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Meet the musicians

Ley

Award Winning, Gospel Singer, Songwriter and Vocal Coach

 

Ley Adewole, has worked with top recording artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, George Michael, Take That, Tom Jones, Blur and The Beautiful South, to name a few. 

 

Her roots like all great, black female soul divas are firmly established in the church. 

 

Ley make several guest appearances on the Channel 4 TV series 'People Get Ready' and began to concentrate on a solo career in Gospel music in the late 80’s. Her move towards a solo career was rewarded with the British Gospel Association voting her as BEST NEWCOMER. 

 

Ley has been a featured guest vocalist with THE LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR (LCGC) and has provided support to two stage productions: 'The Dream' a musical about Martin Luther King and the musical 'Creation'.

   

In the early 90’s Ley spent several months travelling  throughout  the United States touring as a British Female Gospel Artist. She had fantastic opportunities to work with exceptional teachers and veterans in gospel music such as the late ALBERTINA WALKER also and IRIS STEVENSON who is the main inspiration behind 'SISTER ACT 2' On returning from the States Ley was asked to be the supporting artist for America's top gospel recording duo BEBE and CECE WINANS. 

 

REVIEW - BeBe and CeCe Winans/ Dominion Theatre

'Gospel vocalist LEY ADEWOLE launched into the evenings religious theme with a fabulous string of tunes...causing a state of euphoria amongst the all standing all singing audience - wonderful for a support act to achieve this sort of response'  BLUES and SOUL / 574 

 

In 1996 Ley was able to take part in Britain's most prestigious event of the year - THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW, in the presence of His ROYAL HIGHNESS the PRINCE of WALES.

 

Ley Adewole has now made her home since 2000 in Falmouth, Cornwall where she lives with her husband and 3 children. 

She is the lead vocalist for Cornwall's premier retro soul band 'THE GRACE NOTES’, She is the Choir Director of FALMOUTH COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR (FCGC) which was established out of a weekly Gospel Workshop that is still running and she is a highly sort after Vocal Coach within Cornwall.

 

Leys' engagements extend to weddings, charity events, corporate functions, celebration parties, festivals, hotels, restaurants and gospel music workshops at events and in schools. 

Janice

Janice is a singer and joined The Grace Notes in January 2014 as a backing vocalist. Janice has had a passion for music all her life, finding most connection in gospel rooted music, soul and jazz. She began writing music at an early age and performed regularly at her local arts cafe in her early twenties.

Janice also performs jazz as the Janice M duo, trio and quartet combining classic and contemporary jazz drawing on the legends of Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole as well as Melody Gardot, Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux.

 

With her love of travel and culture, Janice has spent time in India and Tanzania, learning traditional singing in Rajasthan and singing with a choir, in Swahili, in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Janice has also led a community choir.

Janice is a vocal coach and also runs Wild Singing Workshops combining singing and nature. Most recently she has ran her workshops at Port Eliot Festival, Trebah Gardens, Enys Gardens and Potager Gardens, Cornwall.

Jo

Jo (Ley's sister) has always sang, right from a very young age in youth choirs to harmony groups. Jo later formed part of the successful duo 'Promises', alongside her other sister Josie, touring for a number of years.

 

"Music is such a blessing and has always been a big part of our family".

Jo has supported Bebe and CeCe Winans at the Dominion Theatre, London, alongside both of her sisters.

Jo has been living in Cornwall since 2006 and, shortly after, joined The Grace Notes. Jo enjoys being able to share her roots within Gospel music.

Richard

Richard found a passion for playing the piano at an early age. After winning The Most Promising Musician award in his school, he went on to study a degree in Popular Music and Recording at Salford University. Whilst at University, Richard was the pianist with the Salford University Big Band for 3 years and performed in concerts with Bobby Shew, James Morrison and Tommy Smith. It was here that, despite his classical training, he developed a keen interest in the Hammond organ and discovered his true passion was for Jazz piano. Returning to his home county of Cornwall, he began playing full-time with five residencies a week, freelancing and teaching Jazz, Rock and Classical piano in the local colleges.

Richard's career has been varied and challenging. He has gained a wealth of experience playing the piano and scoring arrangements in a wide range of styles for many different performers, from soloists and small ensembles to choirs and Big Bands.

 

Alongside Jazz, Richard has a great love for Gospel music. He's accompanied Nicky Brown and Scott Stroman in Gospel clinics at the Hall for Cornwall and is currently the co-Musical Director of the Falmouth Community Gospel Choir who have performed at the Hall For Cornwall, BBC Children In Need, Falmouth Oyster Festival and various local events. He is also the musical director of the Light and Life Gospel Choir. The choir have supported the London Community Gospel Choir at the Carnglaze Caverns and performed at the Truro Cathedral Carol Service with guest speaker J John to a sell out audience of 1000 people. Richard now works with Ley Adewole who is an inspirational singer. Their collaboration brings together both the Jazz and Gospel music that he loves and is currently very busy writing and recording for various gospel music projects. Together they run the Falmouth Community Gospel Choir and lead Cornwall's top band The Grace Notes.

Yan

After initial success with legendary Welsh rockers Bronnau Mawr, Yan has sung and played bass and guitars in bands of all styles all his life. He finally come home with The Grace Notes, though he does occasionally stray. He lives on his boat in Penryn, Cornwall.

Damian

Drummer/Bassist/Writer and Producer, Damian was born and raised in Cornwall. The son of pianist Viv Rodd, Damian was surrounded by many talented musicians from a young age and his musical career started at the tender age of fourteen. His career began playing at the Newquay Theatre with a small ensemble of piano and drums, before joining bands and beginning freelance work in his teens. He picked up the bass guitar at fifteen and was instantly hooked. He then toured Scandinavia and parts of Europe as a jazz musician.

 

After two years working in Manchester, he won a newspaper competition to play at the Marquee in London and decided to stay in the capital to participate in freelance sessions in the heyday of the eighties music boom. At twenty-two, Damian did a nine month stint working at sea which whet his appetite for all things continental. A year later he moved to Brussels and played with an array of African and Turkish Musicians, at the same time as running a production studio. As a member of triphop band Lowpass, Damian toured with Lamb and Tricky, refuelling his love for electronic music and crossover styles.

 

Moving back to England in 2001, Damian has continued to play a key role in jazz/electro music and is now running BIG MILK PRODUCTIONS. The beautiful and vibrant South Coast is a great backdrop for all creative endeavours. It is also ideally suited to the kind of music BIG MILK are putting out. Damian is well known and respected in Cornwall and able to work closely with many of the great musicians, from a range of musical genres, playing and producing in the South West. His specialised teaching practise on the well known BA (hons) Jazz degree at Truro College keeps him in close contact with other practitioners working specifically in the jazz field. Damian aims to provide a great space and the supportive technical knowledge that enables musicians, at any point in their career, to work in a way that is free and exciting. His recording studio in Cornwall is truly an artist's dream, enhancing live performance with state of the art technology.