HYBRID SOUL BAND
New York City hybrid pop/jazz/soul/funk 6 piece band S U M (pronounced soom) debut their dynamic and spirited “The Welcome Tour” show to the Paris Cat Jazz Club April 19th and 20th in Melbourne. One of the most exciting emerging acts to visit our shores, S U M’s strong message of self acceptance and authentic self expression anchors the bands philosophy, splintering into the magic of their genre bending sound. It’s essential to note sum derives from the Latin word sum meaning “I” or “to be”.
S U M was created by multi-talented lead arranger, composer and drummer Steve Belvilus (Les Nubians, Hamilton: An American Musical, Natalie Cole, Hezekiah Walker, Scott Jacoby [SIA/John Legend]) and lead vocalist and co-writer Patryce Williams whose multi-faceted creative expression includes theatre and film in addition to her musical endeavours. Both executive producers of their debut self-titled album released in September of 2018, S U M gained widespread recognition for their melodic, forward thinking, intricate and playful compositions including a feature in the tastemaker music site Bandcamp as Best Soul Music Album Release in September (2018), as well as a recent review by Music Connection magazine (included in this year’s Grammy’s gift bag for all attendees, record executives, labels and artists) highlighting the band’s overall performance “showcases their versatility and prolific musical skills…”, amongst an impressive list of articles and interviews world wide.
Their single video clip ‘It’s Alright To Be Me’ has been featured in digital publications across France, USA and Australia due to its charming creative visual concept mimicking the bands positive message set in a school environment from a teacher and student grand narrative.
Their live shows can be described as highly interactive, uplifting, expressive and charismatic. S U M has performed at the Baiser Salé in France at the Jazz Sur Seine music Festival, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Musikfest in Pennsylvania, NPR Radio, Brooklyn Bowl in New York, The B.B. King Blues Club in New York, Rockwood Music Hall and Club Bonafide in New York to name a few.
Driven by their mission to promote freedom of self and the desire to connect with their audience on an intimate and transformative level, Australian audiences will experience a special type of transformative musical freedom gifted by S U M. A type of freedom that they themselves will also gain from an Australian musical landscape currently at its most exciting for soul music. All they ask is that you simply come as you are. Welcome to the tour!