Have you noticed that lately everyone's craving a touch of soul? From fashion to art to music, soul is definitely on the rise. With the perfect blend of five silky smooth voices and uncanny showmanship, 14 Karat Soul's powerful vocal sound is a welcome alternative to modern day pop.
The strength and purity of their voices coupled with a captivating performance has led them to become one of the most popular groups in Japan. With albums, tours, and a devoted following, it is no wonder that Kleenex, Coca-Cola and Walt Disney Enterprises rode the wave of the Karat's popularity by signing them to write, produce and perform on their latest television commercials and recordings; and appear on billboards throughout Japan.
It all started when founder and vocalist, Glenny T., set out to find the best voices in East Orange, N.J. Under the devoted guidance of Stan Krause and Skip Jackson, these voices were soon hailed by the Village Voice, as "The best teenage singing group in America." Since then, Glenny and his group have been taking their audiences by storm.
Although other members have come and gone over the years, the current performing members of 14 Karat Soul are: Glenny T., Tony Zeke, Nadir, Mark Aaron, and Hervon.
Some of their credits include U.S. and European tours (including a five month U.S. tour with The Stray Cats and a European tour with Whitney Houston); two off-broadway plays (Sister Suzie Cinema and Gospel At Colonus), produced by Joseph Papp, written and directed by Lee Breuer, and music by Bob "Otis" Telson; radio and television performances in the U.S., Europe and Japan; various film work, including "Alphabet City" and an HBO Movie, "Tracy Ullman Takes On New York"; a host of U.S. commercials for "Roy Rogers”, "McDonald's”, and "3 Musketeers”; three appearances on NBC's "Saturday Night Live”; and were featured in Sesame Street's Emmy Award Winning Movie, "Elmo Saves Christmas".
In addition, 14 Karat Soul performed for the audience of NBC's "The Cosby Show" until its last taping; earned the "Best Arranger's" and the "TBS TV" awards in the 1990 Tokyo Music Festival; participated in the 1994 World Music Awards held in Monaco; co-produced and performed in video commercials for ESPN's Big East College Basketball Playoffs; and are continuously being aired throughout the world on re-runs and new videos of CTW's "Sesame Street."
Most recently, 14 Karat were invited by Brian Setzer to fly to L.A. to record backing vocals on a couple of cuts for his upcoming album; co-produced and record a new song, “Harmony”, for Nestle Coffee & Cream. They are currently in production for their upcoming December, 2002, Japan Tour, in support of their latest release, "Love You All".
After spending time captivated by the sounds and style of these charming men, you too will be happy to have added a touch of soul to your life.
"Stealing the show were 14 Karat Soul"
"You don't know what you're missing"
"Their silky sexy voices flow over you"
"The vocal finish here is extraordinary"
"Skin tight harmonies"
"The best vocal group I've ever heard"
"Young east coast harmony sensations"
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