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Sugar Water Purple

Stockton, California, United States | SELF

Stockton, California, United States | SELF
Band R&B Soul


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"Stockton's Neo Soul"

Stockton's eight-piece neo-soul band Sugar Water Purple is making its name at some of Stockton's best musical hot-spots.

What began as keyboardist Joshua Washington's small, instrumental jazz-fusion project has morphed into a large musical family, which now includes bassist Michael Lee, drummer Mathew Smith Gentry, guitarist Jon Maurer, saxophonist Leander Tipsey, trumpeter and manager Dave Creel, percussionist Isaac "Jakada" Drumgoole and lead vocalist Jasmine Jordan.

Together, Sugar Water Purple has created a sound mixing "neo-garage soul," R&B and jazz.
The group's ability to work together comes from love, respect, and openness with one another.

"We don't always agree," said Jordan. "But we communicate really well with each other."

Though all of the Sugar Water Purple's original songs are written by Washington, the diverse group of musicians all bring something different to the table, taking Washington's gospel and jazz roots to a new level.

One unique aspect of the band that is immediately noticeable is Jordan's stance as the only female member.

"Our group dynamic is one of a kind, and I appreciate each of the guys for what they bring to the table," said Jordan. "I definitely have to stay true to my straightforward personality since I'm so outnumbered, but they embrace my perspectives and respect what I bring to the band."

That group dynamic has paid off, with the completion of their first EP, "Revelry," which was produced by Washington. It is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and can be purchased from the band at their performances.

In the future, Sugar Water Purple hopes to add onto their growing list of original songs, though their covers such as Lauryn Hill's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" are instant crowd favorites.

They would also like to play festivals and further spread their passion for music.

"Come straight from the center," said Drumgoole. "It's important to have a spiritual foundation. Otherwise, the music industry can tear you up."

by Kirstie Haruta - The Delta Collegian


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Sugar Water Purple is a neo soul band from Stockton, CA specializing in energetic improvisation and hard hitting grooves. They recently released their first self titled full length album of of original music entitled that's available on all major digital distribution sites, including iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. For 2 years they have been the house band for With Our Word's monthly Pierced Ear Poetry Slam and have been featured at events such as TEDx San Joaquin, Black Family Day, and the Northern California Tomato Battle. The bands' inspiration comes from the infectious melodies of Stevie Wonder, the funky fusion of RH Factor, and the soulful songs of Ledisi. Be ready for them to make you move!