“They're back by popular demand! When you're looking to dance and want the vibe, all you have to do is find a little SOUL! Souled Out's outstanding vocalists, groove-approved rhythm section and one of the best horn sections in the city - The Airtight Horns - will keep everyone at your event dancing from the first note to the last.”
— Club 240
Nancy has had extensive background in radio voice over, television, and the stage. In her past, Nancy has performed in numerous musicals throughout the years and on the boards of TUTS, Arts Club Theatre, and Playhouse theatre.
In years gone by when not performing in a musical Nancy sang and performed in bands. Nancy is a singer songwriter. Her musical contribution of original material can be heard out of the mouths of babes (her students) and her much loved musical group, Calamity Jane.
Nancy's passion for music, singing, and performing continues with her love of R&B and Souled Out.
Ken Kirschner – Bio
First exposure to music was sax lessons as a young kid in the northern BC town of Fort St John where I grew up. Played baritone sax and then flute in the high school concert and jazz band (talk about both ends of the scale), then picked up a guitar somewhere around age 14 inspired by the likes of Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Jim Croce etc., leading to performing and writing in the singer/songwriter genre which is something I still do today.
I moved down to Vancouver in the late 70’s to pursue a musical career, doing solo work around various pubs and at the same time studying voice and singing with the BC Boys Choir, where I was the tenor soloist. Soon after met Geoff Gibbons and formed Silverlode, and after completing a 6 month stint in Australia, came back to Vancouver to record our first EP which contained the song Sky High that was played on radio stations across Canada and received critical acclaim.
We followed that up with a full length album that won Best Independent Release at the West Coast Music Awards in 1983 among nominees such as the Payolas. This led to all kinds of great gigs, lots of touring, radio, and TV stuff like the Jimmy Ferguson Show and the Fame Game on CBC, regular appearances on CKVU’s The Vancouver Show, and a spot on the couch on The Alan Thicke Show. We also were invited to play some opening sets for the likes of The Little River Band and Leo Sayer at the Orpheum, David Crosby, the McGarigle Sisters, Levon Helm and Rick Danko at the Commodore, Emmylou Harris at Expo Theatre – oh the memories!!! It was great while it lasted.
After that all died down I decided to start a day-job business, give the night life up and raise a family. It wasn’t too long however, until I started to get the craving to play music again and so I found myself jamming with friends, which turned into a band, which turned into some gigs, which turned into some more gigs, etc. etc. I guess if music is in your blood you can’t step away for long and it has to be part of your life somehow. I even found myself joining a choir again to experience that big vocal harmony sound that you can’t get anywhere else.
On a trip up north around 2005 I was jamming around a kitchen table after a party at about 4 in the morning with some friends, playing some old country covers and tossing in some stuff we had written here and there, and we had so much fun and liked the sound so much we decided we needed to make this a project – and so the country band Big Jim and the Twins was born. We wrote a bunch, and sang a bunch, and even managed to get on a McDonalds House tour of northern BC and Alberta with Gil Grand and Jake Mathews. After that successful tour we headed down to Nashville to record our first of 2 CD’s with Gil producing and some fine Nashville musicians backing us up, changing the name of the band to Deere John at this point, lest we offend any potential CD buyers who might think we didn’t have a guy named Jim and 2 bald guys representing twins in the band.
I have always had diverse musical tastes which led to my picking up many different instruments over the years and being involved in a wide variety of bands and projects ranging from folk to rock, pop, country, choral, whatever - I find redeeming qualities in it all. The one style that was under-represented in my porfolio was R&B, and so when I got a call from Derek asking if I would be interested in coming out to sing with the Souled Out band, I jumped at the chance!
Weaned on Gladys Knight and Blood Sweat and Tears, it’s no surprise that I have ended up singing with Souled Out. I’ve spent my life in show business which explains why I park my Yaris between a BMW and a Jaguar at band rehearsals. But, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Many bands, (Jude,The Visitors, NightWing, Mistress, Syntax, Marlee & The Thompson Brothers, The Diggers, Stix Shock & Rock, Safari, Sugarbeach) 3 original music CD’s, tours of Germany, Canada, the U.S., years of singing on commercials and television, The Jim Byrnes Show, Music, Music, Music, The Irish Rovers, The Fame Game and even doing convention work with Michael Buble.
