From Kansas City comes a band with one of the most refreshing sounds this year, and may become the sound of 2013. Next year will see the release of an album from a large number of great minds, who are collectively called My Brothers and Sisters.
The beginnings of the band stemmed from an idea to create a new style of music. That idea is the brainchild of lead singer Jamie Searle.
In their words:
“After a year’s worth of work American Composer & Kansas City native, Jamie Searle, set out to make his vision of a pop orchestra a reality. Using a mix of musicians coming from various backgrounds and musical training, Searle organized an 18 piece ensemble to play his original compositions beginning in May 2011.
The repertoire since has grown to nearly 2 hours. MY BROTHERS & SISTERS now does covers arranged as close to the original recordings as the composer can get. They include, “Feeling Good” Nina Simone, “Independent Women” Destiny’s Child, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” Jackie DeShannon, & Brazillian Instrumental “Danza Brasiliera” Jorge Morel.
Currently, MB&S is in the studio after being blessed by the people that love us and believe in what we do. We Thank You. The 10 song album is due out soon after the turn of the new year. Many songs have been heavily orchestrated using some of the top players in KC including members of the symphony.
MY BROTHERS & SISTERS musical objective matches its social objective in that the musicians represented on stage will one day reflect our audience in that we are a group of widely diverse people spanning generation, ethnicity, spirituality & musical training. Musically, the music celebrates and amalgamates many American styles of music as well as other nations. In short, to unite through a celebration of our diversity.
MB&S would love it if you shared the hell out of our music. It’s there and the composer works tirelessly for his music to be heard and the message to be spread. It’s a good one. Oh, and when I refer to myself in third person, it’s only to make this bio seem like someone else wrote it. Like suddenly it makes the whole endeavor legitimate. Anyways, I’m glad you’ve taken the time to read this and visit this site and listen to the music. The music, that’s what matters.”
The song itself is beautifully and masterfully laid out, beginning with a smooth guitar and vocal solo. Eventually it builds up into an epic chorus line that will have you counting musicians* around you head.
The song leaves us with the atmospheric tones of a choir, along with a great anticipation for more songs from this Kansas City band, My Brothers and Sisters.
Stay up-to-date on this band through their Reverbnation or Bandcamp page, and watch out for the album in 2013.
Cheers to you, J.S. Searle and fellow musicians*!
(*musicians: Strings: John Eadie, Filip Lazovsky, & Jennifer Richison / Drum Kit: Tony Toigo / Bass: Dylan McGonigle / Brass: Stephanie Bryan (trombone), Mark Cohick (tenor sax), Steve Molloy (trumpet) / Voices: Angel Gibson, Julia Haile, Melissa Backstrom, Tiana Echevarria / Jamie Searle: Guitars, lead vocal, aux percussion, composer, producer, songwriter.)