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Sol Seed brings a distinct sound combining elements of Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, World Music and Psychedelic Jam with a Reggae foundation to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. With thought-provoking lyrics, infectious grooves and high-energy live performances, Sol Seed creates an unforgettable live-music experience for people of all ages to enjoy. Since transplanting to Eugene from Southern Oregon several years ago, Sol Seed has rapidly gained momentum in the North West and beyond; creating a diverse and loyal fan base.
Sol Seed has been awarded "Eugene's Best Band" three years running by Eugene Weekly readers, and was recently declared "Eugene's Next Big Thing.” Additional awards include WOW Hall Awards "Best New Act" in 2011 and "Favorite Local Band" in 2012 and 2013.
Sol Seed's 2012, 2013 and 2014 festival circuit includes Oregon Country Fair, Seattle Hemp Fest, Mohawk Valley Music Festival, North West World Reggae Festival, Kaleidoscope Music Festival, Jefferson State Hemp Expo and many more throughout the West Coast. Sol Seed has also shared the stage with national acts such as Third World, Slightly Stoopid, The Green, Karl Denson, Pepper, The Expendables, Courtney John Project, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Fortunate Youth and many more. After a number of small EP releases, the group released their first full-length album "Grown Deep" in September 2012, which immediately gained air-time on a number of radio stations all over the West Coast as well as the Hawaiian islands. After a very successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, Sol Seed release their first full length studio album "Family Tree" in March of 2014. "Family Tree" was recorded at Telos Studios in Eugene, OR. Now, with two full length albums under their belt and a continuous tour schedule, Sol Seed is touring more and more reaching across the entire United States including Hawaii. They have plans to hit Europe, New Zealand, Jamaica and Mexico in the near future. With 5 members, each member boasting very different influences and skill sets, Sol Seed’s depth and volume of sound increased exponentially. Sol Seed is pursued as not only an occupation and passion, but a movement, a lifestyle. With an infectious enthusiasm for life and an unequivocal knack to communicate its beauty, the group shares their message of perspectivism and unconditional love through uplifting music rooted in the soul.
This Oregon based band got their start in 2009 when songwriters Michael Lennon and Michael Sorensen joined hands with fellow friend and musician Benny Pezzano through a Southern Oregon open mic. A profound synergy was all but tangible as their creative forces coalesced, and they immediately began to grow a diverse collection of original music. Sol Seed was taken under the wing of their musical Godfather, Frankie Hernandez, and began touring; opening with their originals and backing Frankie as the headliner. This experience grew the band’s musicianship exponentially in many ways and allowed them to get a jump start in the world of music. They soon joined with Native American Award winning guitarist and long time friend, Kenny Sequoia Lewis, and in October 2010, transplanted to Eugene to pursue life and music. Soon after they linked up with MC, keyboardist, didgeridoo player and percussionist Sky Guasco. Sky was originally taken on as a “manager,” but it was quickly discovered that his musical skills matched, if not exceeded, his management skills and his place on the stage became undeniable. Shortly after this development a series of rather serendipitous events led Saxophonist Graeme Pletscher into a crowded practice room for what would become a day of legend. The band took Eugene by storm playing almost every weekend at a different venue throughout the city. After establishing a strong musical family in Oregon the band began to branch out further into the NorthWest. In September 2013, after years of juggling school and work the band decided to take the leap and make music a full-time career. While Saxophonist Graeme Pletscher was unable to make this leap to go on the road he can often be found at shows in Oregon.