Faith

Faith

BandRockReggae

Trio with a rock, soul and reggae flair.

Biography

Felice Rosser is a singer/bassist with a bluesy voice and a deep tone on her bass. Naotaka Hakamada came to New York from Tokyo full of blues, rock and soul. Scott Hartley is a punk funk drummer, who set the urban music world on fire with his powerful roots style drumming in seminal NY band Liquid Liquid. Together, these three passionate people make music as Faith. Defying the musical trappings of the alternative genre, Faith has carved out its own special place in the downtown New York City music scene.

Faith has formed a musical style “unlike virtually any other sound out there” (J. Lien-CMJ). Faith’s unique blend of psychedelic rock, reggae, African music and groove has been praised by some of the toughest critics, earning rave reviews in The New York Times, Time Out and The Village Voice. With Felice Rosser’s golden throated androgynous vocal tones, beautifully memorable songs, a refreshingly diverse cultural line-up and an immensely colorful sound, Faith represents an East Village interpretation of “indie” rock. Blend the likes of Hendrix, Betty Carter, Massive Attack, Sly and Robbie and The Police, and you might have an idea of the dynamics involved. Faith has opened for artists such as Youssou N’Dour, Toots and the Maytals, and Me’shell Ndegeocello. Felice Rosser also sang with guitar virtuoso Gary Lucas’ group Gods and Monsters. Faith have released their own 7” single “Like Springtime”, which was favorably reviewed both in the U.S. and the UK, a CD “Time to Fall in Love Again” on Boom Boom Records, and their second CD “A Place Where Love Can Grow” will be released on Cool Baby Music in April 2007.

contact:

Emily Jones
Emilyjones147@hotmail.com

www.faithny.com

Lyrics

Delicate

Written By: rosser/hakamada

Delicate

He used to come in
This restaurant I was working in
Come in and sit down
Order 1 cup of coffee all day

I said, no more refills sir
and I turned and I walked away
He said, “They think you are strong
But not me no, I can see through you”

He's the only one who ever called me delicate
And I stopped and turned around, cause I love the feeling, and the sound
Delicate.

Sometimes he'd go off
You know how people can get so crazy
Start ranting and raving
About Dostoevsky and broken dreams

To no one in particular
Because the people would move away
I said, “Here is your check sir”.
He said, “They think you're strong but I can see through you”

He's the only one who ever called me delicate
And I stopped and turned around, cause I love the feeling, and the sound
Delicate.

He had a short black beard
A dark blue shirt and a string tie
And his tip would be pennies and nickels
Scattered near his cup as he walked away.....

I stood at the counter
Making basil, tomato and mozzarella
Frowning, scowling
I hated the job and I guess it showed through

He came up to me
with a blank diary and said
“Write it all down, it will make you strong,
it will make you feel better”

He's the only one who ever called me delicate
And I stopped and turned around, I love the feeling, and the sound
Delicate.

(rosser, hakamada)

Lay Me Down

Written By: rosser/hakamada

Lay Me Down

Well, well, well, here I am
Face to face with myself
Sometimes you get just what you wanted
Lay me down
Back in your arms again.

Well, well, well, here I am
Billie Holiday shoes
Seems like emptiness is what I wanted
Lay me down
Back in your arms again

Lay me down
So I can see
Starlight shine above me
And escape a little bit of my lonely
And you say
I look scared
Well I’m vulnerable when I share my love with you
And I don’t walk away so easily like you do so well

Here we are
Face to face, so alone
We’re here together but my heart breaks on it’s own
Down, back in your arms again
Falling down back in you arms again

(rosser-hakamada)

Discography

Like Springtime - 7" - Ludlow Records
Time to Fall in Love Again - Track on "Blacker Than That" - Black Rock Coalition Compilation CD
Time to Fall in Love Again - Boom Boom Records

Set List

Ya Ya Go
Delicate
Lay Me Down (Back in Yr Arms Again)
The Green Room
I Feel Like a Child
Full of Nothing
Lucky Ones
Love of a Lifetime
Alexandria
Within You Without You
A Place Where Love Can Grow
Daybreak

We usually do 1 set but can up to 3 sets. Our sets are usually 45 minutes long. We cover Within You Without You by The Beatles, Dancing Days by Led Zeppelin and High Flyin' Bird by Ritchie Havens