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Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
Band R&B Soul


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ParaSoul - mostly comprised of Paramount employees “ParaSoul” started as a “stress release” after work. It has since become an excellent ensemble that performs regularly at Paramount Studios functions as well as many prestigious off lot venues.

All the members were musicians before becoming Paramount employees and were eager to return to the creativity and fun that playing music brings. In 2008 Uschi put an ad in the (on lot) BUZZ News Letter and called her friends Eskra and Rob to talk about forming a Studio House Band.

Quickly we found all the “missing” pieces and have rehearsed every Monday since. We love to play good old Rock & Roll, Soul and Oldies and give each song our own personal twist; it just sounds original and we love to mix it up!Jo D'Angelo (Vocals) born to a set of musically minded parents, there was no doubt Jo was going to inherit their genes and start singing at an early age of 5. Although she is self-taught, she has created a unique, personal style that combines influences as diverse as Natalie Cole, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and Donna Summer. Her talent, infectious energy and charm help to make her a high-in-demand performer with a variety of local bands that play throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The saying is "great things come in small packages" and Jo is all that and then some...

Uschi Wilson (Vocals/Percussion) used to be a singer and tour manager in Europe, travelled extensively with Top 40 bands and produced two Variety Shows at the ROXY on Sunset after coming to America. She started at Paramount in 1992. Now Executive Director of Special Events at the Studio she also manages the band.

Michael D’Angelo, Ex. Director of Worldwide Technical Operations, is the lead guitarist and a fantastic lead singer. Prior to ParaSoul Mike has mainly performed as either a soloist of original material, or a roving street musician challenging passersby to a game of “Stump the Guitarist.” He seems to know every song there is. You name it; he plays it…

Doug Deringer (Bassist/Vocals) is a professional musician. He loves playing with Parasoul. It gives him a chance to enjoy something different from the other bands he works with. His other bands include “Staggering Johnny” and “The Towels” and “The Surfin’ Safaris” and the "Justin Sheehy Trio."
Dave Hayes (Piano) is an IT consultant and a computer whizard by day but balances his life with music. He wants to play with three types of bands...Jam...Cover...and Funk (We're still working on the funk...")
Dave Chuchian (Drums) newest addition to ParaSoul is a longtime professional playing with many known local bands and has opened up for bands such as Spencer Davis and Mike Fleetwood. As a long time friend and fellow musician of Doug's the rythm section is tight.

An extra plus is the fabulous horn section.

Janice Huckabay (Trumpet) studied classical trumpet in Pittsburgh and played in dance, swing and jazz bands, rock and brass groups. Janice was also a court musician on “Mister Rogers."

Jay Huckabay (Trumpet/Trombone) has performed with the Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus, Ice Capades and the Bob Hope Show. Jay is a Senior Analyst in Information Technology at Paramount.

Jay Wertz (Saxophone) is a historical filmmaker and published writer who has played in big bands and jazz ensembles throughout Southern California. He’s a film editor at Paramount.

Michael Grant, also known as DJ MJ takes care of the band sound and also works for large corporate and public events as a DJ and sound technician. He is the go-to guy for any Audio/Visual needs at Paramount Special Events.

We have a long list of cover songs that we play (see SERVICES), but we also write our own music and will be performing them as well soon.

Future goals include more recording, song writing and eventually have one of our songs picked up by a Film or TV series