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Steve & Kim Wright have been creating music together for 15 years, and this husband & wife duo share a connection that's awesome to hear! With a musical style self-coined as "Jazz-n-Roll", a jazz approach to rock and soul music, their recorded material and live performances take you on a Jamband ride of sonic sounds and emotions as the two weave in-and-out of Soul, Rock, and Jazz seamlessly.
DaysAhead has co-billed and/or performed with illustrious artists such as The Brand New Heavies, Al Green, Chaka Khan, Fertile Ground, Gnarles Barkley, Lalah Hathaway, Mike Phillips, Fourplay, Rachelle Farrell, George Duke and many more throughout the USA and Europe.
Steve and Kim's courage and comfort to ‘leap without looking’ is refreshing and “revises the spirit of the golden era of bands from the 70's & 80’s" (Michael Heyliger, Rhythmflow). The release of their 2005 debut cd Turning Point garnered rave reviews, national and international radio play, as well as award recognitions. As one reviewer puts it, “The compelling voice of Kim Wright and energetic artistry of guitarist Steve Wright (is) a near perfect marriage artistically” (Rob Young, Contemporary Jazz Magazine).
Nominated as Best Duo/Group of the year by SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards and Best Band & Best Album of the year by RockWired Awards, and landing at #4 and #5 on CMJ Jazz charts and #12 on JamBand charts, DaysAhead has performed their music in the USA, countries of the EU including the UK, as well as in Zimbabwe, Africa at venues such as the Intwasa Arts Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, NewYork Harborfest, Capital Jazz Festival, Bay Fest, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Supercruise (Bermuda), Mobile Fest, The Velvet Note, Apache Cafe', Churchill Grounds, and 606 Club London. The band has also been featured performing live on broadcast networks including ZBC Zimbabwe TV, BET Jazz Soul Sessions, CBS Better Mornings, and TBS Storyline Soundstage.
Vocalist/Songwriter/Lyricist's Kim Wright’s smokey and powerfully ripping Louisiana drenched soul-jazz vocals mixed with the texture, imagination and striking soaring riffs of Virginia-born Guitarist/Songwriter/Composer/Producer Steve Wright are exciting to hear and captivating to watch. The beauty and strength of the duo is their ability to leap musical landscapes from gospel to soul to jazz to rock in a seconds notice and nod to folk and reggae, on a visceral yet cerebral musical playground, while stretching and twisting the songs into their special arrangements of meter changes, extended forms and improvisation, all while maintaining the groove and a cohesive voice.
The duo has produced music for local commercials, stage productions, and consistently perform corporate and private events, festivals, arts concerts, theaters, and clubs. Having earned their respective Masters of Music Performance degrees from London
College of Music, both Steve and Kim also work as music teachers, guest clinicians and workshop tutors for music showcases, colleges, and community music schools.
It is Steve & Kim's ambition to spread their music around the globe as performing-teaching musicians emphasizing improvisation and expressive freedoms.
DaysAhead’s debut CD can be purchased here on their website, or via iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Contemporary Jazz (Rob Young)
"Turning Point by DaysAhead features the compelling voice of Kim Wright and energetic artistry of guitarist Steve Wright...a near perfect marriage artistically...high energy music with lyrical substance that rocks embroidered with the fabric of jazz, soul and occasional Latin influences."
Rockwired (Brian Lush)
"DaysAhead's sound is the combination of vocalist Kim Wright's impressive command of that indefinable voice that goes from gospel, to soul, to jazz and to rock in a seconds notice; and the dexterity of guitarist and partner-in-crime Steve Wright. Who knew such sounds, textures, and imagination could come from just six strings."
Funjunkiez (Alfie da Funkjunky)
"DaysAhead deliberately seeks to cross the genre boundaries...touching, emotive and walks the line between jazz and soul quite sublimely...strong and vibrant and catchy...excellent musicians and a great vocal talent...remind you of The Brand New Heavies."
Jazz-not-Jazz (Dirk Binsau)
"DaysAhead's own blend of soul, funk and rock is a welcome breath of fresh air...a distinctive sound that’s left field from the soul mainstream in a refreshing way."
RhythmFlow (Michael Heyliger)
"DaysAhead revives the spirit of the golden era of bands from the 70's & 80's...an air-tight band and a bewitching front woman."
Bayfest Music Festival (WALA TV)
"Music lovers poured into downtown Mobile to hear the tunes of their favorite artists like DaysAhead, who got the crowd excited."
EyeDrum (Priscilla Smith, Executive Director)
"DaysAhead got rave reviews from everybody on the Atlanta BeltLine. They truly rocked with hot guitar solos, and a rhythm section with deep soul. Kim holds nothing back in her vocals and has the chops to pull it off."
Richmond Music and Arts Festival (Clarence Nicholas, Director)
"Special Guest DaysAhead has a jazz-rock-soul sound all their own...this band brought good music crossing all ages, genders, and cultures. It's what the people, young and old, want and need to hear."