Westcoast Soulstars

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Westcoast Soulstars were formed late 2007 with a view to create a live soul, funk & disco project, capable of delivering a professional hard hitting show with select songs from the 1970’s to modern day…

Margate Soul Weekend 2008 was the band’s first outing & since then they have been on a roller coaster ride to the heights of the modern soul scene, being hailed as one of the best live acts out their today. The early years saw the project go through two line up changes until the current line up came together (Eli Tompson & Janine Johnson). With a set full of rearranged soul funk classics such as Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway ‘Back Together Again’, Atlantic Starr’s ‘Circles’ & D Trains ‘You’re The One For Me’, the band slotted comfortably onto the big stage & took London’s Indigo2 by storm, first supporting Sister Sledge & most recently Chic with the legendary Nile Rogers.

Westcoast Soulstars (by Jamie Topham | ©2012 Summer Soulstice™)

2010 saw the band work with David Joseph (lead singer of the original Hi-Tension) saying his performance with the band was one of the best ever. Junior Giscombe also gave his seal of approval working with the band in the same year.

Jenny McKenzie, founder of the Ultimate Boogie Nights @ IndigO2 & the the event’s host & compere James Anthony suggested it was time to create an original track to keep the demand growing & spring board the band onto the UK modern soul scene.

Eli, who’s vocal talents were discovered in church & who had an earlier professional career as a singer, songwriter & producer with a band called After Tonight, managed by Specials guitarist Lynval Golding, took time out to pen & produce ‘Show Me Love’ the band’s first single which peaked @ No.3 in The UK Sweet Rhythms Chart. The song also took them through a series of unprecedented appearances at Caister Soul Weekender, being the only act in 30 years to be requested, in fact insisted, to do an encore by Caister legend Chris Hill & thus establishing the band’s footing in the scene.

In 2012 Westcoast Soulstars travelled to a sun drenched Barnet & delivered one helluva performance @ our 6th annual event, continuing to please the UK’s soul lovers.

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