FOUNDATION STONE

FOUNDATION STONE

BandHip HopReggae

Guaranteed to wind up your waist! Up front is a dynamic femme singer/sax player with a positive message, backed by the band's original & highly danceable grooves, which blend elements of reggae, hip-hop and jazz.

Biography

Foundation Stone’s recent release, "The World We Live In," has quickly become one of the hottest indie records to come out of Virginia. Recorded in Philadelphia by the Grammy-winning producer, David Ivory, who’s won Grammies for his work with Erykah Badu and The Roots, the CD has been picked up by the Home Grown Music Network for international distribution and radio promotion.

Based in Virginia, the group spent 2004 touring extensively, hitting festivals and concert venues from upstate New York to south Florida. Highlights from last year’s tours include several festivals attended by crowds of 300,000-750,000, like the Columbus Arts Festival in Ohio; Bele Chere in Asheville NC; and Music Midtown in Atlanta, where they shared the bill with superstars like Wyclef Jean, The Doors of the 21rst Century, Steve Miller, Big Boi of Outkast, George Clinton & Parliament and many more.

Foundation Stone is currently in the studio preparing for their next CD, projected to be released in 2005. They've sold over 3500 copies of both their latest CD and their debut CD, “On the Updraft,” at their shows alone. Released in June 2000, their first release also met with positive reviews from critics, and along with "The World We Live In," it is played at radio stations from New York to Boulder, Miami to Seattle, and beyond.

Singer and rhyme slinger Emily Brass ignites the vibe with wailing sax licks, her sultry, soulful voice (often compared to Sade, with a roots-rap edge) and her powerful lyrics. She grew up in Montreal, where at age 12 she started playing the sax, and soon after found reggae and hip-hop.

Co-songwriter Jacques Trudel, lays down the entrancing bass that is the backbone of Foundation Stone's sound. Grandson of the world-renowned cellist, Maurice Marechal, he has played multiple instruments since he was 5 years old.

Guitarist and vocalist Ras Greg Ward is noted for his solid roots rhythm and mesmerizing leads. His impressive resume includes having backed up reggae greats, The Abyssinans. He was a member of the reggae band, Stable Roots, for over three years, where he played with Junior Marvin of The Wailers and Peanut of Culture. He draws from musical styles that he developed while playing with jazz-hippie-rock band Laughing Song and Dance and the funk-rock band Earl’s Loaf.

Drummer David Brown has drummed professionally for over 15 years, hitting the circuit with bands like Corey Brammer & 32 Leaves and legendary funk-jazz veterans, Sonic Safari. He pours his soul into his driving beats, ranging from jazz-hop to afro-tribal to breakbeat and dancehall.

Foundation Stone often invites outstanding musicians to join them on stage. Guests have included Shayar, guitarist of Burning Spear; Samba Ngo, guitarist & lead singer of Samba Ngo & the Ngoma Players; Len Wishart, percussionist of Baaba Seth; George Penn, drummer of Jah Works, renowned percussionist Darryl Rose and many more.

FOUNDATION STONE
...performs at the same events as such renowned artists as...

BIG BOI of Outkast
WYCLEF JEAN
LUDACRIS
GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT
ACOUSTIC SYNDICATE
THE DOORS OF THE 21rst CENTURY
STEVE MILLER BAND
FOOFIGHTERS
WEEN
ME’SHELL N’DEGECELLO
ANGIE STONE
GALACTIC
THE WAILERS (7 times)
BURNING SPEAR (4 times)
CULTURE (2 times)
EEK-A-MOUSE
THE MEDITATIONS (2 times)
DONNA THE BUFFALO (3 times)
KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE
LAURA LOVE
BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES
DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
JOHN SCOFIELD
LEON RUSSELL
NEW MONSOON
TONY TRISCHKA (2 times)
SAMBA NGO
MICHELLE MALONE
ROSIE LEDET (2 times)
THE RECIPE (2 times)
BAABA SETH (2 times)

...They perform at top-notch festivals including...
MUSIC MIDTOWN, May 2004, Atlanta GA- attended by 500,000
BELE CHERE, the largest free street fest in the southeast, attended by 400,000 – July 2004, 2001, 2000, Asheville, NC
COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL, attended by 300,000, June 2004
FLOYDFEST, August 2004, August 2003 & September 2002
FRIDAYS IN THE SQUARE, August 2003 & 2004, Harrisonburg VA – as headliners
SUMMER JAM, July 2004, Ithaca NY
SPRING FLING, May 2004, Spartanburg SC
TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE, April 2004 – as headliners
FIRST NIGHT in Harrisonburg VA (2004), Blacksburg VA (2002), Asheville NC (2001)- as headliners
LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL (LEAF), Oct ‘03, May ‘01, Oct. ‘00, May ‘00- Black Mountain, NC
ONE LOVE PEACE FESTIVAL, September 2003, Fredericksburg VA
FIRST FRIDAYS, September 2003, Roanoke VA- as headliners
JAMES ISLAND CONCERT SERIES, August 2003, Charleston SC- as headliners
STEPPIN OUT 1998-2004, Blacksburg VA- as headliners
GROOVE REGGAE FESTIVAL, June 2003, Woodbury CT
FRIDAYS AFTER 5, June 2002 (as headliners) & October 2001- Charlottesville, VA
SMILEFEST, June 2001, Union Grove, NC
GOOMBAY FESTIVAL 2001, Asheville NC- as headliners

... And they perform at countless cool venues such as...
FREEBIRD LIVE- Jacksonville Beach FL
JANNUS LANDING- St. Petersburg FL
MARQUEE THEATER-

Discography

The World We Live In - CD - Paradise Records - 2003
On The Updraft - CD - Paradise Records - 2000

Set List

Foundation Stone typically plays 1-3 hours of mostly orignal material. Below is a sample of the songs you might hear:

Originals:

Illusions
Jungle
Never Will Be Done
One Fine Day
Expression
Follow Me
Mad Planet
World We Live In
Angel
Feelings Inside
Mr. President
New Day
One Try
Good For You
Put Me to Use
Brother Mason
The Present
Come Forth
Long Time
Aiya
One and All
Heavyweight
The Future
Moving Forward
Updraft
Communication
Fly
Bush Baby
Jazz Hop
Action
Backbiters
Everything is a Blessing
Travel Jah Road
Closer to God

Covers:

Still in Love
Fussin & Fightin (Real Rock)
Lick it Up
Rise & Shine
If you Should
Sax Dub
Satisfaction
No No No
Need Your Lovin
Tenement Yard
Pass the Kutchie