many fans and music reviewers, all hailing Daysahead as a band with “raw detailed vigor and style rarely heard in music these days offering a distinctive sound that’s left-field from the soul mainstream…in a refreshing way”! Daysahead has been noted for creating “a sound that’s original, contemporary and timeless”.
Steve & Kim share their story through their music. Music is their bridge to communication and action; their cause to movement. One fan wrote, “great music – original – a unique style and sound. Stay right there…I believe you’ll continue to open eyes and hearts endlessly”. Thanks and love to you Friend…..we plan on doing just that!
FROM OUR HEARTS
We are constantly moved and motivated by you, our fans. Thank you for your positivity, loyal support and involvement.
Debut CD “TURNING POINT” Reviews
“Daysahead explodes with raw detailed vigor and style you rarely hear in music these days. SteveWright’s guitar licks thrust forward defining his purpose as a soloist, therefore, his voice merges seamlessly complimenting the talented vocalesse of KimWright.”(RobYoung,Contemporary Jazz)
“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)
“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 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)