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The Soul Sensations

Northampton , MA
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Northampton, MA US 01060

PHONE

413-297-1014

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ABOUT US

The Soul Sensations are recipients of The 2012 Rising Star Award for Top R&B Band from Gigmasters.com, the country’s #1 On-Line Entertainment Booking site!

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The Soul Sensations are recipients of The 2012 Rising Star Award for Top R&B Band from Gigmasters.com, the country’s #1 On-Line Entertainment Booking site!

The Soul Sensations are an exceptional dance band featuring seasoned musicians that perform an exciting blend of Motown, R&B, Rock, and contemporary dance hits. The group consists of two dazzling lead singers and an excellent rhythm section featuring captivating keyboards, groovin guitar, driving bass, and dynamic drums. We keep a crowd dancing all night long!

The members of The Soul Sensations combine their vast musical experience from numerous local and national acts to create high energy dance grooves in clubs, private parties, weddings, and corporate events throughout New England and beyond. With impeccable musicality and spirit, The Soul Sensations play classic and contemporary hits in an exciting manner that wows audiences and gets them involved in the show.

For events that request subtle and tasteful live music during cocktails and/or dining, we provide a jazz quartet playing jazz standards.

Should a wedding party desire the sound of a saxophone, The (6- piece) Soul Sensations will add a sax player and become 7-piece. For the huge sound of a complete horn section, The Soul Sensations add sax, trumpet, and trombone (or 2nd sax) and become The 9-piece Soul Sensations Revue!

We can provide ceremony music by our keyboard or guitar player. Both members hold music degrees and are capable of performing music in many styles.

To hear our audio clips, see our songlist, and find out more, please visit our website at www.TheSoulSensations.com

To read our large list of wedding testimonials go to http://thesoulsensations.com/weddings.htm Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Medium (4-6 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
Motown, R&B, Rock, Soul
Do you have liability insurance?
No
What is your band's usual attire?
We can go full tuxedo, suits, or business casual -- whichever you prefer.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes. We have MP3s online (see our website at www.TheSoulSensations.com) and perform
 regularly in public in the Western Mass, and Northern Connecticut.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes, we will learn up to two songs per event.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
We arrive about an hour and a half before we are to start playing.
How much space do you usually require?
We prefer a performance area of 20' X 12' -- but we have worked with smaller.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
The drummer's bass drum!
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We have sophisticated LED Stage Lighting. Upon request, we add dance floor effect lighting (laser and disco lighting effects).
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
We provide a top-notch MC upon request, by means of our lady singer Cara. We keep between song chatter to a minimum, and generally go right from one song to the next to keep the crowd on the dance floor.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Our front people are great at getting a crowd engaged if people are reluctant to dance. We are expert at reading a crowd to figure what will get people dancing and will reorder our sets some to make this happen.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We generally perform 45 or 50 minutes on, 15 minutes off. We prefer that the client provide us with a meal but that is not a requirement.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes, we play yours or our MP3 player through our sound system with songs of your choosing. We can also play songs off of your laptop computer.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
Our members commit to your performance. On the rare occasion that someone is unable to perform we have an extensive list of other talented musicians that fit right into the show.
What is your overtime rate?
We typically charge $300 per half hour.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We only charge for travel expenses if we need to stay overnight. This is very rare. We would charge an additional $400.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
We accept a 20% non-refundable deposit.

