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    Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 3:34pm
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Los Angeles Based Sun Soul Orchestra Prepares To Release Their Long Awaited Full-Length CD Debut “What Matters Most” Worldwide on April 28th, 2015

Los Angeles, CA - Sun Soul Orchestra is an inspired project that features a rotating collection of artists performing original music and covers arranged by Stevo Théard and Ginger Murphy. Their debut album,What Matters Most has been a labor of love over the past 5 years and finally releases worldwide, physically and digitally on April 28th, 2015. On the surface it would seem that Los Angeles, California based Stevo and Ginger could not come from more disparate planets in the musical universe. Ginger came up in the highly structured, extremely regimented world of classical music training, while Stevo got most of his training on the job – at first playing nightclubs and gigging locally, then graduating into the world of international touring and recording. 

Stevo and Ginger are both working musicians and have hundreds of amazing credits including working with many superstars throughout their careers. Stevo has worked with Amel LarrieuxMandy MooreMichael McDonald, Jeffrey OsborneJames IngramPeabo BrysonPatti AustinAnita BakerVanessa Williams,Brian McKnightBobby BrownTerence Trent D'ArbyNew EditionJohnny MathisKeb Mo'Sheila E. & The E FamilyChris Botti, Dave KozBranford Marsalis, and Patrice Rushen to name a few. Ginger has recorded and/or performed with: Kendrick Lamar, Christina Aguilera, Pat BenatarGeorge Benson,Michael BubleKelly ClarksonSheryl CrowP DiddyCee Lo GreenFaith EvansPlacido Domingo,One RepublicPharrellBarbra StreisandMacy GrayJosh GrobanMos DefRihannaUsherKanye WestSteve WonderWu-Tang ClanOlivia Newton JohnBlake Shelton and so many more.

This album features many world class musicians that appear throughout the album. Rastine Calhoun, who plays sax on a handful of tracks, has worked with legendary artists like Marvin GayeGladys KnightAretha Franklin and Babyface. Also featured, Greg “Gee Mack” Dalton who has worked with Stevie Wonder,Mary J. BligeJay Z, Snoop Dogg and L.L. Cool JMichael Hunter plays flugelhorn on a track. Michael is a world-class soloist who has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Rick James, and James BrownKamasi Washington is a young lion who has worked with Kendrick LamarRaphael SaadiqMos DefChaka KhanQuincy Jones and Stanley ClarkeChris Woods is an amazingly gifted violinist who has worked withJustin TimberlakeFaith EvansOutkast and The Black Eyed PeasChris Gray has worked with Earth Wind and Fire and Idina Menzel, and has been in the pit orchestras of The Academy Awards and Dancing With The StarsWhat Matters Most also features Katisse Buckingham who has worked with PrinceDr. Dre,Herbie Hancock and Poncho Sanchez. Everyone brings the heat on this one! For a full list of players featured on What Matters Most check out http://sunsoulorchestra.com/players

When Stevo and Ginger first met at the historic Capitol Records Studio A in Hollywood, they discovered that they had much more in common than a casual observer might expect. She grew up in Chicago with a great love for Blues, Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop and R&B. He grew up in Los Angeles with eclectic musical tastes that included Rock, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, and even a love for the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. They also found that they shared a deeply passionate appreciation for great cuisine from all corners of the world (especially Sushi), and so their journey began. 

The first seed of Sun Soul Orchestra was planted when Stevo volunteered to write an arrangement for a string quartet that Ginger was a part of. Stevo’s idea was to combine the string quartet with drums and percussion, and Ginger suggested the song I Wanna Know as a good potential cover. Even though Stevo had no experience writing for strings, he dove in and quickly discovered that he had a knack for putting the arrangements together. When they began writing original music together, they became truly inspired, and committed themselves to the project now known as Sun Soul Orchestra. 

The mission of Sun Soul Orchestra is to create soulful music with the best musicians and vocalists available, and to combine the strengths that Ginger and Stevo each bring to the table, along with all of their invited guests.What Matters Most, the first offering from Sun Soul Orchestra, is about tapping into what Stevo and Ginger both value most about music: the emotional content of it, and the ability of music to communicate on a deeply spiritual level. 

With two singles already in frequent rotation on dozens of radio stations across the US, What Matters Mostreleases physically and digitally worldwide on April 28th, 2015. SSO will be performing a few select shows around the Los Angeles area to support the album’s release.

For more information on CD release parties, new music samples, or to join the mailing list visit the SSO website http://sunsoulorchestra.com/
 
Check out the video for their cover of the Rolling Stones’ Waiting On A Friendhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXxZ3QnEoaA

For Physical Distribution Inquiries please contact Steffen Franz or Ben Lang at Independent Distribution Collective at 415-292-7007 or via e-mail [email protected] 

For Digital Distribution Inquiries contact Jerome Forney at IDCDigital at 415-292-7007 or via e-mail[email protected] 

For Press and Radio Inquiries contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at 828-350-8158[email protected]

For Information on Booking Sun Soul Orchestra contact Gumbo Child Productions [email protected]yahoo.com
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