soul understated

*New York, NY – Continuing the momentum of its recently released EP, On the Shoulders of Giants, Soul Understated is back to give fans even more fierce soul stylings as the opening act for Grammy Award Winning Singer and Main Stage Headliner Anthony Hamilton at the on Saturday, April 25. The three-day, world-class jazz and soul festival will be held April 24-26 in Durham, NC. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit

Soul Understated (SU) is among the most dynamically talented discoveries in music since the Motown era. The brilliance of their sound lies in combining the sultry vocals of Mavis ‘SWAN’ Poole, the melodic drummer Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons, and a mothership of all-star musicians. With musical sensibilities that include jazz, soul, funk, gospel, and hip hop, the influences on their sound are as varied and timeless as the music they create.

“We are beyond excited this year to be on the bill opening for the incomparable  Anthony Hamilton on the festival’s main stage,” states Clemons. “To play an even more intricate role as a returning artist this year drives us further to expand our sound and give our amazing fans more of what they expect from SU – and the unexpected!”

“I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am to be a part of AOC,” adds Durham native, Poole. “I’m even more honored that it’s taking place in MY hometown, the ‘Bull City!’ Durham has had a tremendous history within the music world in the past, and it’s amazing to feel like the glory days are being restored.”

SU’s current project On the Shoulders of Giants is the second collaboration between SWAN and BEAN, as they worked together to produce SWAN’s solo project, Soul Tree. This debut product delivers new, refreshing, and original music while simultaneously leaning on the style, sound, and feel of amazing artists who came before with a flavor of guest appearances from Mark Whitfield, Russell Gunn, Brian Jackson, Marc Cary and Chris Rob, to name a few.

Performing together since 2008, the band has appeared at venues across the US, Russia, and the Ukraine and collaborated with artists such as Nicholas Payton and DJ Mikeflo.  With elements reminiscent of Earth Wind and Fire, Ella Fitzgerald, Curtis Mayfield, Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie, Soul Understated is contemporary soul music at its best, delivering soul, funk and jazz with gospel as a side dish.

About The Art of Cool Festival:

The Art of Cool Festival is a three-day music festival with two outdoor stages, five indoor venues and more than 30 world-class performances presented by Art of Cool. More information about the festival can be found at

Most recently, Soul Understated has been added to the lineup to perform at the Toronto Jazz Festival June 18-29, 2015





Chandra McQueen
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