Junior Williams, Irie Sol founder, moved to America from Kingston, Jamaica, with the dream of starting a band that would fuse the genres indigenous to his native island (reggae, dancehall, ska, and dub) with traditional American music forms (hip hop, funk, soul, rock, and jazz). The result is what he calls “Alternative World Music,” which acknowledges its roots and routes in the World and Alternative genres, and serves to embody a sense of global unity with music. Junior brings to the stage a powerful presence and authentic musical feel that truly defines the flavor and purpose of the band. Williams studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.
Joel Pace hails from the city of Providence, Rhode Island. He received his BA in English and Music from Providence College and then went on to earn his masters and doctorate from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. A Professor with a passion for incorporating music into his classroom, Joel utilizes his diverse education and experience to engage the crowd with freestyling. You will also catch Joel as one of the band's lead singers. If that's not enough for you, he will also play the trumpet, Beat Box, and if you're really nice to him, you might see some of his BREAKDANCING!! Pace is also recognized for his many publications and presentations at prestigious locations.
You can learn more about Joel's other music project, Eggplant Heroes, by clicking the link.
Irie Sol has a uniquely talented cast of performers-
Lars Nelson - Lead Vocals
Yusef Kazemzadeh - Guitar
Gregory Manning - Guitar
Kurt Fischer - Keys
Angelo Williamson - Keys
Sean Smitty Smith - Drums
Tom Krochock - Trumpet
Miguel Hurtado - Drums
Matthew Rongstad - Saxophones , flute
Rhys Leroux - Sax
Joel Pace - Lead Vocals, trumpet
Junior Williams - Lead Vocals, percussion
Erupting out of the Twin Cities with a musical blend that reflects diverse band members–who hail from Kingston, Jamaica; Nova Scotia, Canada; Providence, RI; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; and the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin–Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing and soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass.
Irie Sol has played shows in support of The Wailiers, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, The Meditations, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Bret Michaels, and Warrant. Irie Sol’s music can be enjoyed at live shows throughout the midwest, on many radio programs, and by downloading the new CD, Solstice, on iTunes.