Soulfusionseven are a collective of musicians originally founded by John Saltwell and Paul Baker to create a live act due to demand following the success of the single Summer Breeze written with singer Cheryl Aldridge. The song climbed to number 1 in the official UK soul chart in the summer of 2017 with the help of other band members Gary Richardson, Vicky Kaylor, Jude Linton and featuring the vocals of Amelia Melody.
It all began in late 2014 when after many years two old friends reunited. John Saltwell who had been and still is a professional bass player/songwriter most of his adult life, playing with such artists as Barry White, Carlos Santana, Paul Weller and Simply Red and many more. Soulfusionseven’s manager/promotor Paul Baker decided to collaborate on a song that Paul had asked John to write for him with some lyrics he provided.
after a few weeks Steppin’ up my love was born, using musicians John had worked with and some fresh new talent. Local singer Dave Goodridge provided a great vocal and with the help of Pauls contacts the song climbed to number 1 in the Amazon Nu Soul chart and remained there for 8 weeks. Following this recent success John and Paul went back into John’s Studio to write more music and currently have a collection of songs that takes you back to their late 70’s early 80’s roots.
The next single was a tribute to the late great Luther Vandross entitled ‘Luther’. it created the perfect mood as a follow up single.
In early 2016 ‘Steppin’ up my love’ was remixed by a young Japanese producer called Yuki Tashahaki under the pseudonym ‘T Groove’ and it climbed to number 1 in Japan, number 1 in various other charts and number 6 in the official UK Soul Chart.
They went to number 1 in the summer of 2017 in the Official UK Soul chart with their next release ‘Summer Breeze’ released on DSG records.
In 2018 the band were busy working on new material and concentrating on songs for their album ‘Acquittal of the Ego’ due for release September of 2019.
The new single is released on the 15th February 2019 called ‘Slide’ featuring the amazing Carol Black on vocals which has already had some airplay and is getting great feedback.
The band are currently in rehearsals for live shows in 2019.
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