Louise Mehan: singer/songwriter
Born in Newcastle. Star sign Aries. Raised by parents who drip fed her on soul and R&B, the result, a beautiful lady with a soulful voice to match.
Steve Lee: Keyboards, percussion singer/songwriter
Born in Northumberland. Star sign Aries. Steve hails from Gateshead and although his primary instrument is percussion, he is also an established singer. He has been fed on a diet of Philly Soul from an early age and this heavily influences his song writing. Steve has supported legendary artists such as Joe Cocker, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Paul Young, Shakatak, Johnny Guitar Watson and many others.
Elliott Todd: trumpet
Elliott is the youngest member of the band but is one of the founder members of the SouLutions. Star sign , cancer. Born in Hounslow London, he moved to Darlington at the age of 1. He grew up with the Durham music service playing tenor horn, but gradually, during school, branched out to trumpet in order to play jazz with the Durham county youth big band culminating in a tour of Germany. He pursued his passion for music at college and university, studied at the sage on the prestigious bmus jazz popular and commercial music course where he met his fellow band mates, James, james and David. Lives in Newcastle as a bar jockey and session musician playing with various ensembles. One of Elliott's claims to fame is being on the same stage as James Brown's saxophone player pee wee Ellis.
David Gray: trombone
Having grown up in the quiet village of Walbottle on a steady diet of mainstream pop music, David eventually came to discover the wonders of jazz, funk and soul.
David has become associated with a variety of acts over the years, from Sage Gateshead's Jambone, Gingersnap, Northern Monkey Brass Band, Ska-Toons North East and everything in between. Having graduated from the University of Sunderland and Sage Gateshead's BMus, the region has now been subjected to David's playing wherever possible. His biggest musical influences have been Rico Rodriguez, Fred Wesley, J.J. Johnson and Wayne Henderson of Crusaders fame, along with their related acts.
Pete Robson: guitarist, music arranger
Born in Sunderland. Star sign Libra. Pete is a professional guitarist, teacher and composer with a BA Honours degree. He is an RGT member and session player.
James Carmichael: Drums
James was born and raised in Newcastle. He gained a passion for music late in high school by being introduced to the drums via a friend. His musical influences began with rock and metal, then he was introduced to funk, soul and jazz and even Japanese Fusion over the course of his musical development. Some favourite drummers of James' are Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd and Stanley Randolph.
James Robson: bass
Born in Newcastle. Birth sign...guess? music influences - anything and everything. bass influences, blues bass players moving onto Jack Bruce and Andy Frazer, massive love and appreciation of James Jamerson and Jerry Jemmott. Job (glamorous option) full time musician, playing in band ranging from soul to rock, latin to blues. as well as teaching.
Carly McKee: Backing Vocals
Having played many gigs around the North East and abroad with various musicians, Carly has experience that far surpasses her age. She has sold out Newcastle's, Hoochie Coochie with her own band, Supported Jools Holland on a UK tour, playedThe Royal AlbertHall and London Symphony Hall amongst others prestigious venues. Carly has now flown the SouLutions nest and is looking forward to what the future brings. SoLutions wishes her nothing but the best for the future.
Jonny Sherrif: bass
Jonny hails from Sunderland and is a triplet! As well as playing bass in the SOULUTIONS he managed a cinema complex in the centre of Sunderland. Unfortunately he was to good at his job and the bright lights of London came calling with an offer he couldn't refuse. Jonny is now a manager of one of the biggest cinema complex's in London. He left the SouLutions with a heavy heart but with the best wishes of everyone connected with the band.
Darren Allan: Keyboards and Vocals
Darren is a Newcastle lad and has a massive passion for music. His dream job came up and was to good an opportunity to miss, head sound man at Hoochie Coochie. Even though he's a big miss, SOULUTIONS still get to see him on a regular basis.