About – Gotta Groove
Gotta Groove is comprised of five mature, professional and experienced musicians, who pride themselves in providing a wide variety of music to please most everyone for any occasion, whether it is a private party, wedding, or outdoor event. Whatever the occasion, the Group’s theme is simple: provide a great groove which is both fun to dance to and or listen. The band has a rhythm and blues base, which permeates just about everything they do. While the group has an R&B flavor, they also pride themselves on being well versed in all genres of music ranging from classic R&B, by such artists as Marvin Gaye and Al Green to modern Country and Pop artists, like Brooks & Dunn and Adele. Three members of Gotta Groove played together back in the late seventies. The group stretches back to that era and does some of the classic disco tunes like “Last Dance”, by Donna Summer. Likewise the group covers the 80’s and 90’s with hits by Michael Jackson and Prince. Their repertoire continues througout the decades, up and including current hits by DNCE and Bruno Mars. On the other hand if you need to have the soft music , prior to the main festivities, the group can easily provide by pulling from the American Songbook and play classics like “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Satin Doll” and “Girl From Ipanema” to name a few.
The group has tremendous live energy and passion for what they do. They are truly entertaining to just sit and watch if you like, however, don’t be surprised to find yourself having a hard time sitting still. They love to entertain the audience and take great pride in seeing that everyone has an enjoyable time. There are two very strong lead vocalists. Lisa is the band’s lead vocalist. She has a soothing, pleasing natural tone to her voice, which is prevalent in “Don’t Know Why”, by Norah Jones. She can also display a sultry grit on tunes such as Delbert Clinton’s “Roll the Dice”. On “Right As Rain”, by Adele, you can hear both the sultry grit and a smooth vocal tone which rounds out the song. Like everyone in the band she is versatile and sings from the soul. Kurtis plays bass, anchors the rhythm section, and shares lead vocals. He sings from the soul and no matter what he sings, he looks to “own the song”. He has a strong natural voice, which will tug at your soul and leave you wanting to hear more. He takes pride in providing great harmonies to back up other members of the band. While Kurtis and Lisa handle the bulk of the group’s vocals, you will also hear Dave, on drums, provide lead vocals on Bruce Springsteen and Earth Wind & Fire tunes. Mike, the group’s guitar player, adds harmonies that give the group a great vocal balance. Rob provides years of experience on keyboard layering sounds of piano, strings, synthesizer and samples to give the band a rich, full sound that closely supports each tune’s original arrangement.
The Group’s musical influences, which is both heard by the songs they play and the way they play them include such artists as: Tower Of Power, Macio Parker, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Delbert Mc Clinton, James Brown, The Beatles, Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, Trisha Yearwood, and Patsy Cline just to name a few.