The BandLooking for a band to make your event an experience guests will remember for years to come? You’ve found it!! Soul-X is an 8 to 11 piece corporate and special event variety band that has a rare combination of talent, expertise, versatility, showmanship, and fun!!! Our interactive high energy performance style and exceptional vocals are backed by authentic musicianship…because what you hear us play is ACTUALLY LIVE! Whether it’s Current Top 40, Motown, Blues, 80’s, Country, Funk and more, Soul-X plays them all amazingly well regardless of genre. The band performs an average of over 100 events a year in Denver, across the US, and internationally, leaving audiences across the globe begging for more.
MICHAEL CASTON –…0
Quick FactsFull Name: MICHAEL CASTON - VOCALS
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Michael C., born Michael Sidney Caston on the south side of Chicago, was blessed with music in his soul. Like many toddlers, he created a makeshift drum set from his mother's pots and pans when he was 5 years old. As a teenager his first paying jobs were playing drums with local cover bands but then the gospel world snatched him up. By the time he was 15, he was getting paid to drum for the New Friendship Baptist Church. He played drums with legendary gospel groups including: The Clark Sisters, Mighty Clouds of Joy, and Rev. James Cleveland, to name a few. After graduating from high school Michael C. joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed in CO Springs at Fort Carson. While serving in the military, Michael C. was privileged to be asked to perform in a U.S.O. show for service men and women. After the Army, Michael played right corner back defensive on the practice team for the Denver Broncos for a year until an injury set him back. He then began to focus more on his vocals and became more serious about pursuing his dream of becoming a professional vocalist and performer. It didn't take long for word to spread about this dynamic and energetic performer. Critics and fans alike couldn't deny the versatile, passionate, seductive, and sensual sound of Michael C.'s vocals. Often times he was, and continues to be, compared to Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross - artists who inspired and influenced him in his youth and young adult years. Michael C. is a gifted and experienced vocalist who has established himself as the ultimate front man with his engaging performance style that draws the audience in. Lucky for us he has been performing with Soul X for almost 9 years!
Quick FactsFull Name: CHRISTINE STARKEY-Vocals
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Christine Starkey is a professional recording artist and live performer sharing her talents nationally and internationally. She has been recognized as one of the top tier pop vocalists in the country; blessed with a dynamic vocal range and the ability to sing diverse vocal styles remarkably well. Her studio recordings include jingles, TV commercials, private original projects, and CD publications as well. She has sung for countless events including the NFL Commissioner’s Super bowl Party, NBA All-star game, opening of Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, with Sara Brightman, Donna Summer, and most recently she sang the National Anthem for President Obama and a crowd of 147,000 people. A California native from a musical family, Christine played the viola for 7 years, composed on the piano, and sung in acapella, jazz, and choral groups. Christine began her professional singing career at the age of 19, singing with live bands for private events. She earned a BA in Business Communication and Vocal Pedagogy, where she also studied private classical voice, and was chosen to sing the principal soprano role for a tri-college performance of Carmina Burana. Christine taught private voice at The Denver Music Institute for 6 years until performing and family demands became too great. Currently she co-owns Starkey Productions, with her husband Chris Starkey, and is a mother to four amazing kids. Christine is the founder and bandleader of Soul X and Soiree’, as well as the country band American Honey.
JOHN GILLETTE –Vocals, E…0
Quick FactsFull Name: JOHN GILETTE-Vocals, Emcee
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John Gillette was born to entertain. At a young age he started dancing in Montgomery Alabama with the now known superstar, Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Little did he know that they would both grow up to entertain the masses. After serving in the United States Air Force, John then transitioned into music. He was signed with recording label Def Jam and pursued his dream of being a very gifted songwriter, producer, and recording artist. He continued to pursue dance as well and has choreographed for multiple national recording artists. Realizing he wanted more, John began working with Starkey Productions as an emcee, choreographer, writer, and music producer. Currently he is employed with The AXS Group under Chris Starkey, and continues to challenge himself daily by finding new ways to entertain people. Recently he has found a passion for design and is the in house Graphic Designer for The AXS Group, a contributor for product development, and blossoming videographer as well. Nothing excites him more than bringing joy and happiness to people through his love for entertainment and design. The newest member of the band, John has brought his dynamic vocals, explosive dancing, and interactive emcee skills to the stage with us for the last 1.5 years.
