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Darla is an 8-piece progressive funk group from Philadelphia. The band’s sound is a melding of its raw origin in the Philly basement scene and keen compositional focus on feeling the groove. At its core, the Darla sound is driven by a powerful horn section that wields a lyrical and catchy sense of phrasing. Their efforts are matched by a jarring and methodical rhythm section that has been described as ‘Steely Dan with Dave Grohl on drums.'
Since forming in 2014, Darla has shared the stage with the likes of Snarky Puppy, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, George Porter Jr. (of The Meters), Kamasi Washington, and Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles. They have released six EPs to date, including their latest release «Darla Rolls The Dice!», out now on Phil's Records. Darla is ready to share their funk across the eastern seaboard with shows & festival appearances lined up for the rest of 2017.
Four words perfectly describe him: creative, restless, compassionate and driven. He yearns to inspire confidence in individuals, to carry through their childhood dreams; to be what they have always dreamt of. But it is his mission that will catch your attention. He describes it as “the Handshake”. “I feel like I am supposed to introduce people to the Holy Spirit, the Handshake,” he professes.
Meet Parris Bowens, a long-time musician edging towards a career as a singing artist. Born in August 1980 in Philadelphia to Pastor and Evangelist Parris and Valerie Bowens, Parris hails from a musical family hence his early exposure to music. Back in the day, he and his siblings formed the singing group BASIC (Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ). They would perform in the Tri-State area.
His childhood was characterized by participating in music and visual arts. Not only could he sing but also play instruments. Having been introduced to musical instruments at an early age he became a proficient pianist at the age of eleven. He would play at his father’s church as well as for the Hunting Park Community Choir. By fifteen, Parris was serving as the music director at Mount Zion Church of God In Christ.
It is while he was playing with a local artist John Payton and Holiness that Parris was discovered by Tye Tribbett. That would mark the burgeoning of his career. He became a key member of Tribbett’s band, Soundcheck. While there, they recorded four albums: “Concepts & Ideas”; “Life”; “Victory LIVE” and “Standout”. Parris would later augment; from playing the keyboard to song writing. Together with Tribbett, they co-wrote “No Way”, “Mighty Long Way”, “Hold On”, and “Only Help” from the album FRESH.
At the time, Philadelphia's Neo-Soul movement began to blossom. Parris was blessed to record and tour with artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Timbaland, Floetry, Gerald LeVert and Bilal. At present, Parris plays for Israel and New Breed and Anthony Hamilton. Parris has worked with a broad range of musicians and producers in the music industry; Kierra Sheard, Aaron Lindsey, Janet Jackson, Adam Blackstone, Marvin Sapp, The Roots (Late night with Jimmy Fallon), Musiq Soulchild, Timbaland, Floetry, Gerald LeVert, Bilal just to mention a few.
He has released instrumental records, his first record being A Digital Flow, vol. 1, released in 2009 and an extended play, The Freedom Project released in 2014. He now has shifted gears to singing, with his first single “STAY” having been released in April 2017.
Parris cites his biggest influence as God. It is God who is his source of motivation and strength; who guides him on the purpose that he is to serve and fulfil. On the other hand, he draws his inspiration from anything that can inspire his message be it visuals like film to personalities with his favourite in the latter classification being D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill.
Ultimately, Parris longs to empower musicians in his community through his property “Battle of the Shed.” He hopes to propel the brand into a worldwide fame, becoming a financial giant so that it can work into lather generations of musicians and creators to become owners and innovators.
In his down time, Parris enjoys engaging in family time with his wife Dionne and two sons Matthew and Patrick. He also loves watching movies, animations, making drawings, reading and writing including scripts and books, playing golf and tennis, travelling and motivational speaking.
Instrumental and jazz-inspired, Philly seven-piece Kingfisher is decidedly more vivacious with its swift and suave funk beats, jangling minor seventh guitar licks and a horn section brightening up the room. This fun fusion crew is made up of Marc Jaffee on guitar, Bogi Trifunovic on drums, David Frebowitz on bass, Ethan Fisher on Rhodes, Spencer Edgers on saxophone, R.J. McGhee on trombone and Andrew Carson on trumpet
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