Universal Xpression
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Universal Xpression

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE
Band World Reggae


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Universal Xpression @ Detroit Concert of Colors @ The Max M. Fisher Music Center

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Universal Xpression @ The Blind Pig

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Universal Xpression @ Tropical Hut Lounge

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Detroit, Michigan, USA



1.Dodge Park,Troy,MI
2.The City of Dearborn
3.New Center One,Detroit
5.Sterling Heights,MI
6.Sheppard Park,Oak Park,MI
7.Huntington Woods,MI
9.Campus Martiaus,Detroit,MI
10.Charles H Wright Museum,Detroit,MI
13.Detroit Institute of Arts,Detroit,MI
14.Lake Michigan College,MI
15.Albion College,MI
16.Wayne State University,Detroit,MI
17.Battle Creek,MI
18.South Bend,IN
20.Caribbean Center,Windsor,ON

1.Fifa Soccer World Cup
2.Afro World Festival Detroit,MI
3.Caribana Festival,Toronto,Canada
4.Mecca Carnival,San Francisco,CA
5.Concert of Colors,Detroit,MI
6.Caribbean International Festival,Detroit,MI
7.Festival of Life,Chicago,IL
8.Great Lakes Folk Festival,Lansing,MI
9.Island Festival,Kalamazoo,MI
10.Kentucky Reggae Festival,Louisville,KY
11.Labour Day Celebration,Brooklyn,NY
12.Carousel of Nations,Windsor,Ontario
13.Caribbean Festival,LCC,lansing,MI
14.Top of The Park,Ann Arbor,MI
15.Yamaica my Weekend,Rock Island,IL
16.Founder’s Festival,Farmington Hills,MI
17.Heritage Festival,Jackson,MI
18.Bob Marley Bash,Blind Pig,Ann Arbor,MI
19.Culturama,Nevis (Caribbean)
20.Carnival,St Thomas, USVI
22.Midwest Reggae Fest,Cleveland,OH

One band that is always in demand for events in the Caribbean-Michigan communities is Universal Xpression whose members have come together from the Caribbean Islands of Nevis, the Bahamas, Trinidad St. Thomas and Jamaica. Their driving, festive dance rhythms are key to dances, gatherings, parades, and carnival celebrations, and the group has been honored with the "Best Live Music" award for ten consecutive years at the Detroit Carnival Parade, as well as awards for Detroit's "Best Soca Band" and "Best Live Carnival Parade," in San Francisco, California.

Richard Parris (keyboards, vocals) was born on the island of Nevis. Richard inherited his musical inclinations from his father, a well-known folk musician in the Eastern Caribbean; at the age of five Richard started playing steel drum music. His brother Noel (drums) was born on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and also started playing at an early age. Noel has played drums with some of the notables in jazz music, has recorded many albums, and studied drums at the Manhattan School of Music where he excelled in African, Latin and Caribbean music. Mark "Reno" Borde (keyboards, vocals), the son of world famous Trinidadian pan player Hugh Borde, has also been playing music since he was a child. He has toured with his father on the Symphony Circuit that included playing with the late, great Liberace.

Kelly Ann Stargill (vocals) grew up singing in the churches of Trinidad and has 15 years of experience in Caribbean music. Earl "Melloman" Clark (keyboards, vocals) is a native Detroiter but was born of Bahamian and Jamaican parentage. His father was one of the founding fathers of the Contours and his mother has sung with some of the greatest in gospel music; Earl began performing on stage at five years of age. Lastly, Billy Noah (bass) is an American who was trained by Titus, one of Africa's premier drummers, and has studied the Wailers, Sly and Robbie and other greats of Jamaica.

UXP is undoubtedly the most popular and hardest working Caribbean band in the Midwest. The band has won more awards and honors bestowed on any Caribbean band. They are a ten-time Winner of the Source News Music and Cultural Awards. “Caribbean Band of the Year”. Their leader, Richard Parris is the six-time Winners of the "Soca / Calypso Artist of the Year," while lead vocalist King Mellowman has also walked away seven - times with the "Reggae Artist of the Year." - David Bauman









8.Christmas on the beach # 2

9. Culture

10.Soca Splash

11. Soca Thriller

12. Vision

13.Mocha Soca

14.Oohy Aahy




The versatile and entertaining Caribbean musical sensation.

This marvelous group provides an amazingly energy pumping musical and theatrical treat.
Universal Xpression uplifts and captivates its audiences with Caribbean rhythms such as
Reggae, soca, zouk, and dance hall music, with an undertone of African, Latin and American
Rhythms. Consequently, this rhythmic implementation has created a hypnotic groove and a beautiful sound, with a universal appeal, thus making this group the choice show band.

This awesome six-member group features the talents and creativity of prolific songwriter, arranger and energetic showman Richard ‘Richie B’ Parris on keyboards, lead and background vocals. The amazingly multi-talented crowd mover and impersonator Earl ‘Melloman’ Clark on keyboards lead and background vocals. Keeping the pulse is the natural and flamboyant Noel Parris on drums. The Genius Oliver (Pluto) Mensah solidifies the foundation with his remarkable feel on the bass. Complimenting the rhythm section, is the amazing Avi Kayne with his nifty strums and leads. Last but surely not least, on lead and background vocals, adding spice, sweetening the sound, and beautifying the front line is the hot and sexy songstress Kelly Ann Stargell.

. Universal Xpression is synonymous with quality, variety and originality, and has established a style that is most envied. It is absolutely amazing to hear different styles of music done so well by one group. ‘Beautiful’ says Minister Louis Farrakhan, and ‘Amazing’ says Calypso Rose. The group has amassed a loyal following and numerous accolades in its’ 10 years. ‘Best Live Music’ for nine consecutive years in the Detroit Carnival Parade. ‘Best Live Music’ Mecca Parade, San Francisco. Universal Xpression has released twelve excellent albums of original music. In 1997 Universal Xpression had the number 1 and 2 Best Sellers in the Virgin Islands and Album of the Week on WAVS radio in Miami, Florida. From the Christmas on the Beach album, ‘Santa Baby’ was also Number 1 in 1997. In 1999, the single ‘Meow’ was number 1, and was featured for four weeks on BBC Radio in England and ‘Cest’ si bon’ was number 2 in the Virgin Islands. Besides appearing in numerous commercials, Universal Xpression has shared the stage with such great Caribbean international performers as Percy Sledge, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Luciano, Calypso Rose, Mighty Sparrow, Arrow, Burning Spear, The Manhattans, Maxi Priest and Wayne Wonder.

Universal Xpression has thrilled thousands all over America, Canada and the Caribbean at numerous venues: High schools, colleges, universities, clubs, festivals, weddings, parades, corporate parties, and parks. In twelve great years the group has built a tremendous fan base which continues to grow with every performance. Seeing Universal Xpression live is an awesome experience, strong and beautiful vocals, sweet harmony, solid and tight groovy music topped off with wonderful showmanship. You are embraced and involved in the mental, physical, educational and emotional awe. Universal Xpression is ultimately satisfying.

Richard Parris
19145 Tracey st,Detroit,MI,48235
313-272-3798 Phone / Fax
313-378-4173 Cell Phone
Email: uxpression@gmail.com