In January 2018, The Keeshea Pratt Band secured first place in the Band Division for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The polished, professional, soul-stirring, toe-tapping performances assured the judges that the band is primed to headline major festivals and concert stages as a noteworthy authority on the blues scene, nationally and internationally.
The Houston-based, award-winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown, a rarity among bands of any genre today. The eight-piece musical collective lends its energy and passion to traditional and contemporary blues and also offers a preview of the future of blues. The artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel and country, and back again.
Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing five states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. Trumpeter Misaki Nishidate is nestled between Dan Carpenter (saxophone) and James Williams III (trumpet) in a three-piece horn section that produces thrilling chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands. Brian Sowell (lead guitar/vocals) and Nick Fishman (drums) play vital roles in the group, while Shawn Allen (bass) serves as music director, channeling the dynamic energies of this well-oiled musical juggernaut.
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