“These sisters grew up in a house full of soul, literally of legends. When they sat down together, you could see that they were even surprised that they had such similar experiences and stories. It was clear to me that it needed to be documented. [These women] are all super talented, and they also have to struggle with that name. I’m just trying to get the story out there.”
Donny Hathaway's voice is undeniable. His too short career established him as a major changing force in soul music. Artists from Stevie Wonder to Eric Benet, Usher, Anthony Hamilton and Kendrick Lamar have named Donny as a major influence on their music and vocal styles.
Syleena's father, Syl Johnson is an underground cult icon. With classics being sampled by a number of rappers including Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Kool G Rap, Hammer, and the Geto Boys, his songs "Is It Because I'm Black" and "Different Strokes", have earned him accolades in the annals of deep soul music.
Chaka Khan is every woman. With a slew of hits under her belt, and a rabid fan base, Chaka has stayed relevant and in top vocal form for almost 5 decades. Chaka's hits span these decades mercilessly. Songs, "I'm Every Woman", "Tell Me Something Good", "Do You Love What You Feel", "Ain't Nobody", "I Feel For You', "Through The Fire," "Angel", and the list just keeps going on. A pure living legend.
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Although her music can be heard worldwide daily via radio, TV ads and film, a recent documentary film, "What Happened, Miss Simone", has brought Simone back into the wide public eye. The film, produced in cooperation with Simone's estate and her daughter, Lisa Simone, has been very well received.
Born mid December (Sagittarius) into the first family of funk, the origins of Raw Syl is the stuff of legend. Both of her parents are founding members of the revolutionary band, Sly & The Family Stone, whose contributions to modern music and pop culture are undeniable. Her mother, Cynthia Robinson, is the trumpet player and integral part of the Family Stone from its conception to the present day. Her father is the elusive architect of funk, Mr. Sly Stone.
Her legendary father, Bill Withers has won 3 Grammy Awards & is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. His many timeless songs have been placed across all media worldwide, soundtracks, TV, commcercials et al. Songs such as "Lean On Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Grandma's Hands" "Just The Two of Us", & "Lovely Day" are the tip of an iceberg of hits, that have reached across borders and generations.
Daughters Of Soul is a celebration of soul. A special two hour collaborative concert of fire, passion and unapologetic sexy soul.
From San Sebastian, Spain to Pori, The Netherlands, & Finland, and from Hackney Theatre, London to Java Jazz in Indonesia.
These shows, which included our sisters in soul Leah McCrae, Joyce Kennedy, Nona Hendryx, Deniece Williams, & Caron Wheeler, have lit up stages around the world.
The Daughters of Soul honor their unforgettable parents, soul icons Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, Sly Stone, & Syl Johnson in their own special way. Daughters Lalah Hathaway, Lisa Simone, Indira Khan, Kori Withers, Syleena Johnson, & Phunne Stone make this amazing line up “Daughters of Soul” a thrilling, dynamic experience. These women are bonded by a similar soul, but all are amazing artists in their own right, each with an individual voice and performance.
In 2016, Daughters of Soul will be filmed for their own documentary.
The film project not only verifies that talent and soul are inherent in DNA, but that tells the poignant stories of these ladies, who’ve grown up under some of the most influential names Black American musical culture has ever produced. With only last names, Hathaway, Khan, Withers, Simone, and Stone, memories are stirred in just about everybody with a pulse.
Award winning film company, Zeppers Film TV out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is is in the process of making this historic film a reality.