Soul Band, Dance Band, Funk Band!
BridgeCity Soul - Soul Band, Dance Band, Funk Band is not just the brainchild of Ramsey Embick but the dream of everyone in the band. Soul and R&B music must rank among the most unique of American musics with its pulsing beat, soul stirring vocals and compelling message! BridgeCity Soul has 6 members all steeped in this idiom.
Eddie Wright - a man of pure soul who began singing in church and performed with “Men of Hope” before embarking on a more public career in the Portland Soul/R&B scene.
Danelle Barker, originally from Florida, armed with a Bachelors in Music from PSU, a full blown arranger and composer, is a peerless vocalist who is the new darling of the local jazz scene. She has also thoroughly captured the hearts and imaginations of Portland’s soul enthusiasts.
Johnnie Russell on drums, a force of nature having performed with Andy Stokes, Yolanda Adams, Walter Hawkins, James Moore and the great Linda Hornbuckle.
Guitar wizard Doug Lewis has been an integral member of all things R&B in Portland for decades performing with Pleasure, Chaka Kahn, Linda Hornbuckle and Andy Stokes.
Jeff Andrews on bass holding down the pocket is a long time pillar of the Portland area gospel and funk scene.
Ramsey Embick, leader, on keys is an Oregon native who started his first soul band in high school and never looked back. Band leader for the Pointer Sisters in the 80’s, also worked on projects with Jennifer Holiday, Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Gerald Levert, Rene & Angela, Michael Jackson,The Commodores, Bobby Womack, anyway, you get the idea. . The point is this is the music that ignites the spirit in all of us because this is the music we all love.