Paul has spent the last few years developing a project close to his heart. Soul Station is a band gathering some of today’s leading musicians to pay tribute to the greatest artists and songs from the R&B and soul catalog in addition to new original songs to keep this vital music current. While a surprise to many, Stanley’s early pivotal roots in this music has quietly turned this passion into a celebrated touring and recording band. Stanley’s 17-piece ensemble group has toured the U.S. and Japan, as well as spending recent time in the studio recording songs for a forthcoming yet-to-be announced project.
Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use.
Stanley’s legendary band members will include: Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira (guitar & backing vocals), Sean Hurley (bass), Alex Alessandroni (Musical Director, keyboards), Ely Rise (keyboards), Eric Singer (drums & backing vocals), RayYslas (percussion), Gavyn Rhone (backing vocals), Crystal Starr (backing vocals) and Laurhan Beato (backing vocals) and Jon Pappenbrook (lead trumpet).
Reviews from Soul Station U.S. shows:
“Paul Stanley of KISS found some genuine emotional power in a set of classic Sixties and Seventies…” Rolling Stone
“Stanley and company crackled life into more than a dozen soul and Motown classics in versions that featured arrangements mostly faithful to the studio versions while gaining an additional edge played live. Stanley not only hit those lofty notes, but delivered the songs with authentic emotion that gave the overall performance an artistic sense of purpose that more than justifies future outings from Soul Station.” – Orange County Register
Soul Station Band Members:
Alex Alessandroni (musical director & keyboards)
Alessandroni has performed, directed and/or recorded with artists such as Babyface, Whitney
Houston, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Nelly Furtado, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Evans, Tony Braxton,
Bobby Brown, Natalie Cole, Mike Patton and many more.
Sean Hurley (bass)
Hurley is an LA-based recording and touring bassist for John Mayer and many others including
Robin Thicke, Annie Lennox and Ringo Starr.
Ely Rise (keyboards)
Rise has performed on television shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel
Live! in addition to having written and produced for acts such as Adam Lambert, Macy Gray and
Mike Posner. He stands as the go-to session player for some of today’s biggest producers.
Eric Singer (drums & backing vocals)
Singer has been a member of KISS for over 20 years, recording and touring worldwide to
millions of fans. He has also toured with Brian May, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford and Alice Cooper.
Ramon Yslas (percussion)
Yslas is one of modern music’s most accomplished in his field, having done world tours and
performances with platinum artists including Christina Aguilera, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Lopez
and the Backstreet Boys. He has made numerous network television appearances with the likes
of Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride and Carlos Santana on shows such as Saturday Night Live,
Oprah, American Idol, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and is currently a
touring member of Chicago.
Jon Papenbrook (Trumpet)
Papenbrook has played lead trumpet with Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka and Frankie
Avalon to name a few. He has also played lead with the Harry James Orchestra, Louis Bellson
Big Band, Buddy Rich Big Band as well as performing on various TV shows, film dates and
Gavyn Rhone (backing vocals)
He’s toured/shared the stage with Pitbull, Nick Jonas, Stevie Wonder, Trey Songz, Justin
Timberlake, Usher, Babyface and is currently the lead singer for The Gap Band. Gavyn is also
featured on 7-time Grammy nominated Keyshia Cole’s hit single "Party Ain’t A Party
Crystal Starr (backing vocals)
Starr has backed artists such as Jessica Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West and Ariana
Grande in addition to competing on American Idol and starred on Broadway’s Baby It’s You.
Starr has also been a background vocalist on The Voice.
Laurhan Beato (backing vocals)
A veteran of the Los Angeles music scene, Beato’s credits include shows from The Video Music
Awards to The Academy Awards with artists and artists ranging from Tori Kelly to John Legend.