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Reese - Eclectic Soul
Exile Records
By: Ben Ohmart (Assistant Editor, MusicDish) 2001-03-22

Artist: Reese
Title: Eclectic Soul
Label: Exile Records (
Genre: Rock

Reese's a peanut butter cup, combining several flavors at once. He is determined to prove that music has no color. This young Richie Havens can be as white as a frontman rocker for Dave Matthews, or he can import Prince funk confidence at a moment's notice.

‘Country Road' is as rockin' as acoustic guitar can get, while 'I've Been Walkin' Long Time' puts lie to my previous stereo generalization. For this slower tempo song, Reese digs out his soul voice against the rock guitars, 60s flute and carefree drum rhythm. Reese will hold on to the notes till he's Sure he's wrung every ounce of realization from their skins.

The first single set to go though is what sparks the album into life, 'Love To Spare', a great vocal treat, with Reese playing lead and backing voices, contradicting flows like a gathering wind storm. The man in front is raging against the elements - got love to spare, girl - while the sounds in the back howl on to say 'you've no choice in the matter'. He's got love to spare, and guitars as well. And vocals, high on themselves, enfolding and overlapping at every opportunity.

Reese isn't a brand new face, thousands of fans have bought his tapes and cds at live shows, and he's no stranger to BET, which even had him write and sing the theme to their Heart and Soul program. Reese's secret is an ability to blend styles in such a way that he touches on them all, making them all his own. He's the ultimate crossover machine.

For instance, if you're seeking out the darkest of the blues, 'It's a Man's, Man's Man's World' takes you right into the soul-infested,war-sound-effected arena that Reese also owns the rights to. Whatever music doesn't get shown on this cd, he's got no interest in.

A bright, energetic, and yes, highly eclectic album that still stays focused on mainstream politics. Talented man.
- Ben Ohmart


Label: Exile Records
Eclectic Soul
Artist Website

Reese is a rare breed of artist who creates music with a lot of emotion and feeling. His style is a cross somewhere between Lenny Kravitz and Seal. The music has a great blend of several styles that range from all over the genre scale. Using everything from word music to rock, Reese delivers his infectious grooves and heartfelt melodies with a very colorful flavoring. I truly enjoyed the tasteful combination of rock and R&B styles, not to mention the many other styles that where incorporated in this album. Though
all of the music on the album is well worth mentioning, there's one that stands out like a shinny coin in murky water. 'Annie' has to be one of the most haunting and real songs that I think I have ever heard. This song is pure gold, pure brilliance, and pure genius. Definitely one that you have got to hear. This song touched me in a way that I can't explain. Simply amazing. Reese is definitely an artists who pours a lot of truth and soul into the music he creates.
- Michael Allison - THEGLOBALMUSE.COM
- Michael Allison


First up is New York-based singer/songwriter, Reese. His debut CD, Eclectic Soul, will most likely be the best thing you'll hear all year (with one exception -- see below for
details). Eclectic Soul is a masterful blend of R&B and rock, sprinkled with a little folk and gospel, to sublime results. And did I mention that he could sing? Well, listen up:
Reese sings like his life depends on it; his voice is one part Al Green, and two parts Seal. Even with inevitable comparisons pending, Reese is very much an original talent. His first single, "Love to Spare" is currently burning up the airwaves, and there's plenty more in store. He takes on James Brown's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World," and successfully couches the classic in a blue sy style worthy of the original. Other notable cuts include "Sista," "All Gonna Die Now" and the anthem "Some Won't Have Tomorrow." Don't wait till you hear it somewhere else. Go get Eclectic Soul. You'd be cheating yourself if you missed this outstanding debut. For more information on, check out Exile Record's website:
- Steven G. Fullwood

"“The time has come to bring the New Fire!”"

“The time has come to bring the New Fire!”

Reese the artist is an innovative and powerful vocalist whose thought provoking and energetic lyrics provide a very welcome and refreshing change of pace in today’s music scene (in contrast to the formulaic and predictable music that’s currently being played on commercial radio). Reese the band is an extremely vocal talented quartet of all-star musicians who effortlessly combine rock, funk, hip-hop and reggae grooves into a vibrant and exciting new fusion of music. In addition to Reese’s powerhouse s, drummer C-Will (an amazingly talented artist whose current solo release is in heavy radio rotation nationwide), guitarist Mike Barnes (secret weapon of choice for heavy metal funk bassist T.M. Stevens’ band Shocka Zoolo) and bassist ShynDigg (groove master supreme and leader of the critically acclaimed NY band Digg Deep) make for a quartet of musicians that can handle ANY style of music with ease.