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Dana
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
AMAZING- the guests from our Sept 2012 wedding cannot stop talking about how great the music was at our reception. We used the jazz group for the cocktail hour, and the full band during the reception. Overall, they were just perfect and appealed to guests of all ages. They helped with the flow of the evening, and were flexible with our various requests to make the event perfect. Very talented and fun group - would use them for future events without hesitation!
AMAZING- the guests from our Sept 2012 wedding cannot stop talking about how great the music was at our reception. We used Read more...
AMAZING- the guests from our Sept 2012 wedding cannot stop talking about how great the music was at our reception. We used the jazz group for the cocktail hour, and the full band during the reception. Overall, they were just perfect and appealed to guests of all ages. They helped with the flow of the evening, and were flexible with our various requests to make the event perfect. Very talented and fun group - would use them for future events without hesitation! Read less
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Kirsten
Wedding:
7/4/2011
5.0/5.0
This band was fabulous! They had our guests up and dancing from the minute dinner was over until the very last song. The lead singer of the band, Cara Babich, was amazing- she could sing it all from Adele to The Black Eyed Peas! We are so happy that we chose this band, they are full of talent, charisma and energy!
This band was fabulous! They had our guests up and dancing from the minute dinner was over until the very last song. The Read more...
This band was fabulous! They had our guests up and dancing from the minute dinner was over until the very last song. The lead singer of the band, Cara Babich, was amazing- she could sing it all from Adele to The Black Eyed Peas! We are so happy that we chose this band, they are full of talent, charisma and energy! Read less
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camille
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
The Soul Sensations are one of the best live bands we have ever heard, anywhere. They completely blew away all our guests at our recent wedding, and kept everyone on the dance floor all night. We had a very mixed crowd, all ages, all different musical tastes, and everyone absolutely loved the Soul Sensations. We received so many compliments throughout the night. Guests ran up to us on the dance floor and after the party were over to tell us how much they loved the band. They sounded fabulous; they are very talented and very musically tight. The singers were incredible and had a huge range. They even learned a song we requested and completely rocked it out. The Soul Sensations truly made our wedding reception into a party. We can’t recommend them enough.
The Soul Sensations are one of the best live bands we have ever heard, anywhere. They completely blew away all our guests Read more...
The Soul Sensations are one of the best live bands we have ever heard, anywhere. They completely blew away all our guests at our recent wedding, and kept everyone on the dance floor all night. We had a very mixed crowd, all ages, all different musical tastes, and everyone absolutely loved the Soul Sensations. We received so many compliments throughout the night. Guests ran up to us on the dance floor and after the party were over to tell us how much they loved the band. They sounded fabulous; they are very talented and very musically tight. The singers were incredible and had a huge range. They even learned a song we requested and completely rocked it out. The Soul Sensations truly made our wedding reception into a party. We can’t recommend them enough. Read less
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Hsu
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
September, 2009


To anyone who is looking for a fun, professional, and great-sounding

band, we recommend the Soul Sensations without reservation. The music

was excellent - and musically very tight. They rolled into number after

number without a hiccup. At one point we had so many people dancing

the floor was shaking. Our wedding was the second for both of us, and

we had a wide range of ages among the guests, including many children

7-18, as well as grandparents, and everyone in between. Dan Belmont

worked with us to quickly get a set list that was fun for everyone,

with a real groove. Last, for those of you who worry about the details,

these folks were easy-going and accommodated a last minute change of

venue, with an acoustically tough room. They were courteous, very well

dressed, they showed up on time, and set up ready to dance. We would

hire them again and recommend them to anyone looking for a great,

professional band that is not "screamers" or hard rockers, but loaded

with energy and soul.


Tom and Eleanore Ahlborn-Hsu - Boston, Massachusetts
September, 2009


To anyone who is looking for a fun, professional, and great-sounding

band, we Read more...
September, 2009


To anyone who is looking for a fun, professional, and great-sounding

band, we recommend the Soul Sensations without reservation. The music

was excellent - and musically very tight. They rolled into number after

number without a hiccup. At one point we had so many people dancing

the floor was shaking. Our wedding was the second for both of us, and

we had a wide range of ages among the guests, including many children

7-18, as well as grandparents, and everyone in between. Dan Belmont

worked with us to quickly get a set list that was fun for everyone,

with a real groove. Last, for those of you who worry about the details,

these folks were easy-going and accommodated a last minute change of

venue, with an acoustically tough room. They were courteous, very well

dressed, they showed up on time, and set up ready to dance. We would

hire them again and recommend them to anyone looking for a great,

professional band that is not "screamers" or hard rockers, but loaded

with energy and soul.


Tom and Eleanore Ahlborn-Hsu - Boston, Massachusetts Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
My wife and I hired The Soul Sensations for our wedding on
May 30, 2009. As I was a bit picky about the sort of music I wanted for
our party as well as about the quality of the musicians, only a few bands
sufficed. My choice for The Soul Sensations was based on their (apparent) ability to capture the groove and feel of every song they covered, their quality vocalists, and the very reasonable price tag.

The fact that we had to arrange our wedding from abroad made it even more difficult to fine tune all the details concerning the music (among lots of things). However, Mr. Daniel Belmont did an excellent job taking away our concerns, assisting us – by e-mail – through every step of the way.

In case you are worried about the fact that their web site contains only
studio samples: they perform just as well live. In fact, they rock! They
really got the party going right away, and were able to keep our guests on the dance floor until the last song was over. We cannot even remember how many people asked us where on Earth we had found this band, and told us they were just great. Even the photographer, who surely has seen his share of live cover bands, congratulated us on our choice!

In short, The Soul Sensations would make an excellent pick for your
wedding party, as well as probably any party. They were really helpful
from the outset, and play and sing very well.

