Rick : vocals
Rick “Action” Jackson has been performing in the Salt Lake City area for the past 20 years in a variety of different groups ranging from jazz to progressive rock as a singer, songwriter, drummer and percussionist. He has opened for and shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Billy Squier, Bad Company & Blue Oyster Cult. His influences include Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Barry White, Al Green, James Brown, Philly Soul and Motown.
Carrie : vocals
A familiar face in Utah’s music scene, Carrie Scott has performed for audiences from California to DC, from Alaska to Mexico, and has been featured on radio and television. She graduated with a BM in media music, enjoying songwriting and music production in addition to singing. She has performed throughout the state of Utah with many bands and has released an album of original music spanning several genres.
Mike : guitar
Mike Moran’s journey into music started outside of Detroit, Michigan in the 80s where he grew up a fan of his uncle Chick (Corea) and would never miss a chance to see his band perform live when they came through town. So at age 16 he spent his life’s savings on a bass amp, joined a band and has been playing music ever since. Mike has opened for Switchfoot and Sixpence None The Richer.
Ben : bass
Ben Johnson has always been involved in music. He played piano when he was eleven and was always in choirs growing up. Rhythm and blues, soul, and funk enveloped him. He then picked up the upright bass and studied jazz at the University of Utah. Currently teaching many private students, he writes his own music, and plays in many musical groups all over the Salt Lake valley.
Adam : keys
Adam Holladay started playing the piano at the age of 5. After a degree in composition, a masters degree in electronic music and years writing and producing music in front of a computer, Adam realized it would be more fun to join a great band and play the electric piano and Hammond organ in a fine funky fashion. So he did. Besides all that, he is the only English member of the band, and his influences are the two Herbies, the one Stevie and the one and only Dudley Moore.
Jarod : drums
Jarod Manis started playing playing on ice cream buckets when he was 9 years old. At 13 he played his first gig with his dad’s band and has since played in bands ranging from heavy metal to big band swing. Jarod was introduced to soul music at age 15 and has been in love with it since.
Eric : trumpet
Eric Devey started playing trumpet with his father’s guidance in 4th grade. His early interest and drive to explore a variety of musical genres led him to perform with groups from ska bands, brass quintets, and funk bands, to the All-State Symphonic Band and the Crescent Super Band. He has played with jazz masters such as Gordon Goodwin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Peter Erskine.
Scott : tenor sax
When Scott Moore was 10, he heard Kenny G and wanted to sound like that guy. At age 13 inherited the tenor sax he plays on today from his great uncle Lester who played with that horn in Morrocco while in the military during WWII. Not long after learning about jazz, blues, and funk, Scott heard his lasting musical influences like John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Jimmy Giuffre and Maceo Parker.
Tony : bari sax
Tony Rico is one of the original members of the The Soulistics. He has been the baritone saxophonist since the band began. A huge fan of the neo-soul uprising, Tony’s influences include The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Speedometer, Breakestra and Orgone. In addition to soul, funk, R&B and neo-soul; Tony’s musical interest includes Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin Jazz.