I had a national hit country song in the mid 80's called God Bless the Woman and was nominated for 5 BCCMA awards. If only I knew then what I know now about marketing.
I've opened for Carole Pope, Ace of Base, The Northern Pikes, Thomas Dolby, Pursuit of Happiness, the Headpins. I was a bit spoiled playing the Vancouver Coliseum 3 times before I was 17. Ten years of professional live theatre, the long-running Angry Housewives, 18 Wheels, Little Shop of Horrors, Four Strong Winds, to name a few, which I still do. I’ve loved it all. Nominated for many awards and even won some of them.
I won the battle of Vancouver’s Best Solo Rock Acts and one of the coolest for me was the Best Vocalist Award in 1999 for the North American Contest, Talent on Tape.
I wrote Living Out Proud which became a worldwide pride anthem and launched both Whistler and Vancouver Pride houses for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2011 I wrote and performed Come On Out, the theme song for the 2011 North American Outgames, which was also the Song of the Year on the Outvoice 2011 Top Ten Countdown in the U.S. With Sugarbeach I played Pride festivals in New York City, the U.S. and England as well as the National Women’s Music Festival and BOLDFest. We released 2 CD's, 4 singles and 5 music videos and were inducted into the GLBT Hall Of Fame in the U.S. for creating the first promotional site and global awards, RightOutTV Music & Video Awards promoting and awarding LGBT original artists.
Took painting a bit more seriously a few years ago and you can check it out here. Lived in Sydney, Australia for 6 years, loved the beaches, struggled with dinner-plate-sized spiders.
I was fifteen and studying piano with Bob Doyle when friends asked me to join them in starting up a rock ’n roll band – a life changing invite I’m thankful I didn’t turn down. We had great fun playing High School and community centre dances for a few years. We then added horns and backup vocalists, concentrated on R&B, and as The Accents, played all the major nightclubs and dance venues in Vancouver during my University years.
I travelled the world following UBC, returned and worked and played again with some of the guys in a band called Coast. By then (1983) a young family and actually earning a living required setting performing live aside and I didn’t play in a group again until 2008. Fate however had decided that I remain involved in the music business, which I did as a partner for over twenty years in what became Ticketmaster Canada.
On retiring, my interest in playing live music in a group again was rekindled while studying piano with the late Ross Taggart. It only took a few calls and Souled Out - our best group ever - was formed in 2008.
I consider myself incredibly lucky to be playing the music I love with good friends who also happen to be talented musicians.
Started as a piano player. Got to Grade 3 Toronto Conservatory and decided that baseball was more fun and quit music lessons. Saved me from being a lifetime musician but I remained too small for the baseball Big Leagues. Learned to play guitar at 14 to get girls but that didn't work.
Had my revelation about music and bands when I saw Ike and Tina Turner in the Danceland Cabaret at about age 17 or so. Tina from about 5 feet away was a formidable experience. Their horn section (especially the baritone sax) was a mind blowing experience and I have been in horn bands ever since.
Worked the 60's-70's as a guitar player-vocalist with the Accents and played all the great old Vancouver Clubs. Went to law school and always had a day-job as a trial lawyer which is still the case. Got the music bug again after many years off to raise a family and with musical friends, started Souled Out in 2008 and have had another chance at a music-filled life again.
My hero is my bass teacher, and great player, Rene Worst who has been at the top of the heap for many years and is also a terrific guy. Play golf (mostly poorly) at Capilano Golf Cub and am working on lowering my handicap (unlikely) to a respectable level. Will continue to play and gig until I can’t stay up after 8 PM.