KENT RANDELL – Vocals, R…0
Quick FactsFull Name: KENT RANDELL– VocalsKENT RANDELL – Vocals, Rapper
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Kent Randell is a Colorado native and has been an exceptional multi-faceted performer for many years, with an extensive background in musical theatre. In addition to working with Soul X, he is an actor, dancer, choreographer, and director. He has toured all over Colorado in elementary schools for many years with The Imagination Makers, Denver Center, and Kaiser Permanente’s Children’s Theatre Companies. He won an Ovation award for best supporting actor in a musical for his role as the Pharaoh in Performance Now’s (Denver) production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. He has also won and Ovation and Henry Awards for best Ensemble for the Town Hall Arts Center (Littleton Co) production of Cabaret, and for The Avenue Theatre’s (Denver) production of Dog Sees God. Kent was also nominated for best choreography along with Nick Sugar for the Town Hall production of The Alter Boyz, in which he also played the part of Juan. Other productions include By The Waters of Babylon, Off Square Theatre Company Jackson Hole Wyoming, West Side Story with the Central City Opera CO, A Chorus Line (Town Hall Arts Center). He has been seen on television in various commercials and on The Young and Restless. Local films such as The Frame, Ink, Skills Like This and The Shadow Walkers. “Performing is my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Kent has brought his positive energy, interactive rapping style, dancing, and singing to Soul X for the past 3 years.
CHRIS CONTRERAS –…0
Quick FactsFull Name: CHRIS CONTRERAS – Guitar, Vocals
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Chris Contreras was born in Santiago, Chile but spent most of his formative years in Miami Fl. Growing up in this diverse city, he was exposed to a great variety of musical styles and genres. During his High School years he was fortunate enough to study guitar with legendary jazz teacher Vincent Bredice, who has published several books on Mel Bay publishing, and counts Joe Diorio among his star pupils. After High School, Chris attended Florida International University, studying classical voice before switching to composition and completing a Bachelor of Music degree. He then went on to study Classical composition at Arizona State University where he completed his Master of Music Degree in 2000. Currently he lives and works as a professional musician in the Denver front range area, also teaching private lessons for guitar, voice, and piano. His diverse training allows him to cover many styles, including Rock, Jazz and Classical. He also actively writes and records original music for Tiny Heater Music, an independent record label of which he is co-founder and part owner. Chris is a founding member of Soul X, gracing us with his ridiculously amazing guitar skills for over 10 years!
DARREN ROSS – Drums0
Quick FactsFull Name: DARREN ROSS – Drums
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Darren has been playing drums since the age of 15 and within one year began performing in clubs and at concerts in the Chicago area. Shortly after, he began studying with Pat Metheny’s drummer, Paul Wertico. In 1990 he relocated to the Los Angeles area where he continued to study various playing styles and drum techniques with other accomplished drummers such as Peter Erskine, Ralph Humphrey, Jeff Hamilton, Joe Porcaro, and Freddie Gruber. In addition, he worked regularly as a professional drummer and percussionist in a multitude of venues while teaching music at the acclaimed Musician’s Institute in LA. Over the years, Darren has played with many different artists, recording and touring with Al Wilson (“Show & Tell”), Otis Day (“Shout”), Patrice Rushen, Spencer Davis (“Gimme Some Lovin”), Sugar Loaf (“Green- Eyed Lady), Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues; Yes), Brand X, Debbie Reynolds, Bo Diddley, The Diamonds, Coasters, Platters, Jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, The Orchestra Surreal, more recently with renowned baritone and Sony Jazz recording artist Jubilant Sykes, as well as countless other solo artists and groups in California, Chicago, and Colorado. Darren has been killing the drums with Soul X for the last 5 “wonderful” years!
