About The Soul Soldiers:
Tony Lindsay Presents The Soul Soldiers-Performing the Music of Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke & Donny Hathaway
With Fred Ross, Nicholas Bearde, and Will Russ
After 20 years as the lead vocalist for Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 GRAMMY® Awards, traveled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs: Milagro (1992), Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), Ceremony (2003), Food for Thought (2004), Ultimate Santana (2007), and Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008). Their touring included Santana’s first rock residency: an exclusive two-year deal for 36 shows with AEG at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s concert hall “The Joint,” which began May 27, 2009. When not on tour with Santana, Lindsay performs at various local venues and festivals. Also, in between tours he is currently recording the fourth solo CD.
Tony Lindsay also has quite an impressive curriculum vitae as songwriter: “Don’t Be Late For Love” (The Whispers); “Look What We’d Have If You Were Mine” (Tevin Campbell); “Can’t Get Over Your Love” (Howard Hewitt); “Just Because” (Nikita Germain); and various tracks for Johnny Gill, Howard Hewitt, Mica Paris, Shanice, Diatra Hicks, Jay Spencer, and Diana Ross.
As a background vocalist, he’s appeared on “Everyday People” (Aretha Franklin); “Emotionally Yours” (O’Jays); “Glad To Be Alive” (Teddy Pendergrass); “Heaven and Earth” (Al Jarreau); “Passion” and “Tango In Paris” (Regina Bell); “It’s Supposed To Be Fun” (Lou Rawls); “People Make The World Go Round” (Marc Dorsey from the Spike Lee movie soundtrack Crooklyn); “Many Rivers To Cross” (Oletta Adams from the movie soundtrack Jason’s Lyric); “Voyages” (Elliot Lewis); “Junction Seven” (Steve Winwood); “New World Order” (Curtis Mayfield); VH1 1997 Video Honors Award (Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, the Williams Brothers and George Michael); and Patti Austin & James Ingram under the direction of Quincy Jones and 18-piece orchestra, along with Jerry Hey for the Dick Clark Productions and the Lexus Corporation.
He’s also penned many advertisements as a jingle writer, including various Taco Bell commercials, Gain, Northern California Chevrolet Dealers, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, El Pollo Loco, Hot Wheels, Long John Silvers, Pine-Sol, Jelly Belly, Wendy’s, Mazda (national) Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Old Milwaukee Beer (national), Armor All, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Matchbox, and St. Joseph Aspirin.
As a solo recording artist, he’s recorded Different Moods (1995), The Message is Love (1997) and the self-titled project Tony Lindsay (2005).
In 1980, Lindsay arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area from Kingston, New York, and continues to perform with the first band he formed Spangalang, who have opened for Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Jr. Walker and the Average White Band. He is one of four singers who travels with Dancing with the Stars, the road tour version of the popular TV dance show, which began in 2005. Lindsay has joined for three seasons (he was on tour with Santana during 2007).
Will Russ, Jr.:
From the city that gave us Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations comes another Detroit Motown miracle: Will Russ, Jr. Singing with the silkiness and depth of a vocal legend, Will Russ Jr. reinvigorates the standards of soul with a style all his own. Learn why such artists as Mavis Staples, Ray Charles, Brian McKnight, and Michael Bolton have worked with this memorable talent.
A native of San Francisco, Fred has been singing professionally since the age of 16. Some of his vocal accomplishments include TV film The Martin Luther King Story, Stuart Little, TV and radio ads for BMW, Dole, and several dot-com companies. Fred has sung the National Anthem for the Associated Press, the Presidio Memorial Day Celebration, the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, and San Francisco Giants, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
For 14 years, the Fred Ross Project could be heard regularly at The Starlight Room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, as well as throughout the Bay Area. This band is composed of members from other Bay Area notable bands such as Boz Scaggs, Cold Blood, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Santana, and Tony, Toni, Tone.
Fred has toured the U.S. and Europe for the past 14 years with legends of funk Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker (formerly of the James Brown Band). One of the tours resulted in a CD, Pee Wee Ellis: Live & Funky with Fred Wesley and Fred Ross.
He has also recorded with Aretha Franklin’s Gold CD, A Rose is Still a Rose went gold. Narada Michael Walden, members of Tower of Power, Santana, Frankie Beverley & Maze, Greg Rollie, Toto, Chaka Kahn, and the Commodores are just some of the talents with whom hes has worked. Most recently, Fred can be found on two recordings by Tony Saunders, and on Boz Scaggs’ current release (just out in 2015).
Fred has been toured the U.S. with Everyday People, a Sly & the Family Stone tribute band. The band includes former member Rustee Allen on Bass who was with Sly for six years. Prior to that Fred toured with another incarnation of Sly & The Family Stone which featured Rose Stone, Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson, & Greg Errico, all original members of the Family Stone band from the 60s.
Fred has release two CDs on Strokeland Records, including Dignity and The Law According to Fred Ross, produced by Doc Kupka and Jeff Tamelier. Fred also sings the title track on Strokeland’s “Bumped Up To First Class.” Fred has also recorded with Strokeland artists Doctor Funk and appears on their first CD, Prescription For Soul.
Most recently, Fred toured Europe with Tower Of Power, filling in for their lead singer Larry Braggs. When not touring with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred can currently be seen around the Bay Area performing with his own bands the Fred Ross Project, and Everyday People. Fred can also be seen performing with the Dick Bright Orchestra, Tony Saunders, Vinyl, and Jeff Tamilier’s Sunday Paper, along with other bands throughout the Bay Area.
The definitive jazz romantic, Nicolas Bearde is known for his buttery, baritone voice, highly engaging stage presentations, and dynamic recordings of original compositions, classic jazz hits and the music of legendary songwriters, ranging from Burt Bacharach, Rogers and Hart, and Duke Ellington to Herbie Hancock and Jon Lucien.
Nicolas has a multi-national fan base and recently released his fifth solo CD Invitation on Right Groove Records. Produced by famed pianist Nat Adderley Jr. and featuring saxophonist Vincent Herring, Invitation has received rave revues and international acclaim. Nicolas has also performed, toured or recorded with a variety of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Bernard Purdie, Janis Siegel and John Handy and maintains a busy sideline as an actor for stage, film and television.