Based on the recordings I’ve heard and the live performances I’ve viewed, it is my strong belief that Reese’s unique sound will most definitely take the music industry and music listeners by storm when the upcoming recording “New Fire…Pain B4 Pleasure” is released later this year. Reese most recently proved this point during live performances at Crash Mansion in NYC and Club Dream in Cincinnati, Ohio (as a featured performer in the Midpoint Music Festival). Simply put, Reese (the vocalist and the band) rocked the foundation off of both venues! The combination of Reese’s impassioned vocals, C-Will’s pyrotechnic drumming, Mike Barnes’ blistering guitar leads and ShynDigg’s deep in the pocket, soulful grooves had the crowd screaming for more by the end of their set. Musically speaking, some critics have compared Reese to Living Colour and Lenny Kravitz, but I submit that Reese is in a unique category all by himself, and that the aforementioned artists had better watch their backs because Reese is seriously bringing the fire! Original compositions such as “Take You Home”, “Why You Wanna”, “Aah Aah Yeahh Yeahh” (the new get down and party anthem of the century) and an AMAZING cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Hey Joe” (nailed in one take in the studio) are going to make Reese a name…and a sound…that will not soon be forgotten.

Reese has been touring throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe to huge BUZZ! My advice is to check out Reese (the artist and the band) now, so you’ll have bragging rights by saying that you were there at the very beginning, because Reese is blowing up in a major way!!!

Anthony Richards
- Aural Fix Magazine


2007 brings great news! ESPN has made "ll:Aah:ll:Yeah:ll" the music for their "Ultimate Highlight" piece which airs every episode of their number 1 show, "Sports Center"!

Forthcoming CD - New Fire. Will be released in the spring of 2007. It's the retail follow up to critically acclaimed CD, Eclectic Soul.

Last single - Love to Spare. Airplay on college, public and commercial stations. Video airplay throughout the country for the song and licensing of the song to UK, Japan, Canada, ESPN, MTV.

1997 - Reese/Exile Records

1999 - Electric Soul Volume One - Live at The Bitter End.

2001 - Eclectic Soul

2004 - Bare Soul - The acoustic sessions volume one

2007 - New Fire: Pain B4 Pleasure



REESE is rock music. REESE is rap music. REESE is funk music. REESE is accessible music. REESE has been performing throughout North America and Europe since 2001. Opening for popular artists including Common and filling in for larger artists including Ben Folds, REESE has built a significant fan base from the US to Europe. REESE has been featured on CBS The Early Show as "the next big thing in the music business.”

REESE credits his cross genre appeal to a past split between Brooklyn, NY and Greensboro, NC. “I’m the yin and yang of inner city projects and wide-open country fields. My music is influenced by what I hear in the street and what I listen to at home.”
The history of REESE begins with his first independent and self-titled release in January 1997. Since then, REESE has released three other albums including one live album recorded at NYC's famous club, The Bitter End. REESE's fifth CD, “New Fire: Pain B4 Pleasure” is his best release to date. “New Fire” features REESE on vocals and rhymes, Mike Barnes of Shocka Zooloo on guitar, Shyndigg from Digg Deep on bass, CWill on drums. "New Fire" features guest vocalist Gary "Nesta" Pine from legendary group, The Wailers.

“New Fire” is REESE’s the best offering yet and the US is already embracing it! The first single, "ll:Aah:ll:Yeah:ll" is receiving stadium play around the US. Sports teams from the NFL, NBA, and NHL are playing "ll:Aah:ll:Yeah:ll" every time they score, or during warm up. Some (The Philadelphia Eagles and The Detroit Lions, to name a few) have made it their music for their highlight reels. The NY Knicks made a customized version of "ll:Aah:ll:Yeah:ll" their theme song. And The Chicago Bears made "ll:Aah:ll:Yeah:ll" their new stadium chant!
“As a passionate rock singer, REESE conveys the emotion of the lyrics seamlessly through every song,” says record producer, Mark “CoolNerd” Unthank.
2007 brought great news! ESPN made "ll:Aah:ll:Yeah:ll" the music for their "Ultimate Highlight" piece featured in episodes of their number 1 show, "Sports Center"! M.S.G. Network and The NY Knicks use "ll:Aah:ll:Yeah:ll" in their promotional campaigns (both on-air and in-stadium). For the 2008 television season, MTV and Nickelodeon licensed a total of 17 songs from the last three REESE recordings. The songs are airing in the top shows on the respective networks.
The end of 2008 brings two music videos, a tour of the US, Europe and Asia.
Contact Mark Unthank of Exile Records for further information. Mark can be reached at 212-614-3225.