Camera Soul is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music (Verona) and released in the Americas by Kathryn Ballard Shut of TIMKAT Entertainment (Denver, Colorado). Inspired by legendary horn line, soul, R&B, and jazz-fusion artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores, Tower of Power, and Stevie Wonder, as well as neo-soul grooves by Erykah Badu and Jamiroquai, the group is based out of southern Italy (Bari), and led by veteran composer-arranger brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo.
Camera Soul’s distinctive sound is further defined by the smoky and soulful voice of lead vocalist, Serena Brancale on the group’s first two albums (2011-2013), and Maria Enrica Lotesoriere (2014).
The group features a world-class lineup of studio and live performance musicians, including Pippo Lombardo (piano), Beppe Sequestro (bass), Francesco Palmitessa (lead guitar), Gianluca Cardellicchio (rhythm guitar), Liviana Ferri (percussion), Mimmo Campanale (drums, 2011-2013), Daniele Scannapieco and Bruno Tassone (saxes), Gianfranco Campagnoli (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Piero Dotti (background vocals). On Not For Ordinary People, the Brothers Lombardo also led a stellar global songwriting team. Together with their compositions, they also welcomed original music and lyrics from Serena Brancale and Denver-based jazz pianist and ASCAP composer, Kathryn Ballard Shut.
The group has released two albums – Words Don’t Speak (2011) and Not For Ordinary People (2013). Whereas Words Don’t Speak reached previous critical acclaim as a “chill” or “smooth” effort, Not For Ordinary People counts on powerful horn lines, deep funk, complex arranging, impassioned writing, and superb engineering, culminating in a stronger effort than the debut.
On January 20, 2015, Italian jazz-funk group Camera Soul will release its third studio album, ‘Dress Code’, through Azzurra Music in Europe and TIMKAT Entertainment in the Americas.
The 14-track ‘Dress Code’ comes as a progressive follow-up to 2013’s ‘Not For Ordinary People’, and also heralds the debut of lead vocalist Maria Enrica Lotesoriere (aka “Maria Enrica”).
For the first three years after the group’s formation in Bari, Italy in 2011, Camera Soul worked exclusively as a studio outfit, and its first album, ‘Words Don’t Speak’, did not feature an accompanying tour.
However, with the release of second album ‘Not For Ordinary People’ in the summer of 2013, its Internet radio popularity grew and the album topped at #2 on the UK Soul Chart, just behind the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. ‘Not For Ordinary People’ remained on the chart’s Top 30 most-played albums for an impressive 15 weeks. During this time, the group’s leaders, composing-brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo (aka “The Brothers Lombardo”), determined that the band needed to continue to book more live shows in order to satisfy Camera Soul’s growing public.
Beginning in the spring of 2014, the Brothers Lombardo held auditions for a new lead vocalist and drummer. They chose the lively Maria Enrica to front the growing band and the excellent Fabio Delle Foglie on drums. Throughout 2014, Camera Soul and its powerful horn-line toured southern Italy, opened the famous Multiculturita Jazz Festival in Capurso, and continued to build an international fan base, primarily on Internet radio.
With the release of ‘Dress Code’, beginning in spring 2015, Camera Soul intends support the album by performing at several notable jazz festivals throughout Europe and is currently making plans to bring their show to the United Kingdom, the home of the majority of its fans.
“Dress Code” will be available for purchase both on CD and digital download after January 20 at azzurramusic.it and all major digital music stores worldwide. TIMKAT Entertainment expects to release in the Americas around the first week of February and will use CDBABY and its partners for further distribution.