HIGHER GROUND is a Professional High Energy Show & Dance Band that will make Any Occasion one to Remember & Cherish. Higher Ground performs a wide range of Music, anywhere from Motown to Frank Sinatra to Beyonce & Usher. The Nashville based _HIGHER GROUND_ formed as a band about 14 years ago. The Core of Higher Ground consists of SIX MEMBERS, All PRO-LEVEL Musicians & Vocalists. Our instrumentation is Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums, and 2 Fantastic Lead Vocalists. We also include up to three Horn Players upon request. Just rembember, We Strive to please all Age Groups(From the Kids to Grandmom)!!!
Price Range: Average $1800 and up
What to Expect
Almost every event we play for, the audience looks at us with an inquisitive or judgemental stare. We play our 1st set and we can barely take our break because usually the audience is so excited, they want us to rush back to the stage right away. I think that's a good sign of the music being enjoyed.
Higher Ground is a Rhythm and Blues band based in Nashville Tennessee. We have been performing for Weddings, Corporate Events, Fraternity & Sorority Formals, Etc for 12 plus years. We cover a wide range of music from Motown to today's popular Music. When it comes to weddings we try to go beyond the call of duty to satisfy the Newly-Wedds. We always arrive early to the performance site to get the instruments set up and tested. Some couples ask the band to learn the 1st dance song, father/daughter dance song, etc. If given the music far enough in advance, we usually accommodate these requests. Getting back to the band, Higher Ground consists of excellent musicians and vocalists. I (Van Bradshaw) am the Founder and Leader of the band. I am the lead guitarist. I've played professionally for 25 years. I've performed in many cities in America, but also have performed on Cruise Ships, also toured in Japan, Singapore, Bahamas, etc. I have toured and recorded with Sisqo(The Dragon) on the Thong Song tour. As Band Leader, I don't short cut on the caliber of musicians I surround myself with. Higher Ground consists of top rated well studied musicians. If one needs further details on the Band's line up, that information can be made available. The main core of Higher Ground consists of SIX MEMBERS. The instrumentation is Keyboardist, Guitarist, Bass Guitarist, Drummer, Male Vocalist, and Female Vocalist. Up to Three Horn Players can be Added to the Core Group upon request. During most Corporate Events, Weddings, Sorority Formals, Etc., the band will start with a quiet dinner set, then escalate to party mode as the evening progresses. We strive to keep even the senior citizens hanging around as we go down memory lane making your event an evening of fun & excitement!!!
Additional Booking Notes
Higher Ground is Self Contained when it comes to production. We have our own Sound System. It consists of High End Components that is usually very efficient to entertain up to 500 people. We have JBL SRX speakers and Crown Amps and top rated instruments on stage. We also carry our own Stage Lights. We need access to 3 outlets on separate circuits within 20 feet of the stage. We require a private dressing room and bathroom(If Possible). We require refreshments in the dressing room (i.e. cokes, sprite, bottled water, and a meal would be greatly appreciated. Most of us eat Poultry and Fish only as a meat. Most Vegetables are acceptable. Back to Sound System info, It is always welcomed for the Venue to provide The Sound System as this lightens the responsibility of the Band.
A sample Songlist can be emailed or faxed to the prospective client.
Influences & Inspiration
This is a very difficult question. We are a group with so many influences. For example, I'm lead guitarist, I grew up listening to R&B, Rock, Easy Listening, Country, etc. The Bassist is a lover of Jazz and Fusion. The Drummer loves Funk and Gospel. The Keyboardist is a musical director for many Broadway Plays. The male vocalist loves real singers like Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Nat King Cole, Luther Vandross, and current singers like R Kelly, Usher, Michael Jackson,etc. The female vocalist loves Motown and Donna Summers, Natalie Cole, as well as Neo Soul artists like Jill Scott, Erica Badu, and pop artist Beyonce. This is a condensed version of our influences.
1) Stage with dimensions 12ft deep and 24ft wide or larger ---2) A private(clean) Dressing Room, 3) Band needs access to event site minimum 3 hours prior to start time to set up and test equipment----4) Electrical 3 separate 20 amp circuits
One Hot nutritious Meal with Poultry or Fish with vegetables. Soft Drinks(i.e. Cokes) and Bottled Water