The Essentials

Neil is a founding member, and lead vocalist for The Essentials:

A large and loud soul band with fresh ideas and deep roots, The Essentials is a west coast collaboration of nine highly talented and experienced musicians. The group’s members have won and appeared at the top of national playing and song-writing competitions and recorded on multi-platinum albums. Covers of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Chicago join originals written by the group to make up the band’s sound, a mixture of tight rhythm, heavy brass and soulful vocals.

The band has performed at numerous venues on the west coast from San Francisco to Seattle, headlined festivals, and performed at countless private and college events. They have played with such household names as Leon Russel and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The group has released three albums with solid reviews, landing #1 on the Soul and Funk charts of, the national leader in independent music distribution. They continue to add new originals and classic soul covers to their repertoire.

Do something that makes you feel good. Hip yourself to The Essentials.

“Downright perspiring” – Shotgun Reviews
“Musical masterminds” – Eugene Weekly

Neil Thurston