Regards,
Mark and Rachel
My wife and I hired The Soul Sensations for our wedding on
May 30, 2009. As I was a bit picky about the sort of music Read more...
My wife and I hired The Soul Sensations for our wedding on
May 30, 2009. As I was a bit picky about the sort of music I wanted for
our party as well as about the quality of the musicians, only a few bands
sufficed. My choice for The Soul Sensations was based on their (apparent) ability to capture the groove and feel of every song they covered, their quality vocalists, and the very reasonable price tag.

The fact that we had to arrange our wedding from abroad made it even more difficult to fine tune all the details concerning the music (among lots of things). However, Mr. Daniel Belmont did an excellent job taking away our concerns, assisting us – by e-mail – through every step of the way.

In case you are worried about the fact that their web site contains only
studio samples: they perform just as well live. In fact, they rock! They
really got the party going right away, and were able to keep our guests on the dance floor until the last song was over. We cannot even remember how many people asked us where on Earth we had found this band, and told us they were just great. Even the photographer, who surely has seen his share of live cover bands, congratulated us on our choice!

In short, The Soul Sensations would make an excellent pick for your
wedding party, as well as probably any party. They were really helpful
from the outset, and play and sing very well.

Regards,
Mark and Rachel Read less
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Anita
Wedding:
5/23/2009
5.0/5.0
May, 2009

Having The Soul Sensations perform at our wedding was one of the best choices we could have made! We found them on the internet and immediately booked them “blind”. They were very responsive and professional via e-mail and their enthusiasm really came through. Since we had only heard their song sampler, we drove to one of their gigs in Berlin, CT, and after only one song, we knew that we had chosen a highly talented and entertaining group. After we saw that amazing performance, we became a little concerned in the opposite direction, since the venue where our wedding was planned—the Harvard Faculty Club—was tiny compared to the venue that they were playing at that night. However, after they set up and started the first set (jazz music during dinner), it was clear that their experience and talent make them a perfect fit for any size audience. The Soul Sensations really kept our guests entertained, everyone loved them and we got many many compliments about their performance; in fact, many of our friends who don’t usually dance were on the dance floor all night long.

The Soul Sensations helped make our wedding even more enjoyable than we had imagined!

Once again, thank you so much for everything, we really had a great time and we will recommend you to anyone we know who might need a band.

Anita and Heinrich - Cambridge, Massachusetts
May, 2009

Having The Soul Sensations perform at our wedding was one of the best choices we could have made! We Read more...
May, 2009

Having The Soul Sensations perform at our wedding was one of the best choices we could have made! We found them on the internet and immediately booked them “blind”. They were very responsive and professional via e-mail and their enthusiasm really came through. Since we had only heard their song sampler, we drove to one of their gigs in Berlin, CT, and after only one song, we knew that we had chosen a highly talented and entertaining group. After we saw that amazing performance, we became a little concerned in the opposite direction, since the venue where our wedding was planned—the Harvard Faculty Club—was tiny compared to the venue that they were playing at that night. However, after they set up and started the first set (jazz music during dinner), it was clear that their experience and talent make them a perfect fit for any size audience. The Soul Sensations really kept our guests entertained, everyone loved them and we got many many compliments about their performance; in fact, many of our friends who don’t usually dance were on the dance floor all night long.

The Soul Sensations helped make our wedding even more enjoyable than we had imagined!

Once again, thank you so much for everything, we really had a great time and we will recommend you to anyone we know who might need a band.

Anita and Heinrich - Cambridge, Massachusetts Read less
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Ting
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.6/5.0
The Soul Sensations definitely MADE our wedding. They were super fun, easy to work with, and flexible. They even backed us up while we sang a few songs at the beginning of our wedding, and were able to provide us with a guitarist for our ceremony. Cara, the lead singer, is especially fun and can act as an emcee for your event - she's really good with names! The Soul Sensations offered to learn three new songs for us, included in the total price - one of the songs probably could have been better rehearsed, but it was fun nonetheless. We look forward to seeing them again when they play in our area! Very affordable considering they are an AWESOME BAND! A huge hit with all our guests - motown, soul, pop, contemporary, even a bit of swing.
The Soul Sensations definitely MADE our wedding. They were super fun, easy to work with, and flexible. They even backed us Read more...
The Soul Sensations definitely MADE our wedding. They were super fun, easy to work with, and flexible. They even backed us up while we sang a few songs at the beginning of our wedding, and were able to provide us with a guitarist for our ceremony. Cara, the lead singer, is especially fun and can act as an emcee for your event - she's really good with names! The Soul Sensations offered to learn three new songs for us, included in the total price - one of the songs probably could have been better rehearsed, but it was fun nonetheless. We look forward to seeing them again when they play in our area! Very affordable considering they are an AWESOME BAND! A huge hit with all our guests - motown, soul, pop, contemporary, even a bit of swing. Read less
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