Joe (Ross) Davison
Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia Joe’s involvement in music evolved from playing in high school bands with friends to the formation of R&B/Pop bands (City Lights) in the mid '70's. City Lights was the resident house band at UBC Alumni Association functions for a few years. As well, the band played in various clubs around town and as the rehearsal band for the Peter Gzowski, late-night show on CBC.
Joe also did some writing in the 70’s including a tune called, Warmth of Your Love that received very positive reviews as an entry in the American Song Writing Contest. This song is included as an instrumental on the Westcoast Trax CD. In the 80’s, 90’s Joe played in R&B and Jazz bands as the lead guitarist and to this current day continues to play in two R&B bands Souled Out and Dr D and the Soul Demons.
As a big smooth jazz fan admiring the likes of Peter White, Norman Brown, etc. Joe was inspired to try and create his own unique sound by covering classic R&B/Pop tunes and my own original material instrumentally. This resulted in the release of Westcoast Trax in 2013. The CD was produced by JUNO nominated Producers/Engineers, Ryan Stewart and Mario Viera and has received excellent reviews since its release.
Started playing drums at age 11 after 3 years of accordion. The early years of drumming included lessons, numerous basement and garage jam sessions in east and North Vancouver and a great mom who would drive me and my drums everywhere.
Early drummer influences included Mick Fleetwood , Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, David Garibaldi and the great Buddy Rich. While at Van Tech high school I joined my bass playing English teacher's band City Lights and that started a long run of gigs at legions, Cecil Green and UBC functions and various parties throughout Vancouver....not to mention a long and lasting friendship with my teacher Bill Davison who passed a few years back and his guitarist brother Joe who then took over my moms job and I still currently play with. (Thanks again Joe for all the rides.)
After high school I started playing clubs throughout Vancouver and BC with various bands Slocan , Harbour, Fat Dad, John Mikl's, Bodyrock who then formed the band Thor and anything else Barry Samuels at Axis Entertainment booked us for. After putting the sticks down for a couple years of traveling around Europe and Sri Lanka I then had the opportunity to play with Coast.
This band that would see once again a long and lasting friendship of great musicians coming and going and coming back again through many years. In this same period of time I also played with various singers James Knight, The Kirby Singers and a 3 year weekend house gig at Culpeppers Irish Bar with Danny Burns and the Ballad Band.
After some time the band, Coast would transform with some new players in the mix into a new group called Dr D and the Soul Demons playing numerous convention and corporate gigs at all the major hotels in Vancouver for many years. I currently play with Souled Out and very fortunate to still play with a mix of some of my long time buddies and some new ones now. My favourite buddy and long-time-retired-roadie is my wonderful wife, Bev who like most musician's wives have made countless sacrifices and given endless support so Ican play on the kit. We have two beautiful daughters, Miranda and Kendra who are big music lovers but thankfully don't play the drums!...if you got this far thank you for reading. Steve-o
I started my musical experience with basic piano lessons in the mid 50’s. My earliest influence was my grandmother – a pretty good stride player. I picked up guitar a little later and was in a couple of rock/swing bands in the early 60’s. I also played French Horn in high school (Burnaby North) and in the Vancouver Junior (Beefeater) Band but when I was bitten by the R & B bug I traded the French Horn for a valve trombone and was a founding member of Soul Unlimited in 1965, which after 5 years evolved into Mantra and then around 1977 into The R & B All-Stars.
While in Soul Unlimited I picked up blues harmonica and saxophone. I left Mantra in 1974 just before I got married and a year later joined the Delta Concert Band on bari sax, bass clarinet and tenor sax. That was pretty much it musically for about 25 years except for musical theatre pit orchestra and Dixieland gigs (my other musical life as a Dixie banjo player).
After I retired from the Provincial Highways Department I was a founding member of the Sax ala Mode Saxophone Quartet and joined The Roaring Twenties Dance Orchestra as a banjo/reeds player. Also, during my post-retirement period I had the opportunity to play bari with Wayne Newton at the River Rock and had a part as a “special” extra (a tenor sax player in a 1941 dance band) in the 2004 movie The Five People You Meet in Heaven with Jon Voight.
