The Gold Souls are bringing the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues to the Northern California scene and beyond. Drawing from a wide range of influences and experiences, they deliver captivating lyrics and fresh arrangements over a vintage sound.
Led by the dynamic Juniper Waller, the group is made up of young talent hailing from the Bay and Sacramento areas. With Darius Upshaw on guitar, Alex Severson on the keys, Billy D. Thompson on the drums, and Avery Jeffry on bass, each member has a hand in writing and song composition, making The Gold Souls a truly collaborative effort.
“‘94 Chevy is a fun and upbeat funk about an imaginary police chase in our actual tour van,” says co-writer and drummer Billy D. Thompson. “It’s a musically adventurous song that moves through different sonic scapes to emphasize the twists and turns of the story.” “Our van took us up and down the West Coast and all the way out to New Orleans and back, so we felt it deserved its own single,” adds lead singer and co-writer Juniper Waller.
The Gold Souls burst on the Sacramento music scene in early 2017 and are swiftly becoming one of the most promising new talents in the area.
They released their self-titled five song EP in May of 2017, and toured down the California coast soon after in support of the fresh blues, soul-funk EP. Their next single, “Nobody,” was released in late 2017 and was featured on Apple Music Blues’ Hot Tracks list. They released their full-length album “Good to Feel” in June of 2018, an album that stuck to their core oath to never sacrifice the groove.
Their next single, “True Blue” was produced/engineered by multi-Grammy winner Timothy Bloom (Smokey Robinson) and was released in February of 2019. That April, the band went on tour through southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and New Orleans.
“Strongman” was released in the Summer of 2019 as a single that promotes a story of female-empowerment through rich soul textures and a vintage-inspired sound. The release was accompanied by a visually stunning lyric video in October of that year. After their performance at the Joshua Tree Music Festival, The Gold Souls toured up to the Pacific Northwest and wrapped 2019 with a NYE show with their fans at The Palm Playhouse.
2020 hardly slowed the Souls down, as they spent the year working on their forthcoming second album and live-streaming many concerts to their fans as they sheltered in place. They released their latest single, “Got It” in May of 2020 which promoted a message of community empowerment and unity. The single was accompanied by a collaborative music video with animation from artists all around the world.
2021 and beyond look promising for the band, as they get back to their busy schedule of traveling around Northern California and rocking stages for the live music-starved masses.
Moving forward, The Gold Souls will be releasing their New full Album. On Oct. 29th and they will be hitting the road with a Tour set for the first two weeks of November.