Daysahead's core is a duo (guitarist & vocalist) with rhythm support (bassist & drummer). They perform as a duo or 4 piece band. Daysahead Personnel: Steve Wright (guitarist/songwriter/producer) Kim Leachman (vocalist/songwriter/lyricist) Brandon Gilliard (bassist) Nate Robinson/Chris Burroughs (drummer)
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About the ArtistInternational music group Daysahead was recently featured at the 2009 Intwasa Arts Festival in Zimbabwe, Africa. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Daysahead was honored to be the only American representative as they performed masterclasses and a concert at the festival.
Daysahead has performed a host of major festivals including the Capital Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Supercruise (Bermuda), NY Harborfest, Bayfest Music Festival, National Black Arts Festival, Capital BBQ Battle Fest, Richmond Fine Arts Music Festival, National Art Gallery “Jazz In the Garden”, Live! On Woodrow Wilson Plaza. The band also performs high profile events including CNN "Black In America" film pre-screening, world-renowned poet/author Maya Angelou's 80th Birthday Party, BMW Product Launch Party, PriceWaterHouse Coopers Client Appreciation Party. Steve & Kim of Daysahead are successful jingle writers as well and their clients have included J. Walter Thompson Ad Agency.
Daysahead has guested with national and international artists including Chaka Khan, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Rachelle Ferrell, Al Green, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clark, Victor Wooten, Fourplay, Roy Ayers, Lalah Hathaway, Maysa Leak, Kirk Whalum, Earl Klugh, Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, Michael Franks, Ledisi, The Brand New Heavies, EnVogue, Fertile Ground, Angie Stone.
“Daysahead’s own blend of soul, funk and rock is a welcome breath of fresh air.” (Jazz-not-Jazz)
Formed in 2003, Daysahead was founded by guitarist/producer/songwriter Steve Wright (Richmond, VA) & vocalist/lyricist/songwriter Kim Leachman (Baton Rouge, LA). This dynamic duo has a soulful sound with a jazz-rock mixture, coined as “Jazz-n-Roll” (A Jazz approach to Rock-n-Roll), complemented with heart felt lyrical substance.
Daysahead’s music crosses all ages, genders, and cultures as they’ve attracted a diverse and loyal following of fans from around the world to their music. Whether performing beautiful and energetic acoustic duo sets or even more high energy sets with their quartet, Daysahead’s originals along with their own catchy arrangements of familiar cover tunes make for a very well rounded show. The band covers the listening palate which includes jazz standards, pop, contemporary jazz, and classic rock tunes leaving their audiences satisfied and coming back for more.
“...the combination of Kim'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, texture, and imagination of Steve's guitar playing…chemistry.” (RockWired)
Since the release of their debut cd Turning Point, Daysahead has received continual radio play throughout the USA, Europe, and Japan on over 70 terrestrial radio stations and a host of internet radio stations. They were nominated BEST DUO/GROUP of the year for the SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards & nominated BEST BAND and BEST ALBUM of the year for the RockWired Awards. Daysahead's live performances have been featured with encore airings on BET J “Soul Sessions”, and TBS “Soundstage”. Daysahead has also made guest appearances on CBS Network, BRAVO TV, ZBC TV (Zimbabwe).
2 Fender Twins or equivalent (for a true stereo mix)
Sure SM57 microphone (or equivalent)
4x10 Bass Rig
DI (any brand)
5 piece drum set
Overhead Drum Mic
Kick Drum Mic
Sure 58 (or equivalent)
Straight mic stand
4 stage monitors
May 2010 Soft Rock
February 2010 Soft Rock
April 2008 R & B / Soul
March 2008 R & B / Soul
March 2008 Jazz
March 2008 Contemporary
February 2008 Jazz
Contemporary Jazz cd review
by Contemporary JazzTurning Point by daysahead features the compelling voice of Kim Leachman and energetic artistry of guitarist Steve Wright...near perfect marriage artistically...high energy music with lyrical...
RhythmFlow cd review
by RhythmFlow...Daysahead makes their mark on the scene, with an album, “Turning Point”, that’s soulful and revives the spirit of the golden era of R&B/Soul bands of the 70's & 80's...(the band) boasts...
Jazz-not-Jazz cd review
by Jazz-not-Jazz“Daysahead’s own blend of soul, funk and rock is a welcome breath of fresh air…the strength of guitar, bass, drums and impressive vocals offer a distinctive sound that’s left field from the soul...
Soul Tracks cd review
by Soul Tracks...one listen their eclectic, engaging brand of music shows that this is an original group bursting with its own distinct style...Using Wright’s electric guitar as the musical...
Jazz Pages cd review
by Jazz Pages...a tension-loaded Mixture of Jazz, Pop & Soul. The singer Kim Leachman oscillates between gefuehliger Ballade and furioser jazz improvisation. Steve Wright gives that and those retains whole...
EarWax Records cd review by EarWax Records
ATL-based group, Daysahead is proof positive as they slap you in the face with "Turning Point", their debut release that is sure to have you open...their sound is infectious and quickly invades...
RockWired cd review
by RockWiredDaysahead is all about chemistry; that often times elusive element that makes everything come together. It is the combination of vocalist KIM LEACHMAN's impressive command of that indefinable voice...
FunkJunkiez cd review
by FunkJunkiezTurning Point"...deliberately seek to cross the genre boundaries...touching, emotive and walks the line between jazz and soul quite sublimely...Kim’s vocals are strong and vibrant and the jazzy...
Life & Soul Promotions cd review
by Life & Soul Promotions(Turning Point) is one of those (cds) that is commendable for pushing out the barriers, deserves to be heard, would be excellent to see live...sultry, sensual soulful powerful...it's not often...