In July of 2011 I got a call to sub at a Souled Out rehearsal and became a permanent member in August of that year. I am really happy be able to continue playing the music I love with such a great group of talented people. Oh yeah, name dropping – over the years I have played with (or on the same bill as): Smokey Robinson, The (Young) Rascals, Bill Hailey, Bobby Freeman (Do You Wanna Dance?), Ray Peterson (Corinna Corinna), and Doug Johnson from Loverboy.
Picked up a trombone at age eleven; who knew that would qualify you to deliver pizza someday and ask “would you like fries with that?...”. At age fourteen, after a whole bunch of concert band training, joined the newly-formed Ambassadors where Gordon Webster taught a bunch of teen aged kids to be a really good Swing Era dance band. This was at a time when there were still tons of Veterans and armories all over the Lower Mainland; we worked pretty much every weekend.
Got the R&B bug in the mid-60’s and got invited to join Cory and Derek in the Accents; now that was fun! We pretty much owned the UBC Campus gigs and got tons of downtown club work (live on C-FUN from Oil Can Harry’s on Saturday night,...).
Upon finally realizing the music business was never going to put food on the table, the focus became finishing school and getting a real career. Finally back at it after a longer vacation than the Eagles took and reunited with Cory and Derek in Souled Out.
Also currently playing jazz in a number of big bands around town and the Thursday Trombones; a trombone quintet that was started by the late great Ernie Defoe (my musical mentor) whose teachings include “... it’s always easy to get out of the house for a gig; it’s the getting back in later part that can be a bit tricky”.
As an “active” eight year old boy, private piano lessons only lasted six months, but I continued to play the piano on my own for fun. Joined the school band in grade 4 playing trumpet that my parents bought for $71.55. My parents added the Vancouver Junior (Beefeater) Band to my school band rehearsals in grade 7. I consider the Beefeater Band’s director, Mr. Gordon Olson, as my main music mentor that carried me through to first year music at Douglas College.
Returning from a seven-week European tour with the Beefeater’s at the start of grade 10, formed the 8-piece Max Wettig horn band—named after my piano in our rehearsal-basement. Listeners mistakenly thought our lead vocalist’s name was Max. One fond highlight was performing the Blood Sweat & Tears arrangement of Fire and Rain for a talent show in BCTV’s Burnaby studios. In grade 11 the band was reformed and renamed Granville (after the 1870 town which we now call Vancouver), playing mainly Chicago, BS&T, and ToP horn-band tunes. We played mostly noon hour “sock-hops” at Burnaby and Vancouver high schools. And yes, we got permission to miss class to go do these sock-hops.
Near the end of grade 12 Granville started playing clubs around town, even though some of us were not yet of age. That band joyfully survived five years, with most of the band studying music at Douglas College or UBC. Douglas is where I cut my jazz arranging chops with Bobby Hales in the evenings.
Upon the breakup of Granville in early 1975, two of us were headhunted by trumpet-man Fred Gass, to go on the road with the newly formed 9-piece Perdido swing band. Tenor sax-man and leader, Randy Rayment, had us booked on a 6-month road trip across Western Canada. The Banff Springs Hotel gig during Christmas week through New Years Eve, and replacing the Bobby Hales Orchestra as the house band at the Cave Supper Club were probably our biggest highlights. Rosemary Clooney gave each of us a kiss on the cheek after her last show with us at the Cave. With Perdido, I got schooled again in jazz arranging by our Perdido trombonist Curt Watts (of the Tommy Banks Show, Maynard Ferguson, CBC, etc.).
After Perdido I was hired to team-teach band part time at Saint George’s School with Perdido buddy (R&B Allstars trumpeter) Fred Gass, and finish my BEd degree in music at UBC. By the mid-90s I also completed my MEd degree in conducting at UVic while teaching band at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver. More arranging lessons while at UVic from Canadian trombone/arranger legend, Ian McDougall. This period saw me reunite with former school and rock band friends to form bands that included: Goodtymes, Opus ’81, and Pizazz—dinner jazz to 9-piece horn-band sounds of Chicago, BS&T, and ToP.