ALLEN BURKI – Bass0
Quick FactsFull Name: ALLEN BURKI – Bass
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Allen Burki grew up in Eagle, Colorado and comes from a family of musicians. Because music was always a major part of life, he knew from a very young age that he wanted to pursue a degree in music. Allen graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Performance and Composition. While attending school he studied under top jazz and classical instructors including Ken Walker and John Arneson. Learning from such great musicians and teachers inspired him to do the same. He has been teaching electric and upright bass at the Music and Arts Center in Englewood to middle and high school students for 15 years. In the past five years he has also extended his teaching to Aurora at the Music Go Round. In addition to teaching, Allen has played in some of Denver’s top off Broadway shows including Hats, The Yiddish Are Coming, Evita, and Menopause the Musical. He was asked to play in the pit orchestra for the Cleo Parker Dance ensemble and the pit orchestra for the Boulder Theatre as well. He has also performed live with many of Denver’s top funk and R&B groups over the last twelve years. Allen has played and recorded internationally for Brazillius Records, and toured throughout Europe, Mexico, and Russia. One of his greatest joys is being able to perform at Colorado Community Church where he has been using his talent for worship the past 10 years. Allen has been laying down the funk and keeping the backline dancing for almost 5 years.
NATHAN HANCE – Keys0
Quick FactsFull Name: NATHAN HANCE – Keys
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Nathan Hance was born to play the piano. A native of Minot, ND, he has been playing piano as long as he can remember. He made his debut as a composer while still in high school, premiering two big band compositions and went on to receive a music composition degree from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), where he studied classical and jazz piano. In 2010, he had the distinct honor of performing Benjamin Britten's Piano Concerto with The Concordia Orchestra. Nathan has written music for almost every instrument and ensemble and his music has been performed around the globe. After completing his studies, Nathan visited more than 60 countries and all seven continents, including Antarctica as a pianist and bandleader on cruise ships. He has played with world class musicians and performed with hundreds of world-class acts, including Wayne Newton and Melissa Manchester. Nathan moved to Denver in 2013 to further his career as a pianist and composer, and to experience beautiful Colorado. He recently released his first solo piano CD "Reawakening." Nathan also regularly records unique YouTube videos that showcase his piano and arranging skills. In addition to his solo piano projects, Nathan enjoys playing with big bands and choirs, serving as music director at Salem UCC church, and teaching in his private studio. Nathan has lent his very significant talents to Soul X for almost 2 years now. www.NathanHance.com
The band was fabulous and the event was a HUGE success. Thanks so much for your help! The members of the band were all very professional, nice, easy to work with and of course all sounded amazing! The dancers were really good too and a lot of fun. Thanks again!
I really cannot tell you how INCREDIBLE THE BAND WAS. Everyone commented. It was a constant dance party, and it made my entire night. Seriously, I cannot thank you enough. I have been to plenty of weddings and I don’t think I am biased; that is the best band I have ever heard. Thank you, thank you….
We couldn’t be happier!!! The band was fabulous…so many people were talking about how good they were. And your wife – she is beautiful, sweet, and sensational – she belted out those songs in the most amazing way – beautiful, beautiful!!! The flow of the evening went very well and every one of our guests participated. It was a great party and most importantly, the kids LOVED their wedding!! Thank you, thank you, for making it an event to be remembered. You were wonderful to work with.
Thanks for the follow up – I’m still recovering—Soul X ROCKED it !!! They were great, flexible, and kept the dance floor packed!!! I didn’t have to babysit them, I really enjoyed working w/ Chris (sound/guitar guy) – he made it happen! All members were great to work with! You too were wonderful and really helped make the party a huge success, many thanks- and I look forward to working with you in the future!!
THIS MAY BE A WHILE AFTER THE WEDDING … BUT I HAVE NEVER IN MY WHOLE 57 YEARS OF LIFE SEEN A BAND LIKE THIS …THEY ROCKED!!!!!! I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE …WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIFE…..THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH