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Universal

Universal

2 reviews
Universal
4.35/5 stars – based on 2 reviews

Why book Universal?

Kathleen Johnson is "The original Best Kept Secret"visionary of "Musicians4musicians, co-founder "Raisingthebar, an Artists's Loft" featured in documentary Funky Town, Group leader of UniverSoul project for Bellagala's A'bulae event center, featured band for new Medica radio campaign.

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Loves singing Soul, R & B, DANCE, CLASSIC ROCK, CHESS, MOTOWN, and TOP 40! We present theme shows presenting The music of ETTA JAMES, Teena Marie, Rick James, Teddy Pendergrass, Earth Wind & Fire, 90's R & B, The Emotions and let's DUET again show! Whether you are planning a special benefit event, a party or need a show, we deliver on any entertainment desire!

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Party Band in Minneapolis, MN
I had these two singers for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. I heard the whole UniverSoul group at the wedding fair and they were fabulous, but I did not want the whole group.
These two set up their equipment about an hour and a half before the ceremony. She was very sweet and introduced herself to me (the bride) as we were taking pictures. It was very cold and I had an outdoor ceremony, so I appreciate that they were great with that.
The trouble I had with these two, was that the speaker went out to Keanna's microphone. She stood there awkwardly, while Taylor played the piano and sang. I was disappointed that I did not hear her and that they didn't come prepared with two working speakers. They should have checked that during the set up. I believe she should have just sat down if her speaker wasn't working. They sang two songs for my ceremony and Taylor was amazing!
I then had them sing for my cocktail hour. Keanna did most of the singing. She was wonderful, but she could have used some hand motions or body swaying and I heard from many, she was a great singer, but very boring to watch as she didn't look like she enjoyed what she was doing.
Overall, I feel these two were great and would be fabulous if they fix some minor, easy flaws.
Wedding Cocktail Hour in Minnetonka, MN
4.4 / 5 stars

Keanna & Taylor

I had these two singers for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. I heard the whole UniverSoul group at the wedding fair and they were fabulous, but I did not want the whole group.
These two set up their equipment about an hour and a half before the ceremony. She was very sweet and introduced herself to me (the bride) as we were taking pictures. It was very cold and I had an outdoor ceremony, so I appreciate that they were great with that.
The trouble I had with these two, was that the speaker went out to Keanna's microphone. She stood there awkwardly, while Taylor played the piano and sang. I was disappointed that I did not hear her and that they didn't come prepared with two working speakers. They should have checked that during the set up. I believe she should have just sat down if her speaker wasn't working. They sang two songs for my ceremony and Taylor was amazing!
I then had them sing for my cocktail hour. Keanna did most of the singing. She was wonderful, but she could have used some hand motions or body swaying and I heard from many, she was a great singer, but very boring to watch as she didn't look like she enjoyed what she was doing.
Overall, I feel these two were great and would be fabulous if they fix some minor, easy flaws.

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Reviewer: Kaitlen J.
Event: Wedding Cocktail Hour in Minnetonka, MN
Event Date: Oct 4, 2014
Party Band in Minneapolis, MN
I had Kathleen and company play my wedding and they didn't disappoint. They played exactly what we were looking for and kept people dancing throughout the night. We only wish they could have played a few more hours. Great option for any event.
Wedding Reception in Sheffield, IA
4.3 / 5 stars

Great, fun, group

I had Kathleen and company play my wedding and they didn't disappoint. They played exactly what we were looking for and kept people dancing throughout the night. We only wish they could have played a few more hours. Great option for any event.

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Reviewer: Martin
Organization: E
Event: Wedding Reception in Sheffield, IA
Event Date: Jul 21, 2012
Hired As: Blues Band, Disco Band, Funk Band, Motown Group, R&B Group, Soul Band, Wedding Band

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 15 - 165 minutes
  • Fee: $500-$10,500.00
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: Aftra

Overview

Vocalist Kathleen Johnson has performed with many of the most sought after musical projects and party bands, such as “The Ladies of Jazz”, “Divas for Dads”, “The Jam Factory”, “The Soultight Committee, “Synergy”, “George Faber and The Icons”, “Rock it”, “The R Factor”, “The TC Jammers”, and the list goes on! She is currently a back-up vocalist for Keri Noble, The Billy Mclaughlin Group and has worked with many of the International Entertainers and recording artists that Minneapolis has produced, such as PRINCE, ALEXANDER ONEAL, JORDAN SPARKS, SAM MOORE, AND LORI LINE!

RAGE FEATURING BKS
The Musical impact of the life of Etta James

The Minneapolis based musical group BKS presents the Rage Project. BKS maps out the musical journey of Etta James. Moreover, BKS demonstrates how Etta James impacted many musical genres and how great artists of today and yesterday give tribute to her extraordinary talent.

We teach through song how many well known artist be it rock, country, soul, contemporary, house or funk, respected her teachings by covering her tunes and taking on the spirit of her through vocal styling, stage presence, and even attitude and way of life.

We also recognize, respect, and show the impact that Etta James has had on the full spectrum of American music and artist through out history. However, the powerful colorful picture of her historical life is not well known to many and has not been documented on stage in such

Additional Booking Notes

AMPEG Bass amp
Guitar and Keyboard Amps
Chordless Mics

Bio

Continuing in the tradition of the celebrated soulful family sound, Kathleen Johnson introduces "BKS"! The long time labor of love introduces a musical project that delivers on every level! Group leader and vocalist Kathleen Johnson is a well sought after vocalist, actress and entertainer who has performed on stage and in the studio with many working musical projects and artist in Minneapolis, such as PRINCE, ALEXANDER O'NEAL, SAM MOORE, JORDIN SPARKS, KERI NOBLE, BILLY MCLAUGLIN, THE PETERSON'S, ROBERT ROBINSON, LORI LINE, THE SOUL TIGHT COMMITTEE, HIGH & MIGHTY, SYNERGY, THE R FACTOR, THE TC JAMMERS, MAMBOS COMBO, THE JAM FACTORY and the list goes on and on! She is has recently introduced her new solo project "BLAC VINYL DREAM" which is made up of the great music of yesturday, today and tomorrow that deserves to be on VINYL!

Muscians4musicians projects bring to the stage an A-list of musicians who are mostly long time members of the most sought after touring and corporate projects, each accomplished and celebrated in his or her own right to create a true musical delight!

SOME OF OUR CLIENTS ARE

The Dakota, Santorinis Kitchen, 318 Caf, The Cue at The Guthrie, Lurcat, northCoast, Robyne Robinson event for Lupus, Dystonia Foundation Music Series, Rossi, Minnesota Music Caf, Famous Daves, Bunker, The AlzheimerGala Event(3 times), The Heartland Benefit festival for Children with Aides, Braveheart Animal Rescue, Recording for Youth, The Minneapolis Urban Legue Family Day, The Minnesota Vikings Events on the plaza, Juneteenth Celebrations, Minneapolis & St. Paul Gay Pride Festivals, Rondo Days, Crimson Music Fest, Freedom Fest, The School II, Sawatdee, Wilebski's Blues Saloon, The Angel Network Fundraiser and so much more!


A FEW AWARDS:

--Nomination for Minnesota Music Award for Best R & B Group and Best R & B CD Project
--Urban League Recognition Award
--Million Woman March Honorary Award
--Minnesota Black music Award

Whether playing locally, nationally or international on the stages of most respected music caberets, clubs and concert halls, the artist's of Musicians4musicians will always return home to feed their love for making music with each other!

Past Booked Events

10/05/13 CROOKED PINT MPLS
08/31/13 Minnesota Music Cafe
08/24/13 FREEDOM FEST MPLS
08/23/13 Arnellia's St. Paul
05/25/13 MN MUSIC CAFE
05/11/13 THE NARROWS Lk Minnetonka
05/04/13 UNF MASKED BALL
04/27/13 PRIVATE PARTY
04/05/13 MN MUSIC CAFE
03/30/13 shorewood in Fridley
03/29/13 Bunker's
03/23/13 MYSTIC LAKE CASINO
03/16/13 MN MUSIC CAFE
03/09/13 shamrocks
02/23/13 MN MUSIC CAFE
02/22/13 THE SHOREWOOD FRIDLEY
02/16/13 CROOKED PINT
02/15/13 The School II, Chanhassen
02/08/13 Arnellia's St. Paul
02/01/13 BUNKERS Minneapolis
01/25/13 MN MUSIC CAFE St. Paul
09/08/12 END OF SUMMER BASH ARNELLIA'S
08/31/12 THE SHOREWOOD
08/25/12 SHAMROCKS ST. PAUL MN
08/24/12 MN STATE FAIR
08/23/12 MN STATE FAIR
08/18/12 Minnesota Music Cafe
08/17/12 Bunkers
08/11/12 The Narrows LK MINNETONKA
08/04/12 Arnellia's St. Paul
08/03/12 THE BLUE NILE MPLS
07/28/12 Flow Art Crawl
07/28/12 Minne
07/27/12 Shorewood
07/26/12 Pearl Park 54th and Portland MPLS
07/21/12 WEDDING IA
07/20/12 Mystic Lake
07/14/12 wedding 317 ON RICE
12/31/11 BKS NYE CELEBRATION TBA
12/30/11 kat private event
12/23/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT @ MN MUSIC CAFE 9PM ST. PAUL, MN
12/17/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT @ MYSTIC LAKE CASINO 8pm
12/10/11 BKS WITH SOUL TIGHT PRIVATE PARTY
12/09/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT AT THE SHOREWOOD in FRIDLEY MN
12/03/11 BKS @ A "TASTY" Event The BLACK BAMBOO DT MPLS 8:30pm
11/26/11 BKS WITH SOUL TIGHT PRIVATE PARTY
11/25/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT @ MN MUSIC CAFE 9PM ST. PAUL, MN
11/12/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT @ THE PEACE BALL N. MPLS
11/11/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT AT THE SHOREWOOD in FRIDLEY MN
11/05/11 KAT with GEORGE FABER PRIVATE EVENT
11/04/11 BKS W/SOULTIGHT @ FAMOUS DAVES 9PM UPTOWN MPLS
10/28/11 BKS WITH SOUL TIGHT PRIVATE PARTY
10/22/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT @ MN MUSIC CAFE 9PM ST. PAUL, MN
10/15/11 BKS with SOUL TIGHT @ THE SHOREWOOD 9PM
10/14/11 BKS @ The School II in Chanhassen 8pm
09/23/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT AT THE SHOREWOOD
09/17/11 BKS w/SOUL TIGHT @ MYSTIC LAKE CASINO
09/16/11 BKS @ MN MUSIC CAFE W/SOUL TIGHT 9PM ST. PAUL
06/10/11 Wilebski's Blues Saloon
03/31/11 The School II Chanhassen
03/25/11 The School II Chanhassen
03/05/11 PRIVATE PARTY
02/23/11 The Aster Cafe 125 SE MAIN STREET Minneapolis
02/19/11 LUTHER/LEVERT SHOW ARNELLIAS
02/19/11 KAT w SOULTIGHT At Mystic Lake Casino
02/18/11 The School II Chanhassen
02/12/11 KAT WITH SOULTIGHT
02/12/11 KAT With SOULTIGHT @ SHOREWOOD 6161 NE Hwy 65
02/11/11 ATHLEEN SOULTIGHT
02/05/11 FUNDRAISER BRAVEHEART ANIMAL SHELTER
02/04/11 Kat W SOULTIGHT @ NAROOWS 3380 Shorline Dr Navarre
01/21/11 The School II Chanhassen
12/31/10 The School II, Chanhassen
12/29/10 Arnellia's St. Paul
12/23/10 318 7:30pm
12/22/10 Arnellia's St. Paul
12/18/10 School II Chanhassen
12/16/10 The School II, Chanhassen
12/15/10 Arnellia's St. Paul
12/14/10 Private event
12/11/10 WEDDING
12/11/10 KATHLEEN WITH Stc SANTORINI Eden Prarie
12/08/10 ar
12/01/10 World Aids event
12/01/10 Arnellia's St. Paul
11/20/10 Private
11/19/10 Red Sea
11/13/10 LUTHER/LEVERT TRIBUTE
11/05/10 Minnesota Music Cafe
10/23/10 Benefit for Breast Cancer victims and their families
10/23/10 Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul
10/22/10 School II Chanhassen
10/16/10 George Faber
10/02/10 "BKS" An evening with the music of ETTA JAMES MANITOU STATION
09/30/10 School II Chanhassen 7:30pm
09/26/10 ETTA JAMES TRIBUTE Maple Grove Aphitheater
09/26/10 ETTA JAMES TRIBUTE Maple Grove Aphitheater
09/18/10 THE WORLD FAMOUS DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB
09/04/10 KATHLEEN WITH R FACTOR/PRIVATE WEDDING

The team providing the talent:

Kathleen Johnson

band leader and vocalist

lavender

administration personal assistant

Set List

SUGAR ON THE FLOOR
NIGHT TIME IS RIGHT TIME
ID RATHER BE BLIND
TAINT NOBODY'S BUSINESS
ROCK ME BABY
IF U WANT ME TO STAY
DAHM YOUR EYES
SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE
ONE NIGHT
CHURCHBELLS
TELL MA MA
MIDNIGHT HOUR
TROUBLE MAN
NEVER LOVED A MAN
BLACK AND BLUES
LOUISIANA SUNDAY AFTERNOON
SUNSHINE
FRAGILE
LITTLE BY LITTLE
TRYING TIMES
Wanna be Startin Sumthin/M. Jackson
portugues/teen marie
Angel/Chaka Kahn
Knocks me off my feet/S. Wonder
Hoodboy/Fantasia
Them Changes/Letisi
Orange Moon/Erika Badu
The fact is/Jill Scott
Jump to it/Aretha
I wish/Stevie Wonder
Love for sale/Diane Reeves
Can’t hide Love/EWF
Wayfaring Stranger/Eva
Take A train
Sunshine/Raul Midon
Some kind of wonderful/Jostone
Car wash/Rolls Royce
You’v e got the love/Chaka
Rock Steady/Aretha
Mr. Melody/Natalie Cole
Peole make world go round/Layla Hathaway
Change is gonna come/Seal
Stand by me
After the dance/Marvin Gaye
Nasty girl/Vanity
I wish I didn’t miss you/Angie Stone
Just be good 2 me
Love come down/Evelyn Champagne King
Holding back the years/Angie Stone
Is it the way/Jill Scott
Dr. Feel good/Aretha
Day Dreaming/Aretha
My Funny Valentine
Midnight train Georgia/Gladys Knight
Turn the beat around/
Oh me oh my/Aretha
What a Difference a Day made/
Stop on By/Chaka
Chain of Fools/Aretha
Long train runnin/Doobie Bros
Signed sealed delivers/Chaka
Fly me to the moon/Sara Vaugn
Little by Little/Susan Tedeschi
Fragile/Sting
When will I see you again/3 Degrees
Last Dance/Donna Summer
Reelin in the years/S. Dan
I love you more today than yesterday/D.Ross
Cheek 2 Cheek/Eva Cassidy
Biggest part of me/Ambrosia
Through the Fire/Chaka
Baby I love You/Aretha
When I fall in Love/Natalie Cole
I’ll Take you there/Staples Singers
Sweetest Taboo/Sade
Cant take my eyes off of you/Lauren Hill
Natural Woman/Aretha Franklin
Fantasy/EWF
Bad Girl/Donna Summer
Mr. Melody/Natalie Cole
Don’t ask my neighbor/Emotions
At last/Etta James
Dahm Your eyes/Etta James
I just wanna make love to you/Etta James
You send me/Al Jereau
Certainly/Erika Badu
Unforgettable/Nat Cole
Our Love/Natalie Cole
Aint no sunshine/Bill Withers
The First time ever I saw your face/Roberta Flack
Do I Do/Stevie Wonder
Tell me bout it/Jostone
People make world go round/Layla Hathaway
I’ll take you there/Staple singers
Cry baby/Janis Joplin
Is it a Crime/Sade
Been so long/Anita Baker
Good Enough/Anita Baker
Cant hide love/EWF
This Will be/Natalie
Kiss of Life/Sade
Fantasy/EWF
Sing a Song/EWF
Shining Star/EWF
Night time is the right time/Ray Charles
You’re the best thing that ever happened/Gladys Knight
Gonna find another you/John Mayer
Fire/The Ohio Player
Sara Smile/Hall and Oats
Step into my life/Incognito
Beautiful/India Arie
Mocking Bird/James Taylor
How Sweet it is to be loved by you/James Taylor
Half Moon/Janis Joplin
In love with another man/Jazmine Sullivan
Love makes a woman/Phoebe Snow
Wanna be startin something/M. Jackson
Sunshine/Raul Midon
Let’s Stay together/Al Green
What’s Goin on/Marvin Gaye
Waitin on the world to change/John Mayer
Salt/Liz Write
Rock with you/M. Jackson
Way of the World/EWF
Blessed/Emotions
Someday we’ll all be free/Donnie Hathaway
When Your life was low/Layla Hathaway
Golden Thread/Eva Cassidy
That’s Why I’m Crying/Ko Ko taylor
ADOLESCENSE/ instrumental
SOUL NEO/ instrumental
SKETCHES/DWELLE instrumental
TODAY, Letisi (Full song with bridge)
IN LUV WITH MY BEST FRIEND, Letisi
NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME/Ray Charles
SPECIAL/Usher
PEOPLE MAKE WORLD GO ROUND/L. Hath WISH I DIDN'T MISS YOU, Angie Stone
KARMA, Angie Stone
ORANGE MOON/E. Erika Badu
LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS/J. Sullivan
IN LOVE WITH ANOTHER MAN/J. Sullivan
HIGH AND DRY/
SUNDAY MORNIN/Maroon 7
COOL/The Time
ECSTASY/Barry White
U BRING ME JOY/Mary J. Blieg
SUMTHIN SUMTHIN/Maxwell
FEAR/Jazmine Sullivan
HERE I STAND/Usher
NEVER TOO MUCH/L. Vandross
NEVER/Keisha Cole
THERE'S HOPE, India Arie
CLOUD 9/Donnie
MOONBLUE/S. Wonder
(PAGE 2)

PORTUGESE/Teena Marie
CLEAN UP WOMAN/Betty Wright
HOLDIN BACK THE YEARS/Angie stone
CHEEK 2 CHEEK/Eva Cassidy
I LOVE YOU MORE TODAY
THAN YESTRDAY/Diana Ross
EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE/
LIGHT FIRE WET MATCH/Etta James
WANG DANG DOODLE/Ko ko Taylor
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY/R.Kelly
HAVEN’T YOU HEARD/Patrice Rushen
TREAT HER LIKE A LADY/Temptations
IS IT THE WAY/Jill Scott
GET BACK TO LOVE/Brand new Heavies
IS THIS THE WAY LOVE FEELS/C. Michelle
HEAVEN/MARY MARY
GONE TOO SOON/M. Jackson
LOVE IS YOU/Chrisette Michelle
X FACTOR/Lauren Hill
REASONS/Earth, Wind & Fire
NIGHT TIME/Ray Charle
GIRLFRIEND/M. Jackson
DIFFERENT KIND LADY/M. Jackson
WANNA BE STARTIN SUMTHIN/M. Jackson
CHANGE GONNA COME/SEAL
GOT 2 BE THERE/M. Jackson
SUPERSTAR/Luther Vandross
WILL YOU BE THERE/M. Jackson
REELIN IN THE YEARS/Steely Dan
TRYIN TIMES/Roberta Flack
BLESSED/EMOTIONS
LOVE VIBES/Emotions
SOMBODY WANTS WHAT I GOT/Emotions
I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE/Emotions
DON’T ASK MY NEIGHBOR/Emotions
SUPER WOMAN/E. Keys
WET MATCH/E. James
I SANG THE BLUES
LET IT ROCK/E. James
BURN THE DISCO OUT/M. Jackson
LOVE MAKES A WOMAN/Phoebe Snow
AINT NO WAY/Aretha Franklin
ALL I DO/S. Wonder
LOVE VIBES/Emotions
FANTASY/EWF
IN THE STONE/EWF
SING A SONG/EWF
FUNKY GOOD TIME/J. Brown
DON’T PLAY THAT SONG FOR ME/A. Franklin
I AINT ASKIN FOR MUCH/Z Z TOP
HIGHER GROUND/S. Wonder
ALL I DO/S. Wonder
FUNNY VALENTINE/BKS version
SIMPLY THE BEST/T. Turner
ILL BE THERE/M. Jackson
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME/Sam Cook/SEAL
STAND BY ME/Ben King
PEOPLE GET READY/Alecia Keys version
FRAGILE/STING (bks version)
SUNSHINE/RAUL MIDON
ROCK STEADY/A. Franklin
TAKIN TO THE STREET/M. Mcdonald
HOW SWEET IT IS/James Taylor
SOMEBODY ELSES GUY/Jocelyn Brown
SERPPENTINE FIRE/Earth, Wind and Fire
BIG EASY/Raphael Saadiq
CANT GET ENOUGH/KC
YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE/Chaka
SEX MUFUCKIE/Prince
THINK(YOUD BETTER)/Lynn Collins
PRETTY WINGS/Maxwell
RELEASE YOURSELF/Grahm Central Station
NASTY GIRL/Vanity 6
DANCE WITH ME/Marvin Gaye
GOLDEN/Jill Scott

DEJAVU/Bionce
AS/S. Wonder
CAN U FEEL ME/Raphael & Skyy
STATE OF MIND/Jay Z & Alecia Keys
HUSH/Z Z top

Influences & Inspiration

ETTA JAMES, Michael Jackson, Earth, Taylor Hicks, Wind an Fire, Prince, Jordin Sparks, Chicago, Beyonce, Frank Sanatra, Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin, Bionce, Mary J. Bleige, The Emotions, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Sara Vaughn, Eva Cassidy, The Temptations, Anita Baker, Chaka, Usher, Patsy Cline, Elton John, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Eagles, The Beatles, Kelly Clarkson, The Doobie Brothers, Ella Fitz Gerald, Sade, Indie Arie, Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole, Etta James, Ko Ko Taylor, Janice Joplin….and so many more!

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