Retirement in 2014 saw me give away most of my batons and was I able to get my playing chops back in form. Thanks, in part, to 36 private trumpet lessons with Vincent Vohradsky (VSO). I’m currently a member of the Ambleside Orchestra, West Coast Symphony Orchestra (and sub for other orchestras and bands), Ambleside Brass Quintet, Capilano Brass, various woodwind ensembles (as I also play Fr. horn), and proud member of Souled Out since December 2012. I also arrange quintet/ensemble music for my groups and others.
Inspired by John Helliwell of Supertramp and sax solos on Pink Floyd’s Money and the Stones’ Brown Sugar, I decided at 12 that I wanted to play sax in school band. However, reluctantly I picked up a clarinet (gloom tube) as all of the sax spots were already taken in beginner band.
Recorded myself playing few times so I could replay, maintaining the illusion of practice, while doing other important things like sorting baseball cards and reading sports biographies. At the start of Gr. 8 my parents went to the band rental night and brought home a tenor sax which seemed huge at the time, and heavy, but it was the greatest thing ever. It still is.
Growing up in White Rock, I was fortunate to participate in a great high school music program run by band guru David Proznick. Spent a little time taking Music in college before embarking on a career in sales in the music industry that spanned more than 20 years, most recently as the national sales rep for Conn-Selmer / Ludwig Drums.Played regularly for a number of years after leaving school, though never as a profession, in many settings from Jazz, SKA and R&B to top 40 bands and was a regular at weekly jam sessions.
Went back to school for marketing and sales management at UBC while working full-time. Seemed the deeper I got into my career, the less I was playing. I missed it but travel hindered my ability to commit to any band.
Electing to make a career change last year, and no longer traveling up to 2 weeks out of every month, I’m grateful to find myself playing with the fine musicians -old friends and new-in Souled Out. Rediscovering balance while enjoying being home with my family, working in the vehicle fleet biz with my Dad and playing music regularly again. Kind of ironic that Souled Out records practices, which I now enjoy, though the clarinet remains in it’s case!
My music education started at age 6 taking piano lessons from the neighborhood piano teacher, Mrs Tobin. It was all classical music, which I hated at that time, since all my friends in the hood were listening and playing, folk, rock and psychedelic music. It was really tough for a person growing up in the 60's being forced to play music that nobody wanted to listen to. After making it as far as a grade 6 Toronto Conservatory, I finally convinced my parents that I just couldn't do it any longer.
Me and my buddies formed a garage band and played blues and rock. In 1972, I rented a hall in Deep Cove for the huge sum of 50 bucks. We did no promo, just started playing and a friend of the band charged the unheard of sum of 5 bucks to get in. I told him he was crazy, but the joint was jammed and jumping. At the end of the evening he handed me $1000! I was shocked as that was huge money back then. Funny how remuneration hasn't changed much to this day.
I joined another band, Windjammer, that a tenor sax playing buddy of mine formed. To me this was a real band with 3 horns, and 2 chick singers and we played soul and R&B. I was in heaven. We played a few gigs around Deep Cove and finally folded after some of the guys left and joined another band headed by a draft dodger from Oakland. It was 1975 and my music career was effectively over. I did want to attend music school, but my Dad who had a sawmill business, asked me to come and work for him. What could I say, the money was much better than being a musician.
Now I find myself as the manager of Souled Out quite by accident. Derek Cave convinced me in 2009 to come and see the new studio they were practicing in. I was awe struck. I hadn't been around musicians and the music scene for decades and being around a big R&B group was right up my alley. After attending several rehearsals, I asked the guys if they were playing anywhere and they all kind of shrugged their shoulders. So, taking matters into my own hands I went straight to Capilano Golf Club and secured their first gig. Now they are stuck with me, or maybe I'm stuck with them.