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Camera Soul / Bio

About Camera Soul:

Camera Soul is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music (Verona) and released in the United States and Canada 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-arrangers, brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo. Camera Soul’s distinctive sound was first defined by the smoky and soulful voices of lead vocalist, Serena Brancale, on the group's first two albums ('Words Don't Speak' in 2011 and 'Not For Ordinary People' in 2013), and currently by Maria Enrica Lotesoriere (live concerts & new album 'Dress Code' in 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 Cardellichio (rhythm guitar), Liviana Ferri (percussion), Fabio Delle Foglie (drums, 2014) / Mimmo Campanale (drums, 2011-2013), Daniele Scannapieco and Bruno Tassone (saxes), Gianfranco Campagnoli (trumpet and flugelhorn); Elio Arcieri and Piero Dotti (background vocals). On album 'Not For Ordinary People', the Brothers Lombardo also led a stellar global songwriting team; together with their compositions, they welcomed original music and lyrics from Serena Brancale and Denver-based jazz pianist and ASCAP composer, Kathryn Ballard Shut.

Camera Soul has released two albums: "Words Don’t Speak" (2011) and "Not For Ordinary People" (2013). The group is currently in the studio recording its third album ("Dress Code"), due out in late 2014.

In 2013, "Not For Ordinary People" was submitted in a stunning 11 categories in 4 major fields to the prestigious Recording Academy ("Grammy") and several selections from the album topped several United Kingdom radio show countdowns as one of the "Best of 2013". The album also reached #2 on the UK Soul Chart (http://www.uksoulchart.com) and remained there for two weeks, unable to top the legendary Earth, Wind, and Fire, who had just released 'Now, Then, and Forever' during the same period. 'Not For Ordinary People' nevertheless remained on the Top 30 for 15 weeks and continues in rotation on quality Internet radio stations worldwide.

About the Brothers Lombardo:

Lifelong lovers of jazz, R&B and soul, the Brothers Lombardo are the fuel behind Camera Soul’s tremendous sound. Prior to writing for Camera Soul, both Piero (guitarist) and Pippo (pianist/horn arranger) created masterpieces on several albums over the course of a decade for Latin Jazz group Marchio Bossa. With the formation of Camera Soul in 2011, the brothers refined their writing style to reflect original songs that recall the Golden Age of 1970s and 1980s soul and funk.

In addition to writing for Camera Soul, pianist Pippo is extremely active on the worldwide live music circuit. Most recently, in 2013, Pippo toured Thailand and collaborated with House Music mixmaster Loris Conte to lend his excellent soloistic ideas to Conte’s hit, The Jazz Pianist (Ibiza 2013). Both composers are members of Italy’s performing rights organization, SIAE, and their music can be heard on radio sites such as Jango, Earbits, and Spotify, (and currently lobbying for rotation on soulful Sirius XM U.S. Satellite Radio channels).

The music can be purchased on major mp3 sites such as iTunes, Amazon, CDBABY, and Last.fm. U.S.-Imported CDs from Italy are available for worldwide shipment directly from TIMKAT at http://timkatent.musicstack.com.

FOLLOW on Twitter: Camera Soul @Camera__Soul (with * 2 * underscores) and TIMKAT Entertainment @timkatent.

General Info

Band Members
Maria Enrica Lotesoriere - Vocals, Piero Lombardo - Composer
Artist Name
Camera Soul
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Funk / R&B/Soul

Contact Info

Bari, IT
Piero and Pippo Lombardo (live show booking & music directors), Kathryn Ballard Shut (music distribution, Americas)

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