Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is transcendence, personified. "When you hear this music, you're going to feel something – you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," the band explains in their mini-documentary, Welcome To The Nth Power.
Forged from an impromptu collaboration during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the quintet conceives an other-worldly groove that draw elements of funk, jazz, gospel, reggae and world-beat to create musical energy of a higher power. Their melody-driven songs tap into a force that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with three-part vocal harmonies and lyrics that testify to the healing power of love.
The lineup brings together drummer Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Dumpstaphunk), guitarist Nick Cassarino (Big Daddy Kane, Jennifer Hartswick Band), bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown's Body), keyboardist Courtney Smith, and West African djembe master Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Toubab Krewe) on percussion.
They returned to New Orleans to release their independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test (April 2013), which quickly earned airplay from the city's legendary radio station, WWOZ, and was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2013 by KDHX in St. Louis, MO. The Nth Power soon transitioned from part-time passion project to full-time touring machine. They have performed for major music rooms and festivals coast-to-coast and overseas, including Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Wanee, Bear Creek and Australia's Caloundra Music Festival. Their uplifting live set eventually caught the ear of Sirius XM Radio, which regularly airs live recordings on its "Jam On" rock station.
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