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PH Balance was birthed from a love of hip-hop, trip-hop, bossa nova and acid jazz with a mission toward southern poetic communication transferred via soul hums and collard greens.


Ph Balance: a southern soul girl who speaks Tokyo. PH is Pam Howe; a woman on a mission. A soul mission. Channeling transmissions that say solution! Soulution! Her conversational, powerful voice deciphers the melody puzzles and word paths that lead to and from you to me simply, spiritually. Resounding. Resonance. Phosphorescence...a very slow burn. Connecting groove with god (little g please) inside the fattest kick drum beat. While Pam sings, plays guitar and organ, she is supported by drummer/upright bassist Chris Burt, and Tony James on percussion/samples. Rooted in Atlanta, GA., they collectively translate the spiritual, sensual, essential, poetry motion that flies divine in a hip hop time.

Immediately and unanimously dubbed Atlanta’s premier trip-hop band after they infiltrated the underground DJ scene with a series of warehouse shows thrown by the Kaleidoscope Family (a collective they co-founded, consisting of hip-hop acts, DJ’s, visual artists and dancers) So, time to make an album, and 1999 marked the release of the much acclaimed, self-titled debut PH BALANCE on Indigo Girl Amy Ray’s Daemon Records. A tour with the Indigo Girls followed, which included the main stage at the Seattle Bumbershoot Festival in front of 20,000 people and the beautiful Beacon Theater in New York City.

Through consistent touring and consistency period, the Ph sound developed into a unique expression of the band’s collective influences. The comparisons changed from Portishead to Digable Planets, Jill Scott, and Aretha Franklin. At the end of the say, they are uncatergorizable, incomparable, yest as familiar as the YKK on your zipper.

The video for the single "soothing" from their debut album won indie film awards and further spread the Ph Balance word. Ph then composed the music for the #1 online short film "Fantasies". They appeared (in concert, as themselves) in the full length feature film "Brass Tacks" which premiered at the CMJ music conference in 2003. The song "Flora Avenue" was featured in the 2002 edition of the Real World on MTV. Songs from their current release "Fluent" have been used in numerous short films and underground video installations.

2002 brought change to the balance in the form of a full time touring schedule. 150 plus shows are scheduled for 2003. Jams have gone down with St. Etienne, Lo Fidelity All-Stars, Joydrop, Shootyz Groove, Josh Joplin, They Might Be Giants, Lake Trout, Tahiti 80, Billionaire, Pete Yorn, Professor Griff, the New Deal, DJ Krush, Drums and Tuba, Cornershop, I Am the World Trade Center and a triumphant hometown show for Music Midtown 2002 in front of 30,000 people.

The collective Ph mission: to share equal parts fresh air, longing stare, going places, and been there. A sacred formula of voice, guitar, organ, drums, percussion and bass. A matured band through jazz improv survival skills honed on desert mountain roads and sunset sunrises across panoramic horizons. Refining, defining, reminding. Howe says "It’s that whole thing of being spiritual, but living in this world-not living on the mountain, but taking it to the world. And me, specifically in my life, taking it to clubs every night where it’s not spiritual necessarily- it’s not set up for that. And I feel like what I’m doing is bringing sort of a reminder, a remembrance." Soulution. Amen.


Summer 2004 - Twilight
March 1 2004 - Twilight EP
1999 - Fluent
1998 - PH Balance

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Set List

Shows flow from night to night based on feeling. typically a powerful set will take